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Sometimes Truth is Stranger than Fiction!

As soon as school opens, stop by the library to pick up some of these brand new, all-true titles on display in our nonfiction section. We’ve got an amazing selection of memoirs, travelogues, cookbooks, natural history, real-life mystery, and more! Read one and then decide for yourself: is truth really stranger than fiction? In the meantime, check out this freshly updated list of intriguing nonfiction books that will be available soon in the Ridley High School Library!

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Posted in Blogging for Books, new books, nonfiction, science, STEM

It’s a Scientific Fact: Women Rock!

If you enjoyed Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And the World by Rachel Swaby, your next must-read has arrived!WomenScienceWomen in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Each two-page profile features a whimsical portrait, a quote, and a brief essay about the scientist’s life and legacy. This format makes the book perfect for both browsing and research. Here’s an example:

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On her website, Rachel Ignotofsky writes that she hopes to “use her work to spread her message about education, gender equality and scientific literacy.” With Women in Science, she is off to an excellent start! These essays provide a strong entry point for learning about each woman (some of whom risked everything in the name of science), as well as expanding your overall knowledge of scientific inquiry and research. A timeline and special chapters on Lab Tools and Statistics in STEM enhance the text. More information about the book, additional excerpts, and further resources are available at ReadWomenInScience.com.

Women in Science will be available soon in the Ridley High School Library! Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Posted in Blogging for Books, new books, nonfiction, science, STEM

Headstrong in All the Right Ways!

The story behind Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science — And the World by Rachel Swaby almost sounds like fiction. In 2013, an obituary for award-winning rocket scientist Yvonne Brill opened with this now-infamous line: “She made a mean beef stroganoff.” While that may be true, is it really the most fitting way to memorialize a woman who was honored with the 2011 National Medal of Technology and Innovation? HeadstrongNow, thanks to Swaby’s wonderful new book, we will all know a little more about the many women (52, to be exact) who have impacted the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Swaby has included women whose stories combine the “twin pillars” of achievement and narrative – there’s a great story embedded within each profile. She also opted to cover only scientists whose life’s work has been completed (in other words, these women are no longer with us). When I received Headstrong from Blogging for Books (in exchange for an honest review), I immediately had it pegged as a worthwhile read, but Swaby’s spirited writing style was a pleasant surprise. I found myself reaching for this book again and again instead of picking up one of the many novels on my to-be-read list. Give this book a try – I think you will feel the same way! It’s available today in the Ridley High School Library!