The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan was a refreshing read about the many women who helped win World War II. More than 75,000 people flocked to Oak Ridge Tennessee to work on the secret project to help end the war. Surprisingly most of the people that moved to Oak Ridge were young women fresh out of school and from small towns. It was these women who helped change the world forever.
I loved this book and was completely enthralled. My favorite part of the book was reading about the female physicists who escaped Nazi Germany and how they helped develop fusion. Although, it was frustrating to learn they were never credited for their contribution. I found it fascinating to read about the building of Oak Ridge. This town was designed for one purpose, to build the atomic bomb, but the amount of work that went into creating the buildings and the labs was extraordinary. Not only did they have to supply buildings for the project, but they had to create enough housing for the massive amount of workers. They were doing all of this while the war was raging on. The military was used to setting up camps, but the women were ready to set up a community. How they created this town was remarkable and really worth reading about. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Marjane Satrapi’s memoir The Complete Persepolisis an honest look at growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi tells her story through the media of a graphic novel allowing her to depict her life not only through words but images. This is a coming of age story that starts with a girl going to high school in Vienna, far from home and being forced to work through her depression and feelings of isolation. After several years Satrapi returns to Iran but finds that her happiness is overshadowed by fundamentalist rules. Eventually, she discovers that she must exile herself from her homeland.
The characters are genuine and real; I especially love her free-thinking parents. You feel all of Satrapi’s emotions as she goes from being an adolescent to an adult. I thought the black and white child-like artwork suited the memoir – sometimes humorous while also covering serious issues. It was fascinating to learn about Iran’s history through the eyes of someone who’s lived it.
We all loved reading about Schuyler Oliver, Jack, Mimi and the rest of the gang in the YA Blue Bloods series by Melissa de La Cruz. In fact, we were all a little sad when we reached the end of the series because we wanted to know what was going to happen next to the vampires. Well the wait is over! Melissa de La Cruz’s latest novelVampires of Manhattanhas us leaping 10 years into the future. Now all of our favorite characters are in their late twenties and are still trying to find happiness. Oliver is now running the coven after he was rewarded for his courage by being turned into a vampire. Jack and Schuyler have retreated to a quieter life in the Napa Valley. Mimi and Kingsley are finding that ruling the underworld can put a strain on a marriage. For the most part life has been calm in the coven. Oliver has big plans for the 10 year anniversary of their victory over Lucifer. However, not is all well within the coven. Suspicious murders have been occurring all around New York City and Oliver knows he must find the murderer in order to save the coven.
This was so much fun to read. I loved catching up with everyone and seeing how they have matured and changed. Yet they still remained true to who they were in the old series. I think the hardest thing to wrap my head around was Oliver as a vampire. I have mixed emotions on him being a vampire. I loved that he was finally over Schuyler, but I missed the carefree boy he once was. I guess we all have to grow-up sometime though. I’m really curious to see where this series goes. I think it is going to continue to be gritty and dark, but I am excited to follow our new and old characters.