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“The Most Dangerous Place on Earth,” by Lindsey Lee Johnson
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In a sheltered community of wealthy Bay Area families, Molly Nicholl, a replacement teacher from a poorer, scrubbier version of California, arrives mid-school year and soon becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknownst to her, a tragedy from their middle school years continues to reverberate among her students: Callista, a hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own; Ryan, the star pitcher and sex object; Dave, the nice kid whose parents’ obsession with his SAT scores threatens to upend his life; Emma, a dancer who balances her dreams of bright stage lights with wildness on the weekends; and Nick, the uneasy kingpin of schemes, pranks and parties. These teens are all navigating a world in which every action may become public — postable, shareable, indelible – and dangerous.
“Storm in a Teacup: the physics of everyday life,” by Helen Czerski
Take a look up at the stars on a clear night and you get a sense that the universe is vast and full of mysteries beyond comprehension. But did you know that the key to unveiling the secrets of the cosmos is as close as the nearest toaster? In “Storm in a Teacup,” Helen Czerski seeks to alter the way we see everything around us by linking ordinary objects and occurrences, like popcorn popping and fridge magnets to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis or innovative medical testing. She guides us through the principles of gases (“Explosions in the kitchen are considered a bad idea but occasionally a small one produces something delicious”); gravity (drop some raisins in a bottle of carbonated lemonade and watch the dancing raisins at the bottom bumping into each other); and time (why it takes so long for ketchup to come out of a bottle.) Along the way, she provides answers to vexing questions: How does water travel from the roots of a redwood tree to its crown? How do ducks keep their feet warm when walking on ice? Why does milk, when added to tea, look like billowing storm clouds? Czerski shares her breadth of knowledge to lift the veil of familiarity from the ordinary.