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Book review: Young readers learn about Hurricane Katrina through well-written tale

“Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere” by Julie T. Lamana lets children experience a disaster through the eyes of someone their age.

3 days ago


'Even This I Get to Experience': Television is all in the family for Norman Lear

Norman Lear’s autobiography is short on deep-dive details from the TV trenches, but full of entertaining stories from his life beyond TV.

5 days ago


 Bob Herbert, author of "Losing Our Way."

'Losing Our Way': Bob Herbert assesses the betrayal of the American Dream

A former columnist for The New York Times, Bob Herbert has brought the lucidity, passion and accuracy to what is wrong in our country.

5 days ago


 Kim Zupan, author of "The Ploughmen."

'The Ploughmen': the unlikely friendship between a cop and a killer

Kim Zupan, a native Montanan, has used the scenery of his state to immersive effect in his debut novel.

5 days ago


 Anne Rice, author of "Prince Lestat."

'Prince Lestat': Put a stake in the heart of Anne Rice’s latest tale of vampires

Readers looking for a return to form for Anne Rice, the author of the Vampire Chronicles, will be disappointed with “Prince Lestat.”

5 days ago


The good justice: 'Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice'

A new biography of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor paints an appealing picture, but fails to break new ground.

5 days ago


Patrick Buchanan tells all: 'The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority'

The conservative commentator and White House insider Pat Buchanan tries to make sense of his former boss’ contradictions.

5 days ago


Who's your data? 'Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)'

After searching through our social media, the head of OK Cupid’s analytics team explains the soul of the new data.

5 days ago


Alice Simpson’s debut novel 'Ballroom': A minuet of love and misery

Ms. Simpson marries her love of art forms and dancing to create a story filled with complicated (sometimes unlikeable) characters.

5 days ago


School daze: 'The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League'

Robert Peace could have changed his life for the better. But the lure of the narcotics trade proved too powerful.

5 days ago


Profiles in caution: 'Hard Choices' by Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s memoir is big on female empowerment, but low on political substance

5 days ago


Lift every voice and ... sing: Memoirs by Barbara Hendricks and Jessye Norman

The two singers tell their stories in memoirs that are a contrast in style and substance.

5 days ago


I Am Curious (Black): 'Your Face in Mine'

Racial reassignment surgery flips the script in Jess Row’s debut novel.

5 days ago


Bad alchemy: Paulo Coelho’s 'Adultery

Love means never having to read Paulo Coelho’s “Adultery”

5 days ago


 Grand Oaks Manor, the historic home in Brentwood owned by Bob Cranmer. Cranmer has written a book about the home, which he believes was haunted until it underwent an exorcism several years ago.

Former residents of Brentwood 'demon' house dispute book's claims

Bob Cranmer’s new book describes evil forces that inhabited his Brownsville Road home. Some former occupants beg to differ.

5 days ago


The fog of history: 'Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee'

Michael Korda turns an uncritical eye toward Robert E. Lee,  the commanding general of Confederate troops in the Civil War.

5 days ago


There's a kind of decadence to reading in bars

For me, it started in San Francisco — probably a mix of that gloriously extroverted city combined with my 23-year-old new-drinker self.

1 week ago


 Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett.

Lecture preview: Children's book duo Klassen and Barnett favor experimental approach

The author and illustrator of “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole” will speak at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Oakland.

1 week ago


 Lisa Kirchner: "Her absolute honesty presents facts from her perspective without sugar-coating."

'Hello American Lady Creature': A suddenly single woman in Qatar tells all

Lisa L. Kirchner offers funny, brilliant insights on the challenges of conducting business as a woman in a Muslim country.

1 week ago


 Caitlin Moran, author of "How to Build a Girl."

'How to Build a Girl': Caitlin Moran’s first novel echoes her life — or does it?

The author of the successful memoir “How to Be a Woman“ makes her foray into fiction, with the crude and rude juxtaposed with pretty prose.

