June 8, 2007

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and other urban fictions

Source: Powell's Books During the spring and summer of 2003, in preparation for a trip to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, I specifically began reading place fictions before my trips. It is a pleasurable habit. (I've even written a place literature index.) I think literature, especially fiction, is a great way to learn about people and places - cities, neighborhoods, ecologies, and ways of living. I include a library link at the end of each post. Library Thing holds a catalogue of some of my books about cities and neighborhoods. I have been desperately searching for a used copy of Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. I have checked the shelves of my favorite Berkeley used book shops. If push comes to shove, the University Press Books has new copies. If I don't find it here, maybe I will find a used copy during my visit to Pittsburgh this summer. Here's my latest short stack of books, listed here in no particular order: The Richer, the Poorer, Dorothy West Brick Lane, Monica Ali River of Shadows, Rebecca Solnit Letters from Yellowstone, Diane Smith Bump City, John Krich

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