The Atomic City Girls

The Atomic City Girls

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the everyday women 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 doesn?t officially exist. In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes a riveting novel of the ev...

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Title:The Atomic City Girls
Author:Janet Beard
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0062666711
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:353 pages pages

The Atomic City Girls Reviews

  • The Library Lady
    Jan 14, 2018
    Clearly neither the author nor her editors have read The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, a non-fiction version of the story here that reads like a novel itself. If they had, they wouldn't have published this cardboard character fille...
  • Elizabeth☮
    May 05, 2018
    This is an interesting story about the real pop up city in Tennessee designed to separate the atoms utilized to make the atomic bomb to drop on Japan (I am really simplifying the science for you as I don't want to get it totally inaccurate). The story revolves around four characters...
  • Tammy
    Feb 26, 2018
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I thoroughly enjoyed The Atomic City Girls. This book is a fictional account of true events. Janet Beard provided a glimpse into the then unknown city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Oak Ridge was a city built by the government to work on building t...
  • Cindy
    Oct 02, 2017
    The title of this book should have just been The Atomic City. The word ?Girls? in the title led me the reader thinking that the storyline would revolve mostly around women living and working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. However men characters took up too many chapters and Ralph in part...
  • Deb
    Feb 09, 2018
    Since historical fiction, particularly when it is set in the World War II era, is a favorite of mine I was excited to sign up this book tour. I like historical fiction that gives me a unique perspective of the war and I found the setting of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a small town built by t...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Nov 12, 2017
    For eighteen-year-old June Walker, the prospect of working at Oak Ridge is a chance to get away from home. She has no idea what she is actually doing at Oak Ridge other than she's helping the war effort. As she starts an affair with a Jewish physicist, Sam Carter, she starts to realize...
  • Katelyn
    Aug 24, 2017
    A neat, fictional peak into the lives of some of the women and men who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII, helping create an atomic bomb (most unknowingly). June is a local girl working her first job monitoring and turning dials all day. Joe is an African American man living in...
  • Debbie Robson
    Sep 21, 2018
    As a writer very interested in both world wars, I immediately grabbed Atomic City Girls when I spied it at my local library. The pictures scattered throughout the book are an excellent guide to the world that is a secret government project - Oak Ridge Tennessee. The novel focuses on t...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    Feb 06, 2018
    I am an avid library abuser, last night I was number one for nine new releases, never one who wants to hold up the queue I can't wait to dive into the new stuff, loving historical fiction I grabbed this audio book first, after all I was number 29 in line for the kindle version, why wai...
  • Patricia
    Oct 07, 2017
    THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS is a quite good historical fiction which begins when the government begin acquiring the land on which Oak Ridge, Tennessee was built in the 1940's. The story is told by several different types of people who lived and worked there. These people, black and white, we...
  • Michelle
    Feb 21, 2018
    To say that The Atomic City Girls is disappointing is to mildly understand the sentiment. I had high hopes of an intimate glimpse into life in Oak Ridge with its layers of secrets. I thought it would be another war novel that is both educational and entertaining. Unfortunately, it is n...
  • Colleen Turner
    Feb 20, 2018
    When I read the synopsis of The Atomic City Girls I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I could get my hands on it! I've read lots of stories that take place before, during, or directly after WWII, from a variety of angles and perspectives, but surprisingly enough I had not read anythi...
  • Stephen
    Jul 02, 2018
    novel based around the researching of the atomic bomb during the second world war ...
  • Angela M
    Jan 10, 2018
    3.5 stars rounded up. The title of this novel is a misnomer in some ways. It?s not just about the the women who worked for the Manhattan Project, called for purposes of security Clinton Engineering Works, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the 1940?s. It was about men as well, about wha...
  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    Jan 31, 2018
    I worked at a National Laboratory for 15 years. My father worked there for 32. We were in California, but I had contacts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I am familiar with security clearances and secrecy. I am aware of much of the history of the Labs and which ones did what work. ...
  • Lauren Hopkins
    Mar 12, 2018
    Okay. I found what was going on in this book so super interesting from a historical perspective? But from a reader's perspective I was like...how did this get past an agent let alone probably multiple editors and people with brains who read things? It is SO. UNBEARABLY. DULL. It's writ...
  • Stephanie Tracy
    May 08, 2018
    Okay? so what was the point of this book, exactly? I?m not trying to be mean. Not trying to offend the author or imply that this was a stupid, pointless book. Not exactly. But now that I?ve finished it, I?m just wondering ? why. I guess I picked this up hoping to learn a good...
  • Cathy Daniel
    Apr 14, 2018
    Finished in one day! And it was a busy day too. That's how amazing this book was. So interesting and I was fully invested in the characters. Loved the real pictures throughout the book, loved the epilogue. I enjoyed the different characters and their stories. ????? this will ...
  • Gaele
    Feb 06, 2018
    Told in four alternating points of view, the story covers a period of approximately 18 months in the secret town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. A government-built community focused on the enrichment of Uranium for use in bombs to be constructed in Los Alamos. Secrecy and isolation were the w...
  • Linda Zagon
    Dec 30, 2017
    imageWOW! Janet Beard, Author of ?The Atomic City Girls? manages to write an intriguing and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel and Historical Fiction and Fiction. The timeline for this story is the 1940?s. The story revolves around the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Te...
  • Sarah
    Apr 20, 2018
    20/4 - This was only so-so. I think that whoever included the uncaptioned photos made a mistake because in quite a few of them it was unclear what we were looking at (kind of like looking at a now deceased relative's old photos and trying to work out where they were taken and who the p...
  • Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
    Apr 18, 2018
    I am someone who has always been pretty interested in the Manhattan project and the period in time surrounding advancements during WWII, but had never heard of anything happening Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This work of historical fiction helped shed light on some of the events that occurred...
  • Zoe
    Feb 26, 2018
    Atmospheric, authentic, and immersive! The Atomic City Girls is a fascinating story that sweeps you away to Oak Ridge, Tennessee during the mid-1940s when WWII was raging on the battlefields of Europe, and back home the American government was funding a top-secret project that would...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 30, 2017
    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest opinion. I appreciate the fact that the author set a book in Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. I am fascinated by atomic history, and there hasn't been a lot of fiction set in ...
  • Ace
    Oct 27, 2018
    This book could have been so much more. My expectations were raised by the fact that it is not shelved here as a romance, but essentially it was exactly that with a bit of science. Very lightweight. ...
  • Stephanie Anze
    May 28, 2018
    "What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here." 3.5 stars rounded up Eighteen-year-old June Walker begins working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in a facility called Clinton Engineering Works (CEW). Told only that she is helping the war effort, June is taske...
  • Brittany
    Aug 02, 2018
    This historical parts of the book were fascinating, but frankly I was not a big fan of the actual characters.. so I felt torn while reading it. A lot of research went into the book and that was the best part of it. ...
  • Sherri Thacker
    Feb 22, 2018
    I really enjoyed this fictional book about how the atomic bomb was made and how secretive the whole thing was. The whole time I read it I felt like I was back in the 40?s and there are little black and white pictures throughout. Beautifully written and I really enjoyed the chapters a...
  • Katie B
    Sep 04, 2018
    After reading the nonfiction book, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, I was eager to read more about Oak Ridge and the people who worked there. Unfortunately, not that many books have been written about the people however this historica...
  • Chris Mara
    May 14, 2018
    I was expecting so much more from this book so yes, I?m really disappointed. I understand there is another book on same topic out there; it is rated so much better for the writing and content. I?m going to read that one next. The main characters were: June - an innocent youn...