BOOKS



Carnegie Library earns good rating in national study

2012-03-08 09:12:00

A study by Pew Charitable Trusts looked at 15 metropolitan libraries and showed Carnegie Library holding its own when meeting community need


'Play On': an illustrated look at Pittsburgh Symphony's past and present

'Play On': an illustrated look at Pittsburgh Symphony's past and present

2012-03-07 12:36:00

The illustrious history of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is now an illustrated one.


Charles Murray's 'Coming Apart' raises alarm over our civic culture

Charles Murray's 'Coming Apart' raises alarm over our civic culture

2012-03-05 15:17:00

In Charles Murray's world, white Americans increasingly live in one of two places.


Best sellers

2012-03-04 00:58:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


Elmore Leonard's 'Raylan' is gut-bustingly funny

Elmore Leonard's 'Raylan' is gut-bustingly funny

2012-03-04 00:01:00

A transplant nurse seduces men in a seedy motel room, then removes their kidneys and leaves them in a bathtub filled with ice water. Only El


'The American Way of Eating': Food, our inglorious food

'The American Way of Eating': Food, our inglorious food

2012-03-04 00:00:00

From a certain perspective, Americans have never been so obsessed with food.


'The Irish Way': How Hibernians made it here

'The Irish Way': How Hibernians made it here

2012-03-04 00:00:00

The Irish, perhaps not the most thick-skinned group, have been very attuned to their place in American society from the beginning until just


'One Dog and His Boy' and more dog tales to enjoy

2012-02-28 10:53:00

Children and dogs are a classic combination in life and in literature.


Children's Corner: The latest kids' books to win the Coretta Scott King Awards

Children's Corner: The latest kids' books to win the Coretta Scott King Awards

2012-02-28 00:00:00

Celebrate Black History Month by reading the latest winners of the Coretta Scott King Awards, given annually to the best children's books wr


Author Sebastian Junger recounts travails of U.S. soldiers in a forlorn Afghan outpost

Author Sebastian Junger recounts travails of U.S. soldiers in a forlorn Afghan outpost

2012-02-26 10:46:00

Sebastian Junger's name is familiar to many readers because he wrote "The Perfect Storm," which inspired the popular movie about commercial


'House of Stone': Anthony Shadid's homecoming, now heartbreaking

'House of Stone': Anthony Shadid's homecoming, now heartbreaking

2012-02-26 00:01:00

There is a moment at the beginning of "House of Stone" that is classic Anthony Shadid, a flash of striking detail that makes a larger point


'The Map and the Territory': Michel Houellebecq, happy at last?

'The Map and the Territory': Michel Houellebecq, happy at last?

2012-02-26 00:01:00

French writer Michel Houellebecq's newest novel is, all told, a surprisingly affirming story from a self-proclaimed "cyclothymic."


'Outlaw Platoon': Murrysville native describes the Afghan war he fought

'Outlaw Platoon': Murrysville native describes the Afghan war he fought

2012-02-26 00:01:00

The American platoon stopped its Humvees in the road. Ahead, a small boy of about 6, dressed in rags, staggered in circles.


'Unorthodox:' A powerful memoir of breaking away, big-time

'Unorthodox:' A powerful memoir of breaking away, big-time

2012-02-26 00:00:00

Imagine Frank McCourt as a Jewish virgin, and you've got "Unorthodox" in a nutshell: Wretched upbringing in an ethnic enclave yields bright


Finding Dr. Livingstone: Technology and tenacity reveal the Victorian-era explorer's diary

Finding Dr. Livingstone: Technology and tenacity reveal the Victorian-era explorer's diary

2012-02-26 00:00:00

A field diary by British explorer David Livingstone is legible for the first time in 141 years.


