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Page last updated December 28, 2015

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  • Cover art for bookGuyasuta and the Fall of Indian America
  • By Brady J. Crytzer
  • Narrated by Tom Seiverling
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  • Born in 1724, Guyasuta dedicated his life to the preservation and survival of Indian order in a rapidly changing world, whether on the battlefield or negotiating with the French, British, and Americans. It was only upon the birth of the United States of America that he finally laid his rifle down and watched as his Indian world crumbled. A broken man, debilitated by alcoholism, he died near Pittsburgh in 1794. Some violence. 2013
    Listening Time: 9 Hours and 37 Minutes
  • Added: 12 / 10 / 2015
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  • Cover art for bookBack to School: Rachel Yoder — Always Trouble Somewhere, Book 2
  • By Wanda E. Brunstetter
  • Narrated by McGarrah Wilson
  • Announcements read by Ashlee Green
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
  • DBC 6545Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Ten-year-old Rachel Yoder is an Amish girl who lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She’s back in school, and this year the new face of trouble is a boy named Orlie. He seems determined to humiliate her at every turn. For grades 4 — 6 2007
    Listening Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes
  • Added: 12 / 2 / 2015
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  • Cover art for bookGuyasuta and the Fall of Indian America
  • By Brady J. Crytzer
  • Narrated by Tom Seiverling
  • DBC 6547Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Born in 1724, Guyasuta dedicated his life to the preservation and survival of Indian order in a rapidly changing world, whether on the battlefield or negotiating with the French, British, and Americans. It was only upon the birth of the United States of America that he finally laid his rifle down and watched as his Indian world crumbled. A broken man, debilitated by alcoholism, he died near Pittsburgh in 1794. Some violence. 2013
    Listening Time: 9 Hours and 37 Minutes
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  • Cover art for bookSteel Ashes
  • By Karen R Cercone
  • Narrated by Thaddeus Zukowski
  • DBC 6538Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Pittsburgh's South Side, 1905
    Police detective Milo Kachigan joins forces with social worker and political activist Helen Sorby to investigate a mysterious tenement fire that claims the lives of two poor immigrants, only to find their case hindered by the city's corrupt political machine. Some violence. 1997
    Listening Time: 10 Hours and 17 Minutes
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  • Cover art for bookAftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses
  • By Meredith Mileti
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
  • DBC 6536Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Mira Rinaldi has the perfect life. She is co-owner of a chic New York City trattoria and has an enviable apartment, a brand-new baby, and a frenzied schedule befitting her success. Everything changes when she catches her husband with another woman. Mira looks to her family and friends in Pittsburgh for support as she battles to save her restaurant and pick up the pieces of her life. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2011
    Listening Time: 11 Hours and 42 Minutes
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  • Cover art for boookSing in the Morning, Cry at Night
  • By Barbara J. Taylor
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
  • DBC 1834Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • After her nine-year-old sister Daisy dies, Violet is forced to cope with a mother who begins talking to Grief as if he is a person and a father who leaves the family to drink away his sorrow. Set in the coal mining town of Scranton, Pennsylvania during the early 1900s, it is a tale about survival and the true meaning of family. Some descriptions of Sex. 2014
    Listening Time: 7 Hours and 50 Minutes
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  • Cover art for bookConsecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North
  • By Mary Frailey Calland
  • Narrated by Melissa Dodge
  • DBC 1831Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • On September 17, 1862, an explosion at the Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh kills seventy-eight girls rolling bullet cartridges for the Union army. News of the catastrophe is overshadowed by the horrendous casualty reports from the Battle of Antietam, fought on the very same day in Maryland. Connected to the two events are four young northerners — feminist Clara Ambrose, soldier Garrett Cameron, industrialist Edgar Gliddon, and immigrant Annie Burke. Some strong language, some violence, some descriptions of sex. 2011
    Listening Time: 14 Hours and 17 Minutes
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  • Cover art for boookBehind the Stage Door: A Promoter’s Life Behind the Scenes
  • By Rich Engler
  • Narrated by Joe Farinacci
  • DBL 497Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Western Pennsylvania native Rich Engler tells his story from band member in the early 1960s to major music promoter and co-owner of the downtown Pittsburgh Stanley Theatre which became one of the nation’s top concert venues. Each chapter is devoted to a musical act Engler worked with during his career. Some strong Language. 2013
