WHO'S THIS AL GEBRA?
I used to be pretty good at math. I really was. Then, in junior high, I had a teacher who just absolutely sucked out of me every last scintilla of affection I had for it. Danica McKellar, star of The Wonder Years, who signs copies of Hot X: Algebra Exposed ($26.95, Penguin), has made great headway in stopping mathematic misanthropes from feeling stupid in the least and fucking stupid in the worst about it. With her breakout best-sellers Math Doesn't Suck and Kiss My Math, McKellar paved the way for Hot X, teaching kids to "survive and thrive in middle-school math" where was she when I needed her! Yeah, I know she was on TV, where I was watching her instead of studying algebra. Well, never mind that, she's there for the kids now specifically, girls on the cusp of either becoming their own individual or joining the tween Xerox hive-mind that celebrates partying, Uggs and stultifying sameness. Behold: square roots and quadratic equations (FOIL FTW) meet McKellar's penchant for charming confessions about her life as an actress, as well as a mind that catapults her into the Jennifer Connelly/Jodie Foster stratosphere of supernova-styled brilliance. (Also at Vroman's, Aug. 12.)
Wed., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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