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The Resource A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert, Karen Piper

A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert, Karen Piper

Label
A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert
Title
A girl's guide to missiles
Title remainder
growing up in America's secret desert
Statement of responsibility
Karen Piper
Title variation
Growing up in America's secret desert
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on earth, by a young woman who came of age with missiles. 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. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper's parents, her sister, and--when she needed summer jobs--herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper sketches in the belief systems--from Amway's get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson--that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, it recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert."--Provided by publisher
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Piper, Karen Lynnea
Dewey number
  • 358.1/7092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
VF373
LC item number
.P57 2018b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Piper, Karen Lynnea
  • Piper, Earl Marwin
  • Piper, Mary Dahlstrom
  • Naval Ordnance Test Station (China Lake, Calif.)
  • United States
  • Naval Ordnance Test Station (China Lake, Calif.)
  • United States
  • Cold War (1945-1989)
  • Guided missiles
  • Young women
  • Cold War
  • Employees
  • Guided missiles
  • Large type books
  • Manners and customs
  • Young women
  • California, Southern
  • California, Southern
  • United States
  • United States, West
Label
A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert, Karen Piper
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Becoming China Lakers -- A teenage weaponeer -- Dynamic instability -- The Cold War at home -- Anything can be a weapon -- Off target -- Life without weapons
Control code
on1048660170
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
503 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432856748
Lccn
2018034003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1048660170
  • (Sirsi) a2096962
Label
A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert, Karen Piper
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Becoming China Lakers -- A teenage weaponeer -- Dynamic instability -- The Cold War at home -- Anything can be a weapon -- Off target -- Life without weapons
Control code
on1048660170
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
503 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432856748
Lccn
2018034003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1048660170
  • (Sirsi) a2096962

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