Online Book Club: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore


Radium Girls

Welcome to the online book club for
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore.

I thought this book was about something else, but I am so glad I read it! I want to read more about the women who worked on The Manhattan Project and I thought The Radium Girls was about them, but it’s about women who painted radium on watch and clock dials in the 1920s-30s. I was so surprised that I had never heard their story before. All of them were sickened with radium poisoning and as they fought for help, they changed the way the world handles toxic ingredients. This is a well-told story that should be read by all!

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December’s book will be Skipping Christmas by John Grisham with discussion on December 27. More details are on the Online Book Club page.


  1. Had you ever heard of The Radium Girls before reading this book? If so, where? If not, are you surprised that you hadn’t?

  2. Whose story struck a chord with you the most and why?*

  3. Do you think anything like this could happen today? Why?

  4. How do you think the story would have been different if it had been a man’s job?*

  5. Overall, how does the story of The Radium Girls make you feel?

  6. If the girls had lost their cases, how different do you think today’s world would be?*

  7. Who are you going to recommend this book to, if you liked it?

  8. Besides radium, what other world-altering discoveries can you think of that led to both advancement and tragedy?*

  9. How were you inspired by the strength of the “shining girls,” and how can you carry that onward to incite change in your own life?*

  10. What question do you want to discuss that I didn’t ask?

Thank you for reading with us and stopping by to discuss The Radium Girls by Kate Moore!
(*Questions based on discussion questions in the book.)


Join us in December to discuss Skipping Christmas by John Grisham!

Skipping Christmas


About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.

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