The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 140 book suggestions for the 2017 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 28, cast your vote for either “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly or “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy.
“Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly
This painstakingly researched work of nonfiction sheds light on the essential, but largely unknown contributions of African-American women to the field of aeronautics. Known as human “computers,” these women performed the complex calculations necessary to launch astronauts into space and bring them home safely. Shetterly recounts more than 30 years of the lives and careers of mathematicians Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden and Mary Jackson, using their personal and inspiring stories to illuminate the larger narratives of the civil rights movement, feminism and the Cold War.
The house on Detroit’s Yarrow Street has been home to the colorful and complicated Turners for more than 50 years. The family matriarch’s failing health, the declining neighborhood and an underwater mortgage force a family meeting to decide the house’s fate. Cha-Cha, the oldest son and unofficial head of the Turner clan, wrangles with his family’s past and the varied demands of his 12 siblings in this entertaining and vividly drawn family saga. In Angela Flournoy’s novel, the story of the Turners is also the story of Detroit, the Great Migration and this country’s recent economic turmoil.