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Sep 14

Book Notes 9/13/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 14, 2021 at 6:40 PM by Genesis Gaule

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9/13/2021


Our September Book Club pick is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Check it out and then join us on September 28 at 6 pm to discuss.


The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream by Dean Jobb

The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer // Dr. Thomas Neil Cream used poison on vulnerable and desperate women, many who had turned to him for medical help. Framed around one salacious trial in 1891 London, Jobb explores a fascinating and vividly told true-crime narrative about the hunt for one of the first known serial killers, whose poisoning spree in the US, Canada, and England coincided with the birth of forensic science as well as the public's growing appetite for crime fiction such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels.

364.152 JOBB


How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America // 'How the Word is Passed' is Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation. Beginning in his own hometown of New Orleans, Smith leads the reader through an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks - those that are honest about the past and those that are not - that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nations collective history, and ourselves.

306.362 SMITH


The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters by Julie Klam

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A True Story of Family Fiction // A the revealing account of what Klam discovered about her family - and herself - as she dug into the past. The deeper she went into the lives of the Morris sisters, the slipperier their stories became. And the more questions she had about what actually happened to them, the more her opinion of them evolved. Part memoir and part confessional and told with the wit and honesty that are hallmarks of Klam's books, The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters is the fascinating and funny true story of one writer's journey into her family's past, the truths she brings to light, and what she learned about herself along the way.

974.71043 KLAM


Elizabeth & Margaret by Andrew Morton

The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters // They were the closest of sisters and the best of friends. But when, in a quixotic twist of fate, their uncle Edward Vlll decided to abdicate the throne, the dynamic between Elizabeth and Margaret was dramatically altered. Forever more Margaret would have to curtsey to the sister she called 'Lillibet.' And bow to her wishes. Elizabeth would always look upon her younger sister's antics with a kind of stoical amusement, but Margaret's struggle to find a place and position inside the royal system--and her fraught relationship with its expectations--was often a source of tension. Famously, the Queen had to inform Margaret that the Church and government would not countenance her marrying a divorcee, Group Captain Peter Townsend, forcing Margaret to choose between keeping her title and royal allowances or her divorcee lover. From the idyll of their cloistered early life, through their hidden war-time lives, into the divergent paths they took following their father's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne, this book explores their relationship over the years. Andrew Morton's latest biography offers unique insight into these two drastically different sisters--one resigned to duty and responsibility, the other resistant to it--and the lasting impact they have had on the Crown, the royal family, and the ways it adapted to the changing mores of the 20th century.

941.085092 LP MORTON


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Jul 26

Book Notes 7/26/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on July 26, 2021 at 1:51 PM by Genesis Gaule

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7/26/2021


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All That She Carried by Tiya Miles

The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake // A poignant story of resilience and of love passed down through generations of women against steep odds. It honors the creativity and fierce resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties even when official systems refused to do so.

306.362 MILES


The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox

How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History // Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, British offers Harry Jones and Cedric Hill come together to trick their captors. Jones, a trained lawyer, and Hill, a brilliant magician, use a handmade Ouija board?—and their keen understanding of the psychology of deception?—to build a trap for the Turkish officers that will ultimately lead them to freedom.

940.4 FOX


What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon

Anti-fatness is everywhere. In What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat, Aubrey Gordon unearths the cultural attitudes and social systems that have led to people being denied basic needs because they are fat and calls for social justice movements to be inclusive of plus-sized people’s experiences.

616.398 GORDON


From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry by Paula Yoo

The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement // Japanese car companies were on the rise and people believed it was putting U.S. workers out of their jobs. A bar fight turns fatal, because of rising tension, and a Chinese American man was killed by two white men. A searing examination of the killing, the trial, and verdicts that followed. The lenient sentences of the two white men sparked the Asian American Movement.

305.895 YOO


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Feb 22

Book Notes 2/22/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 22, 2021 at 10:11 AM by Genesis Gaule

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2/22/2021


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A Question of Freedom by William G. Thomas

The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War // The enslaved families of Prince George’s County, Maryland, filed hundreds of lawsuits for their freedom against a powerful circle of slaveholders, taking their cause all the way to the Supreme Court. Between 1787 and 1861, these lawsuits challenged the legitimacy of slavery in American law and put slavery on trial in the nation’s capital.

306.362 THOMAS

All the Young Men by Ruth Coker Burks and Kevin Carr O’Leary

In 1986, 26-year old Ruth begins to care for a young man who suffers from AIDS. Word then spreads in the community that Ruth is the only person willing to help these young men afflicted by AIDS, and is called upon to nurse them. As she forges deep friendships with the men she helps, she advises Governor Bill Clinton on the national HIV-AIDS crisis.

362.19697 BURKS

The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

For years John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, struggled with depression; it plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. The Hilarious World of Depression illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.

616.85 MOE

Drawing Fire by Todd DePastino

The editorial cartoons of Bill Mauldin // Army sergeant Bill Mauldin shot to fame during World War II with his grim and gritty "Willie & Joe" cartoons that gave readers of Stars & Stripes and hundreds of home front newspapers a glimpse of war from the foxholes of Europe. Now, for the first time, comic images from his entire career are available in this illustrated single volume.

MH 741.0924 DEPASTINO


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