Books

Mary-Louise Parker is a star in the literary world, too

As an actress, Mary-Louise Parker's work is visceral and immediate. In the film "Fried Green Tomatoes," or the television series "Weeds," or via her work ...

Review: David Kushner's 'Alligator Candy': What comes after a child abduction

There may be no parent in this media-saturated world able to raise a child and escape the thought of the worst possible thing, a dread ...

Review: Crime is stranger than fiction in 'Murder at the 42nd Street Library'

The beautiful and iconic New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan — with its stone lions in front, multiple levels and history — ...

Review: 'Dinner With Edward' by Isabel Vincent is poignant look at life

Isabel Vincent's marriage was on the verge of ending when a friend introduced her to Edward, a man whose wife had just died. The attraction ...

Q&A with Jennifer Haigh about her new novel centered on fracking debate

Fracking has provoked heated debate and divided communities throughout Pennsylvania in recent years. Author Jennifer Haigh's latest novel, "Heat & Light," set in the ...

Poetry collections let authors share emotions of hard times

The new poetry collections by Ally Malinenko and Jason Irwin are hewn from difficult situations. Malinenko's "Better Luck Next Year" (Low Ghost Press, ...

Book recounts rise of punk, Warhol's influence

Punk rock didn't even have a name when Legs McNeil started writing about it in 1975. In fact, he probably gave it the name. Punk ...

Review: 'The Loney' by Andrew Michael Hurley is impressive debut

A menacing presence inhabits the Loney, the locals' name for Britain's north Lancashire coastline. A small group of Catholic faithful have traveled to the rain-battered seacoast ...

Review: Ace Atkins delivers rousing thriller with 'The Innocents'

The heart of Ace Atkins' novels featuring former Army Ranger Quinn Colson look at a community populated by people who want to do the right ...

Review: Terry McMillan's 50-something protagonist faces her fears in 'I Almost Forgot About You'

Friendship, love and infidelity are major chords in Terry McMillan's narratives, and her latest offering, "I Almost Forgot About You," uses them to make an ...

Author Blume doesn't think of her legacy

Judy Blume knows she is often viewed as a literary and cultural icon. She's aware of the reverence afforded her by generations of readers ...

Review: Emily Giffin delivers emotional story about sisters in 'First Comes Love'

Best-selling author Emily Giffin delivers another emotionally honest work with the novel "First Comes Love." Giffin paints a relatable picture chronicling the journey of two ...

Review: 'The Miracle on Monhegan Island' by Elizabeth Kelly

The title, the summery cover illustration and the dog narrator (yes, a dog narrates this book) might mislead readers; Elizabeth Kelly's third novel, "The Miracle ...

Review: Sharon Potts' 'Someone Must Die' is fueled by fractured family

The family dynamics that threaten irreparable harm to people who are supposed to love each other enhance the gripping plot of Miami author Sharon Potts' ...

Book recounts power line fatality, efforts for 'justice'

Carrie Goretzka died three days after a massive power line fell on her, engulfing her body in flames as her two young daughters looked on ...

Field-guide author says Pa. birding surprises abound

Most of us have seen the robins, wrens, cardinals and crows that are plentiful in Western Pennsylvania. But David Sibley, the author of "The Sibley ...

Review: 'Fifty-Year Mission' is compelling 'Star Trek' timeline

Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman have compiled hundreds of interviews to create "The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: ...

Review: Joseph Madison Beck's 'My Father & Atticus Finch' looks at the case that might have inspired 'To ...

"To Kill a Mockingbird" has inspired readers and critics for decades. But what inspired Harper Lee to write her novel? Joseph Madison Beck suggests he ...

Review: 'Burn What Will Burn': C.B. McKenzie creates a suspenseful, hard-boiled crime novel

After his wife drowns in a bathtub, a death in which he may have been complicit, Bob Reynolds retreats to a tiny town in the ...

Sewickley author Tessaro seeks to connect past, present challenges

Kathleen Tessaro left her home in Aspinwall in 1987 to pursue an acting career in London. Instead, she became a writer, the British lexicon and ...