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 […]

Women, Japan; Continent: Asia, North America

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back by Janice P. Nimura Consider this engaging narrative about three young Japanese women for your book club, even if your group usually goes for fiction 336 pages (277 pages before Acknowledgements, Notes and Index) One hardly ever sees a book of Japanese history […]

Women, Medieval; Continent: Europe

Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone Strictly chattel? This author says at least some royal women played an active role in governing 403 pages (350 pages excluding the family trees and other appendices) Just a few decades into the thirteenth century, the count and countess of Provence had a family […]

Book 8; Continent: Asia

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Bring this quick, engaging read along next time you travel 256 pages (234 pages counting the worthwhile epilogue, but not the acknowledgments, etc.) I have a problem as a reader of world history. Military details—like which rifle is which—don’t interest me, and neither do authors’ political […]

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 7; Continents: North America, Asia, Europe

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman 480 pages (approximately 384 pages before Acknowledgements and Notes) Choose this book’s engaging travel competition story for your bus or light rail commute The hopeful spirit of the Victorian age lived in New York City of the 1880s. Jules Verne’s […]