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 […]

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 […]

Book 12; Continent: Europe

Longitude by Dava Sobel 180 pages (5 pages of Acknowledgments, etc.) Consider this quick read the next time you fly east or west from your hometown Latitude and longitude, the lines on a Mercator projection map, have differing histories. On the globe, latitude makes rings that get progressively smaller from the equator as one moves […]

Book 10; Continent: North America

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan 402 pages The bustling background noise of coffee shop or cafeteria sets the mood for this engaging story of the Manhattan Project’s fast-paced presence in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1903, a Tennessee mountain man by […]

Book 6; Continent: Antarctica

Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker Page count (according to Amazon) is 421 pages; Kindle edition has 20% for notes and references at the end Engaging first-person narrative best enjoyed while lingering over a hot beverage and under a blanket; Long chapters make this book a better selection when you […]