Review: Wonder Women

October 2, 2016 Uncategorized 16 ★★★★

Review: Wonder WomenTitle: Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
Author: Sam Maggs, Sophia Foster-Dimino
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Bookshop (affiliate link) |Goodreads

Summary: This engaging book is full of fascinating stories and inspiring interviews, pefect for readers of any age.

As author Sam Maggs points out, women have been doing awesome science, inventing, espionage, and adventuring for all of human history. They’ve simply done so against imposing odds and often received little credit for their work. In Wonder Women, Maggs not only tries to start balancing the scales by telling more of their stories, she includes interviews with women who are currently excelling in their fields.

I’ve not ever read anything by Maggs before, but if you have, I have to imagine you’ll recognize her unique style in this book. She writes in a very casual, fun, slang-filled, pop-culture referencing way. At first I thought it might make it hard to take the book seriously, but her scholarship shown through anyway. And the tone definitely made the book more enjoyable. The author has clearly done her homework though! She’s not afraid to let the reader know where there are things historians don’t know or disagree about, a trait I always appreciate in a nonfiction author. Some of the slang did already feel dated to me or just odd, but not too frequently.

A few other aspects of this book that I loved were the cartoons illustrating each chapter; the author’s inclusion of women of diverse ethnicities and nationalities; and her interviews with modern women. She even interviewed a woman who worked as a spy! Awesomeness. Each of the women she interviewed also had a strong web presence, so I’m excited to learn more about them that way. In addition to being a truly enjoyable read, I think this book would make a great classroom resource. This book is clearly intended as an inspiration for younger women and I think it has the potential to make a big difference in readers’ lives. Today is the last day of the pre-order for this book, by the way, so check it out to be entered to win some completely gorgeous wall papers too!

16 Responses to “Review: Wonder Women”

  1. looloolooweez

    Oooh, how did I miss this one? Totally going on my wishlist. I read Maggs’ “The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy” last year and it was pretty dang good.

    • DoingDewey

      I haven’t read Fangirl yet, but after reading this, I’d like too! One thing I enjoyed about this book was the author’s use of pop culture references and they made me think about the fact that I should check out her other book.

    • DoingDewey

      It really is! I’ve been having a much harder time fitting in reading lately and I particularly enjoyed being able to read this in litte bites.

  2. Naomi

    I’ve got this one coming my way soon, and I was hoping it would be a good one to share with my kids. Sounds like it will be!
    I’ve also been curious how it compares to Headstrong by Rachel Swaby? Is it geared more for kids than hers is?

    • DoingDewey

      I would say this is a little more YA. The author does use a lot of slang and an extremely casual writing style. She also includes adorable cartoons of the women whose stories she’s telling, which I really enjoyed. Since she only describes 20 women, I also found it a bit less overwhelming than Headstrong.

  3. Lindsey

    I’m excited to read this one. I think I’ve heard of most of the women she covers, but I’m eager to learn more. Do you think it works best if you read straight through or should I pace myself with one amazing woman per day? 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I hadn’t heard of most of the women she talked about, but I enjoyed the bios of even the ones I had, so hopefully you will too. I tended to read it in chunks, because I was enjoying it and because I wanted to get a review posted. I expect you could do it either way and it would be good, but I don’t have the self control to read one a day, I think 🙂

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