Obituary: Barney Rosset / Book publisher who fought obscenity laws

2012-02-23 13:33:00

Barney Rosset, the maverick publisher who chafed at puritanism and whose relentless challenges of obscenity laws helped overthrow the final


Aurora Reading Club of Pittsburgh spans generations, gives insight into African-American experience

Aurora Reading Club of Pittsburgh spans generations, gives insight into African-American experience

2012-02-22 17:41:00

At Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland last month, author Isabel Wilkerson recounted, with evangelistic fervor, how the great migration of Africa


Book clubs join to nurture reading

2012-02-22 10:57:00

As a child, Lorena Amos embraced books.


Subscribers are noticing that magazines are arriving later and later

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Zach Smith loves his magazines.


Poet Tyehimba Jess to appear at Chatham

Poet Tyehimba Jess to appear at Chatham

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Poet Tyehimba Jess will present a free reading and book signing at 8 p.m.


Children's Corner: A glance at the Sibert winners for excellence in nonfiction

Children's Corner: A glance at the Sibert winners for excellence in nonfiction

2012-02-21 10:02:00

If you have a young reader who loves nonfiction, check out the 2012 winner of the Robert F. Medal, and the four 2012 Sibert Honor books.


'Honor in the Dust': Meanwhile, back in the Philippines ...

'Honor in the Dust': Meanwhile, back in the Philippines ...

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Gregg Jones opens "Honor in the Dust" with a prologue describing the harsh treatment of Philippine rebel Joveniano Ealdama at the hands of U


'Watergate': Dreamworking America's long national nightmare

'Watergate': Dreamworking America's long national nightmare

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Among my collection of historical "artifacts," along with the Oct. 13, 1960, late edition of The Pittsburgh Press is a yellowed copy of the


'From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant': 'Fashion terrorism' with Filipino flair

'From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant': 'Fashion terrorism' with Filipino flair

2012-02-19 00:00:00

Alex Gilvarry's smart debut is a breezy, nervy novel about "fashion terrorist" Boyet "Boy" Hernandez, a Filipino immigrant who becomes a det


The Next Page: The invisible industrial hands of the pattern maker

The Next Page: The invisible industrial hands of the pattern maker

2012-02-19 00:00:00

In the old Polaroid photos, my father stands next to a large circular mold on the floor of the pattern shop of U.S. Steel in Johnstown.


New bookstore Downtown; Mystery Lovers for sale

New bookstore Downtown; Mystery Lovers for sale

2012-02-15 09:17:00

News from the world of independent booksellers: Awesome Books has opened a new shop Downtown that will stay open until midnight on


Downtown gains Awesome Books; Oakmont's Mystery Lovers Bookshop seeks buyer

Downtown gains Awesome Books; Oakmont's Mystery Lovers Bookshop seeks buyer

2012-02-14 12:57:00

News from the world of independent book sellers: Awesome Books has opened a new shop Downtown that will stay open until midnight on weekends


Obituary: Jeffrey Zaslow / Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture' co-author killed in Michigan car crash

Obituary: Jeffrey Zaslow / Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture' co-author killed in Michigan car crash

2012-02-12 15:54:00

Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow was killed Friday when he lost control of his car on a snowy road after promoting his latest book in nort


2Do: 02/12/12

2Do: 02/12/12

2012-02-12 15:40:00

In celebration of Black History Month, 10 screen prints and collages by Romare Bearden are being exhibited at The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sa


'A Line in the Sand': The pre-Israel intrigue

'A Line in the Sand': The pre-Israel intrigue

2012-02-12 00:01:00

At the end of World War I, the victorious powers carved up the territories formerly controlled by the Ottoman Empire. With President Woodrow


Josh Bazell's 'Wild Thing' gets woolly

Josh Bazell's 'Wild Thing' gets woolly

2012-02-12 00:00:00

In Josh Bazell's 2009 debut novel, "Beat the Reaper," Pietro Brnwa was an ex-hitman forced to dispatch old Mob demons while creating a new,


'The World America Made': Robert Kagan for the defense

'The World America Made': Robert Kagan for the defense

2012-02-12 00:00:00

'Anyone who tells you America is in decline ... doesn't know what they're talking about," proclaimed President Barack Obama in his 2012 Stat


Two mothers hope to get children's books published

2012-02-09 00:00:00

For most moms, few moments are more cherished than snuggling up with their child to read a favorite children's book before bedtime.


