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Jun 04

6 Regional Reads by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 4, 2021 at 2:31 PM by Genesis Gaule

Books have the extraordinary ability to take you anywhere you can imagine: across the globe, to strange new worlds, back in time, or flung far into the future. They can even take you back home. There is a unique feeling of “hey I know that place” or “that character reminds me so much of my dad/mom/next door neighbor/etc” that I only get when reading books set in Minnesota and North Dakota written by people who lived here.

So if you are in the mood to journey through our own neck of the woods, here are 6 regional reads to take you there.


A Fireproof Home for the Bride

by Amy Scheibe
Fiction SCHEIBE 

Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the upheaval of the 1960's, 18-year-old Emmaline Nelson doesn’t have any say in her life or where it is headed. All her choices, especially who she will marry, are governed by her strict Lutheran parents. As her world opens up, she realizes that she longs to be something other than a farmer’s wife. But what can she do to escape the cage her parents have built for her? Peppered with charm and lush detail, this coming-of-age story of complicated family relationships, racial tension, and love is sure to transport you back to 1950’s Minnesota.

The Life We Bury

by Allen Eskens
Mystery ESKENS | Also in eBook and eAudiobook

A seemingly simple college assignment turns into deep dive to uncover the truth surrounding a brutal rape and murder. Tasked to interview a stranger and write a brief biography and his deadline looming, University of Minnesota college student Joe Talbert heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Car Iverson--a Vietnam veteran and convicted murderer with only a few months to live--and Joe’s life is turned upside down. Part mystery and part character study, Eskens debut novel crafts believable characters with compelling interpersonal drama.

The Round House

by Louise Erdrich

Based on a number of true stories over the past 20 years, The Round House looks deeply into the fallout after a woman living on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota is attacked in 1988. As she descends into solitude and her husband seeks justice, their 13-year-old son is left alone to look for answers and try to save his mother. Born in Little Falls, MN, raised in North Dakota, and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Erdich is one of the most revered novelists of our time and a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life and culture.


Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story

by Elisa Korenne

When singer-songwriter, Elisa Korenne, took a month’s sabbatical from New York to be an artist-in-residence in “middle-of-nowhere” Minnesota, she didn’t intend to stay. And she certainly didn’t intend to fall madly in love with the local outdoorsman/insurance guy. Her story is an honest and heartfelt reflection on the ups and downs of their love story, culture shock, and what it means to live in community.

The Horizontal World : Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere

by Debra Marquart

From a very early age, Debra Marquart--the youngest and wildest of five children--knew she wanted out of the confines of her life on the family farm in North Dakota. Yet, returning home after years away for her father’s funeral, Marquart finds herself discovering a newfound respect for her father and her connection to the land she was so desperate to escape. Chronicling her rebellious adolescent life on the farm and subsequent exodus, Marquart’s wry understated memoir will resonate with anyone who has spread their wings but still calls the Midwest “home.”

If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie

by Christopher Ingraham
070.92 INGARHAM | Also in eAudiobook

If You Lived Here... is a candid story of writer Christopher Ingraham’s decision to uproot his life and move his family to Red Lake Falls, Minnesota—the community he made famous as “the worst place to live in America” in a story he wrote for the Washington Post. As Ingraham and his family acclimate to their new life, all their preconceptions—good and bad—are turned on their heads.

Jan 04

Book Notes 1/4/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on January 4, 2021 at 12:27 PM by Genesis Gaule

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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).

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

McConaughey shares the story of his life, including important things he learned and wrote about in the many diaries he’s kept, with a theme throughout: if you can deal with life’s challenges, you can enjoy a state of success he calls “catching greenlights.”

Return from Siberia by Svenja O'Donnell

Democratic political consultant John Simon discovers a 100-year-old manuscript written by his grandfather—a brilliant revolutionary whose exile to Siberia by the last czar of Russia was just the beginning of his extraordinary tale.

A Blessing to Cherish by Lauraine Snelling

Red River of the North Series #7 // After several years of widowhood, Ingeborg has found contentment. But now one of her dearest friendships is changing. And meanwhile, her stepson is raising two children alone since his wife died, but there is a new schoolteacher in town whom he can’t seem to be himself around.

Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey by Kathleen Rooney

Neither Cher Ami, a messenger bird, nor Charles Whittlesey, an army officer, can anticipate how their lives will briefly intersect in a chaotic battle in the forests of France in this story inspired by true events of World War I.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

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Jul 14

Book Notes 7/13/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 14, 2020 at 2:21 PM by Genesis Gaule

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These two books are e-books. Click on the book title to view the book in our Overdrive catalog and check them out.

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

Behind closed doors, Claire’s seemingly perfect husband has a harsh temper. A chance meeting in an airport bar with Eva, a woman with equally dire circumstances, leads Claire and Eva to switch tickets with the hope of a head start into a new life somewhere far away.

The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie

Reading aloud strengthens family connections and is one of the best ways to be fully present with our children. In this book, you will find the inspiration and resources to start a read-aloud movement in your home.

The next two books are physical copies and can be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up Service.

Yellow Bird: by Sierra Crane Murdoch

Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country; This gripping true story tells of Lissa Yellow Bird’s—whose home is a North Dakota Indian reservation recently transformed by the Bakken oil boom—hunt for a oil worker who disappeared from his reservation worksite.

The Missing American by Kwei Quartey

After Emma Djan’s dreams crash down, she becomes a detective at a private agency in Accra—not the future she imagined, but her best option. Meanwhile, Gordon Tilson, a widower in Washington DC, has disappeared after going to visit a young Ghanaian widow he’s met online, and his son Derek is determined to find him.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or help with front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you! 

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