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The Other Einstein
The Other Einstein: A Novel | Marie Benedict
There was more than one genius in this marriage. A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, a novel of Albert Einstein's wife, the devoted mother of the three children they had together, and a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.
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BkClubCare
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Pickpick

Sharing a quote from the author note: “The purpose of The Other Einstein is not to diminish Albert Einstein's contribution to humanity and science but to share the humanity behind his scientific contributions. The Other Einstein aims to tell the story of a brilliant woman whose light has been lost in Albert's enormous shadow-that of Mileva Maric.“
#Bookclub 📚 This was a tough listen; at times, I just didn‘t want to be in her head anymore. ⬇️

BkClubCare But, given the research and the speculation and the setting in history, it is super easy to surmise that Al was not a humble man. Given what little facts are known, it is truly easy to think he would have acted as described and she would have had few choices. 6mo
Nute Limited choices for women in those times. You are precisely right. Still I wanted more from her in defense of herself. Maybe that was an unfair expectation on my part. 6mo
BkClubCare @Nute - sure, I get it. 6mo
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Caroline2
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Ohh 😯 I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while now. 👍 #kindledeal

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j.rye
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Anyone else hate how this book makes you feel? Aka skeezy and uncomfortable?

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5280reader
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Pickpick

Tore through this audiobook! Such an interesting historical fiction account of Mileva Maric, Einstein‘s brilliant first wife. It‘s a little hard to personally reconcile how Albert treated her with his historical genius persona. Have to keep in mind that this is a fictional account of real people. Still an engaging read! #bookspin #Septemberbookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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SLSbooks
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I can‘t decide if I enjoyed reading The Other Einstein or not … because I am SO angry that the history books have glorified Albert Einstein while he abused his wife and the mother of his children. Marie Benedict has done a great job at illuminating the wrongs of history in her works. I‘m officially a fan.

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TheSpineView
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#ShowSomeLove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheKidUpstairs
Prompt: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

TheKidUpstairs This one sounds really interesting! 2y
LeeRHarry Didn‘t know about this day - but that‘s me! 👩🏼‍🔬 I‘ve stacked this one. 2y
TheSpineView @TheKidUpstairs @LeeRHarry I owe it but have not gotten around to reading it yet. 2y
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Sic_Corneille
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Mehso-so

So-So is the perfect rating, because I honestly don't know what to think about this book. I was really invested in the story and I felt every betrayal with Mileva. I then had to rationalize and not forget that it is a work of fiction, not a biography (strictly speaking). I would have loved more details, more facts. And sometimes the historical setting was a bit off, based on prejudices and preconceived ideas.

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angieinwonderland
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This book invoked all the emotions in me. It made me look up the settings , read the author's note when I normally may only skim it and do further research. Excited to read this author's other works as the writing style captivated me from the first page.
New year prompted a new author to discover and Marie Benedict did not disappoint.

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SerenaCrawford
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I read this over the summer of 2020—it was enjoyable but part way through I stopped reading and listened to on audio tape.

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PurpleTulipGirl
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“I smoothed the wrinkles on my freshly pressed white blouse, flattened the bow encircling my collar, and tucked back a stray hair into my tightly wound chignon.”

I know this is fiction based on filling in the gaps from letters and historical accounts, and it‘s a one-sided version, but it‘s making me really not like Albert Einstein.

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TheSpineView
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#ThankfulThoughts @Eggs
#Spouse

I thought this book fit the prompt because Einstein's wife lived in her spouse's shadow.

Crazeedi This was an interesting book 2y
Eggs It fits the prompt exquisitely! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
TheSpineView @Crazeedi I own it but have not read it yet. On the list though!😊 2y
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Nute
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Book Club loved it! I didn‘t. Make sure that you‘re down with Albert Einstein before you read it. Goodness, it was rough for him! Is it sensationalized? Oh, yes! Infused with wild and crazy speculation. It sparked an untamed newfound hatred for Mr. Einstein from all attending book club members. Every tongue dripped with bitter disgust. Was he this described scoundrel? idk Is his new legacy to be one of laziness and misogynistic tendencies? idk👇🏽

Nute This book paints him ugly and non-deserving of his accolades. But it‘s not HIS story. It is the story of the OTHER Einstein...Female Einstein...the XX-chromosomal intellectual. She, who was woman and physicist and mathematician and wife and mother. She, who was a contributor or possible author of a major scientific theory. I left this book not really knowing the answer to two of the most burning questions: Was he? Did she? Hmm...👇🏽 2y
Nute Yeah, I get that it is historical fiction. The author took a creative liberty which made me, the reader, do what we all do —> run to the internet to fact-check & confirm timelines. Conclusion: authors should take care when fictionalizing a real person. You can‘t help but despise Albert Einstein in the light of this book. Genius or no genius. Is it unfair to burn with rage against him? once again idk...this is fiction!!!
But the OTHER Einstein👇🏽
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Nute I wish that I had invested time in a work of non-fiction about Mileva Marić. She deserves that kind of attention. A female scientist in the era of when a woman‘s intellect was shunned in the scientific community. It‘s difficult to fathom what it was like back then for women having to quiet their voice and hide or downplay their intelligence.👇🏽 2y
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Nute I spent much of this reading experience yelling at Mileva to realize her self-worth and being enraged about “the sign of the times” and “proper etiquette.” The world was robbed of a bright shining star. The woman standing beside the man, not behind him.

