Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOMB vs More Than This - Better Late Than Never

After a number of attempts to figure out how to get Sandy set up, we just gave up! (Plus who schedules a Smackdown deadline the same week as passport are due!?!)  As we agreed with other who read BOMB and More Than This, this post is support for the overall decision:

Enjoyed “More Than This” and had even moved it along earlier in Smackdown; however, after reading “Bomb” that is my choice to move to the next round. "Harry Gold was right: This is a big story." Based on true events, Sheinkin has written a story of discovery, espionage, and revolutionary changes in both physics and the modern world. He skillfully combines accessible, informative snapshots of the science behind the atomic bomb with a fast-paced narrative of the people who made it possible and attempted to steal it. The book is filled with archival photos and primary-source documents and makes accessible how the bomb was envisioned and brought to fruition. While the historical information and hard facts presented here will likely be new to the intended audience, they in no way overwhelm readers or detract from the thoroughly researched, well-documented account. It reads like a thriller and that's part of its appeal.

Zombie Pick Sandra: Eleanor and Park 
Zombie Pick Vanessa: Eleanor and Park (Vanessa didn't love it like so many others but she does think it deserves another chance)

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