Two Thumbs Up! Campbell Library Staff Picks

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Looking for something good to read, watch, or listen to?  Look no further!
The staff at the Campbell Library has got you covered with our favorites.
All items are available at the library.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson.
Allison says "This book juxtaposes the creation of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago from 1892-1893 with the creation of infamous serial killer Henry H. Holmes. The book is well researched and captivating."

The Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.
Tina says "The novels are set in a modern day, northern California small town showing neighbors helping neighbors, strong female characters, and wonderful, not too explicit romances with a fair amount of humor. Most of the books honor the military and veterans.

The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir is Christina's favorite book the year so far.
Mark Watney is part of a manned expedition to Mars when he and his crew are overtaken by a massive storm. A freak accident knocks him out and he is left to figure out how to survive on Mars alone. Christina says, "You feel like you're there with Watney. Plus, this book has one of the best opening lines ever.  Check it out and let me know if you agree!"

New Orleans Piano
Daniel recommends New Orleans Piano by Professor Longhair.
Enjoy the music of a man whose influence on American music far outstripped the recognition he deserved during his playing days.

Throw Out Fifty Things
Shu-Hua likes Throw Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke, also available in Chinese.
"This book has real examples that inspire you how to appreciate life, develop self-confidence as well as to overcome difficulties with a positive attitude. It is not just a book which tells you how to organize your personal belongings, but also your mental clutter."

Hail to the Thief
Anne says you can't miss Radiohead's Hail to the Thief.
"Often overlooked by Radiohead fans, Hail to the Thief is less cohesive than their other albums, and therein lies the appeal- all of the songs on it are unique. Standout tracks include 2+2=5, Sail to the Moon and I Will."

Midnight Riot
likes Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch.
A police procedural set in a world where magic is real, the book delves into the gritty reality of maintaining order in London where crime sometimes blurs into the fantastical.

Finding Vivian Maier
Jane recommends the documentary Finding Vivian Maier.
This recent Academy Award nominee is the true story of a reclusive nanny who is now considered a great, prolific street photographer.  The film puts together the puzzle of her life and her art.

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