About a Mountain

About a Mountain

by John D'Agata


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Named One of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books Written by the New York Times Magazine, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Editors' Choice.

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 nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain; the result is a startling portrait that compels a reexamination of the future of human life.

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ISBN-13: 9780393339017
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/07/2011
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 985,735
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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.

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A writer of rare intelligence and artistry . . . John D’Agata is redefining the modern American essay.

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About a Mountain 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jbushnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when governments try to solve problems? What happens when governments try to solve problems that are really beyond the scope of human understanding? What happens when human understanding gives way to despair? A great book, locating that precise point where absurdity and horror toggle off of one another.
goodinthestacks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While John D'Agata's writing style is meandering in his book about mountains, nuclear waste, suicides, Las Vegas, and our nation as a whole, it is still an intriguing examination of our lives. In picking up this book, you would think that it is about a mountain, as the title suggests, but it is much grander and intimate at the same time. The style matched the nature of the essay, which was a quick, fascinating read.
JustinLL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It'd been so long since I put this on my reading wish list, that I didn't know what I was getting in to with my first read of 2012. This book a short, quick read, while seemingly choppy, is fairly intense but leaves the reader with plenty to ponder.
GBev2011 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I was getting a book about the controversy over Yucca mountain, instead I got a gimmicky book that doesn't always seem to have a clear point. I'm sure the author knew what he was trying for when combining the Yucca Mountain project with Las Vegas and suicides, but I don't think he ever made his point. If he did he was really vague about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
why is the nook book more expensive than the paperback? and why is more expensive than a kindle version?
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