I am thankful to the author for what I perceived as the gift of her book to young girls and women: Be your SMART self unapologetically for all the world to see. Shine your light!
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Butterfinger I enjoyed reading your review. 2y
KVanRead Well said 👏👏👏 2y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
obviateit Lovely review!! 2y
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Nute
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Book Club Reading.
It‘s a tough time for my family & I right now regarding my father‘s declining health. The only thing that is comforting other than shared time with family & friends is reading. The only thing that makes sense is the fact that books exist in the world.

Not sure that I would have picked this up outside of book club reading. The cover is lovely & there is the intrigue of discovering the just-as-brilliant woman behind Einstein.

TheSpineView So sorry about your father! **hugs** and prayers🙏 2y
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that. ❤️ I‘ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts . 2y
Aims42 You and your family are in my prayers 💕 2y
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squirrelbrain Sorry to hear about your father. Sending love ❤️ 2y
zezeki Sorry to hear about that. Sending love. 💕💕 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading I‘m so sorry to hear about your dad. Find comfort wherever you can and take care. ❤️ 2y
tenar Wishing comfort to you, your father, and your family 🙏 2y
DAB 🌷 🌹I totally agree with you. Book clubs do take me out of my comfort zone. I am praying for you family comfort and peace at this time. Stay strong. 💓 2y
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quietjenn So sorry about the rug time and your dad, but glad you have the comfort of books. Lots of love to you all. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Sending you light and ❤️. 2y
janeycanuck I‘m so sorry to hear about your dad, I‘m thinking about you & your family. 2y
Angeles Sorry about your dad. Best wishes for him and you 2y
SW-T Sorry about your dad. Hugs to you. 💗 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sending love & strength to you, your father, and your family. 💞 2y
Bookzombie I‘m sorry about your dad. Sending you positive vibes and love. 💕 2y
Reggie Sorry to hear about your dad. Sending ❤️. 2y
Santie Many hugs to you and your family. Sorry to hear about your dad. I‘m glad you have something that is keeping you grounded. I lost a friend a short while ago and not even books makes sense. 2y
Nute @TheSpineView Thank you, Ms. Lisa!💕 2y
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Nute I can never find enough words to express the depth of my gratitude!🥰 2y
Jess861 Thoughts are with you and your family! 2y
Nute @Jess861 Thank you, Ms. Jessica!💕 2y
vivastory I just now saw this. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Sending my best wishes and hope you find some comfort in a book 📚 2y
daisyheadmaesie I‘m so sorry about your dad‘s health... I hope you find comfort in all the lovely messages people sent you, and in knowing that your father and family will always be thankful for the time you spend with him. :) 2y
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DAB
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“The purpose of The Other Einstein is not to diminish Albert Einstein's contribution to humanity and science but to share the humanity behind his scientific contributions. The Other Einstein aims to tell the story of a brilliant woman whose light has been lost in Albert's enormous shadow-that of Mileva Maric.“

Too bad many of the contributions of Women have to be presented in these modern lights.

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DAB
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Pickpick

I loved this book from start to finish it was engaging and kept me going. Fastest book I have ever been through. Got me so caught up I forgot I was reading an historical fiction novel.

So now I am off to read a biography about Einstein.

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DAB

I am hoping that the author is embellishing about some areas of Mr. Einstein's life. Because if she is not, he was a donkey's rear end.

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DAB
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Albert Einstein was a jerk. Personal opinion. Read the book and judge for yourself.

TrishB To be honest, I‘d be very surprised if he wasn‘t. 2y
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DAB
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Mileva Mitza Maric and Albert Einstein or Mr. & Mrs. Einstein

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DAB
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I like her.

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DAB
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I think this is epic!

He gripped by forearms with is hands. “Miss Maric, I am madly in love you you. I promise that my love will never impede your profession. In fact, my love will only propel you forward in your work. Together, we will become the ideal bohemian couple-- equal in love and work.“

I really don't know much about Einstein and his wife but I can wait to get to the end to see if he kept his promise. Whoooooo

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DAB
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I want one of these moments in my life.

