My Generation book review: 'Moonpenny Island' tells of a girl's coming of age

Tricia Springstubb’s new novel follows 11-year-old Flor and the problems and triumphs she encounters on her island home.

about 12 hours ago

 "Aurora" by Kim Stanley Robinson.

'Aurora': Bad times on a generational spaceship

Kim Stanley Robinson's novel is science fiction for people who don't believe that science has all the answers.

2 days ago

 "Sick Idiot" by Ashley Boynes-Shuck.

'Sick Idiot': Local author Ashley Boynes-Shuck's struggle with dozens of invisible ailments

“Sick Idiot” — a term Ms. Boynes-Shuck uses to describe her particularly difficult days — is an easy read with a motivating message.

2 days ago

 "The 51-Day War" by Max Blumenthal.

'The 51 Day War': Max Blumenthal's harsh account of Israel's brutal 2014 war deserves attention

Though lacking balance throughout, the journalist shows what happened to Israeli and Palestinian societies during Operation Protective Edge.

2 days ago

 "Future Crimes" by Marc Goodman.

'Future Crimes': A sober warning about the Internet of Things

Marc Goodman will make you afraid to turn on your e-reader or laptop.

1 week ago

 "Potsdam" by Michael Neiberg.

'Potsdam': How restless Europe was remade in the ashes of WWII

From Pittsburgh native Michael Neiberg, insight into the struggle to keep Europe safe, stemming from the Potsdam Conference in July 1945.

1 week ago

 "Muse" by Jonathan Galassi.

'Muse': A book publisher's debut novel is ode to publishing's folly

Jonathan Galassi, a poet and the current head of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, writes a love letter, of sorts, to his profession.

1 week ago

2Do this week, July 26-Aug. 1: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Poet Terrance Hayes at Writers LIVE @ CLP , “memory keep(h)er” at the Alloy Studios, Artist P. Nosa at the Mattress Factory ...

1 week ago

 A copy of the original art work found in Theodor Seuss Geisel's home with a color proof of it, at Random House Children's Books in New York.

Book review: Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book is a happy take on 'What Pet Should I Get?'

Old and new fans should enjoy the recently discovered never-before-published book by Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

1 week ago

 Penmanship champion Annie Clark, 11, of McKeesport, holds a book signing at the Frank Sarris Public Library in Canonsburg on July 20.

Authorship the latest accomplishment for McKeesport penmanship expert

Annie Clark, who was born without hands, has written a book at age 11 about persevering through difficult times.

1 week ago

 Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have  announced their divorce after four years of marriage.

PEOPLE: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carol Burnett, Jake Gyllenhaal and more!

Country music’s Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert ending marriage after four years

2 weeks ago

 "Written in the Blood" by Stephen Lloyd Jones.

'Written in the Blood': Sequel to 'The String Diaries' introduces new heroes and demons

Stephen Lloyd Jones’ second novel is a blend of sensationalism and sentimentality, creativity and creepiness.

2 weeks ago

 "The Goddess Pose" by Michelle Goldberg.

'The Goddess Pose': A new biography of yoga’s popularizer in the West is short on details

“The Audacious Life of Indra Devi,” a biography by Michelle Goldberg, is an incredible take, but it will make a better movie.

2 weeks ago

 "Coal Wars" by Richard Martin.

'Coal Wars' looks at the environmental impact of burning coal

Richard Martin’s work provides plenty of information and analysis needed for a productive debate on coal’s future.

2 weeks ago

Wildlife: Hot summer mystery reads

Birder murder mysteries? Don’t laugh; there are more of them than you might think.

2 weeks ago

 Harper Lee in 2007.

Review: Harper Lee's 'Go Set a Watchman' gives Atticus Finch a dark side

The tale is set 20 years in the future from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

3 weeks ago

 Jim Rugg took home a 2015 Eisner Award for Best Book Design for "Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream," at the 27th annual ceremony honoring the best in the comic-book world, held at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Pittsburgh cartoonists Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg win Eisner Awards

The artists were celebrated for the ongoing series “Hip-Hop Family Tree” and the design of the “Little Nemo” anthology of new works.

3 weeks ago

 "The Argonauts" by Maggie Nelson

Book review: Maggie Nelson crafts a book that can't be categorized

“The Argonauts” is both autobiographical and theoretical, and it defies the pat genre labels that infect writing and publishing today.

3 weeks ago

 Author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 in Washington, D.C. Her new novel, "Go Set a Watchman," has many of the same characters as her Pulitzer Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Bookstores get ready for 'Watchman' release

Pittsburgh-area bookstores and libraries prepare to celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” on Tuesday.

3 weeks ago

 "The Cartel" by Don Winslow

Book review: The combatants from 'The Power of the Dog' return in brilliant sequel

Don Winslow affirms his status as one of the best American writers with “The Cartel,” his novel about the Mexican-American drug wars.

3 weeks ago

 "Prague Summer" by Jeffrey Condran

A tale of passion and suspense in the Czech Republic unfold in ‘Prague Summer'

Jeffrey Condran’s debut novel is a story about a lot of things: Prague and what it is to be an American living in this city post-9/11.

3 weeks ago

 Philip Beard will discuss his novel "Swing" at Carnegie Library's Main Branch on Tuesday evening.

2Do this week, July 12-18: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The 104th Annual Exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh continues through next Sunday.

3 weeks ago

 “I’d like to start a conversation. Create awareness,” Adriana E. Ramirez said.

Award-winning writer hopes to shine light on border violence

University of Pittsburgh lecturer Adriana Ramirez has won the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s $10,000 prize with her collection “Dead Boys.”

4 weeks ago

 "The Road Home" by Kathleen Shoop The Letter Series Book 2.

Book review: Local author pens a satisfying sequel to 'The Last letter'

The sequel to Kathleen Shoop’s “The Last Letter,” titled “The Road Home,” continues the Arthur family saga.

1 month ago

Book review: Joseph Ellis shows how the Revolutionary War was only the beginning

Author explains how four of the Founding Fathers helped forge a nation in “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution.”

1 month ago

 Richard Nixon leaves office on August 9, 1974.

Book review: Nixon Agonistes -- His tainted legacy still overshadows the nation

The book by Tim Weiner presents a fascinating look at America’s most troubled president.

1 month ago