The Radium Girls
The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Wednesday, May 3, 7pm
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 Great 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 twentieth century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Kate Moore is a Sunday Times (UK) best selling writer with more than a decade’s experience writing and ghosting across varying genres, including memoir, biography, and history. In 2005 she directed a critically acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called ‘These Shining Lives.’ She lives in the UK.
“Written in a HIGHLY READABLE, narrative style, Moore’s chronicle of these inspirational women’s lives
is sure to provoke discussion—and outrage.”
— Booklist, STARRED Review
“A MUST-READ for anyone interested in American and women’s history.”
— Library Journal, STARRED Review
“Moore details what was a ‘GROUND-BREAKING, LAW-CHANGING, AND LIFE-SAVING ACCOMPLISHMENT’ for workers' rights.”
“The most COMPELLING AND POWERFUL book I’ve read this year!”
—Stephanie Crowe, Page & Palette (Fairhope, AL)
“UPLIFTING AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN…a tribute to the strength of women everywhere.”
—Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
—Genevieve Taylor, Boulder Book Store (Boulder, CO)
—Allie Williams, Parnell Memorial Library (Montevallo, AL)
“Moore's extensive research is evident in every page. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TITLE.”
—Lindsay Noisom, Maria’s Bookshop (Durango, CO)
“GRACEFULLY TOLD and exhaustively researched.”
—New York Times bestselling author Rinker Buck
May 2017 Indie Next Pick