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DAB

😅How much can one share of a book with out giving it away. So distress for my main character right now and mad on her behalf. Maybe I am too emotional attach to this book at the moment. 🙄

I blame book club. 😠

katy4peas Stacked. I blame you. 😉😘 2y
DAB 😄@katy4peas Thanks. I should take responsibility. 😆 2y
DAB 😄@katy4peas Thanks. I should take responsibility. 😆 2y
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DAB

Thankful to our book club for forcing me to read another book 😻. Loving this read and after leaving Mansfield Park by Austen and heading right over to this novel I am having a ball. Love the young Einstein as described here.

#Mrbook
#leeloo

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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

I'm glad I finally read this one. I love that the main character is a female scientist trying to figure out how to navigate a male dominated field. I'm not sure how accurate the historical facts are in this one, but I can say it made for a great read.

#ReadingEurope2020 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle #Switzerland

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 2y
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smilingshelves
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#cleartheshelf Day 2 - 142 pages read

I had a reading buddy tonight. ☺️

Total - 290/1,692 pages

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smilingshelves
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#cleartheshelf Day 1 - 148 pages read

Since my goal is 100 pages a day, this was definitely better than I expected!

Total - 148/1,692 pages

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MallenNC
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I really enjoyed attending today‘s online event with Marie Benedict that was sponsored by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association! I love what she called her mission to bring attention to women overlooked by history. She answered my question, which was if there are other authors who she thinks are also writing books that achieve this goal. She named Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff. I know @Graciouswarriorprincess was there too!

Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC It was great! I have enjoyed her books. 3y
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CampbellTaraL
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Behind every great man was a woman used up and cast aside. At least that's how this story goes.

Mitza Maric was a fellow physics student and brilliant mathematician to Albert Einstein whom she ended up marrying. The story is a fictionalized account based on the historical documents and letters, and those who knew them. It's a less than stellar representation of Einstein, but not all that far-fetched considering the times and status of women.

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Bookwm85forever
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My favorite quote of the day. “I hope no outside force ever changes your velocity.” #bookclub #booknerd #bookworm #bookaddict

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Barnes and Noble Book Haul books. I love Historical Fiction but don't read a ton of Adult books. I picked these two because I know I love the genre. Not pictured here are the books my mom got. The Book Haul tote is on the bottom. The third book is my planner. I love ot because it's set up like a Bullet Journal with weekly and monthly spreads.

Have you gone to the B&N Book Haul yet? If not are you planning to? What books did you get?

Ravenclawsbookshelf Tagged is the first book of the two I'll read once I finish a current read. 3y
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a.bookish.byrd
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️
This one sure leaves a lot that can be debated, doesn‘t it? Of course this is fiction but I don‘t want to think that Einstein was as terrible as he is painted here.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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How many women‘s achievements are relabelled or have been bundled into the achievements of men?

I haven‘t read this one yet...

KCorter Yeah, the title turned me off too. 4y
marleed Oh I read you! I‘ve had this pet peeve for years when I receive an email from ADoctorsWife or AnOfficersWife or AllMyKidsArePerfectMom. Its reminded me often Don‘t Do That! 4y
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rachelm
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You guys, moral of the story is don‘t marry Albert Einstein. Just saying.

Many good moments, but some really repetitive writing that was especially obvious when hearing.

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Laughterhp
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I almost stuck completely to my TBR list for April! Here‘s all the books I read this month!

Read: 13
Officially bailed on 1

Genres Read:
5 Romance
3 Historical Fictions
1 YA
2 Science Fiction
2 Mystery

10 women authors
3 #MountTBR
2 #ReadingWomenChallenge
3 #ReadHarderChallenge
1 #Booked2019
4 #ReadingUSA2019

Favorite Reads: Firefly Big Damn Hero & Between The Devil and the Duke

#AprilWrapUp #SpringIntoReading #AprilStats #AprilReads

Laughterhp @BarbaraBB Ahh I forgot to include that! I read 4 I think this month!! 4y
BarbaraBB I thought so 😀😘 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great! 📖💖 4y
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Mehso-so

Breezed through this one tonight while doing stuff around the house ... I liked the idea of the story, but parts of it were a little dry. It made me wonder how much of it is actually true (some of that was addressed in the author‘s note in the end) and I felt bad for “The Other Einstein” in many ways. Overall it kept my attention while being busy tonight!

rretzler Until I read the book, I believed that Einstein‘s first wife had actually helped him with his major discoveries. After I read it, I had totally changed my mind and felt that she was a hindrance to him. Not what the author intended, I‘m sure! I, like you, felt that it was only so-so. 4y
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kstadt929
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Moving and unpacking boxes of BOOKS while listening to a new audiobook 🎧📦

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Laughterhp
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Ahh this book was so good and so frustrating! It makes me so mad reading books about the past where women can‘t be as smart as they actually are and they have to fit stereotypes. The beginning of the story starts out promising and then Albert and Mitza‘s relationship implodes. I loved hearing Mitza‘s journey and story even if it was maddening.