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 58 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookLove's Reckoning
  • By Laura Frantz
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
  • DBL 489Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • In December 1784, Silas Ballantyne begins his apprenticeship with master blacksmith Liege Lee in York County, Pennsylvania. Upon completion, Silas plans to move west. But because he is a superb craftsman, Liege endeavors to keep him on by invoking an old tradition: the apprentice shall marry one of his master’s daughters. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 14 Hours and 56 Minutes

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  • Cover art for boookPennsylvania's Allegheny Mountains: The First Frontier
  • By Dave Hurst
  • Narrated by Tom Seiverling
  • DBL 483Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Bands of Iroquois, the ill-fated General Braddock, and Gilded Age tycoons have all roamed Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains. The author, a local journalist, describes the history and distinctive culture of the region, including frontier skirmishes, escapes along the Underground Railroad, bold outdoorsmen, Johnny Appleseed, amusement parks, and even the origins of the banana split. 2009
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 40 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookResolve
  • By J.J. Hensley
  • Narrated by Jeremy Hois
  • DBL 482Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • In the Pittsburgh Marathon, 18,000 people from all over the world will participate. More than 100 will require medical treatment, and one man is going to be murdered. When Dr. Cyprus Keller, professor of criminology at Three Rivers University and a former police officer, lines up to start the race, he knows who is going to die, because he is going to kill him. Strong language and violence. 2013
    Listening Time: 7 Hours and 58 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookA Transplant for Katy: Heartache and Betrayal in the Transplant Capital of the World
  • By Luis Fabregas
  • Narrated by Natalie Shirer
  • DBL 480Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • In the summer of 2005, Dr. Thomas Starzl considered a new medical protocol — transplant an organ without subjecting the patient to potentially deadly anti-rejection drugs. He needed ten participants, and Katy Miller, sick with an illness attacking her liver, would be the first. When she died, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center became the focus of controversy with Starzl questioning the high rate of serious complications from operations performed by colleague Amadeo Marcos. 2012
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 56 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookDevil’s Den
  • By Timothy Ashby
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
  • DBL 471Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; June 1923. Someone is killing elderly Civil War veterans, and Seth Armitage, an agent of the newly-formed Bureau of Investigation (forerunner to the FBI) is assigned the case. Despite the obstructions of the corrupt Harding administration and the ambitious young J. Edgar Hoover, Seth discovers a conspiracy in Washington, D.C. that will use any means to keep buried a crime that took place 60 years earlier. Strong language, violence. 2011
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 42 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookNorman A Dog’s Life
  • By George McGee
  • Narrated by George McGee
  • DBL 463Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Norman was beige Lhasa Apso born in Boston in 1983. One of a litter of seven, his features were perfect, except for the fact that he was oversize for the breed. Nonetheless, he was bought by the McGees and spent the remainder of his 17-year life as a member of their family. This is Norman's story, told in his own words. 2007
    Listening Time: 1 Hour and 27 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookMore Than Petticoats: Remarkable Pennsylvania Women
  • By Kate Hertzog
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
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  • This book describes the accomplishments of fifteen Pennsylvania women who broke through social, cultural, or political barriers. Included are familiar names like Nelly Bly and Rachel Carson as well as others like Sybilla Masters, the first known American female inventor, and Elizabeth Thorn, caretaker at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. 2007
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 56 Minutes

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  • Cover art for boookBlack Valley: The Life and Death of Fannie Sellins
  • By Richard Gazarik
  • Narrated by Judy Kimblin
  • DBL 461Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Fannie Sellins worked as a seamstress in St. Louis when her husband died in 1910. With four children to raise, she helped organize Local 67 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. She moved on to West Virginia in 1913 and was arrested for violating an anti-union injunction. Joining the United Mine Workers of America, Fannie took part in the 1919 labor strikes in the Allegheny Valley and, on August 26, was shot and killed by two company guards. Some Violence.  2011
