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Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats

Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In Full Body Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
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What Animals Can Teach Humans About Healing

A new book called Zoobiquity explores the diseases that humans and animals have in common. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers explain how fainting fish, obese dragonflies, depressed gorillas and monkeys with heart failure can help inform human health.
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Joan Rivers Hates You And Everyone Else

Comedian Joan Rivers hates a lot of things. Her new book I Hate Everyone, Starting with Me details the things Rivers can't stand, from her appearance to obituaries to younger comedians who steal her gigs.
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Bear Grylls on Family, Faith And Drinking Pee

In a new autobiography, survivalist and television host Bear Grylls charts his journey from recalcitrant schoolboy to a spot in Britain's elite special forces, the SAS, and addresses the controversy surrounding his Discovery Channel show, Man vs. Wild.
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No One In 'The Red House' Gets Away Unscathed

A vacation in the remote English countryside brings all sorts of family tensions to a boil in Mark Haddon's latest novel, The Red House. Haddon says the poetic language in the book is as much a part of the narrative as any of the characters.
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Steve Guttenberg Writes His Own 'Bible'

The Police Academy star began his acting career at the age of 17 by faking it. He snuck into the Paramount Studios lot, set up an office and started landing auditions. He writes about his unorthodox Hollywood start in his new memoir, The Guttenberg Bible.

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