November Recommendations

The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Endurance, and Wishtree.

During WWI, the Shakespeare scholar Elizabeth Smith, along with her husband, created the modern science of cryptography. Widely recognized for her work at the time but soon brushed over by history as a great man’s wife, her story is finally being told.

"Not all superheroes wear capes, and Elizebeth Smith Friedman should be the subject of a future Wonder Woman movie."

John Williams, The New York Times

Endurance, by Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly has spent more consecutive days in space than any other American. His memoir describes the hardships, both obvious and obscure, that accompany such a long time in space and isolated from home.

"Kelly’s account is insightful, at times humorous, heart-tugging at others. And it’s inspiring enough to change the life of some lost kid, just like The Right Stuff did for him."

Don Oldenburg, Special for USA Today

Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate

Red is the neighborhood “wishtree” whose branches, every first of May, hang with people’s wishes written on cloth. When a Muslim family moves into the neighborhood and faces cruelty from other residents, Red takes it upon herself to help, however she can.

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