A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert

A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert

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. A poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on ea...

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Title:A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert
Author:Karen Piper
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0399564543
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Aug 28, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

  • Liz
    Apr 03, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

  • Linda
    Oct 18, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 17, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

  • Emily
    Oct 21, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

    I liked the early part of the book, about China Lake. As someone who spent a 27-year career working at aerospace companies, I could relate to the utilitarian buildings, gray metal desks, and classified areas that you can't enter. I loved the Gerber machine story. I have made Gerbers fo...

    Some reviewers who actually lived around China Lake complained that it was not "accurate"...well, I view memoirs as memories, not hard fact, and that is the beauty of memoirs. The beginning of the book is written from a young girl's impressions of her childhood in a place that is REALL...

    The title for the book could have been "A Missiles Guide To Girl's". This is Karen Piper's coming of age story of growing up at China Lake, a Naval missile development base in the Mojave desert. Empty and sparse for blowing up missiles but rich in her childhood memories of the plants, ...

    I love memoirs, especially by women, so why didn?t I love this one? I didn?t find the writing compelling but thought perhaps the uniqueness of a childhood on a missile research facility might keep my interest. While it?s notable that her mom parked her car at a shopping mall with...

    This was pretty great! It's a little inconsistent - the middle section, which focuses on her adolescence and early adulthood is the best - but it's fascinating both as a memoir and as a look at American history, particularly of the military during the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Some...

  • Ron
    Oct 26, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

  • Cheryl Bentley
    Nov 18, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

    I liked the early part of the book, about China Lake. As someone who spent a 27-year career working at aerospace companies, I could relate to the utilitarian buildings, gray metal desks, and classified areas that you can't enter. I loved the Gerber machine story. I have made Gerbers fo...

    Some reviewers who actually lived around China Lake complained that it was not "accurate"...well, I view memoirs as memories, not hard fact, and that is the beauty of memoirs. The beginning of the book is written from a young girl's impressions of her childhood in a place that is REALL...

    The title for the book could have been "A Missiles Guide To Girl's". This is Karen Piper's coming of age story of growing up at China Lake, a Naval missile development base in the Mojave desert. Empty and sparse for blowing up missiles but rich in her childhood memories of the plants, ...

    I love memoirs, especially by women, so why didn?t I love this one? I didn?t find the writing compelling but thought perhaps the uniqueness of a childhood on a missile research facility might keep my interest. While it?s notable that her mom parked her car at a shopping mall with...

  • Sarah
    Jul 23, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

  • Emmkay
    Aug 25, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

  • Matt Hiebert
    Apr 25, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

  • Jenny Karraker
    Sep 09, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

  • Christen
    Feb 21, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

  • Andee
    Oct 23, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Aug 09, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

  • Rosemary
    Oct 26, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

  • Penmouse
    Aug 21, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

  • Rebecca
    Mar 19, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

  • Tammy
    Oct 29, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

    I liked the early part of the book, about China Lake. As someone who spent a 27-year career working at aerospace companies, I could relate to the utilitarian buildings, gray metal desks, and classified areas that you can't enter. I loved the Gerber machine story. I have made Gerbers fo...

  • Lily
    Aug 21, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

  • Kira FlowerChild
    Nov 24, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

  • Steve
    Oct 27, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

    I liked the early part of the book, about China Lake. As someone who spent a 27-year career working at aerospace companies, I could relate to the utilitarian buildings, gray metal desks, and classified areas that you can't enter. I loved the Gerber machine story. I have made Gerbers fo...

    Some reviewers who actually lived around China Lake complained that it was not "accurate"...well, I view memoirs as memories, not hard fact, and that is the beauty of memoirs. The beginning of the book is written from a young girl's impressions of her childhood in a place that is REALL...

    The title for the book could have been "A Missiles Guide To Girl's". This is Karen Piper's coming of age story of growing up at China Lake, a Naval missile development base in the Mojave desert. Empty and sparse for blowing up missiles but rich in her childhood memories of the plants, ...

    I love memoirs, especially by women, so why didn?t I love this one? I didn?t find the writing compelling but thought perhaps the uniqueness of a childhood on a missile research facility might keep my interest. While it?s notable that her mom parked her car at a shopping mall with...

    This was pretty great! It's a little inconsistent - the middle section, which focuses on her adolescence and early adulthood is the best - but it's fascinating both as a memoir and as a look at American history, particularly of the military during the Vietnam War and the Cold War. Some...

    This book promised to be of particular inerest if you grew up in the 60s / 70s and enjoy reading about the development of cold war military toys. However it is mostly about Piper's life story and adventures both on and off of the China Lake range. She started it as fiction -- but chang...

  • Jodi
    Aug 13, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

  • Aria
    Aug 14, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

  • SM
    Aug 26, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

    I liked the early part of the book, about China Lake. As someone who spent a 27-year career working at aerospace companies, I could relate to the utilitarian buildings, gray metal desks, and classified areas that you can't enter. I loved the Gerber machine story. I have made Gerbers fo...

    Some reviewers who actually lived around China Lake complained that it was not "accurate"...well, I view memoirs as memories, not hard fact, and that is the beauty of memoirs. The beginning of the book is written from a young girl's impressions of her childhood in a place that is REALL...

    The title for the book could have been "A Missiles Guide To Girl's". This is Karen Piper's coming of age story of growing up at China Lake, a Naval missile development base in the Mojave desert. Empty and sparse for blowing up missiles but rich in her childhood memories of the plants, ...

