Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-156-1-.html Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Judyth Vary Baker, <i>Me & Lee</i> - Love means never having to say you shot the president. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19872-judyth_vary_baker_me_lee_love_means_never_having_to_say_you_shot_the_president.html As the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination nears, in 2013, two out of three Americans still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in murdering the president. Judyth Vary ]]> Robert Whitaker <i>Anatomy Of An Epidemic</i> - Yes, Tom Cruise is a loon, but he may be right about psychiatry. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12356-robert_whitaker_anatomy_of_an_epidemic_yes_tom_cruise_is_a_loon_but_he_may_be_right_about_psychiatry.html Neal Stephenson <i>Reamde</i> - Neal Stephenson writes another big black book. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17988-neal_stephenson_reamde_neal_stephenson_writes_another_big_black_book.html Neal Stephenson’s new novel is a departure from the epic science-fiction sagas with which he transformed the genre in the 1990s and 2000s. Like some of his previous books, Reamde (William Morrow,]]> Robin Sloan, <i>Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore</i> - Don’t be evil? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19843-robin_sloan_mr_penumbras_24_hour_bookstore_dont_be_evil.html Author Robin Sloan’s paean to books—both digital and on paper—is filled with elements so plausible readers will want to Google them to see whether they’re real. And that’s fitting, bec]]> Robert C. Donnelly <i>Dark Rose</i> - A soft-boiled history of vice rackets and crooked cops in the City of Bridges. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17753-robert_c_donnelly_dark_rose_a_soft_boiled_history_of_vice_rackets_and_crooked_cops_in_the_city_of_br.html Robert C. Donnelly’s history of organized crime and political corruption in Portland in the 1950s could have been as riveting as a James Ellroy]]> David Goldfield <i>America Aflame</i> - Counting the costs of America’s “new birth of freedom.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17462-david_goldfield_america_aflame_counting_the_costs_of_americas_%E2%80%9Cnew_birth_of_freedom%E2%80%9D.html As new books commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War assail readers like a latter-day Pickett’s Charge, at least one volume deserves to break Union lines as the rebels at Gettysburg ]]> Thor Hanson <i>Feathers</i> - A Washington naturalist pens a book as light as his subject. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17589-thor_hanson_feathers_a_washington_naturalist_pens_a_book_as_light_as_his_subject.html Conservation biologist Thor Hanson has crafted an ambitious work of natural history in Feathers (Basic Books, 336 pages, $25.99). “Ambitious” is often book reviewer shorthand for “an overly lo]]> Jess Walter, <i>Beautiful Ruins</i> - Love letters to <i>Cleo</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19366-jess_walter_beautiful_ruins_love_letters_to_cleo.html In 1962, 20th Century Fox made a movie that almost bankrupted the studio and changed Hollywood forever. The epic Cleopatra was shot on location in Italy and Egypt at a cost of more than $40 mill]]> Dana Haynes <i>Crashers</i> - The next terrorist mastermind will be Dilbert. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12145-dana_haynes_crashers_the_next_terrorist_mastermind_will_be_dilbert.html <i>Convictions</i>, John Kroger - A Lewis & Clark law prof takes true-crime writing to a new level. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9019-convictions_john_kroger_a_lewis_clark_law_prof_takes_true_crime_writing_to_a_new_level.html Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino <i>Chasing Aphrodite</i> - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17786-jason_felch_and_ralph_frammolino_chasing_aphrodite_.html In 1984, the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles sold all its stock in Getty Oil and diversified its investment portfolio, almost tripling its original endowment to $2 billion. This made the J. Paul ]]> Vernor Vinge <i>The Children Of The Sky</i> - A Hugo Award-winning novelist goes to the dogs. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18066-vernor_vinge_the_children_of_the_sky_a_hugo_award_winning_novelist_goes_to_the_dogs.html Almost two decades have elapsed since Vernor Vinge won the Hugo Award for his epic 1992 space opera, A Fire Upon the Deep. Now he returns to Tines World with a sequel, The Children of the Sky (Tor, 4]]> R. Gregory Nokes <i>Massacred For Gold</i> - Anatomy of a (120-year-old) mass murder. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11154-r_gregory_nokes_massacred_for_gold_anatomy_of_a_%28120_year_old%29_mass_murder.html Robert A. Caro, <i>The Passage of Power</i> - What the hell is history for? