Had another lovely evening with The Book Babes of Kendallville discussing The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. This was a lengthy book to squeeze into a couple weeks (we had to adjust our meeting times), but it was worth it. It was literally jaw-dropping ( no pun intended for those of you who have read the book).
Like last month’s book, The Zookeeper’s Wife, I was horrified as I was reading. Instead of war-time casualties of Nazis, the women in this book were dedicating themselves to a higher purpose (the war effort, supporting family, working towards independents in the progressive era) at Radium Dial companies only to become human sacrifices for greedy corporations. Written in the increasingly popular narrative-style nonfiction, this reads like a novel, so I really connected to all of the women and their families- and especially their plight.
If you’re hungry for knowledge of a little-known facet about U.S. history, this book will not disappoint.
**I did listen to the Audible audio book, but it was not my favorite production. The narrator’s style took some getting used to.