Rita Williams-Garcia -- Her latest book, “Gone Crazy in Alabama,” focuses on the late 1960s and early '70s.

My Generation books: Writer has a literal ear for dialogue

As a child, “Gone Crazy in Alabama” author Rita Williams-Garcia was always curious about family history and family secrets.

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Blade lover: 'Love in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction' by Judd Richter

Novelist Judd Richter explores what happens when humans and robots fall in love.

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Blood on the trail: 'Jacksonland: Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab' by Steve Inskeep

We all knew the Trail of Tears was one of the most brutal chapters in American history, but author Steve Inskeep lays out the bloody

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 "One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway" by Asne Seierstad.

'One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik': The unthinkable act of political savagery in Norway

Award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad tells the tale of the murder of 77 Norwegians by a troubled loner in 2011.

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 "Early Warning" by Jane Smiley

'Early Warning': The sequel to 'Some Luck' strikes a different tone

Jane Smiley’s chronicle of the Langdon family of Denby, Iowa, has undergone an astonishingly rapid evolution.

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 "The Children's Crusade" by Ann Packer.

'The Children's Crusade' a sublime exploration of one family

Author of the best-selling and award-winning “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier,” Ann Packer is a wonderful portraitist.

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Lunar mayhem: 'Dove Arising: Dove Chronicles, Book 1' by Karen Bao

A young woman named Phaet will discover her fate in a tale of mystery and mayhem on the moon.

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Ink stained activist : 'Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press' by James McGrath Morris

A biography of Ethel Payne explains how the trail-blazing journalist had a front seat during the Civil Rights movement.

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Lady 'rasslin': 'The Sweetheart' by Angelina Mirabella

Angelina Mirabella’s debut novel follows a waitress into the world of studio wrestling and self-actualization.

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 "Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.

'Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland': Two women held captive for a decade have the last word

A Pulitzer Prize-winning team helps two of the women held hostage by Ariel Castro to tell their wrenching story.

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 Barbara Klein Moss.

'The Language of Paradise': An ambitious debut novel about the cost of striving for Utopia

Barbara Klein Moss broaches life questions with such feverish gusto they seem suddenly fresh, and uniquely provocative.

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 "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson.

'A God in Ruins': Kate Atkinson's companion novel to 'Life After Life' continues the premium prose

Only imagination can bring back the lost — the casualties of war and, by extension, the casualties of parenting.

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My Generation books: Exhibit puts author/artist's dreams on display

“Building Wonder, Designing Dreams: The Bookmaking of Brian Selznick” exhibit in Washington, D.C., allows fans to step in the author’s work.

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Book learning: 'The History of American Higher Education Learning and Culture from the Founding to World War II'

Historian Roger Geiger crafts an exhaustive history of American education from the 17th century to 1940.

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Lightning in celluloid: 'The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War'

The battle of wills between Hollywood blockbuster director D.W. Griffith and black journalist Monroe Trotter over “Birth of a Nation.”

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Skepticism with a smile: 'The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom'

Michael Shermer examines the cultural changes that are leading us to a more ethical and rational future.

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 "The Illuminations" by Andrew O'Hagan.

'The Illuminations': Andrew O’Hagan’s novel resonates with both profound sadness and hope

Toggling between Scotland and Afghanistan, the characters have revelations, the past is excavated, and revealed secrets change perspective.

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 Terrance Hayes, author of "How to Be Drawn."

'How To Be Drawn': Terrance Hayes produces some hip poetics

Terrance Hayes’ latest poetry collection is fascinating and liberating

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 "Heretic" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

'Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now': Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants Islam to embrace Western values

Ms. Hirsi Ali should be read as a polemicist, not a historian, yet she still ought to be held accountable for unfounded historical remarks.

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Newsmaker you should know / Clairton science fiction author working on fourth book, animated movie

Barry Nelson of Clairton is author of ’The McKenzie Files’ series.

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 David McCullough

Kitty Hawk or bust: 'The Wright Brothers' by David McCullough

A succinct and colorful chronicle of the Wright brothers and the invention of the era of manned flight.

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Uneasy riders: 'Magnetic North' by Lee Maynard

Two laconic bikers brawl across America in Lee Maynard’s new novel.

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A fan's notes: 'B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal' by J.C. Hallman

Author J.C. Hallman documents his literary obsession with the writer Nicholson Baker.

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 "The Architect's Apprentice" by Elif Shafak.

'The Architect’s Apprentice': A tale of 16th-century Istanbul mixes architecture, mystery and history

Elif Shafak’s novel is an exquisitely realized historical yarn of the Ottoman Empire

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 "Academy Street" by Mary Costello.

'Academy Street': A compelling portrait of a woman in full

Mary Costello’s mesmerizing debut novel follows Tess from her childhood in Western Ireland through her experiences in post-9/11 New York.

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 "The Victory with No Name" by Colin G. Calloway.

'The Victory With No Name': Native Americans win the battle but lose the war

Colin G. Calloway tells the true story of a Native American army that thrashed an American army.

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2Do this week, May 3-10: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

River City Brass Band, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and IonSound Project are in town.

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 Jacqueline Battalora

Chicago professor calls out the 'culture of white superiority'

Jacqueline Battalora wanted to find out why so many young black men are dying at the hands of police, from Baltimore to Ferguson, Mo.

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 Trevor Thomas and Natalie Sacco are the new owners of the Mystery Lovers Bookstore in Oakmont.

Are independent booksellers replacing big-box retailers?

Many shops are thriving in the Pittsburgh area as Borders and Barnes & Noble have retreated.

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Comic-book artists' original Avengers pages exhibited at the ToonSeum

The exhibition starts at the beginning, with a page by Jack Kirby of the Marvel superheroes’ first appearance.

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