After watching the movie, Hidden Figures, I became more curious about the role women played in NASA and space exploration. As part of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge, the challenge encouraged me to read a book about diversity. I chose a book about the women computers of NASA. This book is Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. I found the book to be quite interesting. Not only did it focus on the role of women as they calculated our way into the heavens, but it provided a detailed behind the scenes account of our journey into space. Read more
This is perhaps one of the most intense books that I have read in a very long time. As part of the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge, I had to read a book that had won an award in 2017. The book I chose was The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I chose this book because it had won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017, but also because of its topic. Even though it is a work of fiction, Whitehead based the book on stories that were true. It is a balance of the worst of man as well as some of the best of man. It is very reflective of the things that I see happening today. Read more
History is always fascinated me. I love to look into other worlds and other times to see how people dealt with the day to day. Recently, Bernadette and I have started to watch Downton Abbey, a show about Victorian England and the different classes of people. So far, I have enjoyed watching how the aristocratic and servant classes work together in their society. It is interesting to see their struggles as well as the cooperation and support they provide each other. This series prompted me to learn more. I was fortunate to come across the book written by Elizabeth L Banks called Adventures of an American Girl in Victorian London*.
How is it that one civilization advances to the point of putting a man on the moon and another civilization is still using stone tools? Jared Diamond has provided the answer in a most fascinating book called Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. In this book, Diamond took me through a multi-continent journey, where he explored various civilizations. He explained why some civilizations advanced and dominated other civilizations throughout the course of history.
In 1991, Bill Yenne published Black ’41: The West Point Class of 1941 and the American Triumph in World War II. This book recognizes the accomplishments of the West Point class of 1941 and follows them through their first days at West Point until their 50th reunion. The book took into account the preparation before World War II, the war itself, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It also recognizes the accomplishments of exceptional classmates who helped to shape American history. Read more
Warning! Read this book at your own risk. My Life in France* will make you fat.
Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme have written a wonderful memoir of Julia Child’s journey to learn how to be The French Chef. Every page in this book focused on food; what she was eating, what she was cooking, and what she was serving. Read more