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The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction writers' most prestigious awards. The Hugo Awards are trademarked by the World Science Fiction Society, WSFS, a literary society that sponsors the annual World Science Fiction Convention, Worldcon, and the Hugo Awards. The awards ceremony is planned for Saturday, August 22, and the best novel nominees are:
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
What were the girls of Atomic City working on? Thousands of young women seeking jobs poured into the newly built industrial complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. They were sworn to secrecy about their new lives at Oak Ridge. All they knew was they were working with a product called tubealloy that was part of the “Project” to build the “Gadget”. It was all classified but everyone was happy because they had work and were being well paid.
Then on August 6, 1945, the Oak Ridge workers learned what their efforts had wrought: the explosion of the “Gadget”—the first atomic bomb. Detonated over Japan to end World War II, the “Gadget” announced to the world that the Atomic Age had arrived. Fans of World War II will enjoy this book about the young women who helped the war effort by working to develop the first atomic bomb.
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, tells the dramatic story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a brilliant young German scholar who finds himself compelled to risk everything to fight against Hitler’s tyranny. During his lifetime Bonhoeffer started the Confessing Church in Germany, taught in underground seminaries, conspired to assassinate Hitler, and aided the escape of Jews by acting as a double agent in the German Secret Service. The author, Eric Metaxas, narrates Bonhoeffer’s suspenseful life by tracing his growth from a young academic aristocrat to a man of steadfast conscience, conviction and courage. The carefully woven account gives insight into the time in which Bonhoeffer lived and provides ample historical detail without losing sight of the central plot. It is a must read for anyone with interests in history, theology, spy stories or the human heart.
Delicious! By Ruth Reichl
Billie Breslin has an incredible gift. She can identify any flavor, no matter how subtle, with just one taste. Follow Billie as she moves to New York City to pursue a career in food journalism at the well known Delicous! Magazine. Away from her family and feeling out of place in a new city, Billie learns to find total comfort in her eclectic coworkers.
I love reading. I love food. I especially love reading about food. Delicious! is a fun read and is filled with so many twists I never expected. It's a story with a rich history, intriguing characters, and I guarantee your mouth will water more than once.