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Edward Teller Dreams of Barbecuing People

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(Alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780990480228)

"My father studied thermonuclear reactions. He could explain Nagasaki at the subatomic level."

Welcome to Livermore, California, the early 1980s. Gene Harland introduces you to a world of Cold War politics, swimming pools, crushy love, and genuine loss in Jim Nelson’s new novel Edward Teller Dreams of Barbecuing People. Growin
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181 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Geary & Jones (first published November 16th 2014)
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Aaron
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked the contrast in the novel between the the dream and the reality.
Similarly, I liked how the expectations characters had of politicians, relationships, their futures wound up being kind of disappointing.
I liked how when Gene is avoiding everyone at the barbecue, you felt like you were there.
I liked how events that might encompass entire novels or plot lines could be simple facets of the story.
I loved the chapter "Our Contribution" and how much it resonates with and
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Holly Smyth
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I found it to be well- written and researched. It is an interesting story of a young man growing up in a reality he can't reconcile with his past. In attempting to be different, he makes the same blunders and inconsistencies of those in the generations before him that he ridicules. The sarcasm and humor make the book a fine, worthwhile read. The characters are realistic and the setting is believable. I was drawn to the book by the title, as ...more
Ardia
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to admit that while I liked this book it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. It was better! This is a coming of age story with the "Star Wars" program as a backdrop. Gene, the teenage narrator, is growing up an only child of counter culture parents. His father works at "The Lab", his mom works in a bookstore. He falls for Gwen, one of the "Mods" in school. There are parts that made me laugh out loud and some that brought back a ...more
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Jim Nelson’s novels include the Bridge Daughter Cycle (Bridge Daughter, Hagar's Mother, & Stranger Son) and In My Memory Locked.

He divides his time between San Francisco and Tokyo.
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