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Oct 16

Spooky Season Reading Recommendations by Andrea Lorenz

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

Even though I am a huge wimp, I still love to dip my toe into horror stories this time of year. There’s something about the fall -- the skeletal trees, the gusts of wind rustling leaves on the ground, the chill in the air -- that draws me to the spooky. Lucky for me, and for you, we’ve got a wide range of horror – titles for those who want the mildest of scares all the way up to hardcore scary gore-core. If you’re looking to dip your toe in too here are a few titles that are my Goldilocks level of horror (not too tame, not too scary, just right).

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

(Science Fiction WENDIG) Chuck Wendig weaves a tale that is oh-so-prescient in Wanderers. A young girl gets out of bed one morning and starts walking. She doesn’t talk or respond, just walks. And soon others join her. A flock of sleepwalkers begins a cross-country journey, no stops for food or rest, just a relentless push forward. They’re protected by “shepherds” – family and friends who follow the flock, determined to find out what’s wrong, determined to protect them. For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it.

The Outsider by Stephen King

(Mystery KING | eAudiobook) When Flint City’s beloved Little League Coach, Terry Maitland is implicated in a gruesome crime, the whole city reels. Terry Maitland, the English teacher, a murderer? No one can believe it. Though Maitland has an alibi, Detective Ralph Anderson orders a quick arrest – he has Terry’s DNA all over the scene. As the investigation expands and evidence proving Maitland’s alibi surfaces, more questions than answers emerge. How can one person be in the same place at the same time? I was drawn to The Outsider by its description of a confounding murder investigation, but I stuck with it as it twisted into a search for a supernatural predator. (And Holly Gibney – you’ll want to meet Holly Gibney!)

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

(eBook) If you like a little humor with your horror, check out the Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix. When a mysterious and handsome stranger moves into Patricia Campbell’s quiet neighborhood in Charleston, she’s intrigued. The only other exciting thing in Patricia’s life is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true crime and suspenseful fiction. But when some local children go missing, Patricia begins to suspect that the newcomer might be involved. She begins her own investigation and uncovers something much more horrifying than she had anticipated.

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Oct 08

Book Notes 10/5/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 8, 2020 at 3:21 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).

The third rainbow girl : the long life of a double murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg

In 1980, two people were murdered on their way to a festival called the Rainbow Gathering. Until a diagnosed schizophrenic confessed years later, deep suspicion was cast on local residents, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward.

Fire in Paradise: an American tragedy by Alastair Gee

This is the narrative of the heroics, escapes, and horrors of the fire that swallowed Paradise, California in 2018, leaving destruction that has no precedent in postwar American history.

We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin

It’s been a decade since Trumanell Branson disappeared. Then her brother Wyatt—living as a pariah—finds a lost girl dumped in a field of dandelions, and Tru’s friend Odette—now a police officer—is determined to solve both cases.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate a wedding. But as the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the well wishes, and then someone turns up dead.

Also available in eaudiobook!

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 01

Book Notes 8/31/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 1, 2020 at 2:07 PM 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.

The Mercies by Kirin Millwood Hargrave

Inspired by the Vardø storm and the 1621 witch trials, a town of independent women—their menfolk having died in a reckless storm—find their existence threatened when a man with an iron rule arrives on their shore.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

When the Van Apfel sisters mysteriously disappeared, Tikka and her sister were left haunted by the loss of their friends. Now, years later, Tikka returns home to try and make sense of this strange moment.

Emotional Inflammation by Lise Van Susteren

Many people today suffer from emotional inflammation—a state that stems from simply living in our anxious and overwhelming world. This is a guide to help you overcome this and become more grounded and resilient in today’s turbulent times.

The Beauty in Breaking: a memoir by Michele Harper

Two months before Michele Harper was to move and join the staff of a Philadelphia hospital, her husband told her he couldn’t move with her. In the ensuing years, Harper realizes that each of us is broken in some way, and she writes about what she learned from her patients.

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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