Legion

Tue., Jul. 17
Are you looking for a radically different take on the seemingly endless superhero movies and shows that come out every year? Try Legion.

An American Marriage

Tue., May. 1
Tayari Jones’s new novel (and Oprah’s newest Book Club pick) An American Marriage is perhaps one of the most masterfully written and poignant novels of the year. It tells the story that is often ignored in literature - that of the devastation wrought in so many African-American households, families and communities as its young men are locked up at an alarming rate (according to the NAACP,…

Wind River

Tue., Feb. 27
Wind River tells a story that few directors in Hollywood are willing to tell: that of the high number of Native American women on reservations who go missing every year.

Sleep Tight

Fri., Dec. 1
Stephen King can bring to light something mundane and turn it into your worst fear. In this case, he has managed to turn sleep into a terrifying concept.

Throwing No Stones

Wed., Sep. 27
I begin this post with a disclaimer: I may not be the most impartial judge when it comes to Louise Penny. In the past couple of years she has become, hands down, one of my favorite mystery authors who could easily transcend genre if she chose to do so. Her new book. Glass Houses, is one of the best mysteries I have read this year.…

Difficult Women Cozies Up to Difficult Topics

Mon., Aug. 28
Roxane Gay is one of our generation’s best social critics and most prolific feminist writers, both online (just check her Twitter account) and in print. In Difficult Women, she has produced a book of short stories so compelling and unpredictable that the reader is left feeling a little unmoored, never knowing what gems the next story will bring.

#PGHReads: Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Wed., Jul. 26
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Pittsburgh-native Michael Chabon’s latest novel is an absorbing fictional memoir that is based in large part based on a dying man’s recollections to his writer-grandson as he looks back on his life. Inspired by Chabon’s own deathbed visit to his grandfather in Oakland, California in the 1980s, the author blurs the line between autobiography and outlandish fiction so successfully that the reader has no idea what is true and what’s pure fantasy (although we can hazard a guess at times).

The Dystopia of 2016 in All Our Wrong Todays

Mon., Jul. 3
I may have only attained rudimentary success in college level science and the intricacies of physics may be a bit beyond me, but I enjoy reading about science and all of the possibilities it entails. For those of you who dream of an alternate reality and a futuristic utopia, you need look no further than All of Our Wrong Todays by Canadian screen-writer-turned-author Elan Mastai.

Wonder Woman, Her Creator, and His Lovers

Tue., Mar. 28
Dr. William Moulton Marston created the Wonder Woman comics in 1941. But you probably haven’t heard of him unless you’re a comics aficionado. That can be easily remedied if you pick up The Secret History of Wonder Woman. I promise you, dear reader, that you will learn everything you never wanted to know about this man and his family life.