A Portrait of the Scientist As a Young Woman by Lindy Elkins-TantonMeet: planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Investigator of NASA's Psyche mission.
Why you'll want to read about her: A highly accomplished scientist, Dr. Elkins-Tanton is only the second woman ever to be awarded a major NASA space exploration contract. She is also a survivor of both childhood abuse and ovarian cancer.
You might also like: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein's The Disordered Cosmos, which blend scientific discovery and personal reflection.
Starring: fossil-hunter Barnum Brown, who in 1902 uncovered the first documented partial skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex in Montana's Hell Creek Formation.
Also featuring: Brown's mentor, geologist-turned-eugenicist Henry Fairfield Osborn; Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope whose heated rivalry fueled 19th-century paleontology's "Bone Wars."
Endless Forms: The Secret World of Wasps by Seirian SumnerWhat it is: an entomologist's "tour de force" (Publishers Weekly) exploration of the incredible world of wasps.
Want a taste? "In stark contrast to bees, wasps are depicted as the gangsters of the insect world; winged thugs; inspiration for horror movies; the 'sting' in the tale of thriller novels; conduits of biblical punishment."
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