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.
- African American Mysteries
Want to learn more about African American mysteries? From bomb-defusing journalists to investigators descended from Voodoo Queens, these books have it all!
Black History Novels
"We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history."
- Carter Woodson (Father of Black History Month)
- Fiction by African Writers
A selection of titles by authors from all over Africa.
- It's All Good!
A New and Featured Africana book list.
- African American Inspirational Fiction
A selection of novels in which faith plays a role.
- Amish Romances
This genre - sometimes called "bonnet romances" - is gaining in popularity. If you enjoy stories about faith, family and love told in a slow-paced style, you may like some of these titles.
Blinded by the Light
Spiritual memoirs to keep you company on your faith journey.
Inspirational Christmas Reads
These hopeful, heartwarming holiday stories are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.
- 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.
- Blast from the Past
An assortment of outstanding historical fiction.
Ponder these fictional stories about the horrors of the Holocaust and the people who witnessed and endured them.
- Civil War Fiction
Looking for something a bit less popular than The Killer Angels or Gone with the Wind? Check out these titles…
- Fit for a Queen: Fiction Inspired by the Victorian
These titles will steep you in the lore and romance of Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901).
- Books That Make You Go "Eeew!"
The grossest, creepiest books we can think of.
Horror aficionados love haunted houses because they reveal the lurking fear within the safe and mundane. Submitted for your approval are ten of the best haunted house novels of all time.
Here lie frightening strangers, dark secrets, chilly nights, haunting
From goulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night - Good Lord, deliver us!
Hide Between the Covers
These recent titles from our collection are sure to satisfy your appetite for fear.
- Oh That's Gross!
Fiction to make your skin crawl and stomach turn . . .
- Oh, the Horror!
Books to make your skin crawl.
- Walks to Remember
Maybe you should thinking twice about hiking after all.
Welcome to the world of the undead.
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.
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.
- Chick Lit That Bites
Vamp it up with these paranormal romances!
- Chick Lit That Inspires
Light inspirational fiction for women.
- Holiday Romance
Fall in love with the holidays.
- Hot, Historical Romances
You may be able to predict the endings, but in these novels, it's the sensual way they get there that counts.
- Romance Is In the Air
A random collection of romances ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to box-of-Kleenex sad.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Humans are fascinated by end-of-the-world scenarios. Find your favorite doom or discover something new to worry about.
- Fantasy Fiction
Must-reads from magical realms.
- Fantasy Stories to Read To Your Kids
(That you'll enjoy too!)
- First Books in High Fantasy Sagas
High fantasy sagas generally take place in fantastical worlds filled with swords and sorcery and epic struggles. They also usually span thousands of pages across numerous books. Here are the first books in some of the better known high fantasy sagas.
- Get Lost in Cyberspace!
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.
- Revisit Other Worlds With Classic Science
These classic science fiction stories can redeliver you to otherworldly places.
- 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.
- Around the World in 35 Books
Your passport to a world of great fiction.
- Fiction by African Writers
A selection of titles by authors from all over Africa.
- Fiction by Dutch Writers
A selection of titles by Dutch authors.
- Fiction and More by Japanese Writers
A selection of titles by Japanese authors.
Fiction set in Ireland
Fiction set in and around the Emerald Isle.
Get Wordly Between the Covers
We have a great selection of translated contemporary and classic works by international authors for you to get cozy with. These are just a few...
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.
- Stories of Venice
Experience the magical city of Venice.
- World Fiction
Great books in translation.
- Best Graphic Novels by Famous Prose Authors
Prose-to-graphic-novel adaptations are the new hot trend in publishing. Find out why-with graphic novels by fiction writers you already love.
- Get Real: Graphic Novel Memoirs
Starring real people or their fictional graphic alter-egos, these graphic memoirs come with a healthy dose of real life.
- No Superheroes!
Graphic novels for adults and young adults.
- Surreal Graphic Novels
These graphic novels blend reality, hallucination and visual delirium to create captivating, disorienting tales.
- 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.
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
- Baking Bread
A selection of cookbooks dedicated to that most basic and yet most gratifying food, bread.
Enjoying a home-cooked meal is a great way for a family to spend time together. Find ideas in these cookbooks from our extensive collection.
Fight for Your Right to Imbibe!
To commemorate the spirit of the Whiskey Rebellion, why not mix up a few stiff drinks?
Veggie, Go Vegan
Learn all about vegetarian cooking.
- Healthy Cooking, Healthy Eating
Books to help you eat well.
- Holiday Helpers
Food to help you celebrate.
A sampling of new and classic books on canning, preserving, and pickling techniques—just in time for the fall and winter months.
- Quick and Easy Cooking
Good food... in a hurry.
Savory Pastries & Sweet Desserts
You can make wonderful pastries, cakes, cookies, and other special treats at home with the help of these cookbooks.
Soups and Stews
Borrow one of these cookbooks and create a pot of steaming soup to warm up those chilly nights.
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!
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.
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