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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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Sep 07

Book Notes 9/6/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 7, 2021 at 12:05 PM by Genesis Gaule

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9/6/2021


Join us for our first art exhibit opening in over a year! Works from the River Forks Watercolor Society are on display September 10 - October 31. Opening reception: September 13 at 5:30 pm. More information


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world's expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at our lives and recognize: There She Is. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.

306.893 DOYLE | Also in e-book and e-audiobook


Northern Light by Kazim Ali

Power, Land, and the Memory of Water // An examination of the lingering effects of a hydroelectric power station on Pimicikamak sovereign territory in Manitoba, Canada. In a place where water is an integral part of social and cultural life, the Pimicikamak people demand accountablitily for the harm caused by the utiltiy. Here celebrated poet and essayist, Kazim Ali, explores questions of land and power as he reconnects with a lost connection to his childhood home Jenpeg.

811.6 ALI


The Burning Blue by Kevin Cook

The Untold Story of Christa McAuliffe and NASA's Challenger Disaster // January 28, 1986. NASA's space shuttle Challenger exploded after blasting off from Cape Canaveral. Christa McAuliffe, America's "Teacher in Space" was instantly killed, along with the other six members of the mission. At least that's what most of us remember. Cook tells us what really happened on that ill-fated, unforgettable day. He traces the pressures that triggered the fatal order to launch on an ice-cold Florida morning. He takes readers inside the shuttle for the agonizing minutes after the explosion, which the astronauts did indeed survive. Centering on McAuliffe, Cook reveals the human price the Challenger crew and America paid for politics, and the tragic cost of humanity setting its sight on the stars.

363.124 COOK


Seeing Ghosts by Kat Chow

A Memoir // Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying---especially her mother. A vivacious and mischievous woman, Kat's mother made a morbid joke that would haunt her for years to come: when she died, she'd like to be stuffed and displayed in Kat's future apartment in order to always watch over her. After her mother dies unexpectedly from cancer, Kat, her sisters, and their father are plunged into a debilitating, lonely grief. With a distinct voice that is wry and heartfelt, Kat weaves together a story of the fallout of grief that follows her extended family as they emigrate from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America. Seeing Ghosts asks what it means to reclaim and tell your family’s story: Is writing an exorcism or is it its own form of preservation? The result is an extraordinary new contribution to the literature of the American family, and a provocative and transformative meditation on who we become facing loss.

975.4 KURCZY


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Jul 06

Book Notes 7/5/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 6, 2021 at 11:28 AM by Genesis Gaule

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7/5/2021


Looking for a fun way to enjoy books and meet new people? Join our book club! We're meeting on Tues, July 27 @ 6:00 pm to dicuss A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman.


What Happened to You? by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing // When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question. Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

616.8521 PERRY • Also in ebook

The Argument Hangover by Aaron and Jocelyn Freeman

Empowering Couples to Fight Smarter and Overcome Communication Pitfalls // In this relatable, no B.S. book for couples, the Freemans explain what an argument hangover is, what causes it, and how to clearly communicate your needs to feel understood. This modern guide includes step-by-step tools and exercises you can implement right away, so you can handle the challenges that so many couples face today.

646.78 FREEMAN

Killing the Mob by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

The Fight Against Organized Crime in America // Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard trace the brutal history of 20th Century organized crime in the United States, and expertly plumb the history of this nation’s most notorious serial robbers, conmen, murderers, and especially, mob family bosses.

364.106 O’REILLY

The Good Girls by Sonia Faleiro

An Ordinary Killing // In 1836, two missionaries and their wives were among the first Americans to cross the Rockies by covered wagon on what would become the Oregon Trail. Both men failed as missionaries, but, by inventing a story, they helped to fuel a massive Westward migration that would eventually devastate those that they had originally set out to save.

364.1523 FALEIRO


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