For May, my book club is reading Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor. I typically read the book a few days before the meeting, however I was able to borrow someone's copy for a couple of weeks so I read it early. (Hopefully I'll remember most of the details for the meeting in two weeks!) This is a short book that was translated from Japanese. It's about a housekeeper who is sent to work for a professor whose memory only lasts 80 minutes. Each day she arrives at work is like meeting the professor again for the first time. He does still have the memory of the years before his accident, but it stops there (25+ years before) and then only retains the last 80 minutes of each day. Prior to the accident that damaged his memory, he was a Mathematics Professor and he is passionate about numbers (especially prime numbers) and spends his time working to solve complex math problems. He talks about numbers and equations with such a passion that the housekeeper and her son are drawn into his view of the exquisitiveness of numbers. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it for anyone who enjoys a good story and might be interested in learning about amicable numbers, perfect numbers, twin primes, and Euler's formula.
I first read about J.P. Martin's children's book Uncle on Sian's blog, and since we enjoy many similar books I knew I wanted a copy for my library. This book was originally published in the UK and the stories were created by J.P. Martin to entertain his children. Later, his children wanted him to write the stories down so they could share them with their own children, which led to the book. I think this would be a fun book for bed time reading as it involves a fictional fantasy world. Uncle is a rich elephant who rules over Homeward and has numerous rather fun and peculiar friends. There's also the Badfort crowd led by Beaver Hateman, who are always out to get Uncle. Their skirmishes are humerous and the entire book requires quite an imagination - totally fun reading.
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