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Friday Book Memes, 27-February-2015

27 Feb

Welcome to the ‘When Will Winter End?’ edition of Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 hosted by Rose City Reader and Freda on Freda’s Voice. Head on over there and check out the other participating blogs.

I got a new book club selection this week that I want to feature. It’s The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. I haven’t read much into it yet, but here are your Friday Memes!


Book Beginnings is all about that very important opening sentence (or two) that us writers are always worrying about! Kiernan begins:

That morning, the excitement coursing through the complex known as the Castle was infectious. The words no one was supposed to speak, the words many had not even know existed, ricocheted off walls and flew freely from the mouths of even the least informed inhabitants of Site X.

I love it! From the subtitle you know that these people were involved in building the atomic bombs that helped end World War II. I like this way of showing the reader that these women didn’t know what they were doing and that they were as equally shocked as the nation to find out the truth. Great start!

Friday 56

The way this meme works is pretty simple. If you want to join in, head over to Freda’s blog and add your link.

*Grab a book, any book (I grab the one I’m currently reading)
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.

I haven’t reached page 56 yet, but I like the image this one gives of the timeline of the war and the Project.

But in December 1938, events had transpired that would send the first ripples across the Atlantic of the unleashed power of what the Greeks called atomos, news that had resulted in the birth of the Project.

I never thought of the development of the atomic bombs, only of what happened when they were detonated. I’m excited to read this book and learn more about this incredible and destructive invention.

Until next time, write on.

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