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PITTSBURGH — The idea for Sarah James' debut novel had been around in one form or another since she was 19. All it took was more than a decade to gestate into something tangible. The 32-year-old Forest Hills native had always been interested in World War II, specifically the Manhattan Project that led to the U.S. creating the world's first nuclear weapons. During her undergraduate days, James ...

Don't miss "The Wild Hunt" by Emma Seckel; Tin House (360 pages, $16.95) ——— "All those boys" have disappeared from the small Scottish island that is the setting for Emma Seckel's "The Wild Hunt." It's several years after the end of World War II, and the absence of the young men who never returned hangs over the island like a cloud. Or, more accurately, like the sluagh (pronounced "sloo-ah") — ...

In his new book, Buck sails a flatboat down the Mississippi River and has all kinds of adventures. If you want to grow up to be an adventurer, it helps to have an adventurous childhood. Author Rinker Buck grew up in New Jersey, one of 11 children living "a normal middle-class life" — or it would have been normal, if not for their father, a one-legged barnstormer and magazine publisher. "My ...

CHICAGO — The dead do tell tales. The trick is to listen and when you do, you will learn that the great architect Louis Sullivan’s “grave was initially unmarked (when he died in 1924, he was out of fashion and in dire financial circumstances).” You will meet Thomas Barbour Bryan, the founder of Graceland Cemetery, a man who, among many accomplishments, spoke six languages, built railroads, ...

FICTION: An elegant, soaring debut novel about a young Chinese man who returns home to look for his missing father. "A Map for the Missing" by Belinda Huijuan Tang; Penguin Press (400 pages, $27) ——— Belinda Huijuan Tang's lovely debut novel, "A Map for the Missing," unfolds slowly and confidently, revealing the secrets in the hearts of its characters, one by one. Protagonist Yitian Tang is ...

Actor Anne Heche remains hospitalized and on a ventilator to help her breathe, four days after she was injured in a fiery car crash. A spokeswoman for the actor says she slipped into a coma and is in critical condition. Heche has what the spokeswoman called “a significant” lung injury, and burns requiring surgery. Last Friday in Los Angeles, Heche’s car smashed into a house. Flames erupted, and Heche was pulled by firefighters from the vehicle embedded in the house. Heche, who has appeared on TV and in films, was alone in the car when it crashed. No one else was reported injured.

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