For this week’s book review, I am reblogging this wonderful review of one of my favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, by one of my favorite bloggers, ecofiction author and environmental lawyer PJ Lazos. I think one of the reasons this book still inspires and has stood the test of time is that it integrates both the arts and sciences. There are many ways to be a light in the darkness. . .
For my bloggy friend, K. L. Allendoerfer, at A Thousand Finds, neuroscientist, violinist, educator and geocacher extraordinaire, who knows the power of reading and science and credits L’Engle for sparking her interest in both!
If I had read Madeleine L’Engle’s book, A Wrinkle in Time when I was young, there’s a good chance I would have pursued a career in science. First published in 1962 before the concept of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) became a colloquialism for young women — a rallying cry, really — L’Engle’s book reads like a STEM Sisters manifesto, a how-to on being a girl and not being afraid to shine, even if it means being better than a boy in math or science. Today, a measly 12% of female bachelor students go into STEM careers, yet, I posit, that had more girls read A Wrinkle in Timeas…
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