THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA’S SHINING WOMEN by Kate Moore is slated to be the next big non-fiction read. This is the fascinating story about hundreds of young women who painted watch faces and clock dials with a lethal paint that included radium. Not only were they exposed to this paint, they were required to do something called “lip pointing” their brushes—which was essentially licking the tip of the paintbrush to keep it from separating while they painted. After they began to develop horrible symptoms, including disfigurement and great pain, their employers refused to take responsibility. This book tells the tale in all of the devastating truth.
It sure will make you think twice about your watch after reading this. We have this book on order at our library. Make sure to get your name on the holds list early.