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The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein
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Renee Feuer is a spirited but floundering Princeton graduate student when she first catches the eye of living math legend Noam Himmel. Their courtship is an intellectual one, spiced with heady discussions on philosophy and math with an occasional dash of physics thrown in. Once the blush of new romance wears off, however, Renee finds intellectual theory wanting as she struggles to come to terms with orthodox Jewish upbringing, her own sexuality, and the husband who is physically present but mentally absent as he works on his next great theory.

In addition to being an unusually thoughtful, coming-of-age story, the book paints a fascinating insider portrait of the highs and lows of life in the insular world of academia. While there were a few moments where I found Renee a little too self-absorbed to be wholly sympathetic, her smart, witty voice keeps the narrative moving towards and ending that is surprisingly satisfying on both an intellectual and emotional level.
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October 6, 2007 – Shelved
December 14, 2007 – Shelved as: fiction

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