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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.

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“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.

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