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The remarkable woman at heart of the smash New York Times best seller and Oscar-winning film Hidden Figures tells the full story of her life, including what it took to work at NASA, help land the first man on the moon, and live through a century of turmoil and change.

In 2015, at the age of 97, Katherine Johnson became a global celebrity. President Barack Obama awarded her the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation’s highest civilian honor - for her pioneering work as a mathematician on NASA’s first flights into space. Her contributions to America’s space program were celebrated in a blockbuster and Academy-award nominated movie. 

In this memoir, Katherine shares her personal journey from child prodigy in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia to NASA human computer. In her life after retirement, she served  as a beacon of light for her family and community alike. Her story is centered around the basic tenets of her life - no one is better than you, education is paramount, and asking questions can break barriers. The memoir captures the many facets of this unique woman: the curious “daddy’s girl”, pioneering professional, and sage elder. 

This multidimensional portrait is also the record of a century of racial history that reveals the influential role educators at segregated schools and Historically Black Colleges and Universities played in nurturing the dreams of trailblazers like Katherine. The author pays homage to her mentor - the African American professor who inspired her to become a research mathematician despite having his own dream crushed by racism. 

Infused with the uplifting wisdom of a woman who handled great fame with genuine humility and great tragedy with enduring hope, My Remarkable Journey ultimately brings into focus a determined woman who navigated tough racial terrain with soft-spoken grace - and the unrelenting grit required to make history and inspire future generations. 

©2021 Katherine Johnson, Joylette Hylick, Katherine Moore (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Grace
  • 20-08-21

Amazing Woman, Interesting Life

Ms. Johnson shares her and her family's journey from the 1800's in the South and West Virginia along with the country's history during her long life. An amazing intellect, an unassuming participant in this country's space race. Candidly told and a worthy read. Audio version is well narrated.

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  • L. Lewis
  • 07-08-21

An amazing life lived

This book is not only the story of an amazing life, but also a history lesson . I loved this book and was sad when it ended.

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  • Jennifer Baratta She/Her
  • 02-06-21

Katherine Johnson is an outstanding person

Robin Miles thank you for narrating this book and thank you Katherine Johnson for everything you do.

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  • Kiara DeCoursey
  • 25-08-21

Excellent!!

Very well done! Loved it all-Thank you to all who made it possible. Many blessings!

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  • WMB
  • 22-06-21

A beautiful story....

...about a beautiful person. Thank you for your life and service to our country, Mrs. Johnson. You deserve every honor that you've received.

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  • melzy
  • 22-07-22

Should be Required Reading in High Schools

Katherine Johnson wrote about her remarkable life. She provides a model for living life to the fullest as well as the history that unfolded throughout her lifetime. This is a must read for anyone and should be required reading in junior or senior high schools.

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  • Beth
  • 28-06-22

I wanted more!

What an absolutely AMAZING WOMAN! And an unbelievable story. She was truly a trailblazer at NASA and for women in general. And she appears to be SO humble. ThIs was an excellent book about an incredible woman. Make sure you don’t miss out, it’s more than worth a credit! 💕🐿💕

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  • danny lawrence
  • 03-05-22

Incredible American. Great story. A must listen

I really enjoyed this selection. It is fantastic that her story has come out and been shared with the country, and beyond. It is amazing what she has accomplished and the contributions made to our ventures into space. This is a story that is inspirational to all.

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  • Tasha
  • 11-04-22

WOW

I rarely post a review of books. I have to on this book. She was a remarkable woman who accomplished so much in life. I loved listening to the audible book.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 01-04-22

hidden figures

I really loved this book. It was a very inspiring story for black women both young and old