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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Back in the day of the Jim Crow South, NASA was desperate to find mathematicians to work for them. ‘Hidden Figures’ is the true story of the many female African-American mathematicians who worked in the space program.  They were known as “colored computers”.

‘Hidden Figures’ is the story of 5 of them, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Their story is told through interviews, documents, correspondence, etc.

Until I found out about this book, I had no idea that NASA had so many female African American Mathematicians working for them.  Hell, back in the 50’s and 60’s that not only would hav3e been considered “men’s work” but also almost exclusive to white men, especially in the south!  So, when I found out about ‘hidden Figures’ and the history it tells, I jumped to the opportunity to read you.

You may think because it is non-fiction that it is a dry account of what happened but you would be wrong.  Margot Lee Shetterly wrote about both the private and public lives of these women which made it a more personal touch and a riveting read. ‘Hidden Figures’ is truly a hidden gem.  If you like history in general, the space race, women’s history, or African American history, this is a must read!

I received a free print copy of this book.


About Margot Lee ShetterlyHidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for her research on women in computing. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Help By Kathryn Stockett

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on May 11, 2009
Posted in Civil rightsHistorical FictionKathryn Stockett  | 19 Comments

Amazing Journey

Skeeter Phelan just graduated college and is trying to go about her day to day living, like a good white Southern woman should. She is a active member in the Junior league, she plays Bridge with her friends, and even goes out on a date that her best friend Hilly set her up with. Her over bearing mother wants nothing more for her daughter than to marry, live in a nice house, and have a black maid. So what’ s wrong with her? Why isn’t this enough?
Skeeter has her own aspirations and dreams big, for a southern white woman. She wants to actually make use of her college degree and become a writer. She sends her resume to Harper and Row in New York City. Amazingly she actually hears back from the editor. Not with a job but with some sound advice. Skeeter quietly follows it.
On her path to becoming a writer, Skeeter starts to question the norms of the southern society she lives in. This is when she forges an unlikely friendship with two black maids. The book is narrated in turn by Skeeter and the two maids, Aibileen and Minny.
This is an amazing book about race relations in the south during the Civil Rights era. Reading this book was like Kathryn Stockett put me in a rocket and transported me back in time to the 1960’s south! I lost hours of sleep and had a hard time prying the book out of my hands.
The character and plot development were stellar, that of a seasoned writer. Imagine my surprise when I learned that this is Stockett’s first novel! I rarely read a book more than once because there are so many that I want to read however, this book is worth a return visit! I see quite a promising writing career ahead for Kathryn Stockett and cannot recommend this book highly enough!

Thanks so much to Bronwyn Kienapple of Penguin Group (Canada) for answering my plea to read and review this book!

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