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Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women | Kate Moore
The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark dangerThe Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive -- until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, The Radium Girls fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...
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WriterAtHeart
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Very informative read! These women were subjected to large amounts of radium- so much so they literally glowed- and many doctors and company executives claimed it wasn't the radium. How hard it was for the girls to win at court was amazing. A great story to remember the women who lost their lives and what their deaths did for industrial laborer protections.

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Maude
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This book made me queasy and angry but was still a good read. It was well written, felt like a good representation of the times.

Lcsmcat I had the same reaction. And, since it was on my Kindle, I tended to read it while eating. Not a good idea. 😱 2w
Maude I don't think I could of ate while reading this 😮 2w
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Angitron
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Oy. This was a tough read about the women who painted glow in the dark dials and clock faces, initially for WWI. The paint contained radium, and they were instructed to “Lip...dip...paint” in order to make the brush tips as pointed as possible. These women withstood immense suffering and the actions of the companies they worked for were unconscionable. Their fight for justice paved the way for the rights workers enjoy today.

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Literatigeek
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Beware: This book will make you acutely aware of every ache and pain you have, and livid at all capitalists (especially from the 1920s).

RaimeyGallant YESSSSS 3w
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Eeyore031370
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“The girls had been given a death sentence; yet, they had also been given the tools to fight their cause—to fight for justice”.

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Eeyore031370
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“The girls had been given a death sentence; yet, they had also been given the tools to fight their cause—to fight for justice”.

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Pedrocamacho
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The story of the Radium Girls is a guy-wrenching study of human greed, cruelty, indifference, and triumph.

britt_brooke This story blew my mind. So devastating. 1mo
Pedrocamacho @britt_brooke Yeah, the constant and blatant lying by the corporate employees is shocking. These women were ingesting something lethal and the company didn‘t care at all. 1mo
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Lcsmcat
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Read this book. Don‘t read it while you eat, and take breaks when you need to, but read it. All the way to the end. Including the Postscript. It made me angry and sad and so grateful to these women.

UnidragonFrag Agree, same. This book made me SO angry and sad for these poor women and their families. Awful stuff, this. 1mo
sebrittain Same! It's not an easy read, but it's so important! 1mo
dsfisher The fear that this kind of corporate greed still harms many today is frightening and makes the hackles rise. 1mo
Lcsmcat @dsfisher Truth! And the postscript situation was in 1978! Not nearly long enough ago. 1mo
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Lcsmcat
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1. Tagged;
2. Gin and Tonic or iced tea;
3. The Norwegian delivery was placed inside, and the cabinet doors closed with a quiet thump. #weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Lcsmcat
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I can only read this in short bursts because it makes me so ANGRY, and the descriptions of what these girls went through makes my face hurt. But it‘s such a necessary story for the world to know.

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AnnaClark
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Love this reference to Hamlet.

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janeycanuck
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Great discussion about Radium Girls at this week‘s #GirlyBookClub. This was such a compelling read and we were all fascinated by the tales of these women. It didn‘t feel like a 400-page book, which is always a sign of incredible writing.

britt_brooke This story is so sad and truly nuts. 💔 2mo
janeycanuck @britt_brooke When I made the restaurant reservation, the fellow asked what we read this month. I told him and he says “THAT‘S A TRUE STORY?!” and then said he needed to find the book immediately. 2mo
britt_brooke @janeycanuck It‘s totally a stranger than fiction situation. 2mo
MarriedtoMrT I loved this book! It was one of the first nonfiction titles I read (for pleasure as an adult). 2mo
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AnnaClark
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Starting a new book on Kindle. Excited for this one!

Broke_Girl_Reads I loved this one! I read it for my book club and it was one of our best discussions 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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Late to the@party, I know, but I started this on my lunch hour, and now I don‘t want to go back to work. #currentlyreading

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Redjewel_7734
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Wow. This is a book that should be read by all even if it is a hard, heartbreaking read. I live that Moore tells the womens‘ stories. This isn‘t a bunch of stale facts, figures, statistics, and medical/scientific jargon; it‘s the shining lives of many beautiful, strong inspiring women betrayed by the companies they worked for, by laws that didn‘t adequately protect them, & by communities that valued jobs over people. They were the best of us all.

tammysue Great review 💞 2mo
youneverarrived So true. Great review 👌 2mo
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EKonrad 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Redjewel_7734 @EKonrad Thanks 😊 2mo
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janeycanuck
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I have two things I must accomplish this weekend - get the house ready for our hardwood install and finish this for bookclub. We spent about 9 hours tearing out baseboards and casing and we‘re so close to ready. So now it‘s time to turn my attention to my book. Only 170 pages left!

