I'm finishing things too quickly!

Yoko Ogawa is a new favorite of mine.  I finished The Housekeeper and the Professor. It's about a man, the Professor, who is a math genius and who was injured in a car accident in 1975 and can only remember the last 80 minutes and the Housekeeper, a young single mom who helps take care of him.  Every morning, the Housekeeper has to introduce herself to the Professor, who pins notes to his suit so that he can remember things.  When he finds out the Housekeeper has a 10 year old son who's home alone, the Professor has her bring the son with her.  The son gets nicknamed Root and the rest of the novel is about the interactions between these three people.  It's a beautifully written, lyrical book that is sweet and sad.  I jotted down a few notes about the math to look up later then spent a few hours reading up on Wikipedia on the numbers and theories.  It is really a book I can't recommend too highly.  a 7.

I also read a graphic novel, Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction, David Aja and Javier Pulido.  It's about Hawkeye, Clint Barton, from the Avengers movie.  Yeah, the guy who brought a bow and arrows to the superhero fight.  I had heard (maybe from another blogger) that this collection was good and it absolutely is.  It's about what he's doing when he's not Avengering...working for SHIELD, going to barbecues, rescuing dogs.  It's quite funny and would make a damn fine movie.  a 6.  

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