I'm the editor of Smart, a magazine for women in southcentral Pennsylvania. I said "I do" to my wonderful husband in 2002. We have two adorable children who have taught me much about life and love. With the birth of my second child, I bid farewell to my dreams of having a clean house, folded laundry and family dinners on weeknights.

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Book Smarts: Keep up on what your neighbors are reading


For Smart

“The Physics of Superheroes” by James Kakalios

Who read it?

Bob Laird, Washington Township

“This book explains physics using examples from 1960s superhero comics. I had read all of them as a kid. It is great way to teach the fundamentals of physics. It is actually a fun read.”

“Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson

Who read it?

Leo Motter, author of “Haunted Places in York County Pennsylvania,” Springettsbury Township

“Cryptonomicon” has two intertwined story lines — one about code breakers in World War II, and the other about a modern day search for buried gold in the Philippines. It has great characters and is a lot of fun. You find yourself cheering for the mathematicians as loudly as you’re cheering for the Marines.”

Tara’s Smart Pick

“The Absolutely True Diary of a ­Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie

Don’t let this novel fool you. It might have won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, but its story is for everyone. It’s perfect for the summer because it doesn’t take too long to enjoy.

The diary follows the courageous and often tortured path of Arnold “Junior” Spirit. Junior realizes he needs to live life past the confines of his Spokane Indian Reservation and enrolls at an all-white high school in a neighboring farm town. Filled with first loves and varsity ­basketball games, it has all of the ­elements of a normal teenage high school experience. But, because Junior is pulled between two different worlds, nothing is really ordinary for him.

What are your reading?

Let your neighbors know what you’re reading. E-mail your Smart Pick to yoursmartbook@yahoo.com. Please include your full name and municipality with your book recommendation.

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