Awards-season buzz has sent Hidden Figures, the book that inspired the new movie about black women mathematicians at NASA who helped launch the space race, rocketing up USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
Margot Lee Shetterly’s history is No. 5 this week, up from No. 24 last week. (The full list will be published on Thursday.)
At a recent press event for the movie, Shetterly said: “It took a long time for us to see these women and to value their contributions and to say, ‘You know what? It’s time that they get their moment in the sun.’ We’ve seen John Glenn’s great moment, but we didn’t really get to see Katherine Jackson and Mary Johnson, and now we do. So, as hard as it is that it has taken this long, the thing that I am so excited about is that they’re here, we’re all here celebrating them, and these women are never, ever going back into the historical shadows. Not ever.”
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