Hidden Figures

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

There are things that I truly loved about this book. This story is so important and interesting. My favorite lines in the book was

As a child, however, I knew so many African Americans working in science, math, and engineering that I thought that’s just what black folks did

It clearly shows how important representation is. I loved the feminism and the fact that we heard about how this story lines up with the civil rights movement and issues in Virginia specifically. That being said the way the story was told left a lot to be desired. There were so many people that came in and out of the story that it was hard to tell if it who was a primary and ancillary characters. The writing was dry and meandering and because it didn't have a strong storyline moving through it I found myself getting lost and my mind wandering. The most exciting part and best written section of the book was the end which is also not surprisingly where the movie focused. I have to say this is one of the cases where I found the movie to be better than the book. Really I feel bad because I wanted to love this book but it just fell flat for me.