Lexington Staff Picks

Michael:
A Prayer for Owen Meany

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions / Randall Munroe
Summary: Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last? In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion. The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.

Devin
Creepy Carrots

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever / Barbara Robinson
Summary: The six horrible Herdmans, the worst children in the history of the world, take over the annual Christmas pageant.

Erica:
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me / Jenny Slate & Dean Fleischer-Camp
Summary: Follows Marcel the Shell as he introduces his neighbors, favorite activities, and home.

Paula:
Before I go to sleep Before I Go To Sleep / S.J. Watson
Summary: An amnesiac attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor.
Alex:
A Load of Hooey Someone / Alice McDermott
Summary: The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age.

Odelia:
You Are My I Love You You Are My I Love You / Maryann Cusimano
Summary: Illustrations and rhyming text describe how a parent and child complement one another.
Cassandra:
Visions Blackwood Farm / Anne Rice
Summary:From bestselling author Anne Rice comes this first-in-a-series novel. Blackwood Farm introduces a sexy, eccentric young gentleman, haunted by his doppelganger--a goblin from the spirit world.
Christina:  
The Five People You Meet In Heaven Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister / Gregory Maguire
Summary: We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty... and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?
Sabine: 
Echoes Echoes / Maeve Binchy
Summary:  David Power and Clare O'Brien both grew up dreaming of escape from the battered seaside town of Castlebay, but they might as well have had the ocean between them. David is the cherished son of a prosperous doctor, while Clare lives with her large family behind their faltering store, longing for a moment of quiet to study. When they both go to university in Dublin—he as a matter of course, she on a hard-won scholarship—their worlds collide. They find freedom in each other until the families, lovers, and secrets they left in Castlebay come back to haunt them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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