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Feb 26

Put Your Literature to the Test by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified 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.

Oct 16

Book Notes 10/12/2020

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 16, 2020 at 3:10 PM by Genesis Gaule

Open books and the words book notes


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

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs

After Rebecca encountered a humpback whale stranded on a beachfront, she began to wonder how the lives of whales reflect the condition of our oceans, blending natural history, philosophy, and science to write this book.

I Have Something to Tell You by Chasten Buttigieg

This uplifting memoir tells of the obstacles Chasten faced to get where he is now and the mundane to surprising moments that he’s spent with his husband Pete on Pete’s presidential campaign.

Girls of Summer by Nancy Thayer

Recovered from a brutal divorce two decades earlier and perfectly satisfied with living on her own, Lisa still falls for Mack, despite him being ten years her junior. Juliet and Theo are worried that Mack will break their mother’s heart, but they’re faced with challenges and romances of their own.

Devolution by Max Brooks

After the chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption finally settles, the journals of resident Kate Holland are recovered from the bloody wreckage of the Greenloop massacre. They tell a harrowing story that, if true, might mean we have to accept the impossible: that Bigfoot walks among us.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

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