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Maria Popova

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About the Author

Maria Popova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. She is the winner of the 2007 Edward S. Corwin Award from the American Political Science Association for best dissertation in the field of public law and the 2006 Sumner Dissertation Prize in the show more Department of Government at Harvard University. Her writings have been published in Comparative Political Studies, Demokratizatsiya, Europe-Asia Studies, Journal of East European Law, and Konstitutsionnoe Pravo: Vostochnoevropeiskoe Obozrenie. show less

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Image credit: Photograph by Allan Amato, taken at Pioneer Works

Works by Maria Popova

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Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words (2015) — Introduction, some editions — 264 copies
Dear Data: A Friendship in 52 Weeks of Postcards (2016) — Foreword, some editions — 195 copies

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"In the stillness of reading, the silence save for the sandpapery sound of my fingers turning the page, I was born. In the quiet of a summer afternoon spent in a hammock, of a winter night spent sneaking under the covers with a flashlight, dawned the awareness, slow but unmistakable, that I was not alone."
-Dani Shapiro, page 50

This book is just what it claimed to be- a collection of letters by various well-known (and some not quite as well-known) readers to younger readers. It is what I might label as a coffee table book; it's an imposing size, has a beautiful cover, contains beautiful artwork inside, and doesn't have to be read in order. Each spread had a letter on the left page and an accompanying illustration on the right page.

For me, it was much more than the kind of book you buy just to impress guests by keeping it in a prominent spot in your living room. Since the title says the letters are written to a "young" reader, I was not quite as young as the intended audience. But the letters I found within helped me feel understood as a young adult reader. Some of the letters I loved the most were those by Laura Brown-Lavoie (page 18), Dani Shapiro (50), and Pamela Paul (218).
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Dances_with_Words | 3 other reviews | Jan 6, 2024 |
Popova's The Snail with the Right Heart has a little bit of everything beautiful in it. A lovely story about how both physical and gender diversity is an amazing part of our natural world.

Jeremy is a land snail and as such is a hermaphrodite. Super cool but perhaps more compelling is that Jeremy has a rare gene causing a mutation of 'situs inversus'.

Do read The Snail with the Right Heart to benefit from Popova's knowledgeable, sweet and optimistic outlook on our world. And to experience happiness from Ping Zhu's bright, warm, welcoming and friendly illustrations.… (more)
 
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Bookish59 | Mar 7, 2023 |
A Velocity of Being is a wonderful collection of letters written by writers, performers, celebrities and others about their own experience of reading, about their own love of reading and about how important reading has been in their lives. The letters are addressed to young people and offer plenty of encouragement to read, read broadly and read more.
Each letter faces a wonderful picture that illustrates the points made in the letter.
Both the artwork and the letters are worthwhile on their own, but combined they create a wonderful, inviting and memorable book.
My personal favorite was the illustrated story by Chris Ware, a story about reading a book, turning it up unexpectedly decades later and then preserving it to pass along to someone else. It is a charming, heartwarming and enchanting story and is alone worth the time to read this wonderful volume.
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PaulLoesch | 3 other reviews | Apr 2, 2022 |
يتتبع الشبكة المعقدة التي تربط شخصيات مهمة عبر التاريخ، من الشاعر الألماني فون غوته والمخترع نيكولا تيسلا إلى أول عالمة فلك أمريكية ماريا ميتشل والشاعر رالف والدو إيمرسون. تلتقط بوبوفا نسيج هذه الحيوات المختلفة وتقتفي أثرها التاريخي، كاشفةً عن القوة الدافعة التي توحدهم جميعاً.
لقد ترك العديد من الشخصيات التاريخية المهمة موروثات تتفرع بطرق مفاجئة وغير متوقعة، وتتصل مع أشخاص آخرين من تخصصات وأماكن وأزمنة مختلفة. أدت هذه الروابط أحياناً إلى تغيير ثقافي كبير، واكتشافات علمية وابتكارات رائدة. من علماء الفلك إلى الشعراء، ومن السياسيين إلى المخترعين، فإن القوة الدافعة التي تربط العقول العظيمة في التاريخ هي سعيهم المشترك لإدراك الجمال والحقيقة.
الحقيقة هي أن صدى الحياة يتردد في اتجاهات عديدة ولفترة طويلة بعد الرحيل. في هذا الكتاب، نتابع هذه الأصداء ونكتشف كيف تتشابك حياة بعض الشخصيات التاريخية بطرق غالباً ما تكون مفاجئة.
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TonyDib | 8 other reviews | Jan 28, 2022 |

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