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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

I saw (and loved) the movie and wanted to read the book it was based on. When there was a Kindle sale of the book, I bought it. I read it now to see if it would work for our next American History Club meeting about the space race.

Subtitle: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction science biography

Length: 267 pages of text, 368 pages total

Setting: In and around Langley, Virginia, 1940s-1960s Continue reading

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The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long and Jim Demonakas

I saw this reviewed elsewhere on the web and thought it would be a nice complement to the three March books.

Artist: Nate Powell

Published: 2012

Genre: nonfiction graphic novel

Length: 199 pages

Setting: Houston, Texas, 1960s Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Physicists

We’re continuing to learn about physics, splitting out time between physics and physicists. Mr. Curiosity finished How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog and found it hilarious, and full of good physics ideas. Now he knows all about about evil squirrels and bunnies made of cheese. I’ve also had the kids learn about physicists, and here’s the books we’ve used.

I found a graphic novel of Richard Feynman called, appropriately enough Feynman by Jim Ottaviani. The book covers Feynman’s whole life, jumping back and forth to different periods of his life. It’s definitely targeted toward an older crowd. For one thing, there’s the physics and tricky mathematical equations mentioned. For the other, the pages are pretty dense with blocks of talking heads and little action showing on the page. Feynman was an interesting physicist who certainly had a way with words, but it’s not like he did exciting-looking activities.

The other book I found is Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby. It covers women who made significant contributions in medicine, biology, genetics, physics, geology, astronomy, math, and as inventors. Within each category, the scientists are presented in chronological order. The author devotes three or four pages to each scientist and her breakthrough research, often discussing how the woman had to fight against discrimination to get her voice heard. Miss Adventure is enjoying reading this one. The books reminds people that women have been involved in science just as much as men, even if our achievements are often ignored or co-opted.

And those are the books we used for physics this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald

I was in the mood for some nonfiction, but didn’t have my TBR list with me at the library. So, I was reduced to browsing the library’s shelves (which can be especially difficult for nonfiction). Luckily, I saw this book and remembered hearing good things about it.

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 283 pages of text, 300 pages total

Setting: the English countryside, present day Continue reading

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Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel

The Anne of Green Gables series was a favorite of mine when I was a child. In fact, I’ve already introduced them to Miss Adventure as bedtime stories. So, when I found out from a friend there was book about the writing of the series, I was intrigued. I really knew nothing about the author beyond the fact that she wrote the Anne of Green Gables series. I was interested in learning more.

Subtitle: The Story of L. M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic

Published: 2008

Genre: biography

Length: 262 pages of text, 312 pages total

Setting: mostly Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1903-1938 Continue reading

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The True Adventures of Charley Darwin by Carolyn Mayer

Published: 2009

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 321 pages

Setting: England and a voyage around the world, 1818-1839

Font: Apollo

Interest: It’s a historical fiction book about the early life of Charles Darwin – it appealed to my scientific side. Continue reading

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The Remedy by Thomas Goetz

Subtitle: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction biographical science

Length: 256 pages of text, 320 pages total

Setting: Germany and England, late 1800s to early 1900s

Interest: This was brought to my attention by The Modern Mrs. Darcy in one of her summer reading guides (this post shows the other books I added from that list). Basically, I’m always on the lookout for new science books and the topic of this one sounded interesting. Continue reading

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