TITLE: Hidden Figures
AUTHOR: Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden Figures bills itself on the cover as “The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” That is a perfect description of the book, which has already inspired a (somewhat fictionalized) movie about the events in the book. (Full disclosure, I have seen the movie, but I’m one of those people that likes to read the books that movies are based on as well).
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I read The Paper Magician basically in two days. I got the Kindle version, probably at some kind of a discount because that’s the only time I buy ebooks. I was drawn to the artful cover of the book, with the woman in her Mary Poppins-style dress and umbrella. Knowing nothing about the book going into it, I was pleased to find a cleverly-crafted tale about Ceony (how do you pronounce that?
Does it rhyme with “peony” or is more like “Coney” like Coney Island?), a young girl who is sent off to be a magician’s apprentice with a mysterious man named Emery Thane. She’s to apprentice in paper magic, which was not her first choice, but due to a dwindling number of paper magicians in the world, she’s forced into the craft.
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