The Girls of the Atomic City

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.

Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of October:

In-Store Book Clubs:

October 1st, Non-Fiction (7 PM):  The Girls of the Atomic City:  The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII by Denise Kiernan

October 22nd, Mystery (7 PM):  Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott

 

 

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October’s Theme: Ghost Stories

Sea of Shadow’s by Kelley Armstrong

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

 

 

September Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of September:

1.  The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (Hardback)

2.  Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance (Hardback)

3.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Paperback)

4.  The Girls of the Atomic City:  The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (Paperback)

5.  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (Paperback)

6.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Paperback)

7.  Four by Veronica Roth (Hardback)

8.  The Giver by Lois Lowry (Paperback)

9.  The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Paperback)

10.  The 39 Clues:  Unstoppable:  Flashpoint by Gordon Korman (Hardback)