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Maryann Lesert combines astrophysics, Native American folklore, and the story of a modern woman torn between her love for her family and her dream of becoming an astronaut

Maryann Lesert combines astrophysics, Native American folklore, and the story of a modern woman torn between her love for her family and her dream of becoming an astronaut. This book is smart, has a great sense of place (Sleeping Bear Dunes in northern Michigan) and the domestic details are spot on. A remarkable debut.

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Compelling and fiercely honest, Base Ten exposes the daily battles of women scientists fighting to preserve a family life and succeed in a discipline that functions on the archaic belief that every scientist has a “wife” at home.Reared to believe that she could do anything, astrophysicist Jillian Greer dreamed of going into space. When she and her research partner Kera Sullivan invented a specialized telescope, it looked as though these two dogged scientists would fulfill the dream they shared.But ten years later, as Kera trains in a space simulator, Jillian is married and a mother, packing lunches and helping her kids with homework. As her fortieth birthday (the unofficial age limit of the space program) draws near, Jillian decides that things have to change. Leaving her family for ten days, one day for each year she has put her career on hold, she seeks solitude in the sand dunes of Lake Michigan, where she struggles to see if she can find her way back to the stars.

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Nejind
This is the fundamental question of the brilliant novel Base Ten by Maryann Lesert. In this gorgeously written, riveting novel, astrophysicist Jillian Greer sets out on a ten day journey alone in the wilderness, a journey she desperately needs to review her life and her choices. As the book opens, she arrives alone in the bush: sensitive to the beauty and ruggedness around her, aware of every footfall within and without, prepared to rough it in every way. We know immediately that we are on a ride with a tough, competent, highly aware being; that we are going to have a chance to learn from a brilliant, observant, articulate mind, who has lived the insoluble -- and too often invisible - conflicts of a talented woman. The journey branches into three storylines: Jillian's childhood love of the stars that led her to a career in astrophysics and a lifelong friendship with her partner in scientific discovery, Kera Sullivan; her adult love of her husband Jack and their two children, Peia and Manny; the ten solitary days in the wilderness of Michigan's Manastee. In graduate school, Jillian and Kera invented a brilliant new form of portable telescope that allowed astrophysicists to work anywhere. The breakthrough launched them on career trajectories that were headed straight for NASA. But Jillian fell in love, married, had children, delayed and compromised her career. Kera stayed single, worked, was soon to go on a shuttle. The fork in their roads is on the cusp of permanence; if Jillian is ever to realize her dreams, it has to be now. For - and here's the new feminism - it's a good marriage, but equality ends at the domestic doorstep and Jillian is clear-headed enough to see exactly how this works. Author Lesert is up to detailing the most subtle forms of both science and sexism, nature and nurture, that still prevail in family life. She poses all the significant questions. Can a family work when two people's careers are significant? Can a loving husband go beyond verbal support to take on labor, planning and responsibility at home? Can Jillian be an astronaut and a wife?
Tyler Is Not Here
I loved this book. I loved that the protagonist, Jillian, is so deeply intelligent and so honest as she grapples with the crisis that her life, her marriage, her career, has come to.

Another reviewer said she would recommend this book to anyone working in a scientific field, but I'd recommend it to anyone no matter what their work, if they are interested in exploring the compromises that so many women face in their lives. Aren't we all supposed to buy the idea that we can "have it all"? And when we try to do just that, aren't we all susceptible to the guilt that we're not doing everything perfectly, that we just might be cheating our children or spouse if we're too ambitious, or that we're cheating our jobs--and ourselves--if we play the "good wife/good mother" role too well? Lesert digs into that quandary better than any other writer I've ever read. If you think you've heard or read it all on that topic, you haven't, until you've read this book.

Base Ten tackles a huge topic, but it's also a very intimate story of love, friendship, family, and dreams, filled with people you care about deeply. I found myself aching for Jillian, and also for the people who love her most -- even as some of those people are the very ones who hold her back. And I found myself cheering for her as she pushes through her crisis, determined to fight her way back to her true self, no matter how hard the struggle. Kudos to Lesert for not pulling any punches in this book. It left me thinking about it, and about Jillian, long after I finished the last page. I sometimes catch myself thinking, "I wonder how things are working out for Jillian." That's the highest praise I can think of for a book, and a testament to how real the characters became for me.
Thordira
It's refreshing to see a book that features a female character who is a scientist and better yet, has a scientist's mind, sharp, analytical and evaluative. It's even more interesting to watch her apply that training to her own predicament. This book asks real questions about what it means to be a woman and have a career. I think the myth of "having it all" is one that has been destructive to women in general and it's great to see it addressed in this fashion, to see the sacrifices and adjustments that these women make.

I really loved the astronomy in this book and the juxtaposition of the more hard-core science information with beautiful descriptions of nature made this a real pleasure to read.
GEL
I loved it! Jillian is me- a woman struggling to be her in the midst of being a wife and mother and always feeling like she's coming up short. Lesert does an amazing job a painting a very tough situation without asking the reader to pity or feel sorry for the character. As she searches for her answers her struggles are so real, so relatable. I absolutely love this book and, someday, when my daughter has kids and is feeling like she is losing herself, I will give it to her to read. Not for answers, but for encouragement.
Doktilar
Base Ten is a book that every woman should read. It speaks to the balance that we all desire to achieve, sometimes successfully and sometimes not. Jillian's struggle illuminates the strivings of all women, young, old, married, unmarried, huge family or childless.

But this is no strident manifesto. Its a gorgeously written novel with a gripping story. Lesert's writing about the natural world will have you ready to pack your tent and backpack for a camping trip!

Read the book and then buy extras--you'll want to share it with all the women in your life.
Base Ten (Women Writing Science Project) download epub
Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Maryann Lesert
ISBN: 1558615814
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Language: English
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (February 1, 2009)
Pages: 304 pages