The Girls of Atomic City

the girls of atomic city

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan is a collection of vignettes about the lives of young women working in a secret city during WWII in which a component of the work needed to produce the atomic bomb occurred.  The group's interest in reading this novel stems from our city, Knoxville, TN's close proximity to Oak Ridge.  Cars sold in Oak Ridge, frequently sport the slogan … [Read more...]

Win Your Copy of Rasmus and the Vagabond

As a long time fan of Pippi Longstocking, I couldn’t pass up the chance to review a new book by her creator, Astrid Lindgren.  Lindgren’s newest novel, starring an orphan boy named Rasmus, is a wonderful adventure that takes me right back to my childhood nights, reading under my blanket with a flashlight.  As a grown woman with children too young for chapter books, I … [Read more...]

Win a Copy of Team Us: Marriage Together

Reading Team Us:  Marriage Together is a lot like listening to a friend dispel marriage advice; however, this friend (i.e. author) also has specialized training in communication.  She offers very real advice based on vignettes from her own marriage and that of close relatives and friends.  This approach results in the relaying of several entertaining if … [Read more...]

940 Saturdays – Family Activities and Keepsake Journal

  I first came across the book, "940 Saturdays" by Harley A. Rotbart, MD in a brief snippet in Parents Magazine.  Turns out Dr. Rotbart is a regular consultant for the magazine.  The periodical put a number to a lingering thought in most parents' minds; we don't have these beautiful blessings we call children at home forever.  940 Saturdays.  Seems like so many and yet, … [Read more...]

The Signature of All Things

the signature of all things

"The Signature of All Things" is an intricate and detailed novel that depicts the life of Alma Whittaker.  Her entire life.  Beginning with birth to an ambitious if less than brilliant father (the best part of the book), Alma spends her life sharpening her unique brand of intelligence and an unmatched fascination with horticulture and oral sex.  The latter renders her … [Read more...]