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Kate Moore is a New York Times bestselling author who writes across many genres, including biography, memoir, and history. She was also the director of the acclaimed play about the Radium Girls called 'These Shining Lives'. (Bowker Author Biography)


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Set during the mid-1800 in the U.S., we find Elizabeth Packard married and with children. As Elizabeth becomes more outspoken about her personal opinions concerning religious theology and feminism (gasp!), her husband Theophilus Ballard cooks up a plan to have her committed to a mental asylum. After many years, through her intelligence and determination, Elizabeth manages to be released. She never stops fighting for the remaining women in the asylum, while continuing her quest to have antiquated laws changed to protect women's rights. The cost is high though, as her husband remains in control of the younger children and the property.

I did not find the writing quite as engaging as within Moore's prior book, "Radium Girls." Perhaps this is due to the fact "Radium Girls" concentrated on the plight of multiple women, while this book was primarily focused on Elizabeth.

One cannot read this book without considering current political agendas, especially in the U.S. After gaining so much momentum toward the rights of women and other marginalized groups, do we really want to lose all that?
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Ann_R | 35 andre anmeldelser | May 14, 2024 |
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore was one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read (listened to, actually). Detailing the lives and horrible deaths of radium-dial painters in New Jersey and Illinois, the story is one that captivated the world and the courts, and which opened the door for occupational safety standards in workplaces across the United States. The women who waged this battle suffered horrible lives and deaths but did so to help others in similar industries. I admired them greatly and wept copiously during the last chapters of the book.

Radium-dial painting is the act of detailing clocks and aeronautical dials of various sorts with luminous paint, which is made up of radium and water. The girls were encouraged to put the paintbrushes in their mouths to keep them narrow enough to do the meticulous work. That’s right: they were urged to put paintbrushes coated with radioactive ingredients into their mouths.
They died. And before they died their teeth fell out, their gums grew abcesses, their jawbones pierced the skin of their mouths and fell apart. They were troubled with huge sarcomas on every part of their body. Their hips disintegrated until the girls had legs of different length and could walk only with a cane. Their pain turned to agony. They couldn’t eat. They became skeletal versions of their younger, happier selves. It was awful to hear about; I can’t imagine suffering such anguish.

The management of the radium companies were the worst people I’ve ever met in a book, both fictional and real. Snow White’s horrid stepmother was more likeable. (I’m not kidding.) They refused to help the girls that their negligence had murdered. They refused to believe that radium could cause harm. Even when they found out that indeed, radium was poisonous, they didn’t care. They lied and cheated and manipulated as young women lost their lives in direst agony. I have never been as angered by a book.

Despite the deaths, the families left without their daughters, wives, mothers, aunts, the friends left behind to mourn them, the book was a real inspiration. Even though Kate Moore’s writing left something to be desired, and though the narrator was frankly dreadful, the story captivated me. I hope that I can learn to be as brave and as determined as the women I met in this book. May they all rest in peace.

Edit: One of the little clocks in my bedroom has a luminous dial. It used to belong to my grandmother, and passed to me after her death. This little clock that glows at night is old enough that it probably passed through the hands of a radium-dial painter and may even have been one of the clock faces that contributed in a small way to a young woman slowly being poisoned by radium. I will treasure it all the more.
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ahef1963 | 191 andre anmeldelser | May 5, 2024 |
Reasonably well-written and well-researched, if sometimes a bit over sensational in its presentation. Unfortunately, the story is not terribly interesting in its nitty-gritty details. Once you know the basic outline of what happened here, all the ins and outs of what, exactly, happened to each of the girls and how, exactly, the trials played out is a trifle tedious. I'm torn about books like this: I think it's important to tell such stories and to honor the unfair and unjust treatment ordinary folks by doing so, but the reading experience also felt kind of without purpose after a certain point.… (mere)
lycomayflower | 191 andre anmeldelser | May 5, 2024 |
1860 - Elizabeth Packard, housewife and mother of six, is facing her own battle. The enemy sits across the table and sleeps in the next room. Her husband is plotting against her because he feels increasingly threatened by her intellect and independence. He is planning to put her in an insane asylum. The horrific conditions inside the State hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois are overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland who will prove more dangerous to Elizabeth. She discovers there are many rational women confined to the institution.… (mere)
taurus27 | 35 andre anmeldelser | Apr 10, 2024 |



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