Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-156-1-.html Tue, 13 Oct 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 ]]> 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,]]> 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 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 ]]> 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]]> 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]]> 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 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]]> 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]]> 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 ]]> 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]]> 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 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 <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 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]]> <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 Mark Adams, <i>Meet Me in Atlantis</i> - Somewhere, beneath the sea… http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24203-mark_adams_meet_me_in_atlantis_somewhere_beneath_the_sea%E2%80%A6.html Every clue to the final resting place of the lost city of Atlantis comes from a single, ancient source: the Greek philosopher Plato. And even he heard the story eighth-hand, passed down from a d]]> 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 Rinker Buck, <i>The Oregon Trail</i> - Go west, old man... http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25152-rinker_buck_the_oregon_trail_go_west_old_man.html Rinker Buck is no stranger to flying by the seat of his pants—literally. In the summer of 1966, at age 15, Buck and his older brother Kern, 17, flew their father’s restored Piper Cub from New Jers]]> 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]]> Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-4353-blood_struggle_the_rise_of_modern_indian_nations_.html H.W. Brands, <i>Reagan: The Life</i>: Book Review - Another one for the Gipper. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24863-hw_brands_reagan_the_life_book_review_another_one_for_the_gipper.html Republicans deify him. The Tea Party tries to remake him in its own image. But as H.W. Brands reminds us in his new biography, Reagan: The Life (Doubleday, 816 pages, $35), not even Ronald Reagan ]]> <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