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Paddy's Lament, Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred
Thomas Gallagher
Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
Jenny K. Blake
When in French: Love in a Second Language
Lauren Collins
Beyond the Job Description: How Managers and Employees Can Navigate the True Demands of the Job
Jesse Sostrin
Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing
David Hubel, Margaret S. Livingstone
Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer: A Creative Companion and Workbook
Harold Davis
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Sherry Turkle
Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)
Roberto Valenzuela
Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl, Harold S. Kushner
Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection
Jacob Silverman

The Housekeeper and the Professor

The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yōko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder A beautiful little book, the story of a hired housekeeper taking care of an eccentric math professor in Japan, and her 10 year old son. The professor reveals the beauty of mathematics (I got glimpses of it, but much of it is still mysterious to me!) to the housekeeper, and somewhat to her son. The professor has a 80 minute limit on his short-term memory, and has long term memories only prior to an accident many years early. The housekeeper is sympathetic to his plight. The professor is surprisingly connected to her son, and they communicate through their love of baseball. Because the housekeeper is a single mother and poor, the son has never been to a live game. As a treat for a birthday, she arranges to take both the professor and her son to a game. It's a pretty overwhelming experience on a lot of levels for them, especially the professor who has a fear of crowds. But it is touching to see how they work together.