5 Books To Read Before Visiting Pittsburgh, PA

5 Books To Read Before Visiting Pittsburgh, PA

5 Books About Pittsburgh Worth Reading Before Your Trip

Reading is a wonderful way to get excited for a trip and learn more about your destination before you go. Or to reminisce about your trip after you get home! If you’re a bookworm like I am, then you’re always looking for new books to read. If you’re at all curious about Pittsburgh, these are the books you need to start digging into the Steel City.

Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell

This novel begins in the late 1800s and follows the story of an immigrant family who end up at the Braddock steel mills in Pittsburgh. It follows three generations through the middle of the Twentieth century.


The Paris of Appalachia by Brian O’Neill

The beauty of Pittsburgh is that it’s just: Pittsburgh. It’s not a city in the Mid-West. It’s not an east coast giant like NY or Boston. It’s a wonderful, exciting place to live. It’s an urban oasis in the middle of Appalachia. This book tells you all about it.


Warhol-o-rama by Peter Oresick

Pittsburghers have a love-hate relationship with Andy Warhol as the famed artist hailed from Pittsburgh and you can still see his family named Warhola all over town. Peter Oresick dug into Warhol’s life and created this poetry book reflecting on Warhol and his relationship to Pittsburgh.


The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon

This novel is a coming-of-age story set in Pittsburgh. It creates a sense of wonder about the city that you’ll feel even after you’ve finished reading it.

Pittsburgh Noir by Kathleen George

The dark short stories in this collection look at Pittsburgh over the span of generations. While it’s been called the most livable city in America repeatedly it’s got a history of being labelled as a terrible place to live. It’s known simultaneously as a smoky steel town and a green oasis for hipsters. This collection looks at the dark side of Pittsburgh in 14 brilliant tales.

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