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 34 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookThe Book of Jonas
  • By Stephen Dau
  • Narrated by Mark Metzler
  • DBL 459Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • When his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in the Middle East, fifteen-year-old Jonas is sent to live with a foster family in Pittsburgh. Eventually, he tells a court-mandated counselor about a U.S. soldier, Christopher Henderson, responsible for saving his life on the tragic night in question. When Jonas meets Christopher’s mother, a shocking and painful secret gradually surfaces from the past. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 42 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookPlay On: An Illustrated History of the
    Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • By Hax McCullough
  • and Mary Brignano
  • Narrated by Joe Farinacci
  • DBL 457Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • In 1895, a gift by Andrew Carnegie enabled the founding of the Pittsburgh Orchestra. This book is the first full-length history of the world-renowned institution now known as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This book highlights more than 115 years of memories, performances, reviews from around the world, and anecdotes by talented musicians and generations of Pittsburghers who have enjoyed and supported the PSO. 2007
    Listening Time: 9 Hours and 36 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookAn Honor to Serve
  • By Richard Wissolik
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
  • DBL 456Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • This book recounts the World War II experiences of forty-five extraordinary Americans, including Pennsylvanians Thomas Katana of Latrobe, severely wounded during the Battle of the Bulge; Jonathan Lukowsky of Ford City, a sailor aboard the USS Santee when that ship took a direct hit from a Japanese kamikaze; and Marjorie Butterfield of Allison Park who was a member of the U.S. Nurses Corps serving with Patton’s Third Army. Some violence, some strong language. 2007
    Listening Time: 25 Hours and 48 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookHemlock Grove: Or, the Wise Wolf
  • By Brian McGreevy
  • Narrated by Joe Farinacci
  • DBL 454Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania. Suspects include an escapee from the White Tower, a biotech facility where it is rumored biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place and a seventeen-year-old who has told his classmates that he is a werewolf. Strong language, violence, explicit descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 9 Hours and 56 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Evergreen Farm
  • By Bill Betts
  • Narrated by Judy Kimblin
  • DBL 445Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Twenty-seven tales and essays composed by the author over three decades for various magazines. All have been inspired by experiences enjoyed by the writer in the Pennsylvania forests, farmlands, and mountain streams. Arranged chronologically according to the time of the narrated event, they account, when taken together, for a boy’s growing up in rural Pennsylvania from the Depression years through World War II. 2003
    Listening Time: 6 Hours and 54 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookA Pirate for Life
  • By Steve Blass
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
  • Introduction read by Steve Blass
  • DBL 441Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • In the prime of his career, pitcher Steve Blass was finished at age 32. He tells the story of his life on and off the field from his Connecticut childhood to the beginning of his professional baseball career with a complete-game victory over Hall of Famer Don Drysdale in 1964 to his current role as broadcaster of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Strong language. 2012
    Listening Time: 11 Hours and 22 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookSystem of Hideouts
  • By Heather McNaugher
  • Narrated by Heather McNaugher
  • DBL 440Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Through her raw, lyrical poetry, local Pittsburgh author Heather McNaugher explore themes of family and sexual identity, excavating the complications of her lesbian relationships with loved ones, ex-loved ones, and the uncertainties of coming of age. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 1 Hours and 6 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookForgotten Tales of Pittsburgh
  • By Thomas White
  • Narrated by Joe Farinacci
  • DBL 439Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • A collection of strange-but-true stories about Pennsylvania from old newspaper articles, archival documents, lesser-known books, and historical journals. Among the tales are Lewis and Clark’s inauspicious start involving an intoxicated boat builder, the death ray of inventor Nikola Tesla, Jack the Ripper's rumored visit to the city, and an umpire who was rescued from an angry crowd by Pirates players. 2010
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 23 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Practice of Spiritual Direction in the Life
    and Writings of Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • By Sister Shin Ja Lee, S,C.
