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Books 'n Bevs

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Every 2nd Wednesday of the month until December 11, 2018

Restoration Chiropractic

23564 Calabasas Rd, Suite 205 · Calabasas

How to find us

In Old Town Calabasas, across from Leonis Adobe and cattycorner to Sagebrush Cantina

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For October we are reading "Hidden Figures," by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA’s greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

Bring a beverage of choice and join us for a discussion of this month's book. This is a family friendly event, and I'd love to have kids join us!

The address is 23564 Calabasas Rd, Ste. 205. I am upstairs, on the same side as the Tennis Shop.

Parking in my lot is free. Simply tell the attendant that you are going to suite 205.