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From wartime ro­mances to mid­cen­tury me­moirs, these books set in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s are a true blast from the past!

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✤ Read the book be­hind the movie! Hid­den Fig­ures by Mar­got Lee Shet­terly. Made into a hit movie star­ring Taraji P. Hen­son, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe in 2016, this true story in­tro­duced the world to a re­mark­able group of black fe­male math­e­ma­ti­cians. Orig­i­nally teach­ers in the seg­re­gated South, they were called into ser­vice at NASA, where their cal­cu­la­tions fu­eled Amer­ica’s great­est aero­nau­ti­cal achieve­ments.

✤ Sa­vor a mar­velous mem­oir! Sum­mer at Tif­fany by Mar­jorie Hart. In the sum­mer of 1945, Hart and her best friend from Iowa had the time of their lives liv­ing in the Big Ap­ple. Lord & Tay­lor wouldn’t hire them, but a jew­elry store called Tif­fany’s took a chance on the fresh-faced 21-year-olds. Tag along as they sell diamonds to movie stars, pinch pen­nies to af­ford lunch and cel­e­brate Ja­pan’s sur­ren­der in Times Square.

✤ Be­lieve in sec­ond chances! Sev­enth Heaven by Alice Hoff­man. Sin­gle mother Nora Silk is ea­ger to raise her two sons on Hem­lock Street, a pic­ture-per­fect slice of 1950s sub­ur­bia. But her patent leather sling­backs, bold co­ral lip­stick and fond­ness for Elvis aren’t help­ing her fit in with the lo­cal moth­ers. But when the com­mu­nity faces chal­lenges, Nora wins them over with her re­lent­less op­ti­mism and un­canny in­tu­ition.

✤ Dis­cover a lit­tle-known piece of his­tory! Code Girls by Liza Mundy. A vow of se­crecy al­most erased their sto­ries from his­tory, but now WWII’S fe­male code break­ers are get­ting their mo­ment! Dur­ing the war, more than 10,000 women were re­cruited from small towns and elite col­leges and trained in cryp­tol­ogy. Their work saved count­less lives, in­clud­ing those of their brothers and sweet­hearts fight­ing overseas.

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