Book Club – July 25

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

The Book Club meets on Tuesday, July 25 in the Packwood Library. Come join the discussion. Newcomers are always welcome!

About the book:

Women’s history buffs rejoice! Wonderfully told and intrinsically captivating, this is the story about the elite group of women in the 40s and 50s who broke gender and science boundaries to transform rocket design and lay the groundwork for U.S. space travel. Not only did I geek out on the incredible look into the early days of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but I also fell in love with these women who quite possibly invented the pant suit, and were vital to America’s space travel. ―Penny Mann, An Amazon Best Book

“A marvelous book…. When Neil Armstrong made his ‘giant leap for mankind,’ there was womankind in the control room.” ―Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

“Heartfelt…. An accessible and human-centered history…. Holt cheerfully describes the women of JPL (and JPL itself), their triumphs, and the inevitable questions about when they would marry and quit working to raise families.”  ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“The JPL’s earliest days were fueled by math whizzes who happened to be women…. Holt was clearly smitten while interviewing surviving members of the elite group, and conveys that affection while honoring their story.”  ―Discover