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The Atomic City Girls
The Atomic City Girls: A Novel | Janet Beard
In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here. In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesnt officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of monthsa town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders. The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the governments plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with Junes search for answers. When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself. "The Atomic City Girls is a fascinating and compelling novel about a little-known piece of WWII history."Maggie Leffler, international bestselling author (Globe and Mail) of The Secrets of Flight
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mimsickle
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An enjoyable read set in a scenario I don't know too much about. Well thought out with engaging characters and made me want to find out more

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DebinHawaii
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#RedRoseSeptember (I caught up!🤗)

This book is historical fiction about the secret city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Created as part of The Manhattan Project during WW2, the majority of workers living there didn‘t know they were helping enrich uranium for the atomic bomb. Many women worked on #TheThingummyBob machines & even if they suspected or wondered what they were doing beyond “aiding in the war efforts”—they weren‘t allowed to talk about it.

DebinHawaii The similarly titled non-fiction on the same subject is still in my TBR. 2mo
arlenefinnigan Perfect! 2mo
Laura317 My hometown! 2mo
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TheReadingNurse
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I truly enjoyed this book. Although I wish it went into a little more detail about the war, I liked to see June's journey throughout the book. The one thing I honestly disliked about this novel was Sam. He was one giant red flag after another to me..

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Momma_Jo

She was thankful to him for seeing more in her than she had recognized in herself and helping her to also see it. But he wasn't responsible for it; she alone was responsible for who she was.

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Momma_Jo

Change was so constant with children that you never had time to catch up.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Mehso-so

I have never read a book about the Manhattan Project before, so that was interesting to me. But the story seemed kind of flat for me, more about the relationship between June and Sam, less about anything else. I wanted to read more from Joe's perspective and also Ralph & Shirley's relationship. It's good for a light, easy read!

Copwithabook You might try this nonfiction book about it. Most of them didn‘t even know what the project really was until the bomb was dropped. 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Copwithabook thank you for the suggestion! Adding it to my TBR list. 💖 6mo
Amiable I second the suggestion of “Girls of Atomic City” —it was really good! 6mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Amiable awesome, thank you! 6mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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"I'm from Brooklyn," made me chuckle!

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Mehso-so

Didn‘t love it, but I think it was the narrator that killed it for me. I switched to the print version, which was cool because it has actual pictures that I assume are from the facility and feature the workers - but I can‘t say for sure due to lack of captions.

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xxjenadanxx
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While I enjoyed the book, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, like we were on the precipice of something big & then nothing. After finishing I realized that must have been how everyone involved felt. I‘m not sure if that was intentional or a happy accident but it certainly added to the story. I‘m not a big fan of switching perspectives but here it helped to build the experience of life in the Atomic City. I also really love the playlists.

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booksandbeans
Atomic City Girls | Janet Beard
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Looking forward to my March pick. Has anyone read this yet?

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R.L.Walker
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Excited by this Amazon shipment. Can't wait to read them. Which to start first?

Crazeedi Oooo, what a great dilemma to have! Enjoy! 9mo
Book_Gobbler The Atomic City Girls was immediately added to my TBR pile! ☺️ 📚 8mo
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R.L.Walker
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Excited by this Amazon shipment. Can't wait to read them. Which to start first?

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sk888888
Panpan

This book was a disappointment, IMHO. Focused on a couple of girls and their relationships with each other and the men they were involved with. Not much about the Manhattan Project or Oak Ridge (that I didn‘t already know).

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lahousewyfe
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Pickpick

Interesting quartet of character studies. Learning about what it was like to live in Oak Ridge during WWII was the point of this read for me, and it didn't disappoint. A solid three stars out of five.

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tokyoseg
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This was a total waste of potential. Such disappointment. Also most of the POV were of men so misleading title. The story of the black builder turned janitor was the most interesting.

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Andrew65
Atomic City Girls | Janet Beard
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Another productive week over 2000 Pages Read, helped by taking part in #24B4Monday #Readathon
2028 Pages Read.

