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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 8, 2021 at 11:22 AM by Genesis Gaule
The Campbell Library is open to the public Mondays/Fridays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-7pm). We also offer Front Door Pick Up and half hour appointments for browsing or computer use Wednesdays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (9am-4pm).
Knockout by Mia Kang
Mia Kang is many things: a sought-after model, an immigrant, an eating disorder survivor, and a Muay Thai ?ghter. Her ?rst book, Knockout, is the story of how she eschewed normative body standards and learned to use martial arts to rede?ne her sense of self-worth.
When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann
A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains // The Neumann family was one of the many families to be persecuted during WWII because they were Jews. Of thirty-four Neumann family members, twenty-five were murdered by the Nazis. Ariana Neumann, one of the surviving Neumann’s daughter, tries to uncover what really happened to her family, and reveal the secrets that her father took with him to the grave.
Spirit Run by Noé Álvarez
A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land // The son of working-class Mexican immigrants flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala. He writes not only of overcoming hunger, thirst, and fear, but also of asserting Indigenous and working-class humanity in a capitalist society where oil extraction, deforestation, and substance abuse wreck communities.
Truganini by Cassandra Pybus
Journey through the apocalypse // The name of Truganini is vaguely familiar to most Australians as 'the last of her race'. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy: the extinction of the original people of Tasmania, of which she was the last. For nearly seven decades she lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than most human imaginations could conjure.
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Tag(s): World War II, sports and recreation, running, phycology, nonfiction, models, Mexican Americans, memoirs, First Nations, eating disorders, boxing, book notes, biographies, Australia
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 28, 2020 at 1:26 PM by Genesis Gaule
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).
A 6,000-mile marathon through North America's stolen land // Álvarez, the son of working-class Mexican immigrants, flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants and drops out of school where he struggled to fit in to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala.
Inge’s War by Svenja O'Donnell
A German Woman's Story of Family, Secrets, and Survival Under Hitler // O’Donnell tells her grandmother’s story as a German during World War II, from falling in love with a man who was sent to the Eastern Front just after she became pregnant, to spearheading her family’s flight as the Red Army closed in.
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
In a peaceful retirement village, four friends meet weekly to discuss unsolved crimes. When a local developer is found dead, they find themselves in the middle of their first live case.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
1634: Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to be executed for a crime he may, or may not have, committed, traveling with his loyal body guard. But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage.
Tag(s): World War II, sports, Russian, running, nonfiction, mystery, Mexico, First Nations, fiction, book notes, biography, athletes
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on May 15, 2020 at 10:46 AM by Angela Salgado
This question comes up a lot, in one form or another, at Campbell Library. Sometimes it’s a discussion between staff members, who like any group of coworkers have very diverse tastes in books. Sometimes it’s a patron, who seems a little embarrassed that they generally only read a certain type of book and don't branch out from their comfort zone often. It can be a sensitive subject but I am here to say, it’s alright to read whatever it is that brings you joy and fulfills your purpose for reading!
However, there’s definitely advantages to both reading for fun and reading to learn. Here’s the balance I have struck in my own reading habits. The time I do my most reading is right before bed at night. By then, I’m pretty tired and have no interest in working through something really difficult that’s going to require a lot of thought. So I mostly stick to novels that are engaging (but not so thrilling that I won’t put the book down and go to sleep). A few of my recent favorites that the library owns in e-book format include The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout, Long Bright River by Liz Moore, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
On the other hand, first thing in the morning while I am running or driving, I find that I have the mental energy to learn something new and that is when I engage in rereading the classics, and listening to nonfiction titles in audiobook format. I find that this is an especially great time to listen to memoirs, because they are often read by the author which makes them extra interesting! My recommendations from our catalog would include Open Book by Jessica Simpson, Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick.
Although of the two, I treasure my late night bestseller reading time more, I find the time I spend listening to nonfiction or classics in the morning to be so valuable. It absolutely broadens my horizons, helps me to see the world from new perspectives, teaches me new information about our modern world, and gives me a foundation of knowledge about the past. If I didn’t commit that time to nonfiction books, I’d be missing out!
But going back to where we started...this is a deeply personal topic and there is no wrong answer! Read what brings you joy, when it works for you. And know that the staff at Campbell Library is there to help you find that right next book to dive into, and that we too don’t always read what we “should” but rather read what we enjoy and what fulfills our purposes for that time and space in our lives. Happy reading!
Tag(s): running, recommendations, reading, overdrive, listening, e-books, driving, audiobooks