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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!
✤ 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.