Books

Review: Mary Robinette Kowal's 'Ghost Talkers' a spirited WWI fantasy

In Mary Robinette Kowal's version of World War I, there are no materialists in the foxholes. While British soldiers and their allies fight Germans on ...

Whitehead imagines real 'Underground Railroad'

The calendar year hasn't even slipped into September, and Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" is already being talked about as the book of the year. Oprah ...

Review: B.A. Paris' 'Behind Closed Doors' is gripping domestic thriller

The domestic thriller genre is based on a simple theme — sometimes the worst terror comes not from strangers but from those closest to us. ...

Review: Gerry Schmitt's 'Little Girl Gone' debuts rock-climbing sleuth

Out of a swirling Minnesota snowstorm, a new hero trudges triumphantly off the pages of Gerry Schmitt's new thriller — a radical departure from the ...

Author Scottoline scheduled to appear in Oakmont to promote new novel

Lisa Scottoline is an Edgar Award-winning and best-selling author of legal thrillers. But that description does not quite mesh with the Philadelphia native's view of ...

Review: Amy Schumer keeps it real in 'Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo'

Amy Schumer is a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, thanks to her Emmy-winning TV series, "Inside Amy Schumer," and feature film box-office smash "Trainwreck." A ...

Review: In 'Patient H.M.,' Luke Dittrich unearths lobotomy doctor's secrets

In a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in the realm of outstanding medical-ethics narratives, Luke Dittrich uncovers ...

Review: 'Secret Language of Stones' is romantic ghost story

A woman with the ability to communicate with the dead using gemstones finds love from an unexpected source in "The Secret Language of Stones," M.J. ...

Pitt professor Reyn imprints Catherine the Great on modern subject in 2nd novel

The character seemed to be perfect: a strong and competent Russian immigrant who works at an art auction house in New York. But Irina Reyn ...

Review: Joyce Carol Oates' mystery collection a terrifying read

When not writing fat, complicated novels that are some of the finest of our time, the ever-prolific Joyce Carol Oates churns out mysteries, often in ...

Review: Nick Heller returns in Finder's 'Guilty Minds'

Corporate fixer and private intelligence operative Nick Heller returns in a tale of scandal and manipulation in Joseph Finder's "Guilty Minds." Heller lives in a ...

Review: 'The Three-Martini Lunch' keeps up suspense through last page

"Nobody ever became a writer by just wanting to be one." This terse advice by F. Scott Fitzgerald sets the scene for a compelling exploration ...

Review: Something bad happens at the backyard barbecue in 'Truly Madly Guilty'

The parents in Liane Moriarty's darkly humorous novels are much like parents anywhere: Loving, busy, distracted, juggling their children's needs and their own desires as ...

Writers use social media to help develop brand

Dorit Sasson wanted to build a social-media presence to promote her first book. But the Squirrel Hill resident didn't want to merely post information about ...

Review: Jay McInerney on love in the time of Cialis

Jay McInerney's latest book, "Bright, Precious Days," picks up the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway, whose great love affair and marriage was the subject ...

Review: Martha Hall Kelly's 'Lilac Girls' fictionalizes horrific WWII experience

Martha Hall Kelly stumbled on the idea that would lead to her debut novel, "Lilac Girls," when she decided to take a tour of the ...

Review: With 'Jonathan Unleashed,' author Meg Rosoff goes to the dogs to examine life decisions

You know that feeling when you meet your dog's eyes and it seems like he knows what you're thinking? (Cat lovers, bear with me.) In ...

Author: Hearst's story is ultimately about privilege

On Feb. 4, 1974, Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a radical group based in the Bay Area of California. It remains ...

Swisshelm Park author brings insider's view of times of crisis

When disasters strike, Heather Hilliard often gets a phone call. As one of 1,000 certified emergency managers in the world, the Swisshelm Park resident has ...

Review: 'Widowmaker' by Paul Doiron is fast-paced tale

In the first few pages of Paul Doiron's "Widowmaker," game warden Mike Bowditch seizes an illegal animal (10 percent dog and 90 percent wolf) from ...