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Girls Rock at Math, Says Wonder Years Star Danica McKellar

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New York Times bestselling author Danica McKellar, perhaps best known for playing Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, is not only a talented actress, but is also a fantastic writer. All of her books so far have been non-fiction and encourage middle-and high-school girls to succeed in mathematics. McKellar herself actually holds a degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. This past February saw the publication of Ten Magic Butterflies, the latest addition of McKellar’s books. Others include Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who’s Boss, and Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, among others. This coming June, be sure to look for her book Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction. …

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Science and Humor Explode in Weike Wang’s ‘Chemistry’

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I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the book Chemistry! Author Weike Wang’s unnamed narrator, a Chinese-American Ph.D. student, lives with her redheaded boyfriend behind her traditional parents’ backs. Despite the high expectations for their daughter to become a chemist, she is unable to be successful in her research, losing interest in her male dominated field and having difficulty making decisions regarding her career and her relationship. The boyfriend proposed but she is just not feeling it enough to say yes, yet she doesn’t immediately say no. Caught in ambiguity, with nonscientific questions of the heart on her mind, and confusion about her future hanging in the balance, she searches inside herself to understand who she is, flaws and…

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