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A Mighty Girl's 2018 Books of the Year

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  1. Power In Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics

    From 4th century Alexandria to China's Qing Dynasty to the modern day, women have defied convention and made their mark in the world of mathematics! In this full-color volume, Dr. Talithia Williams shares the stories of groundbreaking mathematicians, physicists, and computer scientists whose love of numbers have driven profound discoveries and phenomenal technological advances. For teens who have ever wondered just how far math can take you, this book provides the answer, along with plenty of inspiration from historical figures — and the women who are making history today.

    Ages: 12 and up
    Price: $20.93
  2. Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy

    Author: Amy Ratcliffe

    From the first appearance of Princess Leia to the rise of Rey, in movies, TV shows, comics, and novels, women have driven the saga of the Star Wars universe forward! This beautifully illustrated book profiles 75 female characters from across films, fiction, and comics, complete with key story details, new insights, and a few behind-the-scenes details. With 100 all-new illustrations by a dynamic range of female artists, this remarkable book is an inspiring celebration of the daring women found in a galaxy far, far away.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $26.95
  3. Strong Girls Gift Set

    Author: Brad Meltzer

    This box set of popular titles from the best-selling Ordinary People Change the World series features four female heroes: Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Jane Goodall, and Sacagawea. With its first person perspective and fun cartoon illustrations, Meltzer makes history come to life for children while striking a perfect balance between information and inspiration. Each picture book ends with photos, a timeline, a list of additional resources, and an inspiring quote from each groundbreaking woman who changed the world in her own unique way. For another box set from this series featuring books on Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, and Albert Einstein, check out the Ordinary People Change the World Gift Set.

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $31.06
  4. Throne of Glass Box Set

    Author: Sarah J. Maas

    Fans of Celaena Sardothien and her epic fantasy series Throne of Glass will be thrilled with this deluxe hardcover box set, which includes the newly released series finale! When Celaena comes to the palace to fight to the death for the right to be the king's champion — and win her freedom — she ends up caught in a battle against dark forces that threaten her entire world. Rich worldbuilding and and epic journey from slave to queen make this series a thrilling ride from start to finish. This set includes paperback editions of all books in the series.

    Ages: 15 and up
    Price: $54.39
  5. Rosa's Animals: The Story of Rosa Bonheur and Her Painting Menagerie

    Rosa Bonheur was used to being unusual: she became a painter when few women could get an education in art, and cheerfully visited slaughterhouses to learn about animal anatomy. She kept pet lions and wore men's clothing to visit a horse fair, where women were not allowed. And she kept amazing company, receiving an award from Empress Eugénie and befriending Buffalo Bill Cody! This accessible biography of the groundbreaking painter and sculptor captures both the context of her world and her own unusual place in history, and includes gorgeous reproductions of some of her most famous paintings.

    Ages: 9 and up
    Price: $21.99
  6. Women in Science Boxed Gift Set (Little People, Big Dreams)

    The internationally bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series pays tribute to groundbreaking women of science in this hardcover gift set! In this collection, kids will meet Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie, three very different women whose contributions to science still resonate today. In each title, stylish illustrations and engaging text encourage kids to learn more about these women — and to dream big about their own futures. For more boxed sets from this series, check out these ones focused on Women in Art, Music Stars, and Inspiring Writers.

    Ages: 5 - 8
    Price: $24.59
  7. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's pioneering career has made a profound mark on both American law and society. Now, in this definitive biography, meticulously ressearched and fifteen years in the making, admirers of this groundbreaking jurist can learn about the foundational moments of her life, work, and philosophy. When Ginsburg began her study of law, she was one of only a handful of female law students; as a law professor at Rutgers University, she had to hide her second pregnancy or risk losing her job. But her tireless efforts to fight for gender equality have continued to push progress forward. In this substantial work, author Jane Sherron de Hart has produced an intriguing portrait of a justice whose influence, particularly on the lives of American women, cannot be overstated.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $21.99
  8. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

