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Mar 01

Book Notes 3/1/2021

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 11:01 AM by Genesis Gaule

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3/1/2021


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All About Anxiety by Carrie Lewis

Anxiety is something that plagues everyone at some point in our lives. It comes through anything from normal worries to outright fear. But what causes anxiety? And what can we do about it? All About Anxiety tackles these questions. Readers will learn what's going on in their brain when they feel anxious and how to manage it so they can thrive.

155.4 LEWIS

How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco

The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure // Everyone knows of Neil Armstrong's famous first steps on the moon. But what did it really take to get us there? This book tells the stories of the 400,000 unsung heroes and their innovations that allowed NASA to achieve this unparalleled accomplishment.

629.454 ROCCO

Trending by Kira Vermond

How and Why Stuff Gets Popular // Fads and trends: How do they start? Why do they spread? And how deep can their impact be? Although trends might seem trivial, if you dig deeper, you’ll find that our desire to chase the next big thing can have an even bigger impact than expected.

306 VERMOND

American Pandemic by Nancy Bristow

The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic // Between the years 1918 and1920, influenza raged around the globe in the worst pandemic in recorded history, killing at least fifty million people, more than half a million of them Americans. Yet despite the devastation, this catastrophic event seems but a forgotten moment in our nation's past.

614.5 BRISTOW


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Feb 26

Put Your Literature to the Test by Vanesa Gomez

Posted on February 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM by Genesis Gaule

The Bechdel Test is famous for two reasons:

  • Firstly, due to the very simple and minimal standards that a piece of media needs to meet to pass.
  • Secondly, due to the sheer volume of stories that do not meet said standards.

The original test, first mentioned in Alison Bechdel’s comic, asks if in a piece of media there are two (named) women who talk to each other about something that is not a man.

A six panel comic featuring two women talking about their 3 requirements to see a movie.

With the rise in popularity, many have compared these standards to films and constantly updated lists of films. Many other tests have created a checklist for films and books. For example, the Vito Russo Test measures how LGBT characters are portrayed in films (they cannot be used just as a punchline to a joke, and their character must be tied into the plot).

What exactly do these tests indicate? Why do people care? The answer to both is inclusivity. While the Bechdel test shouldn’t be the gold standard for feminist literature, it is a step towards recognizing when women are not fleshed out. Representation and diversity in our stories matter.

If you are interested in reading some female-centric books, here are some available for checkout from our library.

The Devil Wears Prada

by Lauren Weisberger
FICTION CD Audiobook

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple
FICTION

After her infamous mother goes missing, Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng
FICTIONebookCD Audiobook

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that threatens to upend a carefully ordered community.

The Power

by Naomi Alderman 
SCIENCE FICTION

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood
FICTIONebook

Set in the near future, the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.

Feb 22

Book Notes 2/22/21

Posted on February 22, 2021 at 10:11 AM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes

2/22/2021


The Campbell Library is open to the public Mondays/Fridays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-7pm). We also offer Front Door Pick Up and half hour appointments for browsing or computer use Wednesdays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (9am-4pm).


A Question of Freedom by William G. Thomas

The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War // The enslaved families of Prince George’s County, Maryland, filed hundreds of lawsuits for their freedom against a powerful circle of slaveholders, taking their cause all the way to the Supreme Court. Between 1787 and 1861, these lawsuits challenged the legitimacy of slavery in American law and put slavery on trial in the nation’s capital.

306.362 THOMAS

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks and Kevin Carr O’Leary

In 1986, 26-year old Ruth begins to care for a young man who suffers from AIDS. Word then spreads in the community that Ruth is the only person willing to help these young men afflicted by AIDS, and is called upon to nurse them. As she forges deep friendships with the men she helps, she advises Governor Bill Clinton on the national HIV-AIDS crisis.

362.19697 BURKS

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.

616.85 MOE

Drawing Fire by Todd DePastino

The editorial cartoons of Bill Mauldin // Army sergeant Bill Mauldin shot to fame during World War II with his grim and gritty "Willie & Joe" cartoons that gave readers of Stars & Stripes and hundreds of home front newspapers a glimpse of war from the foxholes of Europe. Now, for the first time, comic images from his entire career are available in this illustrated single volume.

MH 741.0924 DEPASTINO


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