Yelena Akhtiorskaya's "unique linguistic gifts reflect and even illuminate her rough-textured worlds."

'Panic in a Suitcase': Yelena Akhtiorskaya pens a funny tale of Russian emigres

Like some traditional Russian meals, Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel “Panic in a Suitcase” is a matter of many courses

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The women of Amy Bloom's 'Lucky Us' improvise in dark times

Amy Bloom is a sublime weaver of intricate and sober stories that surprise us with flashes of hilarity.

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'Our Great Big American God': a wry history of America's very patriotic Deity

Matthew Paul Turner tries to tell the story of how Americans’ perceptions of God have changed over the course of history.

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 John Verdon, author of "Peter Pan Must Die."

'Peter Pan Must Die': intricate plot, plastic protagonists

David Gurney, a retired NYPD detective, returns in this fourth in a series crime puzzler. Read if you must.

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'The Bear': A terror-filled ordeal of kids on their own after an attack

Claire Cameron’s novel, imagining the aftermath of a real bear attack, is an intriguing concept but maybe not scary enough.

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'The Little Green Book': Going green goes to the extreme in a sci-fi eco-thriller

Brian Herbert 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.

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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

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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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