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19144-robert_a_caro_the_passage_of_power_what_the_hell_is_history_for.html Fed up as aides debated whether he should mention civil rights in his first speech to Congress after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson once asked, “What the hell’s the presi]]> Karen Abbott <i>American Rose</i> - Every Gypsy Rose Lee has her thorns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16885-karen_abbott_american_rose_every_gypsy_rose_lee_has_her_thorns.html You are not going to believe this, but not everything you see in Gypsy (the musical or the movie) is strictly true. Thank the goddess of burlesque we have no less a luminary than Karen Abbott (she o the best-selling Sin]]> Power, Faith, and Fantasy - In the beginning, for America, was the Middle East. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-6618-power_faith_and_fantasy_in_the_beginning_for_america_was_the_middle_east.html <b>Jim Wallis</b> <i>The Great Awakening</i> - A progressive evangelical's new book will put his fans to sleep. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8342-jim_wallis_the_great_awakening_a_progressive_evangelicals_new_book_will_put_his_fans_to_sleep.html <i>Fleeing Fundamentalism</i> - A desperate housewife lashes out at conservative Christianity. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-6135-fleeing_fundamentalism_a_desperate_housewife_lashes_out_at_conservative_christianity.html Craig Welch <i>Shell Games</i> - A Seattle reporter hooks readers with tales of seafood smugglers in Puget Sound. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11923-craig_welch_shell_games_a_seattle_reporter_hooks_readers_with_tales_of_seafood_smugglers_in_puget_so.html Nena Baker. The Body Toxic - A thin new book builds a thin, old case against the chemical industry. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9461-nena_baker_the_body_toxic_a_thin_new_book_builds_a_thin_old_case_against_the_chemical_industry.html Sharon Kay Penman, <i>A King’s Ransom</i> - The Lionheart in winter. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22086-sharon_kay_penman_a_kings_ransom_the_lionheart_in_winter.html He spoke no English, sired no legitimate heir, and spent only six months of his 10-year reign on English soil, just long enough to levy taxes to pay for his military adventures in France and the]]> Louise Erdrich, <i>The Plague Of Doves</i> - The author of <i>Love Medicine</i> returns with another seamless, crazy quilt of a novel. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8955-louise_erdrich_the_plague_of_doves_the_author_of_love_medicine_returns_with_another_seamless_crazy_q.html Thirteen - The creator of Takeshi Kovacs returns with something old, something noir. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-7298-thirteen_the_creator_of_takeshi_kovacs_returns_with_something_old_something_noir.html Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-4353-blood_struggle_the_rise_of_modern_indian_nations_.html <i>Citadel Of The Spirit</i> Edited By Matt Love - An Oregon conservationist collects stories about state history you missed in school. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10182-citadel_of_the_spirit_edited_by_matt_love_an_oregon_conservationist_collects_stories_about_state_his.html A. Scott Berg, <i>Wilson</i> - Wilson: the last openly racist U.S. president. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21222-a_scott_berg_wilson_wilson_the_last_openly_racist_us_president.html Woodrow Wilson’s rise to president of the U.S. was as meteoric and improbable as Barack Obama’s a century later. Within a decade of becoming president of Princeton University, Wilson “left]]> Caleb Scharf, <i>Gravity’s Engines</i> - A Columbia astronomer blows bubbles. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19650-caleb_scharf_gravitys_engines_a_columbia_astronomer_blows_bubbles.html From what sounds like static, astronomers can discern an image of the entire universe. Explaining how they pull off this trick is the job of writers like Caleb Scharf, director of astrobiology a]]> Paul Auster. Man in the Dark - Paul Auster builds an elaborate fantasy to reflect on real-life loss. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9540-paul_auster_man_in_the_dark_paul_auster_builds_an_elaborate_fantasy_to_reflect_on_real_life_loss.html John Darnielle, <i>Wolf in White Van</i> - Finish or die trying. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23165-john_darnielle_wolf_in_white_van_finish_or_die_trying.html When a guy writes a love song that ends, “I hope you die, I hope we both die,” and shoots a music video with blood dripping from a bullet wound in his temple, you know his first novel isn’]]> <b>What Hath God Wrought:</b>The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 - A hefty new book telegraphs a vivid portrait of early 19th-century America. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-7963-what_hath_god_wroughtthe_transformation_of_america_1815_1848_a_hefty_new_book_telegraphs_a_vivid_por.html