Plattsburgh Prof Makes Oprah's List
A book by a SUNY Plattsburgh faculty member has been selected as an Oprah Book of the Week.
Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth Cohen's “The Hypothetical Girl” is a collection of stories about love in the digital age. It explores what happens when romance meets tech in chat rooms, texts, emails and instant messages.
“Clearly, this book is about the state of modern romance, but it's also about our timeless fascination with identity — a weighty subject that Cohen handles with intelligence and a dash of much-needed whimsical comedy,” writes Leigh Newman in the Oprah.com review.
“Case in point,” she continues, “the chat session between a polar bear and deer who 'met on thosestupidhumans.com' that will unexpectedly move you, thanks to each animal's yearning — despite differences between their species — for some all-too-human understanding.”
Cohen, who discovered the listing last week, said that, at first, she didn’t know why she was receiving all of the correspondence congratulating her.
“Then, I saw the review, which was such a treat because the reviewer had obviously actually read the stories.”
The best part of it, she said, was hearing from all of her old friends. “It was like having a Facebook birthday all over again.”
The book is available for purchase online at the Corner-Stone Bookshop, 110 Margaret St.; Barnes and Noble; and Amazon.com.