Books


 Stephen King's latest is an audio-only tale called "Drunken Fireworks."

Book review: In Stephen King's latest, bottle rockets make bad neighbors

“Drunken Fireworks” is a perfect audio companion for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

about 20 hours ago


 "Luckiest Girl Alive" by Jessica Knoll.

Book review: Novel’s heroine has fierce, damaged glory on fine display

“Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll follows in the footsteps of recent best-sellers “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train.”

2 days ago


 "Michelle Obama: A Life" by Peter Slevin.

Book review: Author Peter Slevin writes a balanced look at Michelle Obama’s life so far

Michelle Obama’s life is very much an American story: a black woman who made it from a working class family to the White House.

2 days ago


 "Destruction was my Beatrice" by Jeff Rasula.

Book review: Historian Jed Rasula chronicles the history of an art movement in "Destruction Was My Beatrice."

Mr. Rasula offers us vivid anecdotes from the lives of dozens of wild artists, who become increasingly interchangeable as the book goes on.

2 days ago


My Gen book review: Intergenerational tale explores gender identity

Daria Wilke’s “Playing a Part” looks at questions of love, family and gender through the eyes of a Russian teen boy.

3 days ago


 "Mislaid" by Nell Zink.

'Mislaid': A mother and child ditch white privilege to escape an unhappy home

From the enigmatic literary breakout Nell Zink (author of last year’s indie darling “The Wallcreeper”) comes a subversive comedy.

1 week ago


 "The Convictions of John Delahunt" by Andrew Hughes.

'The Convictions of John Delahunt': A man scheduled to die recounts his life in 19th-century Dublin

Andrew Hughes’ story takes place nearly 200 years ago, but he makes it seem highly contemporary.

1 week ago


 "All In" by Josh Levs.

'All In': Is paid leave for fathers of newborns the next workplace battlefront?

Josh Levs’ central thesis is that fathers need to be a bigger part of the conversation about family leave.

1 week ago


 Hilary Masters

Obituary: Hilary Masters / Writer, teacher called ‘a true man of letters’

The Kansas City native, who adopted Pittsburgh in the 1980s, was 87.

2 weeks ago


A slice of Turkish history: 'The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East' by Eugene Rogan

A much needed history of how modern Turkey came about and the roots of the Middle East conflict.

2 weeks ago


Like (a lot) of rolling stones: '1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music' by Andrew Grant Jackson

A highly enjoyable look at the mid-1960s roots of a sound that would come to be known as classic rock.

2 weeks ago


 "The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty" by Vendela Vida.

'The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty': You are likely to love Vendela Vida’s latest

You may eschew novels written in the second person, but this one — a traveler’s tale of lost identity — works like a charm.

2 weeks ago


 Richard Flanagan.

'The Narrow Road to the Deep North': Richard Flanagan’s novel of Japanese military occupation is a masterpiece

Richard Flanagan said it took him 12 years to write “The Narrow Road in the Deep North,” and that he couldn’t move on until he finished it.

2 weeks ago


 "Love May Fail" by Matthew Quick.

'Love May Fail': Too many coincidences spoil the plot in Matthew Quick’s latest novel

From the author of “Silver Linings Playbook,“ a highly readable but all too predictable tale of love and luck.

2 weeks ago


2Do this week, Jun 14-20: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times best-selling novel “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” appears at Writers LIVE @ CLP — MAIN.

2 weeks ago


Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry to hold 40th and final used book sale

The six-day sale will begin Saturday in the former Papermart party store building, 7811 McKnight Road, Ross.

2 weeks ago


Dissident pen pal: Ralph Nader's 'Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President 2001-2015'

Anti-war activist Ralph Nader shares the letters he wrote to two presidents about the wars they waged in America’s name.

3 weeks ago


A soldier's story: 'Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam'

An Ellwood City man’s heroism in Vietnam is finally recognized decades after his death.

3 weeks ago


The patriotic pulpit: 'America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation'

A masterful bio by religious historian Grant Wacker shows the Rev. Billy Graham’s importance to America’s religious and political history.

3 weeks ago


 "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee is one of the most anticipated novels of the year.

Hot book titles to take to the beach

Ah, the folly of making a list. So much is left out!  So take these titles as a starting point, and make the summer one for the books.

3 weeks ago


 "The  Bone Tree," by Greg Iles.

'The Bone Tree': Greg Iles’ follow up to 'Natchez Burning' is riveting

If William Shakespeare lived today in our Deep South, he would probably write similarly to Greg Iles in “The Bone Tree.”

3 weeks ago


 "Primates of Park Avenue" by Wednesday Martin.

'Primates of Park Avenue': Anthropological memoir of the Upper East Side yields mixed results

Picture “Real Housewives,” add in pop-science, and you have Wednesday Martin’s work exploring the terrain of her better-off neighbors.

3 weeks ago


 "In the Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume.

'In the Unlikely Event': Judy Blume’s first novel in 17 years plumbs angst of teenagers in 1950s

While it probably won’t reach legendary status, “In the Unlikely Event” delivers a mostly satisfying, heartfelt read for her fans.

3 weeks ago


 Internet celebrity Justine Ezarik, aka iJustine.

iJustine star swings through her hometown

Washington County native and YouTube star Justine Ezarik releases her first memoir, “I, Justine,” about her video-blogging stardom.

3 weeks ago


 "Finders Keepers" by Stephen King.

Book review: King's 'Finders Keepers' on a trial of misery

“Finders Keepers,” the latest novel from Stephen King, continues a story that began in “Mr. Mercedes.”

3 weeks ago


Gotham's greatest: 'Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker' by Thomas Kunkel

A biography of the New Yorker scribe Joseph Mitchell that is as evocative as the man himself.

4 weeks ago


The Shroud and the gospel truth: 'The Fifth Gospel' by Ian Caldwell

After a murder, a priest races to unveil the secret of the Shroud of Turin and a lost gospel in Ian Caldwell’s latest novel

4 weeks ago


Island of misery: 'War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony' by Nelson A. Denis

Journalist Nelson Denis’ exploration of Puerto Rico’s tumultuous history as an American commonwealth is both exhaustive and polemical.

4 weeks ago


 "The Loudness" by Nick Courage

'The Loudness': Futuristic middle-school novel tackles challenging subjects with a Huck Finn-like narrative

What distinguishes Nick Courage’s novel is how comfortable it is tackling tough subjects that would challenge adult readers.

1 month ago


 "The Meursault Investigation" by Kamel Daoud

'The Meursault Investigation': Novelist's response to Camus' 'The Stranger' grants humanity to slain Arab

Kamel Daoud’s novel won the Prix Goncourt for best first novel, France’s most prestigious award.

1 month ago


 Celeste Ng will speak at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland at 7 p.m. Monday.

Author Lecture Preview: Celeste Ng's debut novel, 'Everything I Never Told You,' focuses on racial isolation

Ms. Ng, who lived in Pittsburgh as a child, speaks Monday on her novel about a mixed-race family in a Midwestern college town.

1 month ago


 "Hyacinth Girls" by Lauren Frankel

'Hyacinth Girls': A novel about bullying bludgeons the reader

The specific details of bullying mostly ring true. But “Hyacinth Girls” never manages to come together as a satisfying novel.

1 month ago



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