Kristen Iversen’s Full Body Burden: Growng Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats is about secrets, how they are kept and how they are revealed. She juxtaposes the secret of Rocky Flats Colorado which manufactured plutonium triggers for bombs with the story of her father’s alcoholism. She uses the effect of both secrets on her life as the link. As the pre-publication reviews note, this book is investigative journalism into the environmentally evil behavior of the US  government and management of Rocky Flats in handling plutonium.  I respect Iverson because she does not portray herself  with a level of awareness or concern that she did not have at the time the dumping, polluting and poisoning was occurring.  She is truthful about her own denial  I identified with her denial; we also share a connection  because Harriet the Spy inspired us to be journal keepers {In third grade I read Harriet the Spy. Harriet was like me. She snuck around with a secret notebook and took notes on everyone].

I recommend this book.

 

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