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The Madonnas Of Leningrad

Seattle writer largely misses attempt at true radiance.


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The Siege of Leningrad is beyond the comprehension of 21st-century Americans, who have never known the horrors of war on their home soil. In a single, protracted struggle spanning two and a half years ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

A Fool's Gold

Portland lawyer pens a colorful, Oregon-based caper, proving truth is stranger than fiction.


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A FOOL'S GOLD By Bill Merritt (Bloomsbury, 280 pages, $23.95)Oprah Winfrey goofed when she picked James Frey's A Million Little Pieces for her book club. If she'd wanted to feature a true-crime "memoi ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Ultimate sacrifice


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Ultimate sacrificeBy Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann (Carroll & Graf, 904 pages, $33)Progressive Portland radio talk-show host Thom Hartmann has co-authored the ne plus ultra of conspiracy books abou ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Team Of Rivals

Research outshines Goodwin's occasional illumination on the 16th president.


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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnBy Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, 944 pages, $35)Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is Doris Kearns Goodwin's first ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

H.W. Brands' biography presents Old Hickory with the bark off.


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Andrew Jackson: His Life and TimesBy H.W. Brands (Doubleday, 620 pages, $35)Any single-volume life of Andrew Jackson will inevitably leave out the details and nuanced analysis that can so enrich a rea ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

THE HIGHEST TIDE

A former Oregonian writer finds magic on the shores of Puget Sound.


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THE HIGHEST TIDE By Jim Lynch (Bloomsbury, 247 pages, $23.95)Onetime Oregonian reporter Jim Lynch's debut novel is a moving reminder that the Garden of Eden is not a mythical place but a planet covere ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

The Shame Of The Nation

Savage Inequalities author finds U.S. schools still full of...savage inequalities.


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The Shame Of The NationBy Jonathan Kozol (Crown Publishers, 404 pages, $25)If the United States were to apply the constitutional principle of equal protection under the law to public education, it wou ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

BURNING FENCE

Portlander Lesley explores the dynamics of father-and-son relationships.


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Much of men's lives are spent learning the painful truth behind two of their most cherished myths. One is, "I am nothing like my father." The other is, "I can raise a son better than my father did."In ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

COME ON, GET HAPPY

New Patty Hearst novel reads like a history of the Partridge Family.


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TranceBy Christopher Sorrentino (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 516 pages, $26)Christopher Sorrentino's second novel purports to be a fictional account of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst's involvement with ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

NECESSARY WORDS

Faith, fathering are the big topics of Steve Duin at his best.


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For more than 20 years, Oregonian columnist Steve Duin has given Portlanders a reason to get out of bed in the morning-and the only good reason to read the state's largest daily newspaper. His sports ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM
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