  • Narrated by Sister Jeremy Mahla, S.C.
  • DBL 438Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • This is a doctoral thesis by Sister Shin Ja Lee which uses the writings of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and others to show how Elizabeth was influenced by various individuals to enter the Catholic Church, and, in turn, to found the first community of religious sisters in the United States. 2010
    Listening Time: 17 Hours and 17 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookIcon of Spring
  • By Sonya Jason
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
  • DBL 437Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • An intimate portrait of daily life during the darkest days of Herbert Hoover’s America that reveals the hope placed in Franklin D. Roosevelt by those who suffered during the Great Depression. Beginning in 1932, when author Sonya Jason was seven years old, the book traces her coming-of-age and her family’s struggles to escape the bonds of poverty in the mining patch of Jefferson, Pennsylvania, some thirty miles southwest of Pittsburgh. 1988
    Listening Time: 6 Hours and 39 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookWestern Pennsylvania Reflections:
    Stories from the Alleghenies to Lake Erie
  • Edited by Colleen Lutz Clemens
    and Rebecca Helm Beardsall
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
  • DBL 436Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • A collection of nonfiction about Pennsylvania and its people created to highlight the history and heritage of the state as well as present-day accomplishments. Sixteen of the state's finest writers reminisce about ties to the region, sharing their experiences of railroads and steel mills, stadiums and fishing holes, farms and cities. 2011
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 45 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookFirst You Try Everything
  • By Jane McCafferty
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
  • DBL 435Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • From their early days in college, Evvie and Ben were drawn to each other by feelings of isolation stemming from their wounded childhoods and passionate idealism. But as the years passed, they grew apart. Now Ben wants a future alone or with someone else. Convinced that he cannot live without her, Evvie obsessively devises ways to reclaim his love. Some strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2012
    Listening Time: 7 Hours and 38 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Prophecy
  • By Chris Kuzneski
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
  • DBL 431Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • The discovery of a message written in a series of codes and ancient languages prompts a young woman to approach former Special Forces operatives Jonathan Payne and David Jones who are attending a charity event at the University of Pittsburgh. Their meeting is interrupted by an assassin sent to kill everyone who knows about the document. Strong Language, Violence. 2010
    Listening Time: 10 Hours and 1 Minute

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  • Cover art for this bookFlares of Memory
  • By Edited by Anita Brostoff
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
  • Introduction read by Lynn Brostoff
  • DBL 430Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Exclusive to our recording, Lynn Brostoff, the editor's daughter, reads the introduction to this collection of Holocaust Survivors' memories. In a series of writing workshops at the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, survivors assembled to remember the pivotal moments in which their lives were irreparably changed by the Nazis. Over 100 brief accounts describe families being separated, political rights being abolished, and Jewish synagogues and businesses being destroyed. The book also includes recollections of American liberators who were devastated by the horrors that they discovered. Some strong language, some violence, some descriptions of sex. 2010
    Listening Time: 16 Hours and 2 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPittsburgh: A New Portrait
  • By Franklin Toker
  • Narrated by Melissa Dodge
  • DBL 429Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • Pittsburgh was founded in 1758 as a fortress. A hundred years later, it was highly industrialized, only to be later consigned to “rustbelt” status. In the twenty-first century, it is routinely acclaimed as one of the most promising and livable of America’s cities. Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and their unique architectural history are examined as the reason for the city’s resiliency. 2009
    Listening Time: 20 Hours and 31 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Hatchet and the Plow: The Life and Times of
    Chief Cornplanter
  • By William W. Betts, Jr
  • Narrated by Joe Farinacci
  • DBL 427Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • One of the most prominent Native Americans during the American Revolution was Seneca war-chief Cornplanter, the son of a Dutch trader and an Indian woman. Although he supported the British, Cornplanter was a tireless diplomat in the early years of American independence. In gratitude, the state of Pennsylvania awarded him and his heirs a tract of land in Warren County. Cornplanter died there in 1836. Some violence. 2010
