"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World", by Rachel Ignotofsky, is a truly delightful book--it is both educational and entertain"Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World", by Rachel Ignotofsky, is a truly delightful book--it is both educational and entertaining. The author also provided the charming and quaint illustrations featured on the cover and throughout the book. Fifty women of science are given a spotlight, and over a dozen more are also nicely acknowledged. This is a work of wonder, enlightening and inspiring to all ages and genres. Among the more well-known ladies are Marie Curie, Lillian Gilbreth, Alice Ball, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Hedy Lamarr. While best known as a Hollywood star, and often referred to as "the most beautiful woman in the world", Ms. Lamarr was also quite the inventor. Her creation, FHSS (frequency-hopping spread spectrum), was not only used by our military to control torpedoes and communications, it is also the basis for the technology used today with smartphones, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices. Equally impressive and amazing are the endeavors and accomplishments of all the women of science. None of these ladies took no for an answer, they never gave up on what they believed, and the world will always be a better place for their magnificent efforts. Women and girls will be encouraged and motivated, and men and boys will be impressed and awed. This is science for everyone—it’s great to be a geek!
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"Bettyville", a beautifully-written memoir from author George Hodgman, will gently break places in your heart, and then it will tenderly patch them ba"Bettyville", a beautifully-written memoir from author George Hodgman, will gently break places in your heart, and then it will tenderly patch them back together with warmth and humor. George Hodgman becomes the care provider for his elderly mother, Betty, leaving his life in Manhattan behind and returning to his home town of Paris, Missouri. Having reached the age of ninety-something by living in her own indomitable manner, Betty will not go quietly into old-age oblivion. As issues such as dementia, cancer, and increasing physical frailty creep into the picture, Betty remains a force to be reckoned with. At the age of ninety-one, she chooses to fight her cancer, and begins radiation therapy. Throughout all of their rumblings and grumblings while reconnecting and acclimating to once again living in the same house, it becomes clear that there is a great love between mother and son. Seeing Betty struggle, yet refuse to surrender her spirit, leads George to discover his own personal strengths and gives him the courage to move forward with choices for his future. My own mother's name was Betty, and while our life situation was quite different from George and his mother, much of our circumstances were similar. While George left home and then came back, I stayed with my mother for almost fifty years. My Betty and I were separated only when she passed away. George and his Betty remain together. "Bettyville" is keenly-observed, poignant, and written with great heart. A recommended read for caregivers, but also for those who receive the care.
A lovely literary libation from author Tessa Smith McGovern, "Cocktails for Book Lovers" becomes more and more delicious with each turning of the pageA lovely literary libation from author Tessa Smith McGovern, "Cocktails for Book Lovers" becomes more and more delicious with each turning of the page. This small, slim volume is just the right size to hold in one hand as you hold your beverage of choice in the other hand. Loaded with fifty author biographies, each accompanied by a tempting drink recipe and a book suggestion, this collection will wet your whistle and also whet your appetite for fun and facts. Both classic and contemporary authors are featured, and what interesting lives they are--truth is often more compelling than fiction. Here are just a few of the captivation concoctions offered for your enjoyment: "Miss Austen's Delight"; "Heathcliff's Crush"; "Smuggler's Respite"; "Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshake"; "Frankenstein's Berry Punch"; "Corpse Reviver"; and "Five O'Clock Sharp". This jolly gem is perfect for gift-giving, and it is an absolute must for book clubs that enjoy a beverage with their readings. Cheers!