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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention

An accessible, engaging read for students of engineering and the history of technology and generalist readers interested in NASA history.

Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America

Readers interested in Gilded Age history and its parallels to contemporary society will enjoy learning about this trailblazing publication.

Zwicky: The Outcast Genius Who Unmasked the Universe

This accessible biography of the quirky astrophysicist Zwicky and the equally quirky world of cosmic rays, exploding stars, and dark matter will intrigue lay readers and serious science professionals alike.


Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire; A Biography

With her breezy, gossipy style, Ronald brings to life the story of the influential American publisher and his magazines. Journalism students and readers of this time period will enjoy this biography

Engaging Design: Creating Libraries for Modern Users

An additional purchase for librarians curious about library design.

The Sky's Not the Limit | Collection Development: Space Exploration


Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11

Although there are a number of books chronicling the Apollo 11 moon landing, Donovan's account offers new interviews and extensive research in an accessible and engaging read, appealing to those without extensive knowledge on the subject.

Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults

The information here is sound but available elsewhere. Public libraries that don't own the authors' other volumes will want to consider, but those already owning these titles might want to skip this guide and instead find ideas from ALA's website and Pinterest.

Washington's Golden Age: Hope Ridings Miller, The Society Beat, and the Rise of Women Journalists

A delightful and informative read for journalism, diplomatic, and feminist studies students and politics buffs.

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