The Exceptions by Kate Zernike

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Zernike, a journalist, tells a story familiar to women with professional ambitions in the mid-20th century. Nancy Hopkins, a molecular biologist who attended Radcliffe, winds up working in the lab of Nobel prize-winner James Watson. Naïve at first about the discrimination she is subjected to—Watson’s Nobel co-winner, Francis Crick, once groped her breasts—Hopkins’s eyes slowly open as events of the 1960s awaken women to their rights. Hopkins's experiences as a researcher and scholar at Harvard and MIT make you want to pound the wall and scream with outrage. But, wait! Eventually, Hopkins and 15  MIT women scientists force the institution to acknowledge a history of pervasive gender discrimination and promise changes. An overdue win for women.

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ISBN: 9781982131838
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Published: Scribner - February 28th, 2023

Through the Groves by Anne Hull

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In Through the Groves, Anne Hull, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for The Washington Post, has produced a beautiful tale of a bygone time and place—central Florida in the 1960s. The reader can practically whiff the scent of oranges and see the clouds of pesticide in Hull's descriptions of riding around the citrus groves as a child in her father’s pickup. She's equally masterful recounting her family’s dysfunction as her parents abandon their dreams amid the social and economic change that swept the region. Hull, too, must find her way: entering young adulthood, she drops out of college, sells cosmetics, and embraces her sexual identity. A job answering phones at the St. Petersburg Times leads to her true calling as a journalist and writer--and to this superb memoir.

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ISBN: 9780805093377
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 20th, 2023

I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai

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Makkai's fourth novel has hallmarks of her earlier epic about the AIDS epidemic, The Great Believers: brilliant writing, compelling characters, and the author’s willingness to grapple with complex ethical issues in a changing social landscape. This time, Makkai uses the unsolved murder of a student at a New England prep school as the lens for examining changing gender norms, violence against women, and the role of new media in shaping public narratives. The protagonist, a film studies professor returning to her alma mater as a visiting instructor, must re-examine assumptions about the campus murder of a female student two decades earlier. Makkai turns a classic whodunit into a deeply layered and poignant consideration of what has and hasn’t changed in the #MeToo era.

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ISBN: 9780593490143
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Published: Viking - February 21st, 2023