    Listening Time: 14 Hours and 24 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookBorn to Lose: Stanley B. Hoss and the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation
  • By James G. Hollock
  • Narrated by George McGee
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  • Stanley Barton Hoss was a burglar, thief, and local thug from the Pittsburgh area who began his career of crime at the age of fourteen. In 1969, he became a rapist, prison escapee, murderer, and kidnapper. Placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, Hoss was the subject of an intense nationwide manhunt. His final homicide occurred in prison and got him transferred to an isolation facility where in 1978 he committed suicide. Strong language, violence, descriptions of sex. 2011
    Listening Time: 17 Hours and 16 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThou Shalt Kill
  • By Daniel Blake
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
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  • Hardened Pittsburgh homicide detective, Franco Patrese, is teamed with old timer Mark Beradino to find a serial killer on a mission to commit murder according to the ten commandments. Their investigation uncovers high-class prostitution, medical scams, and religious obsession, but what Patrese doesn't realize is just how close to the case he really is. Strong Language, Violence, Descriptions of Sex. 2011
    Listening Time: 7 Hours and 21 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookWhen Skateboards Will Be Free:
    a Memoir of a Political Childhood
  • By Said Sayrafiezadeh
  • Narrated by Melissa Dodge
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  • The author's Iranian-born father and American Jewish mother share a common belief that the workers' revolution is coming. Separated since their son Said was nine months old, they each pursue a dream of the perfect socialist society. The revolution never arrives, but the hostage crisis in Iran develops. Said is forced to examine his upbringing and identity as an American, an Iranian, a Jew, and a socialist. 2009
    Listening Time: 7 Hours and 21 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPast All Traps
  • By Don Wentworth
  • Narrated by Don Wentworth
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  • Poet Don Wentworth, librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and editor of the “Lilliput Review”, presents a collection of “modern haiku”. Inspired by the haiku master Issa, Wentworth's often humorous meditations bring the timeless themes of Nature, the Buddha, and the transience of Being, into the modern world. Some strong language. 2011
    Listening Time: 21 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookLegends & Lore of Western Pennsylvania
  • By Thomas White
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
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  • A mixture of some of the more prominent Western Pennsylvania legends like Mike Fink, King of the Keelboaters, and Joe Magarac, the original man of steel, as well as lesser known ones like The Green Man and Blue Mist Road. Readers can also delve into the mystery of the lost B-25 bomber of the Monongahela, ghostly sightings, and unique places throughout the region. 2009
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 15 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookMirror Image
  • By Dennis Palumbo
  • Narrated by Sandy Olanyk
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  • Dr. Daniel Rinaldi is a psychologist whose specialty is treating victims of violent crime. Kevin Merrick is one of his patients. Desperate for a role model, Kevin has begun dressing and acting like Rinaldi, but before this can be worked through, Kevin is brutally murdered. Suspecting that he, and not Kevin, was the intended target, Daniel works with the police to help find the killer. Some explicit descriptions of sex, strong language and some violence. 2010
    Listening Time: 9 Hours and 53 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookCatina’s Haircut
  • By Paola Corso
  • Narrated by Leah Kazar
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • Four generations of a peasant family that left the brutal poverty of San Procopio in southern Italy early in the twentieth century and emigrated to the United States, eventually settling in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. 2010
    Listening Time: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Man in the Buick and Other Stories
  • By Kathleen George
  • Narrated by Melissa Dodge
  • DBL 412Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • A collection of ten stories dealing with broken relationships written by Pittsburgh author Kathleen George. In the title story, a woman thinks she sees her deceased father driving his old Buick, and, in “Small Errands”, a baby is almost abducted at the post office. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1999
    Listening Time: 6 Hours and 26 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookIn Search of Mercy
  • By Michael Ayoob
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
