Greenwich Reads Together 2018: Code Girls

Code Girls

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

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Book Trailer

Author Talk

Listen below to a discussion and Q&A with Code Girls author Liza Mundy at Greenwich Library on Wednesday, November 7:

About Liza Mundy

Liza MundyLiza Mundy is a journalist and author of four books, most recently Code Girls. She is a former staff writer for the Washington Post, where she specialized in long-form narrative writing, winning a number of awards. Her 2012 book, The Richer Sex, was named a top non-fiction book of 2012 by the Washington Post and a noteworthy book by the New York Times Book Review. Her 2008 book, Michelle, a biography of First Lady Michelle Obama, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 16 languages. She writes widely for publications including The Atlantic, Politico, The New York Times, Slate, and TIME. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, The Today Show, GMA, CBS This Morning, MSNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, Democracy Now, Bloggingheads TV, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and many more TV and radio shows. A senior fellow at New America a non-partisan thinktank, Liza has an AB from Princeton University and an MA in English literature from the University of Virginia. She currently lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two children.

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Greenwich Reads Together: a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book.

Rotary Club Essay Contest:

Greenwich Rotary Club is sponsoring an essay contest for students attending Greenwich public and independent schools in Grades 6-12. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: 6-8 grades & 9-12 grades.
– High School: $350 cash prize for the winning essay, $150 cash prize for honorable mention.
– Middle School: $350 cash prize for the winning essay, $150 cash prize for honorable mention.
Winners will be honored at a special event on Wed, 11/7 at 6:00 pm at the Flinn Gallery.

The 2018 GRT Essay Question:

Choose one of the individuals portrayed in ‘Code Girls’ by Liza Mundy (the adult or young readers’ edition) and discuss how that person’s experience relates to an aspect of your own life or that of someone you know personally. You may want to consider issues such as loyalty, patriotism, defying expectations, risk-taking, gender roles, family, and/or problem-solving.

Essays will be evaluated for clarity of expression, persuasiveness, originality, and connection with the GRT book. Essays must be double-spaced, 1,000 words or less (exclusive of any citations), and submitted as a Word or Google Document via email on or before October 29 to Please include your name, grade, and school in the body of the email.

Essay Contest Winners:

Do We Persevere? by Noor Rekhi
Greenwich Academy, 10th Grade

Code Girls Essay by Cynthia Chen
Greenwich High School, 11th Grade

Ashley Malkin
Central Middle School, 6th Grade

Dot Braden: True Commitment by Elsa Burgess
Greenwich Academy, 6th Grade

Changing a ‘No’ to a ‘Yes’ by Leia Wilson
Central Middle School, 8th Grade

Greenwich Reads Together is supported by the Friends of Greenwich Library.

Greenwich Reads Together Steering Committee

Greenwich Library
Greenwich Arts Council
Greenwich Historical Society
Greenwich Alliance for Education
Greenwich Pen Women

Greenwich Public and Independent Schools
Friends of Greenwich Library
Perrot Memorial Library
Retired Men’s Association (RMA) of Greenwich

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