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Feb 26

Put Your Literature to the Test by Vanesa Gomez

Posted on February 26, 2021 at 2:07 PM by Genesis Gaule

The Bechdel Test is famous for two reasons:

  • Firstly, due to the very simple and minimal standards that a piece of media needs to meet to pass.
  • Secondly, due to the sheer volume of stories that do not meet said standards.

The original test, first mentioned in Alison Bechdel’s comic, asks if in a piece of media there are two (named) women who talk to each other about something that is not a man.

A six panel comic featuring two women talking about their 3 requirements to see a movie.

With the rise in popularity, many have compared these standards to films and constantly updated lists of films. Many other tests have created a checklist for films and books. For example, the Vito Russo Test measures how LGBT characters are portrayed in films (they cannot be used just as a punchline to a joke, and their character must be tied into the plot).

What exactly do these tests indicate? Why do people care? The answer to both is inclusivity. While the Bechdel test shouldn’t be the gold standard for feminist literature, it is a step towards recognizing when women are not fleshed out. Representation and diversity in our stories matter.

If you are interested in reading some female-centric books, here are some available for checkout from our library.

The Devil Wears Prada

by Lauren Weisberger
FICTION CD Audiobook

A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

by Maria Semple

After her infamous mother goes missing, Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng
FICTIONebookCD Audiobook

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that threatens to upend a carefully ordered community.

The Power

by Naomi Alderman 

What would happen if women suddenly possessed a fierce new power?

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

Set in the near future, the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans.

Feb 22

Book Notes 2/22/21

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

Open books and the words book notes


The Campbell Library is open to the public Mondays/Fridays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (4-7pm). We also offer Front Door Pick Up and half hour appointments for browsing or computer use Wednesdays (9am-5pm) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (9am-4pm).

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.


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Feb 19

Can You Hear the Music Playing? by Cody Rasmussen

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 2:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

photograph of a pair of apple ear buds laying on top of classical sheet music

Music. If there is a single thing that has maintained itself throughout the ages, it is music. Humans have been keen on the creation of music since prehistoric times. Before the creation of musical instruments, the greatest instrument a person could have was their own voice. From singing around the fire to various ceremonies, it was a part of human culture and it has only expanded since then. Singing is a part of modern life, where you can hear it coming from the smallest child to the oldest adult. As long as they are able to take a breath, you will hear voices in the air. Even though some may be off key.

backlit photo of man singing on a stage surrounded by blue light with cheering fans below

Music can be found in various forms now, from the vocals to the various instruments that are used to play the music. Flutes and trumpets, pianos and guitars, even various parts of the body apart from the vocal cords have become musical instruments. From soothing classical to the blaring of heavy metal, music shapes to each person’s own desires. Music is an idea that connects the entire world together. If we continue to create music, we will continue to show who we are as humans.

photo of a tambourine, snare drum with drumsticks, a guitar, and electric keyboard shot from above

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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