What to Expect from Hidden Figures

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What to Expect from Hidden Figures

Here’s the thing, I wanted to like Margot Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race in a big bad way.  And, truth be told, from a factual standpoint, it was one of the most interesting reads I have had since college. Brilliant.

But therein lies the issue – it reminded me of college.

The whole story read like a textbook, peppered with facts. You weren’t supposed to lose yourself in the story. To fall in love with the characters or be propelled by the plot wasn’t the point, digesting facts was its primary purpose.

Had I been prepared for a read of this nature, had I not heard such wonderful things about the movie plot lines and opened the novel solely wanting to know a bit more about history, perhaps then I would have walked away satisfied. Because the history in this book is brilliant, well-researched and so incredibly thought-provoking.

But I suppose I wanted, or better yet was expecting, my history served with a side storytelling. And I didn’t get it.

I have yet to see the film, but I am dying to after reading this.  I desperately want to see this remarkable story dramatized. To get a little of that storytelling I missed from the book.

So would I recommend it? Absolutely. This story is an important one in the fabric of our history and the author makes historic parallels (e.g., between the German Jewish community and the American black community) that would not have been obvious to me from my place of privilege.  And that, friends, is the point. To understand each other a little better. To revisit our history, to empathize and to learn from it.

So read it. It’s an important book. Just know what you are walking into.

Want to discuss Hidden Figures? Drop a comment below. Warning to those who have yet to read the book: While we keep facts from the books out of our reviews, we consider the comment section an open forum to discuss the themes and happenings in the novel, so spoilers are bound to show up (and are encouraged). Read at your own risk.

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If you are reading along with our little book club, this month’s selection is A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towels. This one has received a lot of accolades so I am excited to dive in. So grab a copy and get to reading! We should have a post up on May 11th and would love to hear your thoughts and start a healthy conversation on the novel then. Happy reading!

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But I suppose I wanted, or better yet was expecting, my history served with a side storytelling. And I didn’t get it.

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

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