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Nov 16

Book Notes 11/16/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 16, 2020 at 4:30 PM by Genesis Gaule

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11/16/2020


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).


Welcome to the United States of Anxiety by Jen Lancaster

We’re constantly bombarded with all-new terrifying news and expected to base our self-worth on social media. Lancaster takes a look at our elevated anxiety and charts a path out of the quagmire that keeps us frightened of the future.

Watermelon Snow by Lynne Quarmby

Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear // From the vantage point of a schooner full of artists on an adventure in the Arctic, biologist Lynne explains the science that convinced her of the urgent need to act on climate change.

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Amanda and Clay are expecting a quiet reprieve from New York City and quality time with their kids in the luxurious home they rented. But when the owners of the home, Ruth and G. H., an older couple, arrive in a panic after a sudden blackout in the city, the families aren’t sure who to trust.

Playing Nice by JP Delaney

Pete Riley answers the door to Miles Lambert, a stranger who tells him that their sons were switched at birth by an understaffed hospital. With good intentions, they entwine their very different lives and file a lawsuit on the hospital, triggering an investigation that unearths some disturbing questions.


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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

Open books and the words book notes

10/12/2020


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.


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Aug 14

Books for Science and SciFi Fans by Acacia James

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 14, 2020 at 1:41 PM by Genesis Gaule

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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems by Randall Munroe

Format: Book (502 MUNROE)
Genre: Non-Fiction / Humor
Themes: How-to, Humor, Informative, Educational, Science, Math

This book is no ordinary how-to book. Unlike other how-to books that might tell you how to bake the perfect cake or knit the coziest sweater, this book will make you think differently about the traditional way we do things. Instead, this book might suggest that you launch the cake into the sun to bake or train mice to knit the sweater for you. All of this while telling you what velocity you would have to launch said cake into the sky to reach the sun, and how many weeks it would take to train said mice along with some helpful tips on how to do so. Humor is so nicely tied into this book full of science and instruction. I couldn’t read it without laughing!

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Format: Book (510.92 SHETTERLY), young readers' edition e-book, DVD
Genre: Nonfiction / Biography; Historical Fiction (DVD)
Themes: Drama, Comedy, Sexism, Racism, Educational

The book Hidden Figures, set in 1961, is centered around three black women: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn. All three women work at NASA Langley Research Center during segregation in the United States. Katherine works as a human computer along with others at the research center. Segregation laws make it so Katherine has to walk half a mile to use the nearest colored bathroom. Mary Jackson is an aspiring engineer who is trying to take the mandatory classes necessary to become an engineer for NASA. The problem is, the classes are taught at an all-white school. Mary has to overcome prejudice and belief as she tries to pursue her career. Dorothy learns about an upcoming super computer that is going to be installed at NASA, making the working human computers obsolete. In response, she teaches herself and later other women how to code in the hopes that they could keep their jobs. These women are all segregated by their race and gender, but they don’t let that stop them in the pursuit of their careers and equality. This book is empowering for everyone, and it gives a small glimpse at what life was like for people of color during these times.

The Martian by Andy Weir

Format: Book (Science Fiction WEIR), e-book
Genre: Science Fiction
Themes:Space, Man Versus the Natural World, Adventure, Drama, Science, Isolation, Perseverance, Fear

A fierce storm forces a team of astronauts to evacuate from Mars. The team of astronauts leave behind fellow crew member Mark Watney after he is presumed dead. Mark Watney is left to fend for himself with deep wounds from the storm and only a small amount of provisions to survive off of. With no way to communicate and everyone on Earth thinking he’s dead, there is no help coming. With all of the odds against him, Mark doesn’t give up. He will do anything he needs to do to survive. But surviving is no easy feat, things can go wrong at every turn. Mark has to overcome: bleeding out, starvation, dehydration, low oxygen levels, freakish storms and much more. This book is full of action, anticipation, and leaves you wondering and wanting more. This book has also been turned into a movie featuring Matt Damon!

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Format: Book (Junior WESTERFELD)
Genre: Dystopian Fiction / Science Fiction / Young Adult Fiction
Themes: Appearance, Futuristic, Betrayal, Dystopian, Adventure, Friendship, Society and Class, Conformity

Tally Youngblood is an ugly. She is desperately waiting for her sixteenth birthday to come so she can have the life changing operation to make her a pretty. In Tally’s world, everyone is born an ugly. They are kept in a small town called Uglyville that is secluded from the rest of the population. When an ugly has had the surgery they move to New Pretty Town. Uglies aren’t allowed in New Pretty Town and get punished if they are caught sneaking in. Once an ugly turns sixteen, they can get an extensive surgery to make them pretty. A perfect jawbone, slim waist, fit muscles, big eyes, flawless hair and more. What every person would want, right? Tally has waited her entire life to become pretty so she can see her already changed friends, and start a life of partying and nonstop fun.

Everything changes for Tally on the day of her sixteenth birthday. Her newfound friend, Shay, runs away after declaring she doesn’t want to get the mandatory surgery. Instead of getting the operation on her birthday, Tally got an ultimatum. Find Shay and bring her back, or never become pretty. Tally is forced to make a decision. Betray her friend or give up the life she has always wanted.


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