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Sep 27

Book Notes 9/27/2021

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 27, 2021 at 3:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

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9/27/2021


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Made in China by Anna Qu

A Memoir of Love and Labor // Traveling from Wenzhou to Xi'an to New York, Made in China is a fierce memoir unafraid to ask thorny questions about trauma and survival in immigrant families, the meaning of work, and the costs of immigration.

973.04951 QU


The Kaepernick Effect by Dave Zirin

Taking a Knee, Changing the World // A veteran sportswriter interviews high school athletes, college athletes, pro athletes and others involved in the nationwide movement to "take a knee" in response to police brutality.

796.09 ZIRIN


The Sum of Us by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together // Heather McGhee's specialty is the American economy--and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the 2008 financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crisis that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out? McGhee embarks on a deeply personal journey across the country from Maine to Mississippi to California, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm--the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others.

305.8 MCGHEE


The Heroine with 1,001 Faces by Maria Tartar

For decades, Joseph Campbell had defined our cultural aspirations in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, emphasizing the value of seeking glory and earning immortality. His work became the playbook for Hollywood, with its many male-centric quest narratives. Challenging the models in Campbell's canonical work, Maria Tatar explores how heroines, rarely wielding a sword and deprived of a pen, have flown beneath the radar even as they have been bent on social missions. Using the domestic arts and storytelling skills, they have displayed audacity, curiosity, and care as they struggled to survive and change the reigning culture. Animating figures from Ovid's Philomela, her tongue severed yet still weaving a tale about sexual assault, to Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander, a high-tech wizard seeking justice for victims of a serial killer, The Heroine with 1,001 Faces creates a luminous arc that takes us from ancient times to the present.

398.082 TATAR


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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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Aug 09

Book Notes 8/9/21

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Genesis Gaule

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8/9/2021


 Our August Book Club pick is The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Check it out and then join us on Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm to join in the discussion.


The Babysitter by Liza Rodman

My Summers with a Serial Killer // During the summer, Liza’s babysitter—a handsome handyman at the motel where her mother worked—took her and her sister on adventures in his truck. But there was one thing she didn’t know; their babysitter was a serial killer. The chilling and unforgettable true story of a charming but brutal psychopath through the eyes of a young girl who once called him her friend.

364.1523 RODMAN


You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

Crazy Stories about Racism // From racist donut shops to strangers putting their whole hand in her hair, from being mistaken for a prostitute to being mistaken for Harriet Tubman, Lacey is a lightning rod for hilariously ridiculous yet all-too-real anecdotes. This book tackles modern-day racism with the perfect balance of levity and gravity.

305.8 RUFFIN


Zion Unmatched by James S. Hirsch and Zion Clark

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Explore Zion’s journey from a childhood lost in the foster care system to his hard-fought rise as a high school wrestler to his current rigorous training to prepare as an elite athlete on the world stage. An extraordinary, deeply inspirational photo essay follows elite wheelchair racer and Netflix documentary star Zion Clark on his quest for Paralympic gold.

796.812092 CLARK


The Ground Breaking by Scott Ellsworth

The Tulsa Race Massacre and an American City's Search for Justice // In 1921, Tulsa's infamous "Black Wall Street" was wiped off the map. Ellsworth unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive. He recounts the ongoing search for the unmarked graves of the victims of the massacre, and of the fight to win restitution for the survivors and their families.

305.8 ELLISWORTH


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