Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What They're Reading This Summer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

What They're Reading This Summer

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Jane McCafferty, Carnegie Mellon University English professor and fiction writer whose novel "First You Try Everything" was published this year by HarperCollins:

"I've started off the summer with 'A Pigeon and a Boy' by Meir Shalev, and 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers,' Katherine Boo's nonfiction about Mumbai. Not sure what I'll read next, but these two are both wonderful."

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Jasiri X, Pittsburgh rapper:

"Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell.

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Kathleen George, local crime novelist; her sixth novel, "Simple," will be published in August:

"Right now I'm reading 'The Newlyweds' by Nell Freudenberger. I just ordered three mysteries. They include two Edgar award winners: 'Gone' by Mo Hayder and 'Bent Road' by Lori Roy. I also ordered 'The Bootlegger's Daughter' by Margaret Maron because everybody has told me I must read her. I think next I would look for 'The Leftovers' by Tom Perrotta. I might be working myself up to '1Q84' by Haruki Murakami. Mostly I'd like to surprise myself by browsing bookstores and letting something fall to hand. Remember that?!"

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Pennsylvania first lady Susan Corbett:

These are the books she has stocked up for the summer: "Cleopatra" by Stacy Schiff, "The Beginner's Goodbye" by Anne Tyler, "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks, "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese and several dog training books for her Airedale terriers, Penny and Harry.

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David Conrad, actor:

"I'm reading Robert Caro's latest installment in his LBJ biography, 'The Passage of Power.' My goal is to read Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' and the just-published sequel, 'Bring Up the Bodies.' And I want to read Douglas Southall Freeman's massive three- volume work from the 1940s, 'Lee's Lieutenants: A Study in Command,' the big Southern version of the Civil War I have yet to know."

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Stewart O'Nan, novelist and author most recently of "The Odds":

"I'm just getting started on a novel, so most of my reading is research, meaning the stack of fun new stuff is getting pretty high. …

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