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Welcome! For November’s Online Book Club discussion, we’re reading Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

The Online Book Club, in case you’ve never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book, and you can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving a comment in the comments section. Make sure you check back each week and see what new topics we’re talking about!

Hidden Figures is a great story about a group of African American women who overcame numerous obstacles to become integral parts of NASA’s early space missions. These women faced daily prejudice and worked through unfair segregation policies; however, they proved themselves to be some of the brightest mathematical minds of their generation.

If you love inspiring true stories of people overcoming the odds, you’ll love this book. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

The movie version is also fantastic, so I encourage you to watch it after you read the book. Here’s a trailer for the movie, if you’re interested.


If you want to join us on November 13, make sure to read the first eight chapters!


5 Responses to “Hidden Figures, Week 1”

  1. Lynn Engle

    I loved this book and movie so much, it was featured on a bulletin board that Tom Johnston designed for Cox Elementary School and Kroger. I wish I could upload pictures! The kids loved the book.

    • Erin K.

      I think I saw that bulletin board, Lynn! I remember seeing pictures and realizing that one of the women had a Xenia connection! Did the kids read an abbreviated version of the book?

      • Library Staff

        Incidentally, the Young Reader’s edition of the book is available here for the print copy, and here for ebook or e-audiobook versions. It’s aimed at readers 7 years old and up. (There’s also a picture book adaptation coming out next year that will tell the story for even younger children.)

  2. Robert Harris

    I saw an interview with the book’s author and was impressed with her bio. This was her 1st book after a stellar career on Wall Street.

    • Erin K.

      Wow, Robert, I wasn’t aware that this was her first book! What a great book to come out with first! I wonder if she has plans to write anything else! Thanks for leaving a comment!

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