A female PhD in Mathematics from Yale, Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, and a pioneering computer programmer, Grace Hopper’s story is one of perseverance, foresight and success. The rich and engaging biography Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age by Kurt Beyer is a fascinating must-read.
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Though I only discovered Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle a few years ago, it feels like a book I’ve loved all my life. Cassandra is one of the most fascinating and natural storytellers you’ll ever read, and her cleverness adds spice to this extraordinary coming-of-age tale. Simply enchanting.
David Mazzucchelli’s outstanding graphic novel Asterios Polyp isn’t notable just for its satisfying story – about an arrogant architect who learns to see the world in a new way – but for the way that story is told: elegant visual devices abound in this thematically rich work.
In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents they Protect is by Ronald Kessler. This nonfiction book presents facts, interesting tidbits and the concerns of agents who try to provide quality security service to our presidents.
With his sharp wit, wry undertones and characteristic insight, Craig Ferguson weaves an engaging and uplifting tale of his path from Scotsman to Scottish-American. American on Purpose is Ferguson’s memoir of his ordinary origins, his extraordinary perseverance and his pursuit of that still inspirational national ethos – the American Dream.