NNO Book Club: The Calculating Stars

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It’s like Hidden Figures, but science fiction. It’s built on solid science and history but an alternate history. The reviews on Goodreads are all over the place, but mostly positive. If nothing else, we should have plenty to talk about! It’s the space race – but with lots of women and “lady astronauts” (that is literally the name of the series…again 1950s). For June we are reading “The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Book summary from Goodreads:
On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

This month's restaurant selection:
Yummy House China Bistro has great dim sum options as well as the regular menu to order from on Saturdays. If you are new to dim sum, we have some pros among us who can help! Last time I visited for dim sum it was all off menu rather than the little carts, but that may be easiest for our purposes. PLEASE NOTE: This is the Bistro location on Hillsborough, not the original location for Yummy House.

Not sure about book club or never been to one before?
Read the book (or some of the book). Come to the Meetup. Eat yummy food and chat with folks about what you thought about the book. REPEAT!

Didn’t finish/hated this book?
Come to the Meetup anyway! We have some of the best conversations ranting about what we didn’t like about the book.