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Oct 16

Book Notes 10/12/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

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

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs

After Rebecca encountered a humpback whale stranded on a beachfront, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans, blending natural history, philosophy, and science to write this book.

I Have Something to Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg

This uplifting memoir tells of the obstacles Chasten faced to get where he is now and the mundane to surprising moments that he’s spent with his husband Pete on Pete’s presidential campaign.

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer

Recovered from a brutal divorce two decades earlier and perfectly satisfied with living on her own, Lisa still falls for Mack, despite him being ten years her junior. Juliet and Theo are worried that Mack will break their mother’s heart, but they’re faced with challenges and romances of their own.

Devolution by Max Brooks

After the chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption finally settles, the journals of resident Kate Holland are recovered from the bloody wreckage of the Greenloop massacre. They tell a harrowing story that, if true, might mean we have to accept the impossible: that Bigfoot walks among us.

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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Sep 25

But is the movie really better? by Michelle Flaws

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 25, 2020 at 1:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

Recently I found myself scrolling through all of the newest book adaptations available on Netflix. Young adult novels are really having a moment--which got me thinking about some of my favorites. Some readers may argue with some of my choices but polling my coworkers on their picks was entertaining because we all appreciate different genres and their adaptations

So what movies made it onto the good list?

What about the bad?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was filmed in 1995 with Gary Oldman and Demi Moore, in one word: embarrassing. The adaptation miserably failed to portray the suspense and restraint behind this forbidden love story. Eragon by Christopher Paolini hit the big screen in 2006 and despite having seasoned actors and a well established production company, it left the fans much to desire. The costumes, the special effects and the dialogue did not match the thrill we felt when reading the novel for the first time.

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells received a second screen adaptation in 1996 with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis playing titular characters. Filming and production on this movie was notorious for setbacks and crew disagreements; did the heat from filming on location render them unproductive? The movie lacks the ability to demonstrate the horror that is a man toying with nature to create hybrid creatures. While the story is supposed to be disturbing, this remake leaves much to be desired. Every time I think of Marlon Brando wearing white face paint and a giant kaftan I face-palm.

What about those adaptations that have inconsistencies with its novel counterpart but are still worth seeing in the movie theatre?

Here are some recommendations:

Watch them and compare! Decide for yourself and become a fan of the book and the movie!

Aug 28

Book Notes 8/24/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 28, 2020 at 11:52 AM by Genesis Gaule

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These books are physical copies and can be checked out through our Front Door Pick Up Service or by scheduling an appointment to browse in the library.

This is Chance! by Jon Mooallem

In 1964, Anchorage, Alaska was jolted by the most powerful earthquake in American history. After the disaster, the people switched on their radios, hearing Genie Chance with her tireless broadcasts over the next three days.

Forty Fathers by Tessa Lloyd

This book has the candid and vulnerable stories of forty fathers who opened up about both their own fathers and their deeply personal parenting experiences.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Maggie’s father’s book about the ghostly happenings in an old Victorian house that caused them to flee in the dead of night twenty-five years ago is a worldwide phenomenon. Maggie doesn’t remember or believe any of it though because ghosts, after all, don’t exist.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

Jivan, a Muslim girl from the slums, is accused of a terrorist attack because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir, an opportunistic gym teacher, finds his own ascent linked toJivan’s fall. And Lovely, an irresistible outcast, has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything.

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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