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Book Lists

The following is a collection of booklists put together by the First Floor staff. Check back often for updates and new lists. Enjoy!

New Arrivals

A selection of the latest titles to arrive on our shelves. Check back often for updates!

 

General Fiction

  • Challenging Reads (In More Ways Than One)
    Not all books are received with open arms. The following selections have been challenged by courts, parents, publishers, and more for their controversial nature.
  • Families in Fiction
    These fiction titles celebrate the joys and sorrows of family life.
  • Immigrant Nation
    Classic and contemporary fiction about the immigrant experience in the United States.
  • Masterful Fiction by Hispanic Authors
    Famous and little-known, up and coming and classic, long and short stories—these haunting works are written about the Hispanic experience through the ages.
  • Pittsburgh Born and/or Bred
    These authors have departed for many novel destinations, but at one time or another their haunts were right here in Pittsburgh. Check out these writers with strong Steel City roots.
  • Stonewall Award Selections
    Explore nominees and winners of the American Library Association's Stonewall Award for excellence in gay and lesbian fiction.
  • What's Hot with Book Groups
    If you're looking for a thought-provoking read, try one of these books recently discussed at one of several local book groups that uses our Book Group Connections service.

 

African & African American Fiction


 

Inspirational Fiction

 

GLBT

  • Dashing Detectives
    Accusation and crime make these fascinating and suspenseful reads. Look for them and others in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's GLBT collection.
  • Family Drama!
    Sometimes you can't save the drama for your mama. Especially if she is causing the drama in your life. These tales of broken families and the perils of childhood can be found in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's GLBT collection on the First Floor of the Main Library.
  • Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Can Be Gay Too!
    These tales of other worlds and the supernatural cross gender roles as well as reality.
  • Growing Up and Coming Out
    If they can do it, you can too.
  • Life Can be Gay
    A list of GLBT memoirs about how life can be hilarious and heartbreaking.
  • Restless Romantic
    M/M romances from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's GLBT collection on the First Floor of the Main Library.
  • Rousing Romances
    Lesbian love stories for the hopeless romantic and the hesitant heartbroken. Find these and more in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's GLBT collection on the First Floor of the Main Library.

 

Historical Fiction


 

Horror


 

Mysteries & Thrillers

  • Amateur Detectives
    Detectives come in all kinds of packages in these fun mysteries.
  • Animal Mysteries
    From pet detectives to furry perpetrators, these animal mysteries will have you wagging your tail!
  • Christian Mysteries
    Popular mysteries in the Christian fiction genre.
  • Classic Whodunnits
    Even if you already know the ending, these classic whodunnits are worth another read.
  • A Dash of Suspense: Culinary Mysteries
    Dig in to these mysteries dealing with all things culinary.
  • History Mysteries: 20th Century
    Get your U.S. History mysteriously.
  • Muslim Mysteries
    These whodunits all have an Islamic connection, whether it's the location, the detective, the victim, or the suspect. This list was created to enhance the library's Muslim Journeys programming throughout 2013, sponsored through a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Scandals in Scandinavia
    Think that life is calmer where it's colder? These mystery and suspense novels set in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland will prove that theory wrong.
  • Scandinavian Mystery Rocks!
    Great fiction not written by Stieg Larsson.
  • Sweden Is A Mystery
    An increase of crime in Sweden has been credited with an increase in Swedish crime novel writing, and the quality of this infusion into the mystery genre cannot be denied.

 

Romance


 

Science Fiction & Fantasy


 

Short Stories

 

World Fiction


 

Graphic Novels


 

Nonfiction

  • Animal Magic
    Animals impact our lives in incredible and amazing ways. These titles celebrate the friendship, depth, and variety that living among animals brings to humans.
  • Batter Up! Ten Books About Baseball
    Now that spring has returned, the boys of summer aren't far behind. Read up on the history, present and future of our national pastime while you wait for the season to start.

  • Get Dirty Between the Covers
    What's more satisfying — eating fresh food, saving dough or being outdoors in the summertime? Luckily you don't have to choose. Enjoy all three when you start your own garden.
  • Islamic Art
    Explore our rich collection of books and films on Islamic art. This list was created to enhance the library's Muslim Journeys programming throughout 2013, sponsored through a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Muslim Women's Experiences
    Though their religion is the same, their experiences are varied. From Cairo to California, from Iran to Afghanistan, these women make physical and spiritual journeys for the sake of their faith and for the sake of survival. This list was created to enhance the library's Muslim Journeys programming throughout 2013, sponsored through a grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Pittsburgh Baseball and Hockey
    Tales of Pittsburgh baseball and hockey legends, from past and present.
  • Pittsburgh Sports - Yinz Love the Stillers
    Long live the Black and Gold!
  • Unforgettable Memoirs
    Lose yourself in some of this year’s most compelling non-fiction.
  • Wish You Were Here: Travel Memoirs
    See the world through another's eyes.
 

Food and Cooking

 

Zines

  • Biking Zines
    A sampling from the Bikes category of the adult zine collection. They touch on bike repair, bike trips, BMX bike culture, and women and cycling. Enjoy!
  • Consent Zines
    After the incident in Steubenville, Ohio, people have been doing a lot of thinking and talking about sexual assault and consent issues. Find these zines and more in the zine collection on the First Floor, New and Featured, Main Library.
  • Health Zines
    Zines are a great source of information about health issues. There are also a number of zines that feature compelling stories of people's personal experiences with illness. These are just a few health zines in the zine collection at CLP.
 

This page was updated on: 6/1/2011

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