'Bringing Up Bebe': Why the French make better parents (no offense)

'Bringing Up Bebe': Why the French make better parents (no offense)

2012-02-08 00:00:00

This engaging work of self-declared "investigative parenting"


Be a child again at The Frick: Exhibit revisits book illustrations

Be a child again at The Frick: Exhibit revisits book illustrations

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Whether or not you have children, chances are you once were one.


Author Walter Dean Myers is passionate about the benefits of parents reading to children

Author Walter Dean Myers is passionate about the benefits of parents reading to children

2012-02-08 00:00:00

Walter Dean Myers, author of more than 100 books for young adults and children, is the first African-American writer to serve as the


Children's Corner: 'Dead End in Norvelt' led Jack Gantos to Newbery gold

Children's Corner: 'Dead End in Norvelt' led Jack Gantos to Newbery gold

2012-02-07 00:00:00

Jack Gantos kept his hopes for winning a Newbery Medal -- given annually by the American Library Association to the best-written children's


Old-school football RULES: brilliant bios of Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry

Old-school football RULES: brilliant bios of Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Considering how many books on pro football are released every year, it's eye-opening that a definitive biography of the best man ever to


'Drifting House': gimlet-eyed stories from the Korean kaleidoscope

'Drifting House': gimlet-eyed stories from the Korean kaleidoscope

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Krys Lee's stories in her debut collection, "Drifting House,"


'Girl Hunter': Georgia Pellegrini shoots, cooks and eats

'Girl Hunter': Georgia Pellegrini shoots, cooks and eats

2012-02-05 00:00:00

The cover image of Georgia Pellegrini's "Girl Hunter"


2Do: Week of Feb. 5

2012-02-05 00:00:00

A kickoff reception for the exhibit "A City of Rhythm: A Tribute to African American Music in Pittsburgh"


Charles Dickens' 200th anniversary celebrations: a renaissance or an elegy?

Charles Dickens' 200th anniversary celebrations: a renaissance or an elegy?

2012-02-05 00:00:00

The visitors have been coming at a steady trickle, reverent, bemused, squinting at the crabbed handwriting in the anguished letters from


The Word: Bostonians' pahticulah way of talking

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Three hundred and fifty years ago, using the wrong pronouns in Massachusetts could land you in hot water.


Morgan Library exhibit shows the hand of Dickens

2012-02-05 00:00:00

The august Morgan Library in midtown Manhattan houses the second largest collection of manuscripts and letters after the Victoria and


Best sellers

2012-02-05 00:00:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


Stargazing: The Winter Hexagon

Stargazing: The Winter Hexagon

2012-01-30 00:00:00

On these frigid evenings, Orion and the bright stars of winter dominate the southern sky. Some of the brightest winter stars in and around O


Games: Building outside the box

2012-01-30 00:00:00

Do you have a lot of half-made Lego sets and stray Lego bricks lying at the bottom of your toy bin? A new book can help you give your old br


Person of interest: Mary Frances Cooper, new director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Person of interest: Mary Frances Cooper, new director of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Mary Frances Cooper officially took over as president and director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh on Jan. 1. The Downtown resident ha


Local literary heroes Jane McCafferty and Stewart O'Nan unleash love story feasts

Local literary heroes Jane McCafferty and Stewart O'Nan unleash love story feasts

2012-01-29 00:00:00

These two splendid new works of fiction have enough in common that they must be reviewed together, even at the risk of underplaying their st


Best sellers

2012-01-29 00:00:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


'[sic]: A Memoir': Death, interrupted

'[sic]: A Memoir': Death, interrupted

2012-01-29 00:00:00

Joshua Cody waits until about two-thirds into his fierce and fevered memoir "[sic]" to die. Not that checking out isn't a big deal, but Mr.


