Among the Stars: The Life of Maria Mitchell
by Margaret Moore Booker
“Meticulously researched and fluidly written, Margaret Moore Booker's Among the Stars provides the fullest, most-nuanced portrait of Maria Mitchell to date. A landmark achievement that shows how a young woman from Nantucket had a lasting impact on science, education, and women's rights in America and the world.” – Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Away Off Shore, In the Heart of the Sea, Mayflower, the Last Stand and Why Read Moby-Dick.
Few avenues of high achievement were open to American women in the mid-19th century, but a young librarian on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Cape Cod, sent a startling signal through the male-dominated world of science when she emerged as an accomplished astronomer. Maria Mitchell, peering into the heavens with a telescope from a rooftop on Main Street, not only discovered a comet, but also computed its orbit and exchanged scientific observations with the world's leading astronomers. She became an admired figure on the international scene, a much-beloved professor at Vassar College, and a leading figure in the emerging women's rights movement.
2007, $59.95 hardcover (100 pp./illus.)