The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.


She is an astute young Housekeeper—with a ten-year-old son—who is hired to care for the Professor.


And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor's mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities—like the Housekeeper's shoe size—and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.


Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    great read

    June 26, 2013

  • joseph

    We're going to have to change location last minute because PJs shut down for the day go to BBQ café and sports bar in the bar area the location of the place is at North third and route 27(Albany street) 1/2 a block from PJs

    June 25, 2013

  • Deepesh

    May be

    June 25, 2013

  • Jen

    Sorry, been confused about dates. I will be there after all! :)

    June 18, 2013

  • Marissa

    I just realized I'll be out of town. I enjoyed this book. Have a great discussion!

    June 18, 2013

  • Jen

    Turns out my nephew's graduation is that day, so I can't make it out after all. I'm a little bummed, but hope you all have a nice discussion!

    June 16, 2013

  • Lian

    Have the July and August books been posted yet?

    June 10, 2013

    • joseph

      ok just created the events, sorry for the delay these were the book selected for the summer at the last meeting

      June 11, 2013

  • joseph

    So as of last night, the group decided to mix it up. Instead of doing polls each month we picked three great books for the next three months for a summer itinerary. I'll post the July and August books shortly

    2 · May 22, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    I love reading. I need a good book this summer.

    May 22, 2013

    • joseph

      We got you covered for next three months

      3 · May 22, 2013

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