'The Shadow World': Weapons make the world go round

'The Shadow World': Weapons make the world go round

2012-01-29 00:00:00

The title alone will grab you, once you're cognizant of the fact that it is nonfiction. This is not a book about some guys straw-purchasing


NPR host Michele Norris to share shocking stories of black history

NPR host Michele Norris to share shocking stories of black history

2012-01-28 00:00:00

For Michele Norris, co-host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," seeking the truth is second nature. But when this veteran jo


Isabel Wilkerson traces Great Migration travails

Isabel Wilkerson traces Great Migration travails

2012-01-28 00:00:00

Isabel Wilkerson did not know it would take 15 years to research and write her first book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," a poetic, epic accoun


'Dead End in Norvelt,' set in Westmoreland County, wins Newbery; 'A Ball for Daisy' nabs Caldecott

'Dead End in Norvelt,' set in Westmoreland County, wins Newbery; 'A Ball for Daisy' nabs Caldecott

2012-01-24 00:00:00

NEW YORK -- This year's winners of the top prizes in children's literature were honored for stories of resilience over the most everyday tro


John Burdett's 'Vulture Peak': Smart and sordid

John Burdett's 'Vulture Peak': Smart and sordid

2012-01-22 00:00:00

John Burdett's fifth book starring morally elastic Thai cop Sonchai Jitpleecheep is the usual compelling read with the usual dark undercurre


Best sellers

2012-01-22 00:00:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


The all-digital reading of 'Vulture Peak'

2012-01-22 00:00:00

I've been writing about books for years. Publishers hoping I review their books deliver them to my porch. I probably review 10 percent of th


Ban the bomb! The non-hippies who want to rid the world of nuclear weapons

Ban the bomb! The non-hippies who want to rid the world of nuclear weapons

2012-01-22 00:00:00

Five years ago, in an op-ed piece published in The Wall Street Journal, two former secretaries of state (Henry Kissinger and George Shultz),


'Lost Kingdom': How Hawaii joined America's 'destiny'

'Lost Kingdom': How Hawaii joined America's 'destiny'

2012-01-22 00:00:00

In the beginning of the movie "The Descendants," George Clooney, who plays real estate attorney Matt King, seeks to dispel the myth that Haw


La Roche College celebrates addition of hand-made Bible

La Roche College celebrates addition of hand-made Bible

2012-01-19 00:00:00

In 2000, some 500 years since Catholic monks had last created a hand-written and illustrated Bible, quill tip was put to vellum in the creat


Creativity drives comics growth, Marvel chief says

2012-01-18 00:00:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Stop counting comic books out. That's the assessment of Dan Buckley, publisher and president of Marvel Comics, the longtime


Edgar Allan Poe fans' last vigil for mystery man

2012-01-18 00:00:00

BALTIMORE -- Is the "Poe Toaster" nevermore? For decades, a mysterious man left three roses and cognac on Edgar Allan Poe's grave to mark th


Children's Corner: 'The Fault in Our Stars' a tour de force about teenage cancer

Children's Corner: 'The Fault in Our Stars' a tour de force about teenage cancer

2012-01-17 00:00:00

As a student chaplain at a children's hospital years ago, John Green spent his days at the intersection of life and death, working with term


Get in line to check out e-book

2012-01-16 00:00:00

Kindles, Nooks and iPads can do many amazing things, but they can't bump you ahead in line at the library. In fact, if you want to borrow a


'The Obamas': Drama, not so much

'The Obamas': Drama, not so much

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Michelle Obama should be intensely grateful, not annoyed, that "The Obamas" -- the inevitable "behind the scenes" book about her marriage an


