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Book review: A terror-filled ordeal that doesn't scare enough

Claire Cameron’s “The Bear” tells a harrowing tale of two kids on their own in the woods after a bear attack.

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 "The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma" is written by Brian Herbert.

Book Review: Going green goes to the extreme in 'Little Green Book'

Brian Herbert's sci-fi eco-thriller makes you think about the possible destruction of the planet should humans fail to do their part.

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 Samuel Hazo.

'And the time is': The sonorous voice of poet Samuel Hazo, 1958 to 2013

Two collections offer a ringside seat to the poetic voice of Samuel Hazo, the driving force of Pittsburgh’s International Poetry Forum.

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 Harold "Kim" Philby in 1955.

'A Spy Among Friends': Kim Philby's fantastic Cold War deception

With his usual eye for detail, Ben Macintyre describes how the well-born British spy was a Soviet agent for years, at the highest levels.

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 Haruki Murakami.

'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage': A lean Murakami (with the usual love, music, dreams, sex)

The 14th work of fiction from Haruki Murakami, Japan’s most popular author, may surprise some of his ardent followers.

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'What Is Visible' finds light in a dark world

Kimberly Elkins’ debut novel captures Laura Bridgman, a figure in deaf-blind education often overshadowed by Helen Keller.

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Online dictionary reflects changing times

The batch of cray new words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online is a hot mess of definitions that capture the zeitgeist of today.

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Author asks: What's the matter with Pakistan?

In “Vying for Allah’s Vote,” Haroon Ullah says Pakistan’s future depends on whether Islamic parties choose democracy over violence.

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 John Shiffman, author of "Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting."

'Operation Shakespeare': The international arms sting that shows how bad guys get big guns

In John Shiffman’s well-reported story, arms and military technology proliferation is a greater danger to national security than terrorism.

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'The New Arabs': Juan Cole charts youth in revolt in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya ...

Subtitled “How the Millennial Generation Is Changing the Middle East,” Mr. Cole’s book is a convincing look at new demographic realities

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 Timothy F. Geithner.

'Stress Test': Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for the defense

His “Reflections on Financial Crises” are a hefty 544 pages, shedding light on what was going on during the historic financial meltdown.

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 James S. Robbins, author of “The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero."

'The Real Custer': Was the general a hero, villain or unlucky fool?

“From Boy General to Tragic Hero”: James S. Robbins re-examines the life of the notorious officer.

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 , U.S. poet laureate W.S. Merwin speaks to the Hawaii Conservation Conference in Honolulu. At 86 years of age, Merwin continues to work.

Prize-winning poet W.S. Merwin still at work at age 86

W.S. Merwin said he hopes to finish at least another book, health permitting.

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Obituary: Dorothy Salisbury Davis / Suspense novelist eschewed violence but was fond of villains she created

Dorothy Salisbury Davis, an author whose fascination with motivation, morality and manners powered her plots, died Sunday at her home.

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 Jeff Vandermeer, author of "Authority."

‘Authority’ takes readers to world in which they have no control

If “Annihilation,” Jeff VanderMeer’s first book in his eerily attractive trilogy, was about procedure, “Authority” is about psychology.

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 Susan Evans, who is now in remission from ovarian cancer, wrote a book about her journey called "Don't Write the Obituary Yet."

In remission for ovarian cancer, woman writes book with her doctor

A swollen foot leads to a diagnosis to ovarian cancer, which then leads to a book by a patient and her Pittsburgh doctor.

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Rick Perlstein’s 'The Invisible Bridge': the downfall of Nixon and rise of Reagan

The latest volume in his ongoing chronicle of modern American politics is a mixture of scholarly precision, outrage and wry humor.

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'Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas': a gossipy hatchet job

The Clintons and the Obamas hate each other, if you can believe Edward Klein.

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'Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter': A historian asserts he is America’s best former president

Randall Balmer’s slim profile seeks to remind us there was once, and could be again, a “Christian left” in American politics.

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 Thomas Sweterlitsch will speak about his Pittsburgh novel "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" on Thursday.

2Do this week, Aug. 3-9: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh writer Thomas Sweterlitsch will discuss his novel “Tomorrow and Tomorrow”  Thursday;  Digital Sanctuaries at City of Asylum ...

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 Martha Grimes

'Vertigo 42': Latest Martha Grimes mystery entertains (with an homage to Hitchcock)

In the latest Richard Jury mystery from Martha Grimes, the quirky characters surrounding Jury are as enjoyable as the plot.

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 Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn.

Jesse Ventura passage to be cut from book 'American Sniper'

The passage in a book by a former Navy SEAL sparked Jesse Ventura’s defamation lawsuit. It will be removed, HarperCollins said last week.

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 Patrick O'Keeffe, author of "The Visitors"

'The Visitors': An exploration of love, Emerald Island style

Patrick O’Keeffe chronicles unlucky Irish romantic affairs.

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 Wu Ming-Yi, author of "The Man With the Compound Eyes"

'The Man With the Compound Eyes': Taiwanese author never lets the reader out of his sight

Wu Ming-Yi’s novel, a heady mix of science fiction, fantasy, environmental fable and magical realism, defies categorization.

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Batman creator's personal copies to be auctioned

Bob Kane’s own copies of the Caped Crusader’s earliest appearances will be sold to the highest bidder.

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 Gareth Murphy, author of "Cowboys and Indies."

Author tracks history of selling music

In “Cowboys and Indies,” Gareth Murphy catalogs the ups and downs of the record industry, charting more than 160 years of music territory.

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 Genevieve Valentine, author of "The Girls at the Kingfisher Club."

'The Girls at the Kingfisher Club': Genevieve Valentine's historical novel reads like a modern fairy tale

A retelling of the Brothers Grimm’s “Twelve Dancing Princesses” set in Prohibition-era New York, the 12 sisters leap off the page.

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Illustrator James McMullan draws readers into 'Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood'

Mr. McMullan is best known as the illustrator of “I Stink,” the story of a garbage truck, but his newest work, a memoir, is quite different.

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 William T. Vollmann's latest massive work "draws on his adventurous spirit."

William T. Vollmann’s 'Last Stories and Other Stories': Super stories of the supernatural

Vollmann's return to fiction, delving into ghosts and ghouls, is challenging, dense and rewarding for those who persevere.

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 Jim Ray Daniels has a wonderful eye for capturing bleakness as well as joy.

Jim Ray Daniels' 'Eight Mile High': Beauty and humor in a Detroit wasteland

The Pittsburgh poet turns to short fiction, finding humor in a crumbling area of his hometown, Detroit.

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'Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes': How he changed baseball by embracing his Jewish heritage

Journalist John Rosengren recounts his exploits, on and off the field, and documents the rampant anti-Semitism in baseball in the 1930s.

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 “RASL” By Jeff Smith

'RASL' dazzles: Jeff Smith's science fiction noir

A graphic novel of an art thief with a twist is not easily digested in one read, but the images and ideas will linger

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 Jesse Andrews, Pittsburgh native and author of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," met with a group of students and recent graduates in the backyard of teacher Joe Ehman: "Writing is more important than being a writer."

Students gather to learn and laugh with novelist and Schenley grad Jesse Andrews

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” author Jesse Andrews met last week with students and faculty from Obama Academy and Schenley High School.

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