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by Kelly McMasters

  • ISBN: 1586484869
  • Author: Kelly McMasters
  • ePub ver: 1953 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Formats: lrf docx doc lrf
  • Category: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
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Kelly McMasters is the author of "Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. The book was listed as one of Oprah's top 5 summer memoirs and is the basis for the documentary film "The Atomic States of America," a 2012 Sundance selection.

In Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (PublicAffairs), Kelly McMasters. pulls off a small miracle in the telling, making rundown, unbeautiful Shirley a place of dignity, a place of heroic people and stubborn fighters, a place you’d be proud to call home.

Welcome to Shirley : A Memoir from an Atomic Town.

About the book "In Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (PublicAffairs), Kelly McMasters.

Kelly McMasters grew up loving her blue-collar hometown of Shirley, Long Island. A service-town to the glittering Hamptons, the place, though hardscrabble, was full of strong, hard-working families and an abundance of natural beauty. Welcome to Shirley is the inspiration for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance Film Festival Selection. In Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town (PublicAffairs), Kelly McMasters.

Welcome To Shirley book. Throughout "Welcome to Shirley," Kelly presents supposition as fact, offers half truths, and omits pertinent details

Welcome To Shirley book. Shirley seemed to be doomed from the beginning  . Throughout "Welcome to Shirley," Kelly presents supposition as fact, offers half truths, and omits pertinent details. On page 101, for example, Kelly writes about the selection of "Brookhaven" as the name for the new national lab. She Wow. And not in a good way.

Women Writing on Home Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town. Kelly McMasters was one of my 1st writing teachers.

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Come join us for a screening of The Atomic States of America at the Philadelphia Film Festival. The Atomic States of America added an event. October 25, 2012 ·. SAT, OCT 27, 2012. Atomic States of America screening will be followed by a discussion with special guest Kelly McMasters, a key character in this eloquent, informative and super-timely film inspired by her acclaimed book Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town.

By KELLY McMASTERS SEPT. Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection

By KELLY McMASTERS SEPT. Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, the basis for the documentary film The Atomic States of America, a 2012 Sundance selection. More of her essays are at ww. ellymcmasters. Continue reading the main story.

Shirley seemed to be doomed from the beginning. Founded by a Vaudevillian huckster who touted it as a seaside haven despite the sand bar that blocks access to the shore, the town has been plagued by one disaster after another—a UFO, a childhood cancer cluster, and a mysterious federal nuclear laboratory in nearby Brookhaven that leaked toxic nuclear and chemical waste into the aquifer from which the residents unknowingly drew their well water.

This is Kelly McMasters' account of growing up in a cursed town and loving it anyway, and of a girl's awakening to tragedy and to a sense of mission. Told in a deliciously engaging voice, Welcome to Shirley balances the bitter with the sweet, the funny with the infuriating, in an unforgettable story of working class Long Island.

Comments (7)

Dalarin
If you live in Brookhaven NY, and you know someone with cancer, then you need to read this book !
Long Island, Suffolk County, has a big problem with CANCER, this book explains why.
Brol
Well written. Easy to read. Loved the story, something I can relate to, living on Long Island.
Jeb
I absolutely loved this book. I grew up right on the border of Shirley and my family had friends there, so we went there all the time. This book was a touching loving tribute of the author's feelings for her beloved adopted town. What was not so easy to read was the fact that the town sits on or near a toxic waste dump. It was heartbreaking to read of all the cancer deaths due to the radiation in the area. This book is wonderfully written. You feel like you know the people. You laugh and cry with them. It was sad to read of the downward spiral of Shirley.
Vizuru
To begin with, I absolutely loved this book. The writing is deeply engaging and elegiac. The characters and anecdotes which populate Kelly McMasters' memoir are pitch-perfect; I can say this with some authority having grown up on Long Island as well. This book filled me with wistful nostalgia for places which are gone now, in a sense, never to be again what they once were. If you grew up as part of a small neighborhood, part of a group of friends who spent day after day in one another's houses, backyards and front stoops, this book will inevitably resonate with you. Layered with the history of that small town, and (most of all) the dark legacy which hovered over that time and place of innocence, the effect of this book is nothing so much as haunting. I want to share this book with friends and family, and I wanted to share my appreciation for this work with other Amazon customers as well.

So, imagine my shock to have logged on here, and encountered so many unfavorable reviews for "Welcome to Shirley"! Clearly, the objections here pertain mostly to factual accuracy regarding the scientific and historical details surrounding the environmental issues and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Being neither a professional historian nor scientist myself, I cannot vouch one way or the other for the veracity of the facts presented here. However, being a writer, I have something to share about the truth of Kelly McMasters' work which transcends facts and figures. What good writing (and art in general) can do is bring us closer to truths which elude historical records. If there are inaccuracies in Kelly McMasters' research, and there may well be some, they don't invalidate the truth of what it means to find oneself, for the first time in one's life, in a place that feels like home. Technical details don't play into the personal reality of watching a best friend's father, the soul of a neighborhood, wither away from cancer. No amount of data can outweigh the sensual perceptions of a living in a seaside town, which Kelly McMasters captures so beautifully. And finally, all the elements in the periodic table cannot change the truth which everyone who has grown up on Long Island in the past half-century knows, that a too-large percentage of our mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, aunts, nieces and so forth are breast cancer survivors or victims. Whatever Kelly McMasters' work may have missed in facts, it gets right in feeling. To whatever degree this idea has validity for you, you may be more or less troubled by the things which have bothered other reviewers here. For my part, I feel richer for having spent time in Shirley and its environs with this sensitive, talented author.
Marg
Kelly McMasters takes you into the life of her family and neighborhood in a way that makes their eventual sickening a heart-wrenching conclusion. Now that you know the whole story, you must read the details for yourself to feel the same strong emotions that I did and maybe decide to do something about it on your own.
Faezahn
I received this book very quickly and in perfect condition. The book was very good and I enjoyed reading it.
Olwado
This book shows that even in the 1970" and 1980's there was a lot of poisoning of our land, water etc. by government funded labs,such as the Brookhaven Lab on the south shore of Long Island. The author shows what it was like to grow up in this area and then the impact of the toxins on neighbors ,friends etc.
Very interesting book regarding the town. I had never heard about this town before.

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