The increasingly popular genre of creative nonfiction has taken a new turn with the publication of “Shadows on a Wall: Juan O’Gorman and the Mural at Patzcuaro” by Hilary Masters (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005, $24.95). This book-​length essay combines fact and fiction with artistic metaphor, autobiography and imaginative technique to describe an…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Juan O’Gorman and the Mural at Patzcuaro
One of the most interesting historical sites in the Laurel Highlands is the Fort Necessity National Battlefield. And a new destination for hiking and exploring in the region is a property currently owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and about to be added to Forbes State Forest, adjacent to the national battlefield property.

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Inside the world of Pittsburgh grande dame Helen Clay Frick
After a year-​long anniversary celebration in 2008 and two national championships and a global summit in 2009, one might think that the city’s appetite for tributes would be pretty well sated. But there is always room for a little something more, particularly when the fare is as lovingly prepared and tastefully presented as…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Toker tackles Pittsburgh again
Move over, David McCollough and make room for Ken Gormley, another native son who brings honor to Pittsburgh as a narrative historian of the highest order. Gormley, the new dean of Duquesne University’s law school, clearly shares McCullough’s belief that “history is the story of people,” and manages to transform one of the…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2010
  • Sub Heading Local author details the Clinton White House investigation
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