Lexi, Lily, and the Octopus

Steven Rowley’s debut novel Lily and the Octopus is about the bond between man and dog, between friends, and also lovers. It follows frustrated writer and chronic first-dater Ted and his dog, best friend ever and constant companion and confidant Lily, a 12-year-old dachshund who develops a brain tumor. Yes, it’s sad, and yes, it will probably make you cry.

Hang Ten: Nonfiction Picks for Summer

What does a surfer and a woman suffering from chronic depression and anxiety have in common? They’re both amazing authors with the ability to pull the reader into their stories, even if you’ve even seen a surfboard in real life and are cool as a cucumber in all situations.

Nonfiction Books about Grief

  Randy Pausch was a Pittsburgh professor whose book, The Last Lecture (DB 66601), became a bestseller in 2008. Pausch wrote this while dying of cancer and it was based … Continued

Blue is the [Most Beautiful] Color

Illustration, yet another way books make you feel things. Big things like happiness, sadness, anger and hope. Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color makes you feel all that and more.

Read Between the Gap…

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement is showing no sign of slowing down. Here is a list of titles by diverse authors that promote understanding and compassion.

Only Lovers

What do you like to do on the weekend? Me, I like to make a nice breakfast, take some naps, sing a little off-key to the radio, and now and … Continued

Listening to Veterans’ Stories

A few weeks ago, local scholar Todd DePastino visited the West Pittsburgh History Club to give a presentation of his work with local veterans. Not simply an academic, Todd’s work with veterans extends outside the tower through the Veteran’s Breakfast Club, a group he co-founded.

After Orlando: A Book List

The world can be an ugly place. We are reminded of just how ugly with tragedies like the mass shooting in Orlando that left 50 people dead and more wounded. Hopefully this book list will help you heal.