City of Santa Clarita Public Library

Library-LogoOne Story One City 2017


Mission Statement:
“To encourage city-wide discussions and engagement with stories across all ages and interests.”

The Book

Rise of the Rocket Girls

by Nathalia Holt

A fascinating nonfiction account of the women known as “human computers” and “rocket girls” at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, this year’s One Story book choice will appeal to a broad cross-section of readers. From the 1940s to the 1970s these little-known math whizzes helped propel our country’s infant space program, making invaluable contributions to historical missions. They also paved the way for professional women during a time when working outside the home was not the norm. We hope you enjoy reading about this slice of California history!

Read an excerpt.

Read reviews.

The Author

A science writer, Nathalia Holt, PhD., has contributed numerous articles to the New York Times, Popular Science, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic and more. Her previous book is Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV.

Visit the author’s website.

Listen to interviews.

Thank you to our partners:

      Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library          Barnes & Noble            California Humanities           City of Santa Clarita

This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit
partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit


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