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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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Book Party For One: A Loner's Summer Survival Guide

Summer is a trying time for introverts, what with the barbecues and the graduations and the picnics by the pool. If you'd always choose a good book over a good party, critic Maureen Corrigan has a list for you.
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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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'Speaking The Unspeakable' To The New Poet Laureate

English professor Natasha Trethewey has been named the 19th U.S. poet laureate. Poetry, she says, is something people can turn to for celebrating joys and mourning losses.
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Audiobooks That'll Make The Family Road Trip Fly By

It's time to rev up the old minivan and hit the road for summer vacation. But how to keep the kids (and adults) from getting bored? Audiobook expert Adam Boretz recommends stories so good you'll forget to ask, "Are we there yet?"

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