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text 2017-11-01 08:00
November 2017 Reads
Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War - Lauren Willig,Joshilyn Jackson;Hazel Gaynor;Mary McNear;Nadia Hashimi;Emmi Itäranta;CJ Hauser;Katherine Harbour;Rebecca Rotert;Holly Brown;M. P. Cooley;Carrie La Seur;Sarah Creech,Jennifer Robson,Marci Jefferson,Jessica Brockmole,Beatriz Williams,Evangeli
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir - Kelle Hampton
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Death of a Christmas Caterer - Lee Hollis

Winter has come to East Anglia. Good weather for bundling under blankets with a cup of tea and a book. COYER Winter Edition sign ups start mid-November, and the challenge starts in mid-December. And I have been working my way through the SBTB GR Oct-Dec challenge. I'm going to participate in the festive holiday game here on BL with MbD and TA hosting. All this plus meeting my BL/GR reading challenge (just one more book)!

 

Here is what I hope to read in November....

 

1. Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War by Various Authors

    Will use for Pop Sugar Challenge, just don't know where yet. Can also use the book to fill the prompt "veterans' day" in the SBTB GR challenge.

 

2. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton

    Pop Sugar prompt: By/About a Person with a disability (memoir about motherhood and raising a child with Down's Syndrome)

 

3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

    I have already seen (and loved) the movie, but I wanted to read the book for the Pop Sugar prompt 2017 movie adaptions.

 

4. A Gentleman's Game (Romancing the Turf #1) by Theresa Romain

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "game day"

 

5. The Unyielding (Call of Crows #3) by Shelly Laurenston

     To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "give thanks" 

 

6. Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis

    To be used in the SBTB GR challenge prompt "food coma"

     

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-26 08:16
6 Quotes from Hidden Figures that Show How Gender & Racial Discrimination Are Connected
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly

 

 

 

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 26, 2017.

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review 2017-08-10 12:56
Hidden Figures - Margot Shetterly Hidden Figures - Margot Shetterly

The film felt a lot more cohesive, this was interesting but quite bitty, one minute I was following one life and the next another and it just didn't flow for me.  It was enjoyable but somehow unsatisfying, the lives were fascinating, what they had to endure and go through to get where they were was amazing.  The book could also have done with some illustrations, I do better with factual books where I can visualise the people involved.  Still it was interesting and kept me reading well past my bedtime.

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review 2017-05-05 11:51
Hidden Figures ★★★☆☆
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly,Robin Miles

I should have loved this book. I wanted to love this book. It tells us of extraordinary women breaking boundaries of math, science, race, sexism, and culture through their brains and grit and determination and the brilliance to recognize an opportunity and drive the wedge of themselves into it and make a place for themselves and their children to follow. Unfortunately, the storytelling is so dry and the narrative so disconnected that I really struggled with it. Perhaps this would have been better in a bound version than audio, I don’t know. Nevertheless, I recommend making the effort. I’d never heard of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, or Christine Darden before, and that’s a damn shame. I’m glad I know their stories now.

 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. Robin Miles provides an excellent performance.

 

Previous Updates:

4/26/17 – 2% http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1557885/hidden-figures-progress-2

4/28/17 –  37.0% Dull stuff. It's a struggle to listen to. My mind is continuously wandering as the author describes the personal and career paths of several people. At 37% we still haven't gotten to the beginnings of the space program. Yawn.

5/1/17 – 41.0% The beginnings of the Cold War and the mechanism of emerging McCarthyism is pretty interesting stuff, and form a pattern that seems all too relevant to current events.

5/1/17 – 41% http://sheric.booklikes.com/post/1559221/hidden-figures-progress-41

 

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text 2017-05-01 12:13
Hidden Figures progress: 41%.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly,Robin Miles

Through its inability to solve its racial problems, the United States handed the Soviet Union one of the most effective propaganda weapons in their arsenal. Newly independent countries around the world, eager for alliances that would support their emerging identities, and set them on the path to long term prosperity, were confronted with a version of the same question Black Americans had asked during WWII. Why would a Black or Brown nation stake its future on America's model of democracy, when within its own borders, the United States enforced discrimination and savagery against people who looked just like them?

 

Hmmm. Still relevant.

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