  • Diane Quimby
    Nov 13, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

    I liked much of this book, and a few parts not so much. I liked learning about the culture of China Lake and the surrounding areas, as well as the jobs people had with various factions of the military there. I very much enjoyed reading about the environment in the desert - the animals,...

    This coming-of-age memoir has an unusual setting: the restricted and secret military base one mountain range west of Death Valley. China Lake is where the U.S. put the finishing touches on the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan, and then developed missile technology. Karen moved there at a...

    A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Hardcover) by Karen Piper from the library heard the au on Fresh Air on the radio: https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638543... https://www.npr.org/templates/transcr... Yeah, you say that math was considere...

    Having grown up in the same time frame that this author writes about, I identified with many of her observations about the nuclear arms race. It was funny to see the competition between her and her sister about their summer jobs and who had the most secret clearance. It was interesting...

    Karen spent her childhood in the "base" housing at China Lake. The civilian employees (of whom she was a part) were housed across from the military personnel. Her parents worked on missile components during the 50's. Karen herself ended up working in the same area for a while as a tee...

    I liked the early part of the book, about China Lake. As someone who spent a 27-year career working at aerospace companies, I could relate to the utilitarian buildings, gray metal desks, and classified areas that you can't enter. I loved the Gerber machine story. I have made Gerbers fo...

    Some reviewers who actually lived around China Lake complained that it was not "accurate"...well, I view memoirs as memories, not hard fact, and that is the beauty of memoirs. The beginning of the book is written from a young girl's impressions of her childhood in a place that is REALL...

  • Ask Mor
    Aug 20, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

  • Janice
    Jul 03, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

  • BookGypsy
    Sep 04, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

  • Ren
    Aug 27, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...

    This was an advanced readers copy, that I recieved through the Goodreads Giveaways. I might not have bought this book, if I hadn't won it, but I would have missed out on a sometimes funny, sometimes sweet, and sometimes sad, description of growing up in a place where every life is spen...

    Solid memoir. 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. ...

    A coming of age like you've never read before. Imagine growing up living on the China Lake Missle Range. I was riveted by this story. Truely a remarkable read. Dawnny-Book Gypsy Novels N Latte Book Blog ...

    My feelings about this book seem to echo most of the reviews that have already been written for Goodreads. This is a fine coming of age memoir about a woman who happened to grow up in China Lake, but it is not a book about China Lake. What she shared about "America's Secret Desert" was...

    This is very much a coming of age memoir with some details about China Lake, not a memoir about China Lake. Karen Piper has an interesting background, with parents who worked in the missile business (for want of a better description) and who had a strong religious bent. Her experiences...

    I enjoyed this ARC. I wish the author had gone into a bit more detail on life at China Lake. As soon as she became a teenager there was far too much about her various relationships with men. None of which were interesting. I would also have liked to learn more about her academic career...

    I enjoyed this memoir. I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition of war and religion in the author's life. I related to her religious upbringing and enjoyed the history of weapons her family made and then living with the effects of making technology and then having no control over ...

    Karen Piper won awards for writing on water and climate issues, but in A Girl's Guide to Missiles, she delves into her past to try and make sense of her present. She had hit a point in her life where a trip down memory lane would help her make sense of why she is where she is, why she ...

    I knew of the NAWS China Lake installation as a child in the 1980s only because my great uncle worked and lived on base as an electrical engineer. Little did I know I would end up there as an adult when my husband's military career would lead us to the Californian desert.  I enjoye...

    For my personal taste, I would have given this 2 stars - but, gave it 3 thinking about other readers. I'm starting to realize that I prefer my memoirs more focused and thematic (David Sedaris, Ariel Levy, Augusten Burroughs, and The Glass Castle). The thing about these types of mem...

  • The Folding
    Aug 19, 2018

    This book is about the author's childhood in the Mojave Desert while her parents worked designing missiles at China Lake. It's also about civilian vs military life, fundamentalism, and how much of childhood can be held on to. I enjoyed some funny descriptions of Eugene and Oregon weath...

    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. --- 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, bu...

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 Stars 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...

    Very few books make me angry but A Girl's Guide to Missles by author Karen Piper angered me enough that I quit reading her book. I returned her book to Amazon due to Piper's poor research and due to the book's poor editing. I have a deep understanding of China Lake history and how ...

    Readable, slightly meandery memoir. The author grew up on the China Lake Station in California during the Cold War, where both her parents worked in weapons development. The parts of the book about this strange milieu and about her parents were especially interesting, as was the part a...

    No, this is not a textbook about military ordinance. For me, A Girl's Guide to Missiles is a story about ?emergence.? 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 Amer...

    Perhaps 4 stars worth of enjoyment, but only 3 based on comprehensive, coherent delving into specific topics. I always enjoy memoir non-fiction, as a personal perspective provides "story" in addition to information. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at weapons development from the lat...

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as indicated by my four-star rating (equivalent to most reviewers' five-star ratings, since I reserve five stars for recognized classics). I was in the Air Force many years ago and was stationed in Southern California, so I am quite familiar with the lan...

    At its core, Karen Piper?s memoir ?A Girl?s Guide to Missiles: Growing up in America?s Secret Desert? is about war. However, it?s not just about military warfare and the weapons used to wage it, developed in the laboratories in California?s China Lake Desert where Piper?...