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About a Mountain - by John D'Agata (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 236

Genre: Nature

Sub-Genre: Environmental Conservation & Protection

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Author: John D'Agata

Language: English

Street Date: February 7, 2011
TCIN: 77475473
UPC: 9780393339017
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-7087


When John D'Agata helps his mother move to Las Vegas one summer, he begins to follow a story about the federal government's plan to store high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, a desert range near the city of Las Vegas. Bearing witness to the parade of scientific, cultural, and political facts that give shape to Yucca's story, D'Agata keeps the six tenets of reporting in mind--Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How--arranging his own investigation around each vital question. Yet as the contradictions inherent in Yucca's story are revealed, D'Agata's investigation turns inevitably personal. He finds himself investigating the death of a teenager who jumps off the tower of the Stratosphere Hotel, a boy whom D'Agata believes he spoke with before his suicide. Here is the work of a penetrating thinker whose startling portrait of a mountain in the desert compels a reexamination of the future of human life.--From publisher description.
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