The following is a collection of booklists put together by the First Floor staff. Check back often for updates and new lists. Enjoy!
A selection of the latest titles to arrive on our shelves. Check back often for updates!
- Challenging Reads (In More Ways Than
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
African American Fiction by Local Authors
Enjoy these fiction titles written by authors who grew up or lived in Pittsburgh.
Black History Novels
"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history."
- Carter Woodson (Father of Black History Month)
It's All Good!
A New and Featured Africana book list.
- 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…
Ponder these fictional stories about the horrors of the Holocaust and the people who witnessed and endured them.
Welcome to the world of the undead.
- 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.
LGBTQFind these books and more in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's LGBTQ collection on the First Floor of the Main Library.
African American LGBTQ Fiction for Men
B-boys beware! Love will get you one way or another...
African American Lesbian Fiction
These ones are for the girls!
- Fiction to Watch Out For!
They're here, they're queer, and they're ready to be read! Check out these bold new fiction titles today.
- LGBTQ Erotica
Something for everyone is our motto!
- LGBTQ Memoirs and Biographies
All about living the life you're meant to live!
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
These tales of other worlds and the supernatural cross gender roles as well as reality.
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.
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.
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.
- Holiday Romance
Fall in love with the holidays.
- Hot, Historical Romances
Enjoy these steamy novels set in another place and time.
- Insirational Chick Lit
Light inspirational fiction for women.
- Paranormal Chick Lit
Psychics, demons, shapeshifters and more all find love in this collection of romance novels.
- Romance Is In the Air
A random collection of romances ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to box-of-Kleenex sad.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Apocalist Booklypse
Humans are fascinated by end-of-the-world scenarios. Find your favorite doom or discover something new to worry about.
- Fantasy Fiction: Essential Reads
Must-reads from magical realms.
- Fantasy Stories to Read To Your Kids
(That you'll enjoy too!)
- High Tech, Low Life
A cyberpunk booklist.
- Military Science Fiction
Ten books about waging war and making peace in distant times on distant worlds.
- New Sci-Fi For the People of Earth
Some of the most acclaimed recent Science Fiction.
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Classics
Venerable Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
- Science Fiction and Fantasy for Beginners
A short introduction to the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy.
- I'm Reading Short Stories
Think of them as mini-novels, perfect for short trips and the pauses that happen naturally in life.
Short Story Collections Connected by More than Their Binding
The stories in these collections connect through character, place, and philosophical bent, inspiring a deep reading experience.
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 Memoirs and Autobiographies
Get to know someone new, in graphic novel form!
- Patients, Illness, Loss, and Recovery: Graphic Nonfiction
Share the real-life medical journeys of these graphic artists.
- Graphic Series Without Superheroes
No superheroes here!
- 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.
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.
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
- Baking Bread
A selection of cookbooks dedicated to that most basic and yet most gratifying food, bread.
Cakes, Cookies, and More...
So many new dessert cookbooks, so little time!
Canning, creating, pickling, preserving and more!
Fight for Your Right to Imbibe!
To commemorate the spirit of the Whiskey Rebellion, why not mix up a few stiff drinks?
Go Veggie, Go Vegan
Learn all about vegetarian cooking.
- Healthy Cooking, Healthy Eating
Books to help you eat well.
Pies: Sweet and Savory
Everything you could every want, contained in a flaky crust!
- Quick and Easy Cooking
Good food... in a hurry.
Soups and Stews
Borrow one of these cookbooks and create a pot of steaming soup to warm up those chilly nights.
- In Your Own Backyard: Travel In and Around Pennsylvania
Can't get away this summer? Explore Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia & Ohio.
- Travel - the Unique, Unexpected, and Unforgettable
For adventures and experiences beyond the ordinary, try these travel books!