Books

Doctor-author Leffler's latest takes detour through WWII history

Maggie Leffler is a physician, a mother of two and a runner — time-consuming pursuits for anyone. She also writes, stealing time in those fleeting ...

Review: James Kingsland's 'Siddhartha's Brain' is a smart take on meditation

It's a pleasure to read "Siddhartha's Brain: Unlocking the Ancient Science of Enlightenment," which comes from a science journalist with long experience of explaining ideas ...

Review: Anna Quindlen's 'Miller's Valley' twists like a wandering stream

When society's volume seems cranked to 11, there's something to be said about a quiet book. Understated almost to a fault, Anna Quindlen's eighth novel ...

Review: Augusten Burroughs' memoir about a hapless love life lacks his usual humor

Since breaking out in 2002 with "Running With Scissors," Augusten Burroughs has kept the best-selling memoirs coming, tapping the seemingly bottomless market of those willing ...

Mystery author's newest character is 'a breath of fresh air'

David Baldacci has written more than 30 novels, many of them best-sellers. His books "Absolute Power" and "Wish You Well" were adapted for film, ...

Review: 'The 14th Colony' by Steve Berry is gripping novel

Cotton Malone fights a ticking clock and a Russian conspiracy to give the United States government payback in Steve Berry's latest adventure, "The 14th Colony." ...

Review: 'One-Man Band' looks at film genius Orson Welles later in life

Most of what's written about Orson Welles — the Kenosha, Wis.-born giant of theater, radio and movies — centers on his boy-genius period. You know: the ...

Review: Cassandra Neary returns in 'Hard Light' by Elizabeth Hand

Among the most unconventional sleuths who populate the mystery genre, Cassandra "Cass" Neary stands out — an alcoholic photographer whose career flamed out more than ...

Sylvia Day hopes fans can move on from final Crossfirec novel

With the release of "One With You," romance novelist Sylvia Day closes her five-novel Crossfire series, which follows the love story between Gideon Cross and ...

Teens face tough times in Pittsburgh native Federle's new novel

In the acknowledgments for his new young adult novel, "The Great American Whatever" (Simon & Schuster, $17.99), Pittsburgh native Tim Federle thanks his friends, family ...

Longtime book store owner and literary guru Dantry dies

When Jay Dantry closed Jay's Book Stall in 2008, Elsie Hillman, the doyenne of Western Pennsylvania's Republican Party, threw a party for him at Carnegie ...

Chabon: A tribute to Jay Dantry, an authentic Pittsburgher

My father and stepmother moved to Pittsburgh around 1976. Soon after that I visited the city for the first time since babyhood (we lived in ...

South Side Slopes author finds her voice in works of very few words

As a college student in the late 1980s, Sherrie Flick struggled to find her fictional voice. It wasn't until she decided to forgo longer stories ...

O'Reilly's announces next 'Killing' subject: Japan, at end of WWII

Bill O'Reilly's next subject in his million-selling "Killing" series isn't just one person but a whole country: Japan. "Killing the Rising Sun," which focuses on ...

Review: Author-musician James McBride's book pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul

James McBride, best-selling author of "The Color of Water" and "The Good Lord Bird," has written a furious ode to the troubled life and legacy ...

Review: Chris Pavone's stellar writing carries the day in 'The Travelers'

Chris Pavone's latest novel, "The Travelers," showcases international locales with reluctant spies. Writer Will Rhodes works for Travelers magazine, and his duties take him around ...

Review: Love theater? Here's a book that explains why

Jack Viertel changed my theater-going life, and he might change yours. A few years ago, I had the extreme good fortune to sit in on a ...

Review: Linwood Barclay continues saga of Promise Falls in 'Far From True'

"Far From True," Linwood Barclay's sequel to "Broken Promise," continues the interweaving tales of the inhabitants of Promise Falls. Barclay does an admirable job of ...

Carnegie horror author finds instant success with 1st novel

He is an emerging talent in horror and slated to re-work one of the genre's most fabled legends. For his first novel, he borrowed a ...

CMU associate prof's book plugs game theory into parenting

The kids are arguing about what to watch on TV or how to divide a list of chores. The solution? Perhaps the answer comes from employing ...