Kristen Iversen grew up in Colorado, in a small town near a secret nuclear bomb factory, although she didn't know it at the time. The factory was so under the radar that many believed the plant made cleaning supplies, like Scrubbing Bubbles. After years abroad, Iversen returned home, and the result is Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. It's part memoir, part investigation and, as Rebecca Skloot, author of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," put it, "as personal and powerful as Silkwood."
Especially after the
Just as Iversen looks at nuclear waste from a different perspective, with a family twist, Shelley Emling has a different approach in her new book, Marie Curie and her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science's First Family. With a new cache of letters from Curie's only granddaughter, Emling explains how the two-time
Marie and Pierre Curie make one of the alphabetically arranged mini-essays in
Any scientist worth her or his salt realizes the role of chance. In Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings, Craig Brown sees the world as a version of
A serious book, Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond by neuroscientist and psychologist Robert R. Provine, is trying to optimize its chance of finding an audience. Publisher Harvard University Press must not have thought the book could stand a chance. It sent a Whoopee Cushion to promote the book.