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Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Reservation by Melvin R. Adams (review)

Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Reservation by Melvin R. Adams (review) thing” among the lessons learned in “bartering loss against love” (271, 279). Ordinary Trauma is intense, thoughtful, and thought provoking. Gaynell Gavin Clafl in University Melvin R. Adams, Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Reservation. Pullman: Washington State UP, 2016. 144 pp. Paper, $22.95. Th is personal narrative consists of vignettes that embody author Melvin Adams’s confl icted and complex relationship with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the reservation’s relationship with the local environment. Adams describes this tension as a paradox, insisting that “to deal with and control the radioactive waste sites at Hanford, the analytical mind of an engineer and scientist is essential. But the site also cries out for poetic treatment and understanding— the analytical approach by itself being inadequate to express the meaning of Hanford” (7). His words capture exactly what makes this book unique and diffi cult to characterize. Adams divides the narrative into an introduction and six parts. He considers the geography, paradoxical nature, challenges, and timeline of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in his introduction, then, in engineer- like fashion, methodically takes on the next six parts. Part 1 describes Hanford from Native American beginnings through the reservation cleanup today. In part http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature University of Nebraska Press

Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Reservation by Melvin R. Adams (review)

Western American Literature , Volume 53 (1) – Jun 1, 2018

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University of Nebraska Press
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0043-3462

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thing” among the lessons learned in “bartering loss against love” (271, 279). Ordinary Trauma is intense, thoughtful, and thought provoking. Gaynell Gavin Clafl in University Melvin R. Adams, Atomic Geography: A Personal History of the Hanford Reservation. Pullman: Washington State UP, 2016. 144 pp. Paper, $22.95. Th is personal narrative consists of vignettes that embody author Melvin Adams’s confl icted and complex relationship with the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the reservation’s relationship with the local environment. Adams describes this tension as a paradox, insisting that “to deal with and control the radioactive waste sites at Hanford, the analytical mind of an engineer and scientist is essential. But the site also cries out for poetic treatment and understanding— the analytical approach by itself being inadequate to express the meaning of Hanford” (7). His words capture exactly what makes this book unique and diffi cult to characterize. Adams divides the narrative into an introduction and six parts. He considers the geography, paradoxical nature, challenges, and timeline of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in his introduction, then, in engineer- like fashion, methodically takes on the next six parts. Part 1 describes Hanford from Native American beginnings through the reservation cleanup today. In part

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Western American LiteratureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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