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Jul 21

Book Notes 7/20/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes


This is an e-book and can be checked out through our Overdrive catalog.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Nella’s world changes when her husband presents her with a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

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

The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to help women in need; the other determined to grasp power for themselves.

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Inside a stone-faced Georgian townhouse in Wigtown, Scotland—jammed with more than 100,000 books and a portly shop cat—Shaun manages the daily ups and downs of running Scotland’s largest used bookshop.

Faster by Neal Bascomb

How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best; As Nazi Germany launched its campaign, three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated a remarkable race—one that Hitler even attempted to completely erase from history.

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Jul 03

Graphic Novels on Overdrive by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 3, 2020 at 2:12 PM by Genesis Gaule

If you are a fan of graphic novels and comic books, here are three great selections available on Overdrive you can read right now on your tablet or web browser!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Becoming your most unattractive self when you hit adolescence is like a rite of passage, but what if you added dental trauma on top of it? Smile recounts Telgemeier's dental nightmares and social struggles she endured between the sixth and ninth grades. Even readers who weren't/aren’t forced to wear braces will identify with the author's troubles with friends, feelings for the boy who ignores her, and difficulties figuring out just who she is.

Suggested Age: 10 and up (dental trauma, surgery/blood, puberty, bullying)

smile comic panel

The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the ancient house holds a dangerous magic amulet and a portal to a strange world filled with creepy man-eating monsters, sentient robots, and talking animals. Their way home blocked and their mother's life on the line, what is Emily willing to risk to save the people she loves?

Suggested Age: 10 and up (creepy imagery, death, life-and-death action)

It's not the stone I'm after, it's you

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, George Takei was a four-year-old boy and one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government in American concentration camps during World War II. Takei recounts his child-like innocence of the horrific events as well as the political climate and his parents recounted stories; beautifully highlighted by Harmony Becker's black and white illustrations.

Suggested Age: 15 and up (war, dehumanization, racial violence, politics, grief and loss)

I saw people crying and couldn't understand why. Daddy said we were going on vacation.

Be sure to check out our Overdrive catalog for more great graphic novels and comic books!

Jun 12

Top 5 Books Checked Out So Far in 2020 by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 12, 2020 at 11:28 AM by Genesis Gaule

Today we’re going to give you a sneak peek into what our community is reading!  Whether or not you’re on the cutting edge of book trends or not, it can always be fun to see what someone else is reading.  Without further ado, the top five most checked out books from our library so far in 2020. 
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Mystery OWENS, Mystery LP OWENS, eBook and eAudio
book cover lone figure paddling a canoe surrounded by water and trees
Perhaps unsurprising to many, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is the most checked out book so far in our library. Owens follows Kya Clark, the “Marsh Girl” of Barkley Cove. Abandoned by her family, Kya has survived for years on the marsh alone, finding friends in the gulls and other wild creatures. When a prominent citizen of the cove is murdered the locals immediately suspect Kya, but the truth is much more complicated than it looks.

2. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Mystery MICHAELIDES, eBook and eAudio
book cover woman's face overlaid with transparent parchment with a tear over the mouth
Mystery thriller The Silent Patient is number 2. Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. She’s a famous painter married to a fashion photographer. She lives in a glamorous house in London. But one day, her husband returns home late from a fashion shoot and Alicia shoots him five times in the face. Her refusal to talk or give any kind of explanation only increases the public fervor. Will Theo Faber, criminal psychotherapist, be able to unravel the mystery of the silent patient or will Alicia’s crimes remain a mystery?

3. We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
HUNTER and eAudio
book cover man and woman dressed in 1940s clothing sit close together on two chairs facing away from the viewer
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter is based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who scatter at the start of World War II. As war looms, three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives. Talk is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships facing Jews in Poland. Soon though the horrors overtaking Europe becoming inescapable. One sibling is forced into exiles, while another attempts to flee the continent. Others work grueling hours in ghetto factories or hide as gentiles in plain sight. The Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to live to see one another again.

4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
MORRIS, eBook and eAudio
The Tattooist of Auschwitz book cover
Another World War II drama takes number 4. When Nazis at Auschwitz discover that Slovakian Jewish prisoner Lale Sokolov speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer, a tattooist. For two and a half years, Lale is tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners, giving them a number that will become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. One day in July 1942, Lale comforts a trembling young woman named Gita waiting to have the number 34902 tattooed on her arm. From their very first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her. If you’ve already read our number 4 pick, you should check out Cilka’s Journey, another World War II book from Heather Morris.

5. Bloody Genius by John Sandford
Mystery SANDFORD and eBook
Bloody Genius book cover
Rounding out the top 5 is Bloody Genius, the 12th book in John Sandford’s Virgil Flowers series. At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of political correctness. Each carries their views to extremes that seem absurd, but highly educated people of sound mind and good intentions can reasonably disagree, right? Then someone turns up dead. Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back – and his mouth – as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly.