A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert
The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. ...more
I had a funny moment ...more
The book has quite a bit of humor. Overall, I was disappointed in the book. Maybe because I also grew up in the area ...more
So, firstly I just want to say that I don't understand why people think this is a book about missiles. It says right there in the title that it is about growing up. Sure, it's about growing up in a particular place, but it unequivocally states that this is a book about "growing up." Honestly, if it had been a book about missiles I'd have been quite irritated at having been mislead. I signed up for a memoir, & that's exactly what...more
I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how China Lake operates. China Lake was founded by the United States Navy during World War II. Today, China Lake supports national defense through research and development. A little known fact is China Lake's role in devel ...more
It is the memoir of a woman coming of age in the 80s, rising out of a barren culture of inflexible religion within the desert setting of China Lake, one of America's foremost weapons development facilities.
The story begins with Piper as a child, relocating from the Pacific Northwest to the hardscrabble of a southern California military base. She is close to her mother. Her sister ...more
I wanted this book as soon as I saw the title. If I ever wrote a book about my passion for Cape Canaveral, I would have used that title. By the end of the book, I felt the title was used because it sounds good, not because it accuratly reflects what happens in the book.
I am fascinated by the history of missile test sites, especially the oldest ones which emerged in the 40's and 50' ...more
Dynamic times to grow up in, I'm sure. Certainly enough material for an interesting memoir. Plus, Karen Piper has a funny bone - a bit droll, but funny all the same. The book is also culturally expository: cold war fears and fads, Manson and other newsworthy craziness, Watergate, Aliens and Cults, Beatlemania. However, not everything was out and out factual.
And though I didn't expect State or military Secrets leaked across the pages, I did expect a bit more ...more
I received an ARC from NetGall ...more
Covers some fascinating topics, including missiles. What I found most interesting was how a "Reagan Girl" grew up and changed her spots. Worked well for me as an audio book and the writing was quite beautiful.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Penguin Publishing Group for the digital ARC.