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Were you part of Barbenheimer? Many of our staff definitely hit the theaters as both Barbie and Oppenheimer – two films that couldn't be much more different! – were released. We've made a list of reading materials to help you delve more into the history of the iconic doll or the father of the atomic bomb, whichever interests you more.

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The Girls of Atomic City : the Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II (2013)

by Denise Kiernan

Oppenheimer may have been the father of the bomb, but he didn't build it by himself. This is the true story of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the site of a mysterious government project that was kept a secret from the outside world and from the majority of the residents themselves until the end of the war, when the world was forever changed. — Emily, Fiction, Movies & Music


American Prometheus : the Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2005)

by Kai Bird

A Pulitzer-winning portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, as he discusses his role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his roles as family man and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies. – Magan, Reference Services


Trinity : a Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (2012)

by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

A graphic novel account of the race to construct the first atomic bomb and the decision to drop it, tracing the early research, the heated debates, and profiles of forefront Manhattan Project contributors. – Magan, Reference Services


The Story of Barbie (1994)

by Kitturah B Westenhouser

Informative text and more than 300 color photographs convey the insights and innovations that have made Barbie what she is today. – Magan, Reference Services


Barbie : the Album (2023)

by Aqua

Relive the magic of I'm Just Ken (and all the other fabulous songs from the movie) by listening to Barbie's delightful soundtrack! – Allison, Youth Services


Bomb : Graphic Novel : the Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (2023)

by Steve Sheinkin

This is the graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning popular middle school nonfiction title. – Allison, Youth Services


Sachiko : a Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story (2016)

by Caren Barzelay Stelson

The book's description: The true story of 6-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and [its] heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. – Allison, Youth Services


Barbie : Ruth Handler (2022)

by Lee Slater

Part of an early reader nonfiction series called Toy Stories, this appealing book looks at the life of Ruth Handler, the creator of the Barbie doll. Spare text and striking photos will appeal to any fan of Barbie! – Gail, Hanover Park Branch