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Old 09-13-2012, 05:39 AM   #59
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A rich and soul-searching novel about an Iranian-American girl whose enigmatic father has decided to arrange her marriage.

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Shocking, factual, and inspiring, Not One Drop traces the twenty-year trail of Cordova, Alaska, residents as they cope with the largest oil spill and one of the longest-running court cases in U.S. history—and, ultimately, the failure of Exxon to come through on its promise to compensate them adequately for their losses and clean up their environment after the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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