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Lylah
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Blaire This book!! Loved it. 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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So.. I just couldn‘t stop listening to this one! It was so so good! It‘s heartbreaking the suffering these women faced, yet they persisted and fought on.

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Deborah42
The Radium Girls | Kate Moore (Writer and editor)
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While I didn‘t love everything about how this book was written, I cannot get the (TRUE) story out of my head.

The radium girls worked in a factory where they painted luminescent numbers on watch faces. The glowing paint contained radium, which was thought to be harmless. Of course, even after the factory owners knew it was dangerous, they continued to deny it.

A good book to pick up if you want to get in touch with your molten core of rage.

Ekkross I think being in touch with my molten core of rage is my default setting 2mo
marleed I completely agree, the facts you learn are heart wrenching. I had to remind myself the book was nonfiction. I wonder if she could have made the telling better as an historical fiction. It‘s one of those books when I hold the editing team at fault for the final writing. 2mo
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ElizaMarie
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So this book was going to be my drive home book (Saturday I‘m doing a 3 day drive back to Texas from Connecticut). But I listened to see if I can handle the voice (that is a make or break for me with audiobooks) and I got hooked! I‘m already several chapters in :) it‘s a griping story!

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Vulpixen
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This book was so riveting. I couldn‘t stop listening. Highly recommended!

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HoneyBeeLee
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This book is so good. Very informative and well written. Writer does an amazing job of not just telling the girls story but letting the girls personalities show too in the writing. These girls were put through the wringer and their employers were just the worst do have not told them of the dangers of radium.

RaimeyGallant Loved this one. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
HoneyBeeLee Very cool. Thank you! I will definitely have to take a look. 😄 2mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 2mo
sudi Welcome To Litsy 😊🙋 2mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 2mo
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Lylah
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The descriptions of these girls‘ teeth falling out and losing their jaws is making me think it‘s time to go to the dentist! 🤢

sammisho This was a hard read! I couldn't even imagine 2mo
CouronneDhiver I have a recurrent nightmare about my teeth falling out. That part gave me the creeps. Lol 2mo
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Vulpixen
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I‘m about half through listening to this and I am HOOKED. It is horrifying and heartbreaking, and I cannot wait to learn what happens next.

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j9brown
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Horrifying and infuriating and a must-read. The author does an incredible job of humanizing the girls, and illustrating what a tough bunch of amazing women some of them became.

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MallenNC
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It‘s a #CruelSummer when I read sad books but I love them. Here are a few historical fiction and nonfiction books that made me sad and that I‘ve happened to read in the summertime. #SongsofSummer

OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶 3mo
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5280reader
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Such a well researched and emotional read. These girls never knew the work they were doing was so dangerous. They showed such tenacity and grit in taking on their employers for fair compensation and to protect future workers. They are truly an inspiration!

DebinHawaii This one was really good. Sad and infuriating, but good. 3mo
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Tex2Flo
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“Almost a year in, and the company had not lifted a finger to help her.”
I weep at the conditions that were exposed to workers at this booming industrial time.
Greed, folk. Greed.

DivineDiana So sad. 😔 3mo
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laurenslibrary
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Picks from the Audible 2 for 1 sale. 🎧

Jenken1998 Radium Girls was an interesting read for m.j e. It took place where i used to live in . It was fun reading about places and names i recognized. 3mo
youneverarrived Both are excellent books 👍 3mo
EchoLogical Ahh man, Radium Girls was such a disturbing story. I get chills every time I think about it. 3mo
rretzler I got One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s nest too. Love the movie, never read the book, but have wanted to for many years! 3mo
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Emory
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Going to try to finally finish this before the week ends.

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Lylah
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Nice to read next to my kitty before bed. ✨

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Scochrane26

Finally finished this on the way home from yoga. I liked the personal stories of the women.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scochrane26
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Not a lot to see on a walk through my neighborhood, but there were some pretty irises. Still waiting on mine to bloom more fully. #litsywalkers

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Scochrane26
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This book is good, but it is so infuriating. The misogyny of the men who just perpetuate that women are “hysterical”, their greed and callousness. And it‘s very frustrating to know that this still goes on today.

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Rissa1
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#BeautifulCrazy is a song that my 6 yr old Daughter said was about the way "daddy thinks about mommy." So I chose the 1st book my husband enjoyed with me.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #AMonthofSongs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww so sweet!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
MallenNC And that‘s a great book! 4mo
Rissa1 @MallenNC yes it is. 4mo
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Lexicon1982
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Intense, powerful, horrifying and triumphant! This book will make you so angry that these companies got away with murder for so long! As a woman made me realize this wasn‘t even a hundred years ago, women have come a long way in the work force but we have a long way to go! Definitely read!!!

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Scochrane26

Got to a part of this book that is probably not great to listen to while cooking. These poor girls.

