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Atomic Farmgirl: Growing Up Right in the Wrong Place


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ISBN13: 9780618302413
ISBN10: 0618302417
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Atomic Farmgirl is a wise, irreverent, deeply personal story of growing up right in the wrong place. The granddaughter of German Lutheran homesteaders, Teri Hein was raised in the 1950s and 1960s in rural eastern Washington. This starkly elegant landscape serves as the poignant backdrop to her story, for one hundred miles to the south of this idyllic, all-American setting lay the toxins — both mental and physical — of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. From horseback riding to haying, Flag Day parades to Cold War duck-and-cover drills, Atomic Farmgirl chronicles a peculiar coming of age for a young girl and her community of hardworking, patriotic folk, whose way of life — and livelihood — are gradually threatened by the poisons of progress.

Combining a profoundly tender story of youth with politics and an unmistakable sense of place, Teri Hein has written a memoir that is part Terry Tempest Williams, part Erin Brockovich, part Garrison Keillor. In the end, she offers a rich and ribald journey into the universal mysteries of childhood, love, community, and home, a journey that confirms humankinds infinite capacity for hope.

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Terri Hein grew up on a wheat farm in eastern Washington, where her great-grandparents originally homesteaded. In the years since she left home for college, she has led an adventurous life — teaching abroad, rafting the Grand Canyon, traveling to northweatern Pakistan to learn firsthand about the plight of Afgani women refugees, doing research in the Amazon Jungle, and hiking above the Arctic Circle. She has received awards for her teaching, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship. Currently, she lives in Seattle and teaches children who are undergoing cancer treatment at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, March 13, 2007 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
As a transplant to Washington State, I never studied Washington history in school. (Although I am guessing that perhaps the local history so eloquently portrayed in Atomic Farmgirl is NOT found in typical Washington State history books). Anyway, I read this several years ago, and was reminded of the book when I saw the March 12ths Daily Dose title "Atomic Ranch." Atomic Farmgirl is haunting, sad, triumphant... and an amazing read! Those interested in local history, atomic history, biographies will not go wrong reading Atomic Farmgirl. Actually, I think Atomic Farmgirl should be required reading in highschool history classes, particularly in the Northwest!
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Product Details

Hein, Teri
Mariner Books
Health Care Delivery
Ionizing radiation
Radioactive pollution
Nuclear weapons plants
Radiation victims
Hein, Teri
Radiation victims - Washington (State) -
Edition Number:
1st Mariner ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 85
Publication Date:
April 2003
Grade Level:
8.51x5.54x.68 in. .77 lbs.

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