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  • Former hockey goalie Dexter Bolzjack was abducted and tortured by perverted Pittsburgh sports fans eight years ago. Now working in a warehouse, he meets terminally ill drunk Lou Kashon who offers him a fortune to find his lost love, the actress Mercy Carnahan. Dexter follows Mercy's trail to New York, where he finds a voyeuristic film of the actress recorded shortly before her disappearance. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2010
    Listening Time: 8 Hours and 15 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Death Ingot
  • By Ernesto Fagnilli
  • Narrated by George McGee
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  • The city of Pittsburgh is on edge when a group of steelworkers begin to die from a mysterious phenomenon known as the death ingot. A respected resident and an eager investigative reporter try to uncover the truth behind the ingot, but they are faced with life-threatening challenges. Strong language, violence, explicit descriptions of sex. 2009
    Listening Time: 12 Hours and 3 Minute

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Paris of Appalachia
  • By Brian O'Neill
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
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  • Observations on the character of Pittsburgh as evidenced by the colorful people who live there. O'Neill also talks about the past and looks to the future, emphasizing the role that Allegheny County and non-profit organizations must play for the city to develop and survive. Preface read by the author. 2009
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 21 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookStardust On The Allegheny: Pittsburgh River Trilogy, Book 1
  • By Kevin C. Forsythe
  • Narrated by Daisy Hobbs
  • DBL 399Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • The year is Two Thousand and Something; the place is a small bar in Blawnox, about seven miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Davey Caine is approached by a woman, and, together, they begin an odyssey to convince the powers that be “to legalize, regulate, and tax vice and narcotics”. When it's over, some people are arrested, and others are dead. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2000
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 18 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion
    in the Railroad City
  • By Dennis P. McIlnay
  • Narrated by Susan Reinfeld
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  • During World War II, Adolf Hitler conceived a plot to cripple the American war machine by destroying the Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, Pennsylvania. In July 1942, the FBI searched the homes of 225 Altoona residents, suspecting them to be Nazi sympathizers. The author describes these little-known events using information from 300 sources, including diaries, military records, court briefs, and FBI files. Some violence and some strong language. 2010
    Listening Time: 14 Hours and 48 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Point of Pittsburgh: Production and Struggle At The Forks of The Ohio
  • By Charles J McCollester
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • Pittsburgh was an important factor, if not the key itself, to the industrial development that made the United States a world power. This is the history of the city's rise to industrial pre-eminence, as evidenced by the lives of ordinary men and women and not the business titans of the day. Some violence and some strong language. 2008
    Listening Time: 30 Hours and 28 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Day America Hit Its Knees: A Collection of Memories In Poetry and Prose
  • By Joycelyn F. Banks
  • Narrated by Keri Castellano
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  • Through poetry and prose, the author shows how a girl in transition from childhood to adulthood views the world. She addresses issues such as adoption, family, friends, nature, love, and her relationship to God. Also included are poetic tributes to American heroes in uniform and Pittsburgh hockey great Mario Lemieux. 2004
    Listening Time: 2 Hours and 6 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookDisquiet Heart
  • By Randall Silvis
  • Narrated by Melissa Dodge
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  • In this novel, Edgar Allan Poe accepts an invitation from philanthropist Dr. Alfred Brunrichter to visit Pittsburgh. While there, Poe’s traveling companion Augie Dubbins begins to investigate reports of several young females in their late teens who have disappeared over the past six months. 2002
    Listening Time: 7 Hours and 6 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookMurder On The Mon: Pittsburgh River Trilogy, Book 2
  • By Kevin C. Forsythe
  • Narrated by Katherine Karasic
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  • Pittsburgh, 1990. The city has a new mayor, but Thomas Patrick Flannery and Lew Caldwell, his friend and executive secretary, cannot sit back and relish the victory. Plans for economic development by the Powers Company puts Mayor Flannery at odds with the press and government officials as well as in danger from the malevolent company itself. Strong language, violence, and some descriptions of sex. 1991