'God's Jury': Why everybody has come to expect the Inquisition

'God's Jury': Why everybody has come to expect the Inquisition

2012-01-15 00:00:00

In this accomplished, highly readable and thought-provoking survey, Cullen Murphy examines the Catholic Church's centuries-long effort to st


God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut: the biography of a Great American Writer

God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut: the biography of a Great American Writer

2012-01-15 00:00:00

In his 2005 essay collection, "A Man Without a Country," Kurt Vonnegut passed along advice to readers he'd once received from his uncle, Ale


2Do

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Several local choirs will converge to celebrate the ideals of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Let Freedom Sing Concert at Franklin Regional Hi


The Next Page: Two searingly honest essays from the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards

2012-01-15 00:00:00

Blunt talk from two juniors at Winchester Thurston: Erika Drain rejects that she's 'not black enough'; and Jesse Lieberfeld is no 'ideal nic


Mr. Roboto Project's wild first decade recalled in new book

Mr. Roboto Project's wild first decade recalled in new book

2012-01-12 00:00:00

"Building a Better Robot: 10 Years of the Mr. Roboto Project" is an action-packed book that documents how on the brink of the millennium som


Let's Learn from the Past: Jane Grey Swisshelm

2012-01-12 00:00:00

Pittsburgh native Jane Grey Swisshelm was an influential journalist, outspoken abolitionist and, above all, a fierce advocate for women's ri


Let's Talk About: the sound of space

2012-01-12 00:00:00

Space has long been believed to be a silent domain. Basic physics tells us that sound needs a medium through which to travel. And since ther


Sunny Carney's book on cancer helping others cope

Sunny Carney's book on cancer helping others cope

2012-01-12 00:00:00

When Sunny Carney decided to write a book about her experience dealing with a rare form of cancer, she didn't want to focus on the treatment


Tom Clancy's twists and turns make 'Locked On' a winner

Tom Clancy's twists and turns make 'Locked On' a winner

2012-01-11 00:00:00

Republicans who are disappointed with the GOP field of presidential candidates can escape into fantasy for a few hours with Tom Clancy's lat


Children's Corner: Perusing one of Simms Taback's books a brush with greatness

Children's Corner: Perusing one of Simms Taback's books a brush with greatness

2012-01-10 00:00:00

Simms Taback won the Caldecott Medal -- given for the best illustrated children's book of the year -- for "Joseph Had a Little Overcoat" in


Into the 'Wildwood': a fantasy grounded in life

Into the 'Wildwood': a fantasy grounded in life

2012-01-08 00:00:00

There's is a distinctly hip, gentle vibe to Colin Meloy's young adult adventure, "Wildwood," a coming-of-age story set in a magical forest o


Cover image on 'The Operators' called too similar to Gen. Petraeus

Cover image on 'The Operators' called too similar to Gen. Petraeus

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Retired Gen. David H. Petraeus is probably the most photographed soldier of his generation. The pistol in his left hand and the whiskey in h


Best sellers

2012-01-08 00:00:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


Haitian history, made in America

Haitian history, made in America

2012-01-08 00:00:00

A good new book on Haiti is always useful in trying to make sense of that important, needy, enigmatic Caribbean nation so near to, but so di


'Into the Silence': Mount Everest and the posh set

2012-01-08 00:00:00

Asked why his team wanted to climb Mount Everest, George Mallory apparently replied, "Because it is there." We go, he added, "because we can


Book about Obamas delves into tensions over Michelle

2012-01-08 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama's tough personal criticism of her husband and protectiveness of his public image have routinely irri


Book review: 'North: The Amazing Journey of Arctic Migration'

Book review: 'North: The Amazing Journey of Arctic Migration'

2012-01-03 00:00:00

"North: The Amazing Story of Arctic Migration," written by Nick Dowson and illustrated by Patrick Benson (Candlewick; $17; age 7 and older),