    Clemantine Wamariya experienced tremendous trauma as a child: at six years old, she and her older sister Claire had to flee the Rwandan massacre and spent six years seeking safety in seven countries in Africa, facing both horrors and unexpected kindness. Then, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the US, and the sisters parted: Claire was now a struggling single mother, while Clemantine was taken in by an American family. But a privileged American life didn't erase the struggles of her past. In this powerful memoir, Wamariya challenges readers to redefine "victim," instead seeing the incredible resiliency that allows people like her, all over the world, to overcome profound losses and build new lives.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $25.96
  9. Can't Nothing Bring Me Down

    Chasing Myself in the Race against Time

    Author: Ida Keeling

    101-year-old Ida Keeling had survived the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement; she thought nothing could be worse. Then her two sons were brutally murdered, and Ida felt like she couldn't carry on. But her daughter urged her to tie on a pair of sneakers, and at 67, she started to run. Since her first race 35 years ago, Miss Ida has never looked back! In this conversational and charming memoir, Keeling — the world record holder for the 60-meter dash in the 95-99 age group — proves that it's easier to overcome obstacles when you pick up your feet and go.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $20.99
  10. Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry

    Author: Imani Perry

    Looking for Lorraine is a revealing portrait of one of the most gifted and charismatic, yet least understood, black artists and intellectuals of the twentieth century, Lorraine Hansberry. Although best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements, and she had an unflinching commitment to social justice, which brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work – until now.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $26.95
  11. Ask Me About My Uterus

    A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain

    Author: Abby Norman

    It's a story that's all too familiar: a woman in pain, dismissed by doctors, has to find her own answers. In 2010, Abby Norman dropped out of college because of excruciating pain that her doctors wrote off as a urinary tract infection. It wasn't until years later, when she took matters into her own hands and spent hours reading in a medical library, that she received a diagnosis of endometriosis. In this important book, Norman uses her own story to illuminate the cultural and political context of how women's bodies — and women's pain — are treated. This eye-opening and infuriating book is a rallying cry for women's health.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $27.00
  12. Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility

    The Lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth

    Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were contemporaries, and while they shared many similarities — they were talented writers who struggled to express themselves, they both desperately desired financial security, and neither ever married — they took two very different paths. Austen decided to try to achieve financial independence through her writing, while Wordsworth turned her gifts to help her brother, poet William Wordsworth. In this unique dual biography, author Marian Veevers compares their lives side by side, creating an intriguing portrait of two brilliant women trapped by the conventions of their time.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $27.95
  13. First Ladies of the Republic

    Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the Creation of an Iconic American Role

    Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison were America's first First Ladies, and they faced tremendous challenges: they had to define a role that had no official description, and maintain the dignity of the president's office while avoiding the aristocratic behavior of European nobles that was so contrary to their new republic's ideals. Their public personas had to buoy confidence and prop up their husbands' presidencies, no matter what challenges they were facing. Author Jeanne Abrams looks at these three First Ladies as a group, showing how they influenced one another — and created a new role for women in America.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $45.56
  14. Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Jens Andersen

    Astrid Lindgren's life was often turbulent and difficult: she faced life as an unwed teenage mother, poverty during the war, and battles with depression. Then, as the creator of beloved book characters like Pippi Longstocking and Ronia, she was suddenly launched into fame, giving her a voice for causes that mattered deeply to her, like women's and children's rights. In this first English-language biography of Lindgren, author Jens Andersen draws on primary sources and letters to create a detailed and accessible account of Lindgren's life, and also explores how her characters still resonate with children today.

    Ages: Adults
    Price: $20.99
  15. Doll-E 1.0

    Author/Illustrator: Shanda McCloskey

    Young Charlotte is always tinkering, coding, and clicking — but one day her parents give her a most puzzling toy: a doll! After all, Charlotte wonders, what's she supposed to do with a "human-shaped pillow"? Then she discovers her doll has a battery-driven voice box and decides to upgrade it to Doll-E 1.0. Soon Charlotte discovers the fun to be had with her new friend and the value of a little balance between high-tech and pretend play. Filled with author-illustrator Shanda McCloskey's cheerful illustrations and witty narrative, this refreshing modern look at the joy of imaginative play also celebrates the joy of engineering!

    Ages: 4 - 8
    Price: $70.01
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