It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that women have long been left out of history books. Consider the elite group of young women who broke the boundaries of both gender and science at NASA in the mid-twentieth century. The recent popular film, Hidden Figures, shines a bright light on some of those very scientists. For decades, the story of how these women transformed rocket design and made space exploration possible has remained little known and rarely told. In Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars, Nathalia Holt, an MIT and Harvard trained research scientist, introduces readers to some of the women who helped transform NASA. In Ms. Holt’s earlier book, Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV, she tells the personal stories of the patients, their families, their doctors, and the breakthroughs in treating this once fatal disease. Please meet this remarkable writer, Nathalia Holt, at Books in Bloom on May 21.