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Figuring

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Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected 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.  Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists—mostly women, mostly queer—whose public contribution have risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.  Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures—Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman—and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

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Avon Free Library 305.435 POP (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52113300489612
Available
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Geneva Public Library 305.43 POP (Text)
Second Floor New Books
52118300966824
Available
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Lima Public Library MCN 305.43 POP (Text)
McNaughton
52139000869266
Checked out
05/31/2019
Walworth-Seely Public Library 305.43 Popova (Text)
Adult New Materials
52129300945858
Checked out
05/28/2019
Wood Library Association - Canandaigua 305.43 POP (Text)
Adult New Materials
31846002846292
Checked out
05/17/2019
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.

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