    Listening Time: 6 Hours and 18 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookFor The Love Of Murphy's: The behind-The-Counter Story of a Great American Retailer
  • By Jason Togyer
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • In 1899, George C. Murphy opened his first five-and-ten-cent store in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. This detailed history of the G.C. Murphy Company documents its growth to more than 500 stores that managed to outsell those of the F.W. Woolworth Company by a factor of three to one. 2008
    Listening Time: 13 Hours and 26 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookTwo Nations United
  • By Joycelyn F. Banks
  • Narrated by Ann Bernhardt
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  • Alexandra Mathews is a girl from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Michael is the Prince of Wales. Despite their differences and the disapproval of Michael's father, they marry. Twenty years later, Alexandra's granddaughter Branwen is facing some of the same difficulties when she falls in love with the American president's son, John. Some descriptions of sex. 2002
    Listening Time: 8 Hours and 26 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookBusted Flush
  • By Brad Smith
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • When Doc Bass inherits an old house in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he realizes that this is an opportunity to restart his life. However, his solitude and anonymity are dashed when he discovers a load of civil war treasures in the attic. He now must defend and protect his finds from lunatic history buffs, con men, and media hounds. Some strong language. 2005
    Listening Time: 11 Hours and 22 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookIn Loving Memory … and Still More Lawrenceville Stories
  • By Ray Ouin
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • Narratives about Lawrenceville, one of Pittsburgh's most historic neighborhoods, and some of its well-known residents. Included are accounts of Saint John Neumann who served Pittsburgh in the 1840s, World Welter Weight Champion Fritzie Zivic and his bout with Billy Conn in 1936, and more. Companion to “Monster on the Allegheny … and Other Lawrenceville Stories” (DBL 132) and “A Doughboy's Tale… and More Lawrenceville Stories” (DBL 326). Preface read by co-author James Wudarczyk. 2005
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 17 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookFrame Work
  • By Anne G. Faigen
  • Narrated by Melissa Dodge
  • DBL 388Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • College teacher Sarah Brandau is invited to a literary conference in Prague and persuades her grandmother Edith to accompany her. Edith's purchase at an antique shop plunges them into a complex world of international theft, Nazi war crimes, and a lethal secret that puts the women in more danger than they ever could have imagined. Some violence and some strong language 2008
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 32 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookWhere the Water Is Cold
  • By James E. Ryhal
  • Narrated by Diane Barati
  • DBL 387Graphic for headphones. Click the headhones to hear a sample from this title. Playing this clip will open a new browser or a new window in your browser.Click the headphones to hear a sample from this title
  • A collection of stories about life in small town Western Pennsylvania told to the author by his father, James W. Ryhal. The stories include the adventures of James W, his four best friends, and his beloved Airedale terrier, Bum. Some violence and strong language. 2006
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 33 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookFamous Men and Women of Pittsburgh
  • By Leonore R Elkus
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • This book grew out of a series of lectures given during the Bicentennial years of 1976 – 1977. Seventeen Pittsburghers were selected, because their accomplishments were significant to the city and to the nation as well. Among those included are composer Stephen Foster, environmentalist Rachel Carson, businessman H.J. Heinz, and painter Mary Cassatt. 1981
    Listening Time: 9 Hours and 34 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookK
  • By Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Narrated by Ann Bernhardt
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  • One of Rinehart's earlier novels set in Pittsburgh during the industrial Victorian age. Sidney Page, an aspiring nurse, takes K. LeMoyne in as a border. His past is shrouded in mystery, and soon Sidney finds herself entangled in deceptions. Some strong language. 1914
    Listening Time: 12 Hours and 16 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookMaz and the '60 Bucks: When Pittsburgh and Its Pirates Went All The Way
  • By Jim O'Brien
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • The Pittsburgh Pirates were not favored to win the 1960 World Series, but they wouldn’t give up and forced a seventh game. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry threw a high slider that Bill Mazeroski hit over the left field wall in Forbes Field to win the game 10 – 9. Pittsburgh sports writer Jim O’Brien provides interviews with players from both teams, Pirates staffers, and exuberant fans who describe where they were when Maz hit the home run that won the series. 1993
