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Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly, is the featured selection for the next discussion in New Palestine. We encourage you to read the book in advance. Ask for a copy at the information desk.

From Wikipedia: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a 2016 non-fiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly.

The book takes place from the 1930s through the 1960s when women were still viewed as inferior to men.  The biographical text follows the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three mathematicians (known as "human computers") who overcame discrimination, as women and as African Americans, while working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race, as well as Christine Darden, who was the first African-American woman to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service for her work in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms.

It was the basis of a film by the same name which was nominated for three Oscars. The book reached number one on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list and received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for nonfiction in 2017.