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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


 

Historical Fiction

  • Blast from the Past
    An assortment of outstanding historical fiction.
  • Civil War Fiction
    Looking for something a bit less popular than The Killer Angels or Gone with the Wind? Check out these titles…
  • Holocaust Fiction
    Ponder these fictional stories about the horrors of the Holocaust and the people who witnessed and endured them.

 

Horror


 

Inspirational Fiction

  • Amish Romances
    This genre - sometimes called "bonnet romances" - is gaining in popularity. If you enjoy stories about faith, family and love told in a conventional style, you may appreciate these titles.
  • Historical Inspirational Fiction
    While the settings of these inspirational selections are vastly different, all focus on the choices the characters must face when dealing with life's uncertainties.
  • Inspirational Christmas Reads
    These uplifting stories are perfect for the holiday season.
  • Suspenseful Inspirational Fiction
    Inspirational stories can be a little predictable - but if you're looking for tales with a dash of intrigue, try one of these new selections.
  • Urban Inspirational Selections
    Faith, friendship, love, and forgiveness are showcased in these fiction titles.
 

LGBTQ

Find these books and more in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's LGBTQ collection on the First Floor of the Main Library.

 

Mysteries & Thrillers

  • Christian Mysteries
    Mystery selections from the Christian fiction genre.
  • A Dash of Suspense: Culinary Mysteries
    Dig in to these mysteries dealing with all things culinary.
  • 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.
  • Odd Jobs
    The crime-solvers aren't always cops or private investigators. Check out these mysteries where the sleuths have some interesting occupations!
  • 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.

 

Romance


 

Science Fiction & Fantasy


 

Short Stories

 

World Fiction

  • Muslim Journeys in Translation
    What better way to experience Islamic culture than through novels written in the characters' native tongues? 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.
  • A Nation in Narrative — Indian Fiction
    See India through fictional stories that capture the liveliness, darkness, and complexity of a country with a rich cultural history.
  • World Fiction Favorites
    Great books in translation.

 

Graphic Novels


 

Nonfiction

  • Batter Up! Ten Books About Baseball
    Read up on the history, present and future of our national pastime while you wait for the season to start.
  • 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.
  • Midwives
    The experts of baby-catching!
  • Parenting Memoirs
    Sometimes parenthood is a wacky thing!
  • Pittsburgh Sports
    Yinz Love the Stillers, Buccos and Penguins. Long live the Black and Gold!
  • Pregnancy Health and History
    The experts of baby-catching!
  • Unforgettable Memoirs
    Lose yourself in these compelling, real-life stories.
  • Wish You Were Here: Travel Memoirs
    See the world through another's eyes.
 

Food and Cooking

 

Travel

 

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