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Fracking fact-finding a fraction of author's new work

For five years, Jennifer Haigh worked with a single-minded devotion on her next book. She researched the fracking industry in depth, created a diverse cast ...

Review: Joshua Hammer's 'The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu'

Joshua Hammer's narrative of Abdel Kader Haidara's effort to save thousands of priceless manuscripts dating back centuries is so much more than a story of ...

Review: 'A Few of the Girls' by Maeve Binchy leaves us something to remember her by

Irish writer Maeve Binchy's gift was to create, sometimes in just a few brisk sentences, ordinary-people characters who quickly endear themselves to the reader. Often, ...

Review: 'Redemption Road' by John Hart navigates an ambitious plot

John Hart's first four novels earned two Edgar Allan Poe Awards and one nomination, as well as myriad other awards. Five years have gone ...

Review: In 'LaRose,' Louise Erdrich looks at atonement

An accidental fatal shooting of a 5-year-old near the boundary of an Indian reservation in North Dakota opens Louise Erdrich's new novel, detonating a story ...

Dan Brown working on young-adult version of 'Da Vinci Code'

Dan Brown wants to let younger readers in on the secret. The million-selling author is working on a young-adult version of his blockbuster "The Da ...

Writer chronicles growing up in '60s Ambridge

Ambridge was once a center of industry, home to steelmakers American Bridge Co., Armco and A.M. Byers, and a diverse community where bars and churches ...

Squirrel Hill author unravels myths about Benedict Arnold

His name alone elicits a grimace, as if saying "Benedict Arnold" summons darkness and despair. But when writer and historian Nathaniel Philbrick was growing up ...

Review: Marcia Clark delivers in 'Blood Defense'

In her new book, "Blood Defense," the protagonist is no longer a prosecutor as in Marcia Clark's previous legal dramas. In this story, Samantha Brinkman ...

Review: Laura Lippman's 'Wilde Lake' is character-rich story

Every family has its secrets — a relative no one talks about; an incident best not discussed; a conversation that conjures painful memories. Family secrets ...

Review: 'Paul McCartney: The Life' offers thorough account of ex-Beatle

Behind the double thumbs-up, impish smile and round, half-moon eyes lies a Paul McCartney more complex than public perception lends itself to. As biographer Philip ...

Review: New Spenser novel is a 5-alarm thriller

A troubling series of fires in mostly abandoned Boston buildings turns deadly in "Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn," the latest crime thriller in the long-running, ...

Author Jesse Andrews takes comfort in 3s with latest book

Three is a good number for Jesse Andrews. The Point Breeze native's debut novel, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," features three central characters. His ...

Mystery writer celebrates new book with Oakmont event

Annette Dashofy has one word to describe how it feels to go from an unpublished writer to an Agatha Award nominee for best contemporary novel ...

Author Cleave says WWII novel carries weight of family history

Chris Cleave's grandfather was a member of Great Britain's Royal Artillery during World War II. Both of his grandmothers volunteered during the war, one as ...

Review: Adam Cohen's 'Imbeciles' tracks what America taught Hitler about using eugenics

Arraigned at Nuremberg on charges including mass sterilization, Otto Hofmann of the SS Race and Settlement Office defended himself by invoking the legendary Justice Oliver ...

Review: 'Poisonous' reveals toxic teen Internet culture

The poison that seeps through a town and decimates a family starts with a teenager's penchant for Internet bullying in Allison Brennan's well-plotted "Poisonous." Ivy Lake's ...

Review: In '67 Shots,' Howard Means dispels Kent State shooting myths

Responding to widespread campus protests against the Vietnam War, Gov. Ronald Reagan of California offered an easy solution. "If it takes a bloodbath" to end ...

Review: Naomi Harahara's 'Sayonara Slam' intertwines baseball, WWII aftermath

In a genre in which unusual amateur sleuths are the norm, Mas Arai is in a class by himself. An 80-something gardener who was born ...