It is hot outside, sunny and hot and humid! It feels like it’s 97 in The ‘Burgh. I just came back from a stroll down to Schenley Plaza and the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. I guess the students aren’t back yet. For some reason I forgot to take my plastic bottle of ice with me so I just saw how few people were in the area without actually walking all the way into Schenley Plaza and I turned around and strolled back to my apartment for some ice water and the new novel by Stewart O’Nan that I bought from the West End Book Exchange when I got my fun money earlier this month.
The West End Book Exchange is in Little Italy across the street from Armand’s. I’ve been in the bookstore several times, but this is the first time that I bought something from them. The novel is City of Secrets and Stewart O’Nan was born and raised in The ‘Burgh where he now lives with his family. I read a review of the book in a local print newspaper (The City Paper) that covers local politics and local culture and that comes out every Wednesday and on top of everything else it’s free (just like The Gazette). The review intrigued me.
O’Nan is one hell of a writer. I just started Chapter 4. The novel takes place in Jerusalem in the immediate aftermath of World War II and it captures all of the divided loyalties and the different factions fighting for independence. The novel follows Brand, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps “as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he’s ever loved.”
So far the book is one hell of a ride and the $22.00 (hardcover) that I spent for it is one of my wiser investments…
This is my second blog post for the day. Now I won’t feel guilty assuming my favorite position flat on my back on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head as I read City of Secrets and drink ice water and listen to Pirates baseball on the radio later today.
Right now Sonny’s Tavern (Little Italy) and Armand’s (Little Italy) seem far away.
Hail to Pitt!
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