Week 43/52 2018 - #BookStats
4 Books Finished, 2028 Pages Read

#LitsyAtoZ 1 (25/26) - Only X left
#MountTBRChallenge 0 (39/52)
#YearoftheChunkster 1 (25/26)
#SeriesUptoDate 0 (16/20)
#SeriesFinished 0 (5/20)
#ListyPassport 0 (2/12)

EadieB Fantastic week! 13mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Yes, given it was the last week of a half-term when you are at your most tired. 13mo
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Andrew65
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I feel this book took a bit to get into the characters but it did pick up as the book progressed and I enjoyed it once this happened, especially enjoyed the second half of the book. I felt this book did a good job of showing the impact on some people of being involved in the the atomic bomb project, especially once they realised what monster they created and that particular monster had been used for the first time. Well worth a read.

EadieB This looks interesting! 13mo
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Andrew65
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Started this one as an audiobook on my commute today. Not sure what to expect.

Has anyone read it?

Bookishthoughts I've always wanted to read this Book and the tagged book. I've heard nothing but great things! How are you liking it so far? 13mo
Andrew65 @LazyDays Early days so far, and still setting the scene, but enjoying it so far. (edited) 13mo
Crazeedi It's on my list but havent read yet, I heard it's somewhat sad? 13mo
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Andrew65 @Crazeedi Not sad yet. 13mo
Copwithabook I read the nonfiction book about this city and enjoyed it. 13mo
Andrew65 @Copwithabook I only noticed this was out there yesterday when I was researching the book. 13mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi There were definitely sad elements to it but not excessively sad. 13mo
Crazeedi @Andrew65 good cause I'm just about to borrow from overdrive 13mo
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chriss68
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Mehso-so

I think I would have enjoyed this more in the print edition. The audiobook's reader had a tone that grated on me for some reason.

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Ke633
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Listening and baking.

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MirrorMask
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Mehso-so

I wanted to read The Girls of Atomic City, but I saw The Atomic City Girls first on Libby. After realizing my mistake, I decided I would read both and see how both books compare.

This book is a historical fiction about Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the Manhattan‘s project secret cities. The book follows four characters: June, Cece, Sam, and Joe. I did like that the book covered multiple POVs , but I was expecting stories about the women.

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Insightsintobooks
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Look what I found on sale.

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

OrangeMooseReads This is a good one 👍🏼 1y
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wanderingmilesandpages
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I just started this one! I don‘t read a lot of historical fiction set in the US, so it‘s something different from what I normally read.

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TerriGreen
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I love historical fiction. I can get immersed in a story and still learn something about that period or place in history. That is exactly what I got here.

Imagine not being able to talk about your job nor really understanding what purpose your job has. Then realizing that you helped build the atomic bomb. This book follows 4 characters with very different jobs. I thought the feelings of guilt mixed with pride and accomplishment were touching.

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Court7
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Mehso-so

More about relationship drama than Oak Ridge and so not exactly what I was hoping for.

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C.Perone
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Mehso-so

The history was interesting, the story and the characters felt flat for some reason 🤷‍♀️ However, it was OK enough to keep me interested and not feel like a waste of time

Andrew65 That‘s a shame, I‘ve been considering this one. 1y
C.Perone @Andrew65 Don't rule it out completely. It's a pretty quick, painless read; and I'm not sorry I read it. It's just not stellar 1y
Andrew65 @C.Perone Thanks 😊 1y
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C.Perone
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lmaooo
I love 1945 Tennessee 🤣

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C.Perone
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Why, hello there Long Holiday Weekend; welcome to my humble abode😊🇺🇸🎆

Trashcanman 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1y
C.Perone @Trashcanman Back at ya, sir; Enjoy!!🎉🎉😊 1y
Theshadedbuffalo I have a book called The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan, so I know how enthralling these stories are! 1y
C.Perone @Theshadedbuffalo It's just so fascinating! 1y
Theshadedbuffalo @C.Perone it really is! It‘s so fun to see all of the ways women have been so immersed in the making and progression of our country, regardless of how shaky the moral ground can be. 😬😬 1y
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booksaremyfavorite
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A very interesting story about the secrecy of the Manhattan Project.

