Adult Summer Reading 2019

For summer reading this year, we’re featuring authors who you will have an opportunity to see in person during Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ 2019/2020 season of the Ten Evenings lecture series.

These are the authors that literary Pittsburgh will be talking about all year — read them now, then check out Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ website for ticket information.


Madeline Miller retells the classic tale from the Odyssey from Circe’s perspective.

The Friend

“Dry, allusive and charming…the comedy here writes itself.” The New York Times

2018 National Book Award Winner

God: A Human History

A concise and highly readable history of humanity’s understanding of God from the bestselling author of Zealot.

Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

The Law and Order fan fiction you didn’t ask for! Carmen Maria Machado’s National Book Award finalist short story collection is a genre spanning work of art.

You can also check out this title as eBook or eAudio on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.

Leadership in Turbulent Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dorris Kearns Goodwin explores leadership using four presidents who served during challenging times.

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Some Americans insist that we’re living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America–it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.


A dramatic story set in the decade after World War II and told through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

Washington Black

Unexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self.