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What: “The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics” by Olivia Waite 

Why: The backstories of scientific reasoning are female and this novel exposes this truth. Sisters, wives and nieces all lie behind scientific achievements lauded by men as the hard work of ONLY men, but can only have been brought to fruition with the assistance of their female counterparts.  Enter Lucy Muchelney, daughter of a respected astronomer in 1816 England and fellow of the Polite Society of Science, the self-professed authority of all topics scientific. Her benefactor, Catherine, talented artist in her own right and a widow of two years, finds Lucy’s engaging intelligence and astronomical prowess intriguing and arousing in equal measure. 

Where: This is available as an e-book from the Monroe County Public Library system. 

How: You can request books online by logging in to your account and get e-books and e-audiobooks 24/7 at If you don’t have a card, you can visit your local branch or register online to get one. Questions?  

Recommended by: Amy Skerly, library assistant, Key West Library 

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