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Tuesday Night Book Group

  • GHCL Annex 7306 Southwest Oleson Road Portland, OR, 97223 United States (map)

This book group meets on the second Tuesday of every month.

Download a printable list of the 2019 Book Group selections.

Our September selection is The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Albert Einstein may not have been the only mastermind behind his groundbreaking ideas about relativity; it turns out the renowned theoretical physicist collaborated a great deal with his first wife, Mileva Maric´—a Serbian woman of modest means who was one of the few women to study math and science at the Zurich Polytechnic School where the two meet.

In her compelling novel, Benedict shows how Mileva transforms from a sheltered girl into a personally and professionally fulfilled young woman as she meets other educated women like her in the Swiss boarding house near her school and, through her new acquaintance Albert Einstein, engages in theoretical discussions with male colleagues during which her intelligence is both admired and supported.

But Albert and Mileva are a product of their times; the turn of the century wasn’t exactly a liberating time for women, and the self-centered Albert has no compunctions about deleting her name from papers they assiduously work on together. Their tenuous personal life (including a child he ignores), his affairs, and his insistence that his wife be more possession than spouse causes the marriage to implode.

Did giving Mileva his Nobel Prize earnings assuage his guilt for her unacknowledged assistance and confirm her contribution to his work? Benedict makes a strong case that the brilliant woman behind him was integral to his success, and creates a rich historical portrait in the process.

-from Publishers Weekly

Copies are limited; ask in library for available copies.

This event is free / Everyone is invited

Earlier Event: September 7
Harvesting and Saving Heirloom Seeds
Later Event: September 11
Board Game Night