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Sep 20

Book Notes 9/20/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 20, 2021 at 9:50 AM by Genesis Gaule

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9/20/2021


Have you met our Artist-in-Residence yet? Stop in on Thursdays in September and October to meet Trey Everett and see what he's cooking up in our residency studio!


Muhammad Ali Was a Chicken? by Dan Gutman

Wait! What? // Did you know that Muhammad Ali was so terrified of flying on planes he would bring a parachute? Or that he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Bet you didn't know that he had an official sweat-taster to determine how salty his sweat was after each match! Siblings Paige and Turner do-and they've collected some of the most unusual and surprising facts about the legendary boxer and civil rights activist, from his childhood and the spark of his boxing career through his time as heavyweight champion of the world.

796.83 GUTMAN


Truth's Daughter by Barbara Santarelli

Legacy of Divorce // On her sixtieth birthday, Barbara spit into a vial, hoping a genetic search engine might lead to finding her fathers' other children. Perhaps they could shed light on her fathers' identity and her parents’ short-lived marriage. She'd met her father just four times before he was brutally murdered in Miami Beach, ending any chance of knowing him in the future. Raised in poverty in the Bronx by her beautiful and brilliant mother, she accepted the narrative of her fathers' deceit and abandonment. In mid-life, she is confronted with a painful truth about her mother. The seeds of doubt and search for truth began in earnest. She was determined to make truth the legacy of their lives. In the absence of facts, she discovers the importance of forgiveness and understanding as a vehicle for healing.

818.5403 SANTARELLI


The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he's teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what's left of his self-respect; he hasn't written - let alone published - anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn't need Jake's help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then... he hears the plot. Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker's first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that - a story that absolutely needs to be told. In a few short years, all of Evan Parker's predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says. As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his "sure thing" of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?

Mystery KORELITZ


It's Better This Way by Debbie Macomber

After her husband became involved with another woman, Julia did everything she could to save their marriage. Their two daughters continue to stand by Julia in the wake of their father's behavior-- and they've had a tough time getting along with the other woman who became their stepmother. Julia moved into a condominium complex that offers the warmth and charm of a fresh start; she sold her successful interior design business but remained a consultant, and has embraced a new life that doesn't need a man in it. Then she meets fellow condo resident Heath Johnson. He's a welcome change from the disastrous dates her sister has set up for her over the years. As she and Heath begin to grow close, they soon realize that combining families, even with adult children, presents inevitable challenges.

MACOMBER // Also in e-book


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Aug 09

Book Notes 8/9/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Genesis Gaule

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8/9/2021


 Our August Book Club pick is The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Check it out and then join us on Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm to join in the discussion.


The Babysitter by Liza Rodman

My Summers with a Serial Killer // During the summer, Liza’s babysitter—a handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked—took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer. The chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

364.1523 RODMAN


You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

Crazy Stories about Racism // From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. This book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.

305.8 RUFFIN


Zion Unmatched by James S. Hirsch and Zion Clark

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Explore Zion’s journey from a childhood lost in the foster care system to his hard-fought rise as a high school wrestler to his current rigorous training to prepare as an elite athlete on the world stage. An extraordinary, deeply inspirational photo essay follows elite wheelchair racer and Netflix documentary star Zion Clark on his quest for Paralympic gold.

796.812092 CLARK


The Ground Breaking by Scott Ellsworth

The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice // In 1921, Tulsa's infamous "Black Wall Street" was wiped off the map. Ellsworth unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive. He recounts the ongoing search for the unmarked graves of the victims of the massacre, and of the fight to win restitution for the survivors and their families.

305.8 ELLISWORTH


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Jul 19

Book Notes 7/19/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 19, 2021 at 12:23 PM by Genesis Gaule

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7/19/2021


 Our brand new book club starts next week. Stop in at 6 pm on July 27th to discuss A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. New titles chosen every month!


All the Colors Came Out by Kate Fagan

A Father, a Daughter, and a Lifetime of Lessons // Kate Fagan and her father forged their relationship on the basketball court. When Chris Fagan was diagnosed with ALS, Kate decided to leave her job at ESPN to be closer to her mother and father to take part in his care. Kate Fagan spent the last year of her father’s life determined to return to him the kind of joy they once shared on the court.

306.8742 FAGAN

Confident Women by Joe Tori Telfer

Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion // From Elizabeth Holmes and Anna Delvey to Frank Abagnale and Charles Ponzi, audacious scams and charismatic scammers continue to intrigue us as a culture. Confident Women shows how the art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and asks the provocative question: How were these notorious women able to so spectacularly dupe and swindle their victims?

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You Are Your Best Thing by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown

Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience // A potent collection of essays on Black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognize and process specific trauma. Providing a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of Black love and Black life.

512.4 BURKE

A Bridge in Babylon by Owen R. Chandler

Stories of a Military Chaplain in Iraq // Chandler was deployed in Iraq, leaving behind his wife and three young children for more than a year. He shares his story of serving in Iraq through personal letters, journal entries, scriptures and photos exchanged with family back home. He shares the struggle to hold onto faith and hope in the midst of battlefields, opening readers' hearts to the plight of veterans shattered by their experiences.

956.7044 CHANDLER


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