Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell: absolutely delightful, especially if you have an abiding interest in the weirdness of U.S. history.
Building Suburbia by Dolores Hayden: a fascinating history of the evolution of suburbs. A nice companion piece to The Lawn by Virginia Jenkins.
The Academic Kitchen by Maresi Nerad: on the academic domestic sciences and women students being admitted to Berkeley.
Disappearing Acts by Joyce K. Fletcher: a study of women design engineers and organizational culture, with a focus on relational practice and emotional intelligence. Sounds dry, I know, but it's an interesting read, especially if you're into women and science & technology.
The Science Education of American Girls by Kim Tolley: Did you know science was once considered a more proper course of study for young women than for young men? As LeVar Burton's minions would say, "you'll just have to take my word until you read the book yourself."
I'm going to have to check out Building Suburbia and The Lawn. I'd like to compare them with their fantastic Canadian counterpart, Richard Harris's Creeping Conformity: How Canada Became Suburban 1900-1960 (published in 2004).
I just started Assasination Vacation, so far it is hilarious.
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