Two poets grapple with life-changing health issues

Two poets grapple with life-changing health issues

Jason Irwin’s A Blister of Stars examines life with birth defects; Ally Malinenko’s Better Luck Next Year looks at breast cancer

A Conversation with Mary-Louise Parker

“I wanted to put something out there that informed me or haunted me.”

That time when baseball players rebelled by forming their own league

Bob Ross’ The Great Baseball Revolt chronicles the little-remembered circuit’s lone season, in 1890

Reviews of new chapbooks by Lori Jakiela and Judith Robinson

Jakiela’s Big Fish explores everyday life, while Robinson’s When I Loved You gets more philosophical

Two new novels explore the worlds of outsiders and immigrants

Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s The Bowl With Golden Seams and Madhu Bazaz Wangu’s The Immigrant Wife

Reviews of chapbooks by Kelly Scarff and Eric M.R. Webb

Scarff’s Mother Russia is especially compelling

A review of Stewart O’Nan’s compelling new novel, City of Secrets

What makes the book so interesting is its dimensionality

Len Barcousky’s Hidden History of Pittsburgh edifies and amuses

History buff unearths little-remembered episodes and connections

Geek Parenting is a golden ticket to the nerd zeitgeist

Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz’s book takes advice from pop-cultural touchstones and oddities alike

Local author Dorit Sasson explores her experiences volunteering for the Israel Defense Forces

“It was a complete accident that I got inducted in the IDF.”

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