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Craig Welch Shell Games

A Seattle reporter hooks readers with tales of seafood smugglers in Puget Sound.

When they turn out the lights on the last newspaper in America, this is what readers will have lost: the spare, exhilarating prose of old-school newspapermen like Craig Welch. In Shell Games (William ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 MATT BUCKINGHAM

R. Gregory Nokes Massacred For Gold

Anatomy of a (120-year-old) mass murder.

So many history books are written essentially the same way. First, the author immerses himself in research. Then, based on a preponderance of the evidence, he crafts a seamless, chronological narrativ ...   More
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Jim Lynch Border Songs

A Northwest author takes readers north of the border, up Canada way.

At one point in Jim Lynch’s new novel, an elderly cancer patient is mistaken for a terrorist after the radiation therapy he’s just received sets off a detector at the U.S. Border Patrol. B ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Citadel Of The Spirit Edited By Matt Love

An Oregon conservationist collects stories about state history you missed in school.

High-school English teacher and longtime activist for Oregon Coast preservation Matt Love has made a hobby of collecting unusual stories about his beloved home state, stories that say, “It don&r ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Paul Auster. Man in the Dark

Paul Auster builds an elaborate fantasy to reflect on real-life loss.

The first sentence of Brooklyn novelist Paul Auster’s new book reads like Proust channeled through Kafka: “I am alone in the dark, turning the world around in my head as I struggle with an ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Nena Baker. The Body Toxic

A thin new book builds a thin, old case against the chemical industry.

The dust jacket of Nena Baker’s new book, The Body Toxic (North Point Press, 277 pages, $24), depicts two images: On the front, an egg fries in a scratched Teflon pan; on the back, a single drop ...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Joseph O’Neill Netherland

A new novel set in post-9/11 New York simply isn’t cricket (it’s Seinfeld).

Khamraj “Chuck” Ramkissoon, a Trinidadian immigrant of Indian descent, is found floating facedown, murdered, in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. Chuck is a philosopher/schemer who dreams of ...   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Convictions, John Kroger

A Lewis & Clark law prof takes true-crime writing to a new level.

“Convictions” carries a double meaning in the title of John Kroger’s new book (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 466 pages, $27). The first refers to Kroger’s successful prosecution of ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Louise Erdrich, The Plague Of Doves

The author of Love Medicine returns with another seamless, crazy quilt of a novel.

Louise Erdrich once described her fiction as “a crazy quilt.” As in her previous books, Erdrich’s 13th novel, The Plague of Doves (Harper, 314 pages, $25.95), stitches together sever ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Wallace Stegner and the American West, Philip L. Fradkin

A new book tells how a bootlegger’s son shaped the West.

One measure of success for a book like Philip L. Fradkin’s Wallace Stegner and the American West (Knopf, 369 pages, $27.50) is whether it inspires readers to take up books by the biographer&rsqu ...   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM
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