Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Kristen Iversen

The Oak Ridge Girls

Denise Kiernan’s new book exposes the secret lives of the Tennessee women who unknowingly built the first nuclear bombs

August 5, 2013 Denise Kiernan’s engaging new book explores the human side of the story of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the best-kept secrets in the saga of how the United States built the first nuclear weapons. Kiernan will discuss The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II at the twenty-fifth annual Southern Festival of Books, held in Nashville October 11-13. All festival events are free and open to the public.

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Buckled Up for a Wild Ride

With the publication of Full Body Burden, Kristen Iversen’s life changed

June 5, 2013 Before her memoir, Full Body Burden, hit shelves, Kristen Iversen got some advice from Helen Caldicott, one of her heroes: “Buckle your seatbelt and take your vitamins,” Caldicott said. “Your life is about to change.” In an essay for Chapter 16, Iversen explains just how prescient those words turned out to be.

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