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Recommendations Round-up: Women in Science

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Each month, we publish a list of recommendations related to our current theme for further reading. These recommendations are sourced from the DBC community.

Thank you for such excellent suggestions for our March 2018 theme of Women in Science! Overall, we received 53 unique recommendations: 17 fiction and 36 nonfiction

Plus, check out these compilations of book titles: 

I've compiled the titles here by type, then by fiction and nonfiction. Asterisks mark our selections for the month! What will you add to your TBR? 


Nonfiction (17)

  • A Lab of One's Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War, by Patricia Fara
  • A Singularly Unfeminine Profession, by Mary K. Gaillard
  • Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science, by Emma Ideal
  • Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis, by Kim Todd
  • Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers Who Helped Win World War II, by Liza Mundy
  • Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood, by Sandra Steingraber 
  • Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World, by Rachel Swaby
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterley
  • Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren*
  • Living Downstream: A Scientist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, by Sandra Steingraber
  • Madame Curie: A Biography, by Eve Curie
  • Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, by Nathalia Holt
  • The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World, by Shelley Emling
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, by Denise Kiernan
  • The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, by Dava Sobel
  • The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore
  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies, by Jason Fagone

Fiction (7)

  • Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Enchantress of Numbers, by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Atomic Weight of Love, by Elizabeth J. Church
  • The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict
  • The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Young Adult

Nonfiction (1)

  • Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done, by Andrea Gonzales

Fiction (5)

  • Jackaby, by William Ritter
  • Partials, by  Dan Wells
  • The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
  • The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon
  • What Goes Up, by Katie Kennedy

Middle Grade

Nonfiction (1)

  • Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science, by Jeannine Atkins*

Fiction (3)

  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
  • The Science of Unbreakable Things, by Tae Keller
  • The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin

Graphic Novels

Nonfiction (1)

  • The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer, by Sydney Padua

Picture Books

Nonfiction (16)

  • Ada Lovelace: The Poet of Science, by Diane Stanley
  • Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer, by Fiona Robinson*
  • Caroline's Comets: A True Story, by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women, by Catherine Thimmesh
  • Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, by Laurie Wallmark*
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly*
  • Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, by Claire A. Nivola
  • Mae Among the Stars, by Roda Ahmed*
  • Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, by Dean Robbins
  • Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace, by Jen Cullerton Johnson*
  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist, by Jess Keating*
  • The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath, by Julia Finley Mosca*
  • The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science, by Joyce Sidman*
  • The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, by Jeanette Winter*
  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky*
  • Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History, by Sam Maggs

Fiction (2)

  • Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty