Black History Month, Women; Continent: North America

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly Read more about the three women focused on by the Oscar-nominated film and learn about more like them 373 pages (Acknowledgements begin about page 243) When I saw the trailer for […]

Climate, Medieval; Continent: Europe

The Third Horseman: A Story of Weather, War and the Famine History Forgot by William Rosen This book’s mission isn’t necessarily to preach at you about climate change, although it would be the elephant in the room if the idea of climate change didn’t pop up in the epilogue. 302 pages (259 pages with the […]

History of Science; Continent: North America

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Consider reading this important story even if science isn’t your bag 402 pages (“Cast of Characters” begins around page 350) HeLa cells are essential tools in medical research of all kinds. These human cells are defined as “immortal” because they may be cloned for an unlimited […]

Taiwan, Military, Piracy; Continent: Asia

Lost Colony: The Untold Story of China’s First Great Victory over the West by Tonio Andrade A book about war for people who don’t like the dry who-blew-up-what style of most military history books 431 pages (read at least up to page 334) In the mid-seventeenth century, the Dutch East India Company dominates trade outside […]

History of Science, Victorian Era; Continent: Africa, Europe

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer and the African Adventure the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel 352 pages (272 pages in the Kindle version includes the worthy epilogue) Read this window into the club of Victorian gentlemen of science and the politics of race and privilege with someone you can dissect (sorry, […]

Book 6; Continents: All Except Antarctica

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of the Periodic Table by Sean Kean 394 pages (346 of content, but the endnotes are diverting, enlightening and overall worth reading) Much more engaging than your high school chemistry class I debated whether or not to review this book here. After all, the story of the periodic […]