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Βιβλία της εβδομάδας #21


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Ella doesn’t remember what it’s like to be human; after all, she’s lived as a doll for thirty years. She forgets what it’s like to taste, to breathe…to love.

She watches the professor create other dolls, but they don’t seem to hang around for long. His most recent creation is Lisa, a sly goth. Ella doesn’t like Lisa. How could she, when Lisa keeps trying to destroy her?

Ella likes the professor’s granddaughter though, even if she is dying. It’s too bad the professor wants to turn Gabby into a doll, depriving her of an education…depriving her of life.

With time running out and mad dolls on the rampage, Ella questions her very existence as she unearths the secrets buried in her past; secrets that will decide whether Gabby will befall the same fate…

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Ο ρεαλισμός της σκληρής καθημερινότητας ανταλλάσσει χειραψίες με τη δυστοπική επιστημονική φαντασία, αλλά πάντα μες στο σκοτάδι λάμπει ένα μικρό φως, ένα κερί. Στις χαραμάδες εναποθέτει την τσαλακωμένη αισιοδοξία του ο Saunders, στα χορταριασμένα χάσματα, στα μεσοδιαστήματα όπου μπορεί να λάμψει η λεπίδα της ελπίδας.

Τα διηγήματα στη Δεκάτη Δεκεμβρίου είναι ασπρόμαυρες φωτογραφίες, τυπωμένες σε αλουμίνιο, είναι μονοφωνικά ηχογραφήματα που δεν θέλουν τόσο να προειδοποιήσουν όσο να υπαινιχθούν ότι μείζον παραμένει η αγάπη, ότι δεν είναι ντεμοντέ και αναχρονιστική η τρυφερότητα. Μέσα στο σκότος υπάρχουν χαραμάδες φωτός, ένα μικρό κεράκι δωρίζει θάλπος, μια φράση κι ένα χαμόγελο μπορούν να αντιστρέψουν τα πράγματα.

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The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.

The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities, it didn’t appear on any maps until 1949, and yet at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City and was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women recruited from small towns across the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose, close friendships—and a surplus of handsome scientists and Army men!

But against this vibrant wartime backdrop, a darker story was unfolding. The penalty for talking about their work—even the most innocuous details—was job loss and eviction. One woman was recruited to spy on her coworkers. They all knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb «Little Boy» was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The shocking revelation: the residents of Oak Ridge were enriching uranium for the atomic bomb.

Though the young women originally believed they would leave Oak Ridge after the war, many met husbands there, made lifelong friends, and still call the seventy-year-old town home. The reverberations from their work there—work they didn’t fully understand at the time—are still being felt today. In The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan traces the astonishing story of these unsung WWII workers through interviews with dozens of surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents. Like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this is history and science made fresh and vibrant—a beautifully told, deeply researched story that unfolds in a suspenseful and exciting way.

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