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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 29, 2022 at 9:27 AM by Genesis Gaule
Our September Book Club pick is Educated by Tara Westover. Check it out and then join us on Monday, September 27 at 6 pm to discuss. More information...
Path Lit by Lightning by David Maraniss
The Life of Jim Thorpe // Jim Thorpe rose to world fame as a mythic talent who excelled at every sport. But despite his colossal skills, Thorpe's life was a struggle against the odds. But for all his travails, Thorpe did not succumb. The man survived, complications and all, and so did the myth.
I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor--including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother--and how she retook control of her life.
Mothercare by Lynne Tillman
On Obligation, Love, Death, and Ambivalence // This is at once a cautionary tale, and also a reverential invitation for any caretaker who can relate to suddenly becoming responsible for the life management practices of a parent, loved or not. This story may be helpful, informative, consoling, or upsetting, and it never fails to underscore how impossible it is to get the job done completely right.
Acceptance by Emi Nietfeld
A Memoir // Candid and frequently harrowing, with a ribbon of dark humor, this book is a stunning human story and an invaluable view of the actual cost of upward mobility.
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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 6, 2021 at 1:57 PM by Genesis Gaule
Calling all Master Builders! LEGO Club meets on Thursday, December 16 at 5:00 pm. LEGO Club is open to children ages 5-12 (and their grown-ups too!). More information
From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way // Abandoned as a toddler, Jesse Thistle and his two brothers were placed in foster care. Eventually placed with their paternal grandparents, the children often clashed with their tough-love attitude. Soon, Jesse succumbed to a self-destructive cycle of drug and alcohol addiction and petty crime, resulting in more than a decade living on and off the streets. Facing struggles many of us cannot even imagine, Jesse knew he would die unless he turned his life around. Through sheer perseverance and newfound love, he managed to find his way back into the loving embrace of his Indigenous culture and family.
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Smile by Sarah Ruhl
The Story of a Face // In a series of meditations, Sarah Ruhl chronicles her journey of Bell's palsy which left the left side of her face completely paralyzed. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain postpartum depression, being a playwright and working mom to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness.
616.842 LP RUHL
Stare at Me by Joey Mullaney
How Being Blindsided Brings Life Into Focus // In this true story about his life so far, Joey Mullaney reveals how he came to terms with the unthinkable. Teens and young adults will see pieces of themselves and their experiences in Joey's journey of acceptance. And they'll laugh along with Joey as he stutters and stumbles his way to discovering his true identity and finding his place in the world. This is more than an inspirational memoir. It's the voice of a trusted friend that empowers every reader - the geek, the misfit, the introvert, the class president, the jock - to stare down whatever faces them and say, "I got this."
All the Feels by Olivia Dade
The Show That Changed Television // Alexander Woodroe has a starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he's dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling. Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult, but the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep it professional, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness. When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants: her.
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