About This Atom Bomb in Me

“An Appalachian memoir suffused with atomic energy.” - Kirkus Review

“Through a tapestry of interwoven vignettes, Freeman revisits the surreal side of her Reagan-era childhood.” - Publishers Weekly

“In this book things radiate and travel — they’re both material and immaterial, pulsing and still. Adding texture to the relationship between materiality and memory, Lindsey Freeman shows how tightly history and biography, and social imaginaries and social worlds, are sewn together and emerge in scenes of everyday living.” - Kathleen Stewart, University of Texas at Austin

"A gorgeously crafted memoir about the atomic sensorium of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Funny, wrenching, erudite. Gulp it down in a single sitting."—Gabrielle Hecht, author of Being Nuclear

"Narrated in a voice both wildly innocent and deeply wise, This Atom Bomb in Me creates an astonishing, provocative collage of text and image that challenges us to face the devastating history and legacy of the nuclear age. Lyrical and poignant, with a dose of good storytelling, Lindsey Freeman's book sings of the urgency of our times." —Kristen Iversen, University of Cincinnati, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

"With a scholar's rigor and a granddaughter's wistful heart, Lindsey Freeman reminds us—by atomizing memory and emotion with poetic authority—that nuclear might, at its core, is not a matter of techno-strategy, or even science, but a burden of the body, mind, and heart." —Dan Zak, author of Almighty: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

"Both the mundane and the mysterious irradiate this slim memoir, which builds into something more than just the remembrance of a uniquely situated adolescence in Reagan's America. In addition to an idiosyncratic consideration of memory and belonging, This Atom Bomb in Me offers a poetic exploration of how culture and identity synthesize each other." –Will Wlizlo, Rain Taxi Review of Books

This Atom Bomb in Me is more than a memoir. It's also a work of social science, however unconventional." –Tina Chambers, Chapter 16

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