We're thrilled to share some exciting news about The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.
The Radium Girls was voted Best History & Biography in the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2017!
“Taking place under the shadow of the first World War, bestselling author Kate Moore’s The Radium Girls traces the lives of the hundreds of young women who toiled and suffered amid the radium-dial factories. What follows is a true story of awe-inspiring strength in the face of scandal and gruesome corruption. This is Moore’s first nomination in the Goodreads Choice Awards and her first win in the Best History & Biography category.” - Goodreads
NPR also recognized The Radium Girls as a Best Book of 2017 in the "For History Lovers" category!
“After World War I, many women worked in factories painting light-up dials. Not long after, they started to get sick. The companies claimed not to know why. The women knew better; they were being poisoned by the radium in their glowing paint. This isn't an easy read; The Radium Girls viscerally describes both the pain these women suffered and their struggle for justice in a legal system designed to favor corporations. At times, it reads like a true-crime story (radium killed these young women, but the companies murdered them), but there's still a hint of hope at the end.” - NPR
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Pub. Date: May 2nd, 2017
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The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger
The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...