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John

 

If you had a Super Power, what would it be?

Super stretching, like Plastic Man or Elastigirl. It would be fun to turn into a ball and bounce around, or turn into a hang glider to get places. And also, I think it is hilarious that no matter what I turn into, I still have to stay the same colors as my skin and clothes. I feel like turning into a flesh colored parachute would be much creepier in person than it is portrayed in comics.

Author you love to hate:

Erik Larson, author of popular history books like The Devil in the White City and  In the Garden of Beasts. I have never read any of his books, but the most common response I get when I tell people I studied and love history is “ooh, have you read Devil in the White City?” At this point, I refuse to read his books just because somehow he became synonymous with history books.

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you?

If they made a movie about me I hope it would be a cartoon and I would want British comedian Noel Fielding to voice me. Although this might not be the most true to life film, I hope it would be able to catch my essence.

 

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062660251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - July 3rd, 2018

First off, this book is not what it seems. When I started the story, which chronicles the life of Romy
Silvers, a 15 year old girl left the captain and sole survivor on a rocket sent from earth millions of
lightyears away to start life on a nearby, earth-like planet, I expected a standard coming of age drama
about a girl forced to grow up alone. But as I kept reading, things changed drastically, going from typical
YA drama to romance, and even to mystery and horror. One of my favorite things that a book can do is
genuinely surprise me, and go in a direction I was not expecting, and this book did that multiple times,
incredibly effectively. Once I thought I had the story figured out, the plot shifts in a way that completely
shifted everything upside down. Although this might sound chaotic, the strength of James’s main
character, Romy, keeps the book focused and that much more compelling, as I found myself connecting
with Romy, feeling her times of joy as well as sorrow. This is an incredibly unique book that I cannot
recommend highly enough.


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Vox Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780440000785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - August 21st, 2018

Set in a near-future dystopia where all women in America are limited to speaking 100 words a day, this book brings up themes, like the psychological damage of censorship and the importance of language in our culture, that are incredibly thought provoking. However, these themes are perfectly encased in mysterious, almost spy-like thriller, making this book a thoughtful page-turner


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Beowulf: A New Verse Translation Cover Image
By Seamus Heaney (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

In this edition, Heaney manages to provide a pleasant poetic line while not sacrificing translational accuracy of the classic epic. Each facing page contains the original Old English. Heaney's translation is good for students of the text who want to understand its development as well as anyone who wants an engaging, classic read of the first English Epic.