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Scochrane26
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Started this one today and so far, it‘s good. I hear it will make me angry though.

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marleed
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Finished The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. It‘s such an important story. My heart aches for these women reaching their prime a century ago. I‘m embarrassed I didn‘t know this history so thank you to Kate Moore for guiding my google searches for the last couple of days.

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Rudis
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The history of the Radium Girls was a history I knew nothing about when I started reading, but the years of suffering & hardship they went through was heart wrenching. They went through so much, but they persisted until they triumphed.

#nonfiction2019 - something you saw on Litsy

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kaysworld1
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Starting this tonight The Radium Girls.
Have you read this?
I have been wanting to read it for a while, here we go.
Thank you @BookNAround for the book 🤗

#readmyownbooks #femalewriters #femaleauthors ♀️🙏📚☕

Erofan I haven't read the book, but I know the story of these girls. So I guess the book is very serious and will be read with a heavy heart. 5mo
kaysworld1 @Erofan I'm going to have to research about these ladies because I know nothing. The starting of this book is haunting tho x 5mo
IamIamIam The book was a great account of a dark time, no pun intended, in history. Advances in chemistry weren't keeping up with the discovery of the medical drawbacks of using these elements. 5mo
kaysworld1 @IamIamIam from what I have read so far it's brutal x 5mo
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Mehso-so

I found this story of the young women who painted watch dials with radium and subsequently faced painful deaths and lifelong illnesses to be important and horrific but I also felt as if there was too much repetition and a weird tonal disconnect in the end. #unpopularopinion Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/02/review-radium-girls-by-kate-moore.html

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Blaire
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Girls were hired by the dozen to paint watch dials with radium paint. They were instructed to point the brush with their lips “lip, dip, paint.” Over the years that followed many succumbed to radium poisoning. These women, many dying in their 20s, took this fight to court and fought back against an industry that had deceived them and left their bodies poisoned. Powerfully told story. The anguish of these women hit me hard.

EKonrad This story has stayed with me for a long time. So moving. 5mo
Blaire @EKonrad yes. These women had so much courage to pursue their case and seek justice. 5mo
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Emilymdxn
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This book made me sob while commuting and lecture everyone I knew about these women. I didn‘t know if it could live up to the hype, but it was better than I could have expected. The almost-forgotten stories of these ignored, working class, disabled women and the evil companies who killed them will be in my mind forever. My grandad worked his whole life in a nuclear power plant in safety because of regulations these women ushered in.

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Emilymdxn
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I‘ve wanted to read this ever since I saw it was an #oursharedself pick a few months ago. I‘ve really been wanting to read more history and I‘m interested in the history of science, and how much the history of science isn‘t what a lot of people think it is. Bring on scientific women‘s stories

youneverarrived This will break your heart 💔 but these women were so brave and inspiring. One of my favourite reads of last year. 5mo
Lea It was heartbreaking, enraging - and a little graphic. The audio is well done. 5mo
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MallenNC
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The top two rows of this collage are some of my favorite books about women. They're nonfiction except for The Last Ballad, which is based on a real woman who died during a labor strike in North Carolina. I'd never heard of her until this book came out. The bottom row are ones I hope to read soon. #InternationalWomensDay #LiteraryLove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻💪🏻❤️ 5mo
Librarybelle I enjoyed She-Wolves...hope you will too! 5mo
MarriedtoMrT Radium Girls! 5mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle Thanks! I‘ve watched the documentary that goes with it. It was great so I bet the book is too. 5mo
MallenNC @MarriedtoMrT Such a great book. Another story I‘d never heard of before the book. Even though it‘s incredibly sad I loved it. 5mo
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Gina
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Anyone else have some antiques that have hidden radium in them... how we as a human race are still here is beyond me.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/02/20/uranium-glass/

rather_be_reading 😮😮😮 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Crazy when you really think about it, isn‘t it! We should have gone the way of the Dodo by now.😂 6mo
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EleniKara
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A very impactful read on the perseverance and hope of these women who changed public health forever along with the public understanding of the dangers of radium. Using this for my #readingwomenchallenge for women in science, in this case doomed by science but irreversibly changing it. A heartbreaking read but a story that should never be forgotten, not after what they went though.

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orange.books
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This was such a sobering read. It's hard to imagine what these women went through as they slowly and painfully died from the radium paint their bosses told them was safe. There were a few times I was reading this in public and couldn't help but tear up as I read about the ways they died from an incurable poison.

goodbyefrancie This one was hard for me. Environmental Health and Safety is my career, and this story is just horrendous. I had to read a little at a time and then set it down for a while. 6mo
orange.books @goodbyefrancie Oh wow! I can't even imagine how hard it must have been. 6mo
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