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

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


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

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


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

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

Goodbye, porkpie hat

Fascinating bio about the genius behind the atom bomb who made his enemies see red.

For the United States, a nation that prides itself on its Christian, heterosexual, free-market heritage, it's remarkable how much the success of the Allies in World War II depended on the dedication a ...   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM


More gift book than historical treasure.

1776By David McCullough Simon & Schuster, 386 pages, $32It's a symptom of America's growing sense of nostalgia for its once-core values-ideals like due process, equal protection under the law, fair el ...   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Waging War on the Home Front: An Illustrated Memoir of World War II

Waging War on the Home Front: An Illustrated Memoir of World War IIOnetime pulp-fiction writer Chauncey Del "Chat" French pays tribute to the men and women of the Henry Kaiser shipyards of Portland an ...   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Snyder's Dangerous Peak

Reed's Zen poet grapples with the power of Mount St. Helens.

Name: Gary Snyder.Occupation: Beat poet and rancher in rural Northern California.Age: 75.Residence: "The nearest town is Nevada City. That's 25 miles away. We're three miles from the paved road. We ha ...   More
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations

Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian NationsBy Charles Wilkinson (W.W. Norton, 541 pages, $26.95)Viewed as one long Trail of Tears, the history of Native Americans had reached the end of the road ...   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

hawthorne: a life & hawthorne in concord

July 4 marked the 200th birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and two new biographies celebrate the bicentennial of the tortured New England novelist. Brenda Wineapple's Hawthorne: A Life, now in paperback ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Lincoln at Cooper Union

Lincoln's address at Cooper Union is the most important speech he made that historians have written the least about. In it, the presidential longshot from Illinois persuasively but dispassionately ref ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 MATT BUCKINGHAM
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