1 week ago


 Lena Dunham. author of "Not That Kind of Girl."

'Not That Kind of Girl': Lena Dunham just wants to have fun

The creator of “Girls”  has “a keen interest in having it all.”  She wants her essays to be “hopeful dispatches from the front lines.”

1 week ago


 Jodi Picoult will speak at the sold-out Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lecture Series Monday at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.

Picoult's novel examines bonds of people, elephants

Author Jodi Picoult to speak at the Carnegie Music Hall as part of the Literary Evenings, Monday Night Lectures Series.

1 week ago


 Terry Mutchler is a former journalist and Pennsylvania’s first executive director of the Office of Open Records. Her new book  "Under the Dome," describes her secret five-year relationship with Penny Severns, an Illinois state senator who mentored Barack Obama.

Pennsylvania's open records officer opens book on her past

Terry Mutchler has written a book exploring a past love kept under wraps, and the larger issue of gay marriage in America.

2 weeks ago


 "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

'So We Read On': Maureen Corrigan on why we’ll always love 'The Great Gatsby'

The well-known book critic delves into what is it about “The Great Gatsby” and F. Scott Fitzgerald that continues to fascinate.

2 weeks ago


 John Sandford.

'Deadline': A seedy reporter is murdered in John Sandford’s latest Virgil Flowers mystery

“Deadline” marks the eighth book in a series featuring Virgil Flowers, an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

2 weeks ago


'Lies We Tell Ourselves': A debut novel examines the many levels of bigotry

Robin Talley’s novel follows two high school senior girls on opposite sides of the integration battle -- a must-read book for 2014.

2 weeks ago


 Author John Edgar Wideman will be part of Duquesne University symposium which runs today and Friday.

Author John Edgar Wideman part of symposium at Duquesne University

The writer, who grew up in Pittsburgh, will be part of the Gaultier Symposium on Community-Engaged Teaching and Research.

3 weeks ago


 French writer Patrick Modiano won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Royal Swedish Academy announced today.

Patrick Modiano of France wins Nobel Prize in literature

Modiano a French author known for his meditations on youth and identity in a Paris shaped by World War II.

3 weeks ago


 Marilynne Robinson.

Book review: Rural piety and irresistible grace come through 'Lila'

With "Lila," Marilynne Robinson completes her ambitious Gilead trilogy.

3 weeks ago


'Fahrenheit 451,' the classic novel on banning books, spurs Big Read challenge

CCAC promotes reading and talking about the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel.

3 weeks ago


 Simon Winchester.

Preview: British historian Simon Winchester shows what united the States

Mr. Winchester comes to town Monday for a Literary Evening at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland.

3 weeks ago


'Edge of Eternity': Ken Follett completes his popular Century Trilogy

You could say that Book Three of the Century Trilogy is a refresher course in recent world history.

3 weeks ago


'We Are Not Ourselves': Debut novel a moving chronicle of an Irish-American family

Matthew Thomas' work is not a sweeping multi-generational saga of a dynastic family. It’s a portrait of one Irish-American family.

3 weeks ago


 Diane Ackerman.

'The Human Age': Diane Ackerman's explains how we are creating our future

Ms. Ackerman delivers a remarkable page-turner that presents a series of possible futures that are being created today.

3 weeks ago


2do this week, Oct. 5-11: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Author Robert Edsel, the Moth StorySLAM, Washington Symphony Orchestra, New Yorker classical music critic Alex Ross, Art on Tap and more.

3 weeks ago


 A loaf from "In Search of the Perfect Loaf" by Sam Fromartz.

Dine: Make the perfect loaf of bread

Author Sam Fromartz masters handcrafted bread-making and shares stories and techniques with the home cook in a new book.

3 weeks ago


 Kent Nelson, author of "Spirit Bird."

Preview: 'Spirit Bird' author lands at the Aviary

Kent Nelson, winner of the 2014 Drue Heinz Prize for Literature, gives a free reading Thursday night at the National Aviary.

1 month ago



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