NW books | Exploring fairness; a history of Chinookan culture
Books of Seattle-area interest: “Blasphemy” by Sherman Alexie, “The Fairness Instinct” by L. Sun and “Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia” edited by Robert T. Boyd, Kenneth M. Ames and Tony A. Johnson.
“Blasphemy” by Sherman Alexie (Grove Atlantic, $17). New in paperback: This anthology of 31 short stories chronicles the author’s life as a contemporary Native American. Included are a number of Alexie’s already-popular tales, such as “The Toughest Indian in the World,” “War Dances” and “What You Pawn I Will Redeem.” Alexie, an award-winning author, lives in Seattle.
“The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality and Our Biological Nature” by L. Sun (Prometheus Books, $24.95). Sun delves into the topic of fairness in this hardcover book, examining how it permeates society and religion. He argues that fairness is an emotion rooted in DNA. Sun is a biology professor at Central Washington University.
“Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia” edited by Robert T. Boyd, Kenneth M. Ames and Tony A. Johnson (University of Washington Press, $50). Combining information from historians, scientists and members of Native American tribes, this volume explores the culture of the Chinookan people. Boyd is a researcher at Portland State University; Ames is a PSU professor emeritus; and Johnson is the cultural committee chair for the Chinook Tribe.