The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
Fun factoid: Hannah, the novel’s heroine, is based on Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer. Plot notes: In a Nantucket whaling town, Hannah, a 24-year-old Quaker with a knack for navigation and an obsession with the night sky, teams up with an unintentionally controversial man who turns her world upside down. When the going gets tough: Are you an alpha woman who manages to excel in the face of adversity? Then you’ll sympathize with the protagonist and relate to this book’s theme.