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Old-school booksellers learn to survive, thrive in digital age

By Andrew Conte
John Schulman didn’t think much of the Internet back in the early 1990s, when he and his wife opened Caliban Book Shop in Pittsburgh. He still has reservations about the web, but he and his wife, Emily Hetzel, have learned to ...

Uniontown self-help book author finds ‘Inner Peace’ through writing

By Mark Hofmann
A Uniontown woman’s nine-year journey to write a self-help book to find inner peace started with inspiration from the mind, but finished with inspiration from ...

Lamott offers healing words in ‘Small Victories’

By Brooke Lefferts
Fans of author Anne Lamott know reading her work is like finding a favorite sweater from the depths of the closet on the first crisp fall day: warm, comforting, familiar and easy. Her new book, “Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments ...

First Munro collection released since Nobel win

By Ann Levin
A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of her stories published over the past two decades. “Family Furnishings” serves as ...

Johnson explores dark side in Africa

By Andrew O. Selsky
Denis Johnson, winner of the National Book Award for his Vietnam-era opus “Tree of Smoke,” has jumped genres again in “The Laughing Monsters,” a new thriller set in Africa. Johnson has done chameleon-like genre switches before, producing the noirish “Nobody ...

Sewickley-based writer encourages young readers to unearth the truth

By Rege Behe
Given the success of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” novels, Heather Terrell realizes her young- adult fantasy books with a dystopian setting aren’t breaking new ...

New book boasts of Butler being home to 1st Jeep

By Bill Vidonic
A Nevada man views the creation of the Bantam Jeep in Butler, and not Detroit, as the David versus Goliath story of the automobile industry. “It’s ...

Author takes final look back in Brownsville history series

By Ron Paglia
It was, as business stays go, a rather brief run — less than a decade. But Isaly’s in Brownsville left an indelible mark on residents of ...

Review: Kirk Douglas, at 98, proves a sublime master of rhyme

By Susan King
Kirk Douglas may be one of the biggest actors of his era, with starring roles in 1960’s “Spartacus,” 1949’s “Champion” and 1951’s “Ace in the Hole.” But on a recent crisp morning, he was having a grand time simply reciting ...

Salary board approves raises for non-union employees

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County commissioners last week introduced a 2015 budget without a property tax hike, though the salary board approved raises for nearly 150 non-union employees. The county still lacks new contracts with nearly 450 union employees, however. Most of the non-union ...

Book program connects kids with Jewish values

By Rex Rutkoski
Mail call has taken on a new level of excitement for many Jewish children in the Pittsburgh area. That’s because their parents have enrolled them in ...

Book tells history of Mt. Pleasant

By Marilyn Forbes
From vivid scenes of the coal and coke industry that bustled in the area to wonderful glimpses into the old academic history that was once ...

Authors share theories of Santa, Pennsylvania Christmas

By Kellie B. Gormly
A favorite family tradition for many people in December is reading Christmas books aloud to their children, or children reading the books themselves. Two Pennsylvania ...

Slow readers learn to savor every word

By Rachel Weaver
In today’s tech-obsessed world, the simple act of reading a book often loses out to the lure of the web, incessant cellphone alerts and never-ending ...

Vanity Fair looks back on roots

By Michael Hill
Before Buzzfeed, before Spy, before Rolling Stone  and the Paris Review, there was Vanity Fair. The smart-set magazine launched a century ago became famous as a sort of barometer of the Jazz Age and for its murderers’ row of heavy-hitting ...

Ford is ‘Frank’ about mortality in new novel

By Rege Behe
Richard Ford has always had great affection for the Jersey Shore, the setting for his trilogy of novels featuring the character Frank Bascombe. The devastation ...

New books make great gifts for pup-loving pals

By Chicago Tribune
Heroic dogs that serve in the military, loyal mutts that enter our families and our hearts, goofy dogs that make us laugh. As the holiday season arrives, there is no shortage of books for dog lovers. Here are a few: ...

New biography breaks down Hope’s legacy beyond the laughs

By Frazier Moore
While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at age 100, Hope had conquered ...

Book details Steelers’ history  in black and white

By Bob Karlovits
Art Rooney Jr. and Peter West had a few goals for their book of drawings on the Pittsburgh Steelers, but profit was not one of ...

Ryan says journalism, fiction ways to tell story

By Rege Behe
As a television investigative reporter, Hank Phillippi Ryan has gone undercover wired with hidden cameras and wearing disguises. She’s interviewed death-row inmates and cultivated sources ...