Books

Award-winning novelist Yanagihara to speak in Pittsburgh

Hanya Yanagihara, whose novel "A Little Life" was on many best-of lists for 2015, will visit Pittsburgh on April 1 as part of the Pittsburgh ...

Former Arnold cop hopes book helps develop appreciation for spiritual intuitives

Author Lillie Leonardi, a former Arnold police officer who retired from the FBI, is out with her second book about her journey to become a ...

Review: In 'The Name of God Is Mercy,' Pope Francis an easy storyteller

Pope Francis has gained fame and admiration for his common-man touch. Eschewing much of the pomp of previous popes, such as the traditional shiny red ...

Review: Chris Bohjalian's 'The Guest Room' is a page-turner with a purpose

A well-heeled Wall Streeter, generally considered a good guy, agrees to throw a bachelor party at his suburban Westchester house for his slightly sleazy younger ...

Review: 'The Expatriates' looks at three Hong Kong women's intersecting stories

Foreigners who move to exotic Hong Kong might expect to find reprieve from their lives back home and anonymity among the bustling metropolis. But in "The ...

Washington County writer nominated for national mystery book award

Annette Dashofy's latest book in the Zoe Chambers mystery series, "Bridges Burned," has been nominated for an Agatha Award. Dashofy, of Smith Township, Washington County, is ...

All ears: Debut novel comes out 1st in audio edition

Before book buyers get to read Julia Claiborne Johnson's debut novel, "Be Frank With Me," they'll have a chance to hear it. On Jan. 29, ...

Pitt professor writes the book on Polish culture

A lot of folks might think Polish culture begins and ends with kielbasa, pierogies and polka music, says veteran University of Pittsburgh professor Oscar E. ...

Bryson takes to the road in Britain

Bill Bryson loves Britain. Really. The Iowa-born writer, who takes an affectionate, if sometimes exasperated, look at his adopted country in "The Road to Little ...

Children's author Henkes has generations of fans

Award-winning children's author Kevin Henkes realizes that books can play a pivotal role in child development. Lessons can be learned, skills can be sharpened, adventures ...

Review: Diana Athill, 98, offers enchanting new memoir

Diana Athill, 98, still has a few things to teach us about growing old with dignity and humor and grace. Her latest memoir, "Alive, Alive ...

Review: Helen Ellis' 'American Housewife' depicts uproarious picture of wifedom

An organized kidnapping mission rescues beauty pageant escapees. A neighborly feud draws blood. A dying wife secures a brassiere around the chest of her opponent. ...

Review: Mary Beard's 'SPQR' revisits Roman history in a fresh way

Ancient Rome is important, Mary Beard tells us at the start of "SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome," her smart and exuberant survey of the ...

Review: Elizabeth Strout's novel 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' takes on complicated bonds

In the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout, an aspiring writer named Lucy Barton has had an emergency appendectomy after which complications keep ...

Author explores avenues of thought regarding justice system

Bryan Stevenson wants to illuminate some of the darkest moments in American history. The author of "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" (Spiegel ...

Review: Judith Robbins Rose's 'Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco' is fresh, heartwarming

When we first meet 11-year-old Jacinta Juarez, she's late for her afternoon enrichment program at the youth center and — not uncharacteristically — in a ...

'Fates and Furies' author Lauren Groff talks about her 'book of the year'

A strange thing happens when Lauren Groff's male readers talk to her about her latest novel, "Fates and Furies": They want to tell her how ...

Silly old bear: Winnie-the-Pooh's legacy endures at 90

Winnie-the-Pooh was based on a real bear — well, a stuffed bear — and Christopher Robin was a real boy, the son of acclaimed English ...

'Plain' reading: Demand for Amish books growing

Carole Orris finds the books she likes most in a special section at Springdale Library, where fiction books about the Amish and their lifestyle are ...

At 86, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' author Eric Carle still earning praise

What caterpillar? Eric Carle's new picture book "The Nonsense Show" — a fresh and hilarious parade of flying fish, cat-taming mice and circus animals freed ...