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Monday Night Book Club Reads Her Hidden Genius by Marie Benedict

March 13, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our Monday group will be discussing Marie Benedict’s novel of Rosalind Franklin’s life.  You can join us by borrowing the book at our circulation desk and registering for the zoom meeting.  All adults are welcome at our book discussions.  If you need the book in another format or prefer an electronic version, you can borrow the ebook from Hoopla or ask Beth Van Ness to order what you need.  Call the library at 860-693-5800 or email bvanness@libraryconnection.info.  You can use the registration link in this listing to let us know you want to join on Zoom.

Benedict adeptly brings forward another accomplished, intriguing, and unjustly overlooked or oversimplified real-life woman in a welcoming and involving historical novel. Here she returns to the realm of science, where she began with The Other Einstein (2016), to fictionalize the life of English chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin. Readers are privy to Rosalind’s inner world as she refuses to be deterred by family objections to her nontraditional life or derailed by the sexism she encounters in academia. She thrives in a congenial lab in Paris, where she makes extraordinary breakthroughs, falls in problematic love, and ignores cautions about working with radiation. Back in England, Rosalind, as Benedict so vividly elucidates, makes groundbreaking discoveries of the molecular structure of viruses and DNA, only to have Francis Crick and James Watson take credit for her work. Benedict subtly foreshadows Rosalind’s death at 37 from ovarian cancer while conveying her vitality, conviction, and passion as she designs and conducts exacting experiments, writes and presents numerous significant papers, travels, and climbs mountains. Tough, forthright, and assiduous, Rosalind insists on doing science right and for the right reasons. Readers inspired to learn more about Franklin will enjoy Howard Markel’s biography, The Secret of Life (2021). Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.



March 13, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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