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C.Perone
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Such a bizarre concept to me

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C.Perone
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A #HistoricalFiction mood has descended upon me😊

#CurrentRead

Hollie I‘m always in the mood for historical fiction! I recently really loved 1y
C.Perone @Hollie Stacked! 1y
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Nashlovesbooks
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I make it a point to always buy a new book whenever I travel. This weekend I got a hold of this one! Have any of you read it?

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Jennb31
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An interesting insight into the intersecting lives of differing people working on or around the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. A compelling story about what it must have been like to be working on a top secret project.

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Jules7
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Finishing this today, and picking up another library hold. How am I ever supposed to read my own books?

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mommamatch
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Pickpick

A novel based on Oak Ridge, the city that developed the Atomic Bomb, even though the residents had no idea what they were working on. Good balance of fiction and historical fact, characters were well developed. Enjoyed this one and would recommend it for sure.

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JoyfulChaos
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I really enjoyed this, an entertaining read. The story is fluid, well written and wrapped up wonderfully.
Now to pick my next read. :)

KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
JoyfulChaos I will add it to my list... thanks! 1y
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JoyfulChaos
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Coffee and a little reading while the house is quiet. I really hope to finish this today. I love all the original photos throughout the book.

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mommamatch
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It may look like winter outside, but sitting inside in the sunshine feels like spring ☀️#matchbooks

elizabethlk My mom @JoyfulChaos is reading this one right now too and seems to be really enjoying it. 2y
JoyfulChaos Very much so. I should be done it this weekend. #distractedreader #tryingtospringclean 2y
JoyfulChaos Also... I love the inclusion of the original photos! 2y
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peacegypsy
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Have my Guinness and a little Spanish guitar to accompany me as I start The Atomic City Girls. 😊👍✌️

RaimeyGallant Nice! 2y
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JoyfulChaos
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I have been waiting very impatiently for this one to come in. Time for some reading in bed!

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mommamatch
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TBR pile keeps growing! Need more time to read for fun!! #matchbooks

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

This book was not terribly complex or revealing. But it did paint an interesting picture of a part of America at a very specific time. I liked it but did not love it. None of the characters ever really grew on me.

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Mrs_Organized_Chaos
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Mehso-so

I finished this but really didn‘t want to. It wasn‘t a bad read but not something I would highly suggest to others to read. I found out there is a non fiction version of these subject so I think I will give it a try and hope it is better than this.

ErinSueMreads I'm disappointed that this is consistently rated so low! I really wanted to read it but I think I'm going to pass. What did you like the least about it? 2y
Mrs_Organized_Chaos I think it was the characters themselves. They were not well developed and any conflicts between them seemed.....superficial 2y
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Mrs_Organized_Chaos
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1. At my desk working or driving.
2. I use Hoopla, Overdrive, and physical media
3. Original pace
4. Kathleen Early
5. I love most of Karin Slaughters book on audio book, but I did love Unbroken.

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BekaReid
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At my company food show this week. Found an audiobook of one of my TBRs for the drive.

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Mylifeisallwrite10
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That feeling when you get a new book in the mail!! ! 😍😊

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Librarylady
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This has been a fantastic way to spend a snow day. I love the different characters in this novel set in Oak Ridge, TN, during World War II. This is a fascinating piece of history. #williammorrow #TLCBookTours

Book_in_hands This is the next book for my book club, I'm looking forward to it!! 2y
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LeafingThroughLife
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this one but quit around the 60 page mark. The historical pictures are great, but the characters seemed a little wooden, and the prose leaned toward the stilted and repetitive. Too many books, too little time, so on to my next adventure!

KateFulfordAuthor “Too many books” is such a true statement. I‘ve been a lot harsher on stopping when something doesn‘t hook me. 2y
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HarperCollins
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“Readers who enjoyed Lilac Girls will appreciate this glimpse into the beliefs and attitudes that shaped America during World War II.”—Library Journal

Out this week, The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard tells the story of the real women who unknowingly helped to build the Manhattan Project. Based on her grandmother‘s own experience in Oak Ridge, TN, Beard has brought to life another fascinating piece of WWII history.
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#historicalfiction

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