The Great Migration leads three brothers from the rural South to labor in the steel mills – originally published in 1941.
Reading a story set in the place where you live or have lived has a special appeal. If you grew up in the city and its environs, the story can give you a new point of view, possibly from a character whose life is different than yours.
If you are new to the area, this type of reading gives you an insight into the mythologies that have built up around the place. Or, it can provide a source of good-natured nitpicking with friends if you think the author got something wrong in their portrayal.
With the 125th Anniversary of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh upon us, what better time to delve into a story of Pittsburgh’s past? Historical fiction can bring the past to life in a way that nonfiction might not be able to.
Place yourself in a steel mill, discover August Wilson’s Hill District, and immerse yourself in family sagas of the rich and the working-class.
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In interlinked stories, a family’s experiences from Calabria, Italy to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania illuminate the strength and hope of the women within them.
Four young Pittsburghers’ lives lead them to be at either the Allegheny Arsenal on September 17, 1862, when a dangerous explosion rocks the building, or on the battlefield of Antietam that same day.
In 1950s Pittsburgh a couple sets out in a car stolen from a murdered pimp and subsequently travels to find a child the woman abandoned years ago.
Originally published in 1951, this autobiographical novel is based on the author’s life as a labor organizer and political prisoner. Lonnie James, a young Black man, is falsely accused of the murder of a white man and must find solidarity with his fellow prisoners in order to save his life.
A businessman and a blacklisted union militant unite to foil the plot of an assassination of a union leader.
Imagining Homewood from the 1920s to the 1970s through the eyes of a man returning there after years on the run.
A saga about four generations of a family who own and operate a Pittsburgh iron and steel works, from 1873 through the beginning of World War II. Originally published in 1942.