The Vine: March 11, 2011
A Friday-morning Ask The Readers bookfest is a great time to remind all you Jane Eyre fans that I have a reading tonight for the launch of the Eyresses zine — a piece called "Jane Error," about hilariously incorrect casting choices in film and TV versions of the book. Come to Word in Greenpoint at 7 PM: Visual aids! Theme cookies! Regrettable puns! No worries if you get out of work a bit late; I don't go on right away. I hope I'll see some of you there.
And now, on with the show.
I have a question for you and the all-knowing Nation, about, shockingly enough, a long-lost childhood book. It's actually a series, I think, but the first one starts with a mom going on strike. The narrator is her teenage daughter, who is at first just annoyed with her mom but then comes to realize her household actually is totally sexist, and she goes on strike too. And at some point, the mom nails her theses to the door, like Martin Luther.
There are sequels to this, in which the daughter has a boyfriend and I want to say the whole family goes on a trip in an RV. (I don't know. I read a ton of crap as a child. This seemed like plausibly wacky hi-jinks.) This book will not leave my brain, and I really, really want to reread it. Can anyone help?
I Swear, I Read Good Stuff Too, But I love The Cheesy Books Of My Youth
A number of friends said that your Vine is an invaluable resource for identifying mystery books from wisps of half-remembered plots.
I'm trying to recall a book I read in middle school, which would have been the late 1980s. It's the story of a mathematical prodigy who goes off to college at MIT or something very like it. He and a like-minded friend create a computer-simulated world like a primitive Sim Earth. In the simulation they introduce three formulas that prove that time travel is possible.
In real life they run the numbers and realize that the formulas work in our world also. They're about to publish and go public when they check the simulation and realize that humans ship their pollution to the future, strip-mine the past for natural resources, and eventually wipe out all life on earth so thoroughly that it never even existed. They decide not to publish their work, but an unscrupulous professor steals the equations and tries to pass them off as his own. The race to stop him is on.
Can you or your readers help me out? Thanks so much!
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