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Welcome to Week 2 of the Online Book Club discussion of Hidden Figures.

How did you enjoy the first eight chapters? There is a lot of history, and there are a lot of names mentioned. Are you easily able to remember who everyone is?

The first person we really get to know is Dorothy Vaughan. Wasn’t she interesting? She was an alumna of Wilberforce University—what a cool local connection! I couldn’t believe she was willing and able to leave for Langley at such short notice. Do you think you could have boarded a bus, leaving your kids at home, knowing that you wouldn’t be able to see them until Christmas? I don’t know if I would have had the strength to do that, even though was a great opportunity for Dorothy to provide for her children.

Once the book shifted to talk about daily life at Langley, I was struck by the fact that these female computers spent their whole day doing mathematical computations by hand. I can’t even imagine spending one hour doing advanced computations, much less spending my whole work day doing it! I think I would go crazy if I just had to deal with numbers all day. Do you think you would have made a good computer? Do any of you enjoy doing math and would like to do it all day?

In chapter eight, we meet Katherine Goble, a person who will become really important in later chapters. What are your first impressions of her?

For those who have watched the movie, how is the beginning of the book matching up with the beginning of the movie? I saw a lot of differences between the book and movie. Would you agree?

I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book so far. If you feel like it’s a little slow, don’t be discouraged. It gets more and more interesting the further you get into the story.

Before you go, check out this interview where some of the stars of the movie talk about the importance of telling this story.

Talk to you next week! Before you come back, make sure to read the next eight chapters!

2 Responses to “Hidden Figures, Week 2”

  1. Carrol

    This is a great story. Thanks for the interview clip. It was very interesting to hear the thoughts of these actors about the characters they played in the movie. Obviously, they have very strong feelings about this movie.

    Like you, I think the book is very different. In the movie the emphasis is so much on Katherine.

    Dorothy is s great character. She is such a strong woman. How she was able to move away from her children is beyond me. I loved to read about the ways she figured and worked things out for the good of everyone.

    I definitely would not be a good computer. Math was not for me. I cannot imagine being able to do such high level math with paper and pencil.

    I am looking forward to reading more about these brave women.

    • Erin K.

      I’m glad you were able to watch and enjoy the interview clip, Carrol. It is always so interesting to me to see the actors explain some behind the scenes things about movies.

      I totally agree how the movie focused mainly on Katherine, but the book talks about so many women–and not just the women who were in the main characters in the movie!

      I hope you are able to finish the next section before next week! I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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