The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Denise Kiernan
Title:  The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II 
Recruited for jobs in a town that did not exist,thousands of women from 1943-1945 worked as factory workers, secretaries,custodians, nurses, chemists,and more in Oak Ridge.   Their employer,Clinton Engineer Works, only told these women their jobs  would serve to bring the war to a speedy end. Shrouded in secrecy, 75,000 workers toiled. Although many suspected something BIG was happening, few pieced together the true nature of their work until August 6,1945 when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. For three years uranium was enriched at Oak Ridge and sent to Los Alamos for use in the “GADGET”.  For this book, the author interviewed hundreds of women. Most were high school graduates from farm families in rural towns, while some had college degrees in chemistry or statistics.   Kiernan focuses on the lives of nine women in particular. I found this book enlightening. This is a part of our history that few know.

Balance : a story of faith, family, and life on the line

From Margaret Mezzacapo|
Author:  Nik Wallenda
Title:  Balance : a story of faith, family, and life on the line 
Yes, Nik Wallenda comes from the famous Flying Wallendas. In this book, he describes growing up in the circus and several of his famous stunts, including his walk over Niagara Falls last summer. It’s a quick read because there’s not a lot of substance to it –I would have liked some greater detail about circus life and how he performs his stunts. This book is suitable for all ages.