Monday, September 15, 2014

Wow! The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Our August read was The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. And what a wonderful book it was!  The secret of Oak Ridge, TN askept by the women who worked there during World War II to develop the material to fuel the first use of the Atomic Bomb to end WWII.  These ordinary women came nationawide to an unknown place for the war effort.  They came from backwoods and cities with the same purpose; to end the war in order to bring family and friends home.  Conditions were muddy and primitive living in close quarters in a town that was being built as they arrived.  Constant expansion and long lines were the norm.  This narrative non-fiction book is well-written and tells a story that is typical of the thousands who lived there.

I loved reading about these events in our American history.  Thank you Denise Kiernan for also taking the time to arrange your schedule so you could SKYPE with us.  Many of our members have visited Oak Ridge and/or lived there and had much to share.

Kiernan's website  Girls of Atomic City  also has a tremendous amount of information about that era and lots of photographs and newspaper clippings. I lost hours just reading her website.  Highly Recommend!