About a Mountain

About a Mountain

By John D'Agata

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393068184, 236pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2010

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.

About the Author
John D'Agata is the author of About a Mountain, Halls of Fame and editor of The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where he lives.

Friday, Mar 5, 2010

When writer John D'Agata moved his mother to the suburbs of Las Vegas, he began looking at the history of the governmentâ��s plan to store nuclear waste deep in Nevada's Yucca Mountain. The resulting boo—-- About a Mountai—-- is a reporter's notebook that reads like poetry. More at NPR.org

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