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The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

Norton JusterThe Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster is absolutely delightful, featuring a love triangle between a “sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love with a dot”, who was of course hanging out with “a wild and unkempt squiggle”.  Accompany your reading with the short animated film on YouTube (and apparently also as a special feature in The Glass Bottom Boat DVD, of which we own 3 copies, so feel free to check that out).

The overall structure of the plot arc is quite predictable, but that’s not where the charm of this wonderful romance lies. Part of it, I’m sure, is just in the fact that it was written in the 60s, so some of the phrasing is a touch quaint reading it now, but I want to say that the charm of it is simply in the fact that this is a mathematical romance. It’s dedicated to Euclid! There are math puns & references everywhere (though some of them smarter than others), and the entire novel(la) is overall a delightful romp. And as some of you know, despite math not being anywhere near my forte, I have a love of it all the same. You don’t really learn anything about shapes or math in any way apart from how to creatively apply lines and shapes, but that’s why it’s a romance in lower mathematics, right?*

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The Female Persuasion

book cover of The Female PersuasionIn Meg Wolitzer’s latest novel, The Female Persuasion, Greer Kadetsky has a life-changing encounter when she meets renowned feminist and author Faith Frank at a college lecture. Greer has always been ambitious, excelling at school, yet shy and afraid to speak her mind. In Faith, she finds a mentor who gives her the confidence to use her voice. When Greer lands her dream job working at Faith’s women’s foundation, Loci, she is excited to help women share their stories and shine a light on issues such as pay inequality and workplace harassment. But Greer’s idealistic view of Loci is put to the test when she discovers the venture capital firm funding the foundation has been involved in some shady practices. Continue reading

Pamela’s Picks: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

Even though One Of Us Is Lying is marketed to young adults, I’m an adult and I loved it. The author describes it as ‘the breakfast club with murder.’ Five high school teens get detention –  Bronwyn the brain, Addy the beauty, Nate the criminal, Cooper the athlete and Simon the outcast. Before detention ends Simon is dead. He had made lots of enemies by publishing students’ personal secrets on his app and was about to publish secrets about the four others in detention. This means that when foul play is suspected they are all suspects in his murder. So, who killed Simon and why?

This is one of the few books I read recently that I can call a page turner and I stayed up until around 4:00am one night to finish it. The characters are well drawn and individualistic and I was hoping that none of them was the killer. The ending was a big surprise and something that I hadn’t been expecting at all. If you’re looking for an enthralling read try this book.