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Check out the following books and authors:
Annie Dillard. Her “An American Childhood” is about growing up in Pittsburgh in the 50’s. It’s a great glimpse of the city at that time by a winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Michael Chabon. The local literary darling, Chabon wrote “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” and “Wonder Boys.” “Wonder Boys” is a also a film, starring Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire—it was filmed on location in Pittsburgh, particularly the area around Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham College. “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” is soon to be a movie itself, also filmed on location (as of early June 2006, anyway!).
August Wilson— This venerable playwright wrote ten plays that make up “The Pittsburgh Cycle,” including the 1990 Pulizer Prize winner, “The Piano Lesson.”
Rachel Carson—The author of “Silent Spring,” the famous early environmentalist book, was born in Pittsburgh.
John Edgar Wideman—Many of his books are set in the Homewood area of Pittsburgh. “Sent for You Yesterday” is particularly noteworthy.
Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).
Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s) you like the best.
Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.