January Book Discussion - The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

  • January 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Imagine you are a young woman looking for a job during WWII. Someone offers you a job that pays better than anything else you've seen in your search. The catch is that you don't know anything about the job you will be doing, you don't know where you are going and you don't know how long you will be gone. And, once you find out about your job you are forbidden to talk about it.

AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians--many of them young women from small towns across the South--were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war--when Oak Ridge's secret was revealed.

Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it--women who are now in their eighties and nineties-- The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity. Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women: their pluck, their desire to contribute, and their enduring courage

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  • Lisa S

    Cancelled due to weather

    March 12, 2014

  • Lisa S

    I looked at the weather for tonight. We will get a little snow during the day with more snow in the evening. It's supposed to be windy tonight with occasional gusts of up to 40 mph, which worries me if we have snow on the roads too. I am going to cancel our get together for tonight and we can just review both this book and February's book on Feb 11. FYI, if we get another bad day on Feb 11th, I will schedule Feb's meetup for Feb 18th so we don't get too far behind.

    January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changed my RSVP to no... I didn't get to read this one at all. Looking forward to meeting you all next month.

    January 13, 2014

    • Lisa S

      See you next month!

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I'm going to have to miss this one tonight, but was really hoping to be there (too much going on at the office). This was a very informative history lesson; I had no idea of the extent of the project. The description of surveillance was also interesting given the current discussions of what is the appropriate level of monitoring and data collection. Enjoy!

    January 14, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Glad you liked the book Suzanne. Given the weather forecasted for tonight (though with my luck watch it be a perfectly nice evening lol) I thought it best to cancel for tonight. We will briefly discuss this book in Feb along with Daring Greatly.

      January 14, 2014

  • Patti

    Thank you for the early notification! See you in February.

    January 14, 2014

    • Lisa S

      You are welcome Patti! Our group members safety and time commitments are important to me. If it's not a good idea to be on the roads, I figure everyone would appreciate knowing that they can have that time to do other things at home.

      January 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel so late. Did not get very far into the book because a series of unfortunate events beginning with frozen pipes kept me otherwise occupied.

    January 13, 2014

  • Kathy

    Bummed - need to cancel. Still not feeling up to par. Enjoyed to book. Can't wait for this weather to break! Have a good time all.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Lisa S

    Hello everyone! Many of you may still be in the process of finishing the book. My thoughts are that if you aren't able to finish the whole book but still want to come anyway, you could probably skip the parts where they are developing the bomb. Most of our discussion, I would imagine, would be on the sociological aspects of living and working at CEW. The development of the bomb is great topic too but we could talk through that during our discussion. My husband is a physicist and I've been to Los Alamos, so he can make sure I am well prepared to discuss this ;>. If you've had the chance to read everything that is great. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!

    January 10, 2014

  • Lisa S

    I just bumped the waiting list up to 21 so there will be room for everyone. If we get most people showing up, we'll just divide the group into 2 and have discussions going in each. This is a good problem to have ;>

    January 8, 2014

  • Patti

    I will be there…don't know how to change from the wait list to the attending list.

    1 · January 8, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Hi Patti, that is fine we will be happy to have you!

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make this one. Too much happening with Christmas, and travels......could not get the book read:( Hoping to make the next one!

    January 8, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Donna, we'll miss having you but many thanks for changing your RSVP so that it frees up a seat for another. There was a book club meeting back in Nov when it was just myself and one other person lol. Changing the RSVP really helps because if we can see before hand that we don't really have enough people to have a group discussion, then it saves time for the people intending to come out.

      January 8, 2014

    • Lisa S

      Forgot to say that this doesn't look to be the case this month, happily lol.

      January 8, 2014

  • Kathy

    Already got the book from the library!

    1 · November 17, 2013

    • Lisa S

      Hope you like it

      November 17, 2013

    • Kathy

      Me too, but haven't started it yet. Still working on the Mind over Medicine. Haven't had much time to read lately! Interesting book tho!

      November 18, 2013

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