“Smoketown” is a gift to Pittsburgh on a number of levels. When an accomplished national journalist and author turns in a deeply researched and gracefully written work about your town, that’s a win. Beyond that, Mark Whitaker, a former editor of Newsweek, gives Pittsburghers the gift of enhanced understanding of their city, stretching…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2018
I loved reading “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” by Dan Kovalik, a lawyer with United Steelworkers of America in Pittsburgh, even though I disagreed with just about every page of it. We all benefit from hearing sustained arguments by serious people who challenge our beliefs and assumptions. In the end, Dan did not…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading Politics with a chaser of whiskey and comedy
Matthew Newton lets you know by Page 10 that he was diagnosed with obsessive-​compulsive disorder as a teenager. These days, he’s a productive and well-​adjusted married man and dad, doing great work at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and his skills as an inquisitive writer and thinker are evident from his latest work.

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading New selections from Pittsburgh authors
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    Shopping Mall

    By Matthew Newton
    Bloomsbury ($14.95)
    North and Central

    North and Central

    By Bob Hartley
    Tortoise Books ($15.99)
Lynda Schuster has had quite a life. now safely squared away in Squirrel Hill, she spent the 1980s and ’90s in one danger zone after another. She reported on wars, insurrections and misery in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor. After marrying a…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A Squirrel Hill author unwinds her years in international hot spots
  • Sidebar Title Dirty Wars and Polished Silver
    Dirty Wars and Polished Silver
  • Sidebar Sub Title By Lynda Schuster
  • Sidebar Content Block Melville House, $26.99
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