Book review: Deza of 'Bud, Not Buddy,' gets tale of her own

Book review: Deza of 'Bud, Not Buddy,' gets tale of her own

2012-01-03 00:00:00

Deza Malone is a smart, strong and savvy 12-year-old growing up in Gary, Ind., during the Great Depression, and she has amazing things to sh


My Generation Essay: Teens passionate about philanthropic efforts

2012-01-03 00:00:00

Adults frequently question the intentions of teenagers. According to many adults in our lives, we drive too quickly, listen to music too lou


'It Only Took a Moment': Book recounts granddaughter's accident, 'miraculous' recovery

'It Only Took a Moment': Book recounts granddaughter's accident, 'miraculous' recovery

2012-01-02 00:00:00

On Feb. 4, 2009, Alisha Webb lost control of her car on black ice, crossed the center line and was hit on the passenger side by an SUV, a co


'Dancing in the Rain': Breast cancer patients share experiences in book

'Dancing in the Rain': Breast cancer patients share experiences in book

2012-01-02 00:00:00

Their bonds were Zumba and breast cancer, and in dancing at a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Pittsburgh each decided to share


Stargazing: Celestial trio greets the New Year

Stargazing: Celestial trio greets the New Year

2012-01-02 00:00:00

Jupiter, Venus and the waxing moon will help stargazers welcome in the New Year this week. Look for Venus tonight, one hour after sunset, 15


My Generation: Ever wonder what your Achilles' heel is?

2012-01-02 00:00:00

This is a story about language, one of the greatest inventions of all time. Suppose you told a classmate that math was your Achilles' heel.


'Last Man in Tower': Mumbai all the way

'Last Man in Tower': Mumbai all the way

2012-01-01 00:00:00

"Last Man in Tower" is a nuanced study of human nature in all of its complexity and mystery. (It is also humane and funny.) Nothing is quite


Best sellers

2012-01-01 00:00:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


'Grant's Final Victory': talk about deadline pressure

'Grant's Final Victory': talk about deadline pressure

2012-01-01 00:00:00

In 1884 the two most famous men in America came together to collaborate on one of the great works of American letters, "Personal Memoirs of


Brothers and sisters: the dark side

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Ah, the holidays -- that special time of year when the magic of the season not only brings out the child in all of us, but transforms it int


Cooking the Books: A look back at our favorite cookbooks of 2011

Cooking the Books: A look back at our favorite cookbooks of 2011

2011-12-29 00:00:00

Here are some of our favorite cookbooks from the past year, with some of the recipes that made us love them.


Children's Corner: The Force is with  'Origami Yoda's' Angleberger

Children's Corner: The Force is with 'Origami Yoda's' Angleberger

2011-12-27 00:00:00

Growing up in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, author Tom Angleberger says he was a "nerdy kid." "I was a very awkward kid, very lonely, stuck


Book claims Hoffa buried under GM's headquarters

2011-12-27 00:00:00

DETROIT -- Some say Jimmy Hoffa is buried under the west end zone at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Others say he was cremated in an eastern


In forthcoming memoir, Arlen Specter reveals turmoil beneath exterior

In forthcoming memoir, Arlen Specter reveals turmoil beneath exterior

2011-12-26 00:00:00

Arlen Specter is a reasonably tough guy. He has survived two forms of cancer and multiple election losses with few public complaints. But in


Books and words: Another year, another apocalypse looming

Books and words: Another year, another apocalypse looming

2011-12-25 00:00:00

It's the custom (or stubborn habit) around newspapers to reflect on the 11 months gone by when December arrives. "Best of" lists occupy the


Best sellers

2011-12-25 00:00:00

A list of the best-selling fiction and nonfiction titles.


The PG's Top 10 in fiction, nonfiction

2011-12-25 00:00:00

Not all "best" lists are created equal, but many are the products of prejudice, agendas, the herd mentality and desperation. The Post-Gazett


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