Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that someone monitors their work email (it’s company policy) but that has not stopped them from sending each other endless personal emails. Lincoln O’Neill is the man whose job it is to read those flagged emails and yet he cannot bring himself to send these two funny, smart women warnings. To make things more complicated, he begins to fall for Beth through the emails. How do you tell a woman “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your email, and also, I love you…” Told mostly through Lincoln’s point-of-view and Beth and Jennifer’s email exchanges, Attachments, is delightful. Lincoln is a refreshing protagonist. He’s flawed but also unique and adorable. His authentic insecurities and problems make him relatable and encourage the reader to root for him. Being Rainbow Rowell’s first novel, it is not as fully nerdy as Fangirl or as deeply emotional as Eleanor & Park but do not let that stop you from enjoying the lighthearted fun of this book.
Science is knowledge and knowledge is power and power is political. Otto draws a direct line from science to democracy. He deftly argues that they need each other to survive. Democracy requires an informed electorate and science needs an open, free society. But the United States is now deeply embroiled in a war on facts and science. Otto describes the history of how we have transformed from a nation where the founding fathers revered science to a place where many falsely believe that science is subjective and the source of problems rather than a search for truth. This book is well-written and thoroughly researched. Otto provides detailed explanations and examples for his assertions. He also ends the book with an incredibly complete, multi-pronged plan to combat the current war on science. I not only recommend this book but heartily encourage anyone who can vote to read it. The fate of our democracy is at stake. “If knowledge does not have primacy in public decision making, then no truth can be said to be self-evident, and we are left with tyranny of ideology, with shots called by the wealthy and enforced by might.”
I only got 10 out of 12 😑