About A Mountain

About A Mountain

Book - 2010 | 1st ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393068184
Branch Call Number: 979.3135 D'AGATA
Characteristics: 236 p. ; 22 cm


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austinmurphy Mar 12, 2012

Interesting subject matter, but D'Agata is one of those writers who falls in love with his own writing style a bit too much. When he gets out of his own way, this is very good. When he insists on giving us example after example of how long 10,000 years is or parroting interest rate appreciation or tedious word lists, he needs an editor.


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