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Reading Womens History

| Maple Shade Library

My Remarkable Journey by Katherine Johnson
Read the life story of the key player who inspired the book and movie Hidden Figures, a pioneering mathematician whose work at NASA influenced the beginning of space travel.

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Read the words of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose actions affected regulations for women, from financial to employment, and is labeled one of the most influential American women of our time.

The Radium Girls : The Scary but True Story of the Poison that Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore
One of the luxury jobs a single American woman could have in the early 20th century was painting dials on clocks and watches using a new material called radium. Suddenly, the women became ill and began dying. Learn about these women’s lives and one of the biggest workers’ rights scandal to date.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
One of the earliest societal cases against women in America was the Salem Witch Trials, which led to 25 women, men, and children being sentenced to death. Schiff takes you on ride from the women’s lives to the trials, and how their innocence shaped our legal system.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy
While men took up arms, thousands of women across the country were hired to break government codes in careers previously denied to women. Code Girls reviews the real-life story about the women cryptographers who helped saved many lives during World War II.

A Black Women's History of the United States by Kali Nicole Gross
This introduction to the voices of women who have shaped every aspect of our country features stories from enslaved women to modern day queer women. Their stories face the ongoing racism and sexism for a population that continues to be the light in their communities.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A literary celebration of women would not be complete without a classic book about sisters written by a woman author. Alcott introduces the world to the March sisters and how they interact with family and society during the Civil War.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Looking for a memoir that is hard to put down? Look no further than Obama’s journey from growing up in Chicago to Ivy League colleges that led her to become our former First Lady. She tackles issues from motherhood to the public eye. If you ever wondered about the stories behind the woman in the White House, check this book out.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Resilience is the theme of this powerful memoir from one of American’s celebrated women authors. Didion takes her readers on a first-person experience of one her most painful years filled with loss, grief and strength. Tissues recommended.

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Although Henrietta Lacks passed over 60 years ago, a piece of her is still alive today. While alive – and unaware at the time – her cells were used for medical research and continue to do so today. Discover why her family has yet to see funds from the controversial usage of her legacy and how it has influenced everything from polio vaccines to IVF.

Educated by Tara Westover
Growing up in the mountains of Idaho, Westover never had a formal education. She shares her fascinating tale of growing up in a family where she learned to read from books around the house and successfully went on to graduate from the University of Cambridge.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
In France, 1714, a young woman makes a bargain to live forever that comes with a disturbing consequence. Join Addie more than 300 years later when everything changes in a secret bookstore.

Circe by Madeline Miller
Greek mythology fans will love this highly recommended book. Follow the banished witch child of Helios as she battles an Olympian to choose between gods and mortals.

Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison by A.J. Verdelle
This award-winning author engages her readers in a conversation about a writer’s life, and a life-influencing friendship with one of the most iconic authors of our time.

The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English-to-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems by Paul Legault 404916
Enjoy poetry but sometimes wonder what the poet is conveying? Short on time, but not on challenge, this collection helps to decipher Dickinson’s almost 1,800 poems.


Audience: Adult Seniors
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