Excited to finally be reading Figuring, out this month from Pantheon.

The author is the brilliant Maria Popova who “writes about what she reads” on Brain Pickings, which is more than a blog, but rather like the elegant connections from an admirable mind. (And if you’ve missed Brain Pickings in the past, run don’t walk. It will be worth the trip.)

Figuring is an extension of that not-exactly-blog, but now in book form. As the author reported on Brain Pickings a while ago:

I have composed a book. It only took twelve years of Brain Pickings and the most beautiful, difficult, disorienting experience of my personal life.

Figuring (public library) explores the complexities, varieties, and contradictions of love, and the human search for truth, meaning, and transcendence, through the interwoven lives of several historical figures across four centuries — beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Sound promising? You can order a copy here.

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