#thereadingwomenchallenge - women in science
#ReadingUSA2019 - PA (Author)

Librarybelle 👍 4y
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Laughterhp
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Perfect Sunday morning - we cleaned up the yard last weekend, so we have a lot of stuff to burn. Trying to get a good fire going before the rain comes this afternoon.

#sundayreading #sundayreads #womeninscience #thereadingwomen

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Hooked_on_books
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I love the idea here of telling the story of Mileva Marić as she meets and eventually marries Albert Einstein as they both pursue physics. However, I didn‘t care for the writing style and found the book overly dramatic in a way that took away from the narrative rather than contributing to it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Pennsylvania (author from)
#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Laughterhp Glad to know this works for PA! This is on my TBR for April. 4y
Kaye I was wondering how this book would be. Great job on your states ! 4y
Hooked_on_books @kaye Thanks! I‘m way ahead of where I expected to be at this point. 26/50 4y
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Kaye Terrific ! This is an interesting challenge as we have such a wide variety to choose from. Not as restrictive as lots of them are . 4y
mellissimo I felt exactly the same way about this one. It's a shame since the story itself is so interesting! 4y
Librarybelle That‘s a shame about the book! It‘s on my tbr list...her new book has garnered a lot of praise, but it makes me wonder if it has the same type of writing style as this one. 4y
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle I have the exact same thought. I don‘t intend to read her again. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4y
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ozma.of.oz
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A fictionalized account of Einstein meeting his first wife while they were both studying physics in Zürich, their marriage, children, and eventual separation.

I'm not sure how much of the theory was Mileva's, but this story did inspire me to start looking for women's overlooked contributions to science and culture - which should definitely include women taking care of the domestic responsibilities leaving their husbands free to "work." ?????

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Book mail!

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘ve been spending the morning doing some miscellaneous PR stuff for the library and keeping an eye on things in Children‘s, so now it‘s time to make some more progress with “The Other Einstein,” and the kombucha I just cracked open! 😋 #theothereinstein #mariebenedict

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sammisho
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It never fails...I am having a crappy day and something from this community will cheer me up! Thank you so much @Lynnsoprano for the gift. I am looking forward to reading this! #kindlitsy

Lynnsoprano Glad to be of service 😘 Enjoy! 4y
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#booked2019 This is my new to you author. I have never read Maria Benedict, but immediately interest because it features a female scientist. This book made me sad and angry specifically with Albert Einstein. Maleva his first wife is a victim of her time. The story develops slowly following Maleva to school in Switzerland through her divorce from Albert. Well written with a strong feminist voice and an easy way of relating the science.

Cinfhen Great Review and nice job on completing prompt ~ tagging @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 4y
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C.Perone
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Mehso-so

The writing was good enough that I would read another book by Ms. Benedict; the story however, pissed me off (which might actually be a testament to the writing). Mileva was equally responsible for the derailing of her future though she chose to place the blame solely on Albert.

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C.Perone
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Next up

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Deborah42
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Pickpick

Albert Einstein met his first wife while they were both studying physics in the 1890s. She was a brilliant student, and the only female. She and Albert fell in love, married, and co-authored several papers together. However, Mitza‘s name never appeared in print. There is speculation that she came up with the theory of relativity, and her husband took the credit.
Another historical male figure who was (probably) a flaming shithead? Shocker.

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Panpan

Benedict's telling of the woman behind one of the greatest minds falls flat. Her writing style, which consists of short, choppy, basic sentences that have little to no imagination and lack in description made this book hard to read. She starts too many sentences with "I". Needless to say, I had to push through to even finish this book. Too many liberties taken and poor writing.

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TheSpineView
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I went to Target to get a few things and came home with a new book. At least I kept it to one. I thought about a couple more but I have years worth to read. Someone please tell how to read for a living!

MinDea I enjoyed this one! 4y
TheSpineView Good! I have heard mixed things. 4y
Crazeedi Good book! 4y
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kricheal
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Mehso-so

I know that this book takes place in the early 1900's and times were different, BUT I really hated Albert Einstein. Who knew he could be a villain? #55

JennyM I felt the same way about him after reading this book! 4y
MaGoose I also felt like that after reading this book. 4y
TNbookworm I felt the same way! 4y
paulfrankspencer I'm sure a proper biography would be better, but the Einstein episode of Timesuck with Dan Cummins will also make you ambivalent about Einstein. If you can tolerate some irreverence and lots of language, that's an entertaining way to learn more. 4y
Mollyanna Agreed! 4y
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