    Listening Time: 8 Hours and 12 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookHarry, Tom and Father Rice: Accusation and Betrayal in America’s Cold War
  • By John P. Hoerr
  • Narrated by Justin Moran
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  • John Hoerr tells the story of three men — his uncle, Congressman Harry Davenport, union leader Tom Quinn, and Father Charles Owen Rice — whose lives became intertwined during the anti-Communist witch hunts of the McCarthy Era. Hoerr traces the paths followed by Harry, Tom, and Father Rice and relates their individual experiences to the great conflict between anti-Communist and Communist forces in the American movement. Some violence and some strong language. 2005
    Listening Time: 14 Hours and 42 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Burnt District
  • By Gary Link
  • Narrated by Anne Robb
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  • In 1845 a monstrous fire destroys a third of the city of Pittsburgh. When the body of a young girl is found in a building destroyed by the fire, it was initially thought to be another fire casualty. However, when City Constable John Parker begins to investigate, he uncovers a series of murders dating back seventeen years. Some violence. 2003
    Listening Time: 8 Hours and 12 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookA Concise Treasury of Pennsylvania Poets and their Poems
  • By Pennsylvania Society of Poets
  • Narrated by Robert Isenberg
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  • A collection of poems — many previously unpublished — aimed at introducing readers to some of Pennsylvania's poets. 1976
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 5 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookA Doughboy’s Tale … and More Lawrenceville Stories
  • By James Wudarczyk, Jude Wudarczyk,
    Allan Becer and Daren Stanchak
  • Narrated by Ann Bernhardt
  • NOTE: This title was originally recorded direct to cassette and has been converted to a digital book complete with navigation markers.
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  • Like Monster on the Allegheny … And Other Lawrenceville Stories (DBL 132), these are narratives about the people and events that shaped the neighborhood of Pittsburgh known as Lawrenceville. Personalities as varied as Stephen Foster, Henry Ford, and Liberace all had a part to play, along with early twentieth-century fundraisers who worked to erect the Doughboy Statue honoring World War I troops, the strikers who took part in the Railroad War of 1877, and other common citizens who called Lawrenceville their home. Some violence. 2004
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 40 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookNever Tease a Siamese: A Leigh Koslow Mystery
  • By Edie Claire
  • Narrated by Ann Bernhardt
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  • When a wealthy socialite dies, her son expects to share his inheritance with her many Siamese cats, but he is shocked to learn that there is an unknown heir who has five years to come forward. Pittsburgh copywriter and amateur sleuth Leigh Koslow gets involved when her veterinarian father is named as the cats' caretaker and then starts receiving threats at his veterinary clinic. 2002
    Listening Time: 8 Hours and 13 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookAbra Cadaver
  • By James Tucker
  • Narrated by George McGee
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  • Jack Merlin, a surgical resident at the Pittsburgh University Medical Center recognizes the cadaver lying in the gross anatomy lab. It is his roommate who disappeared over a year ago and foul play is suspected. Doctor Merlin teams up with assistant district attorney Tori Welch to find the truth. Strong language, violence, descriptions of sex. 2004
    Listening Time: 12 Hours and 44 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookThree Slovak Women
  • By Lisa Alzo
  • Narrated by George McGee
  • NOTE: This title was originally recorded direct to cassette and has been converted to a digital book complete with navigation markers.
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  • A nonfiction account of three generations of Slovak women in the steel-producing town of Duquesne, Pennsylvania and the love and sense of family binding them together. 2003
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 18 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Good Provider: H. J. Heinz and his 57 varieties
  • By Robert C. Alberts
  • Narrated by Mtume Imani
  • NOTE: This title was originally recorded direct to cassette and has been converted to a digital book complete with navigation markers.
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  • A look at the mind, character, and rise to power of one of America's industrial pioneers. H. J. Heinz began poor, had a phenomenal early success, suffered an agonizing failure, and continued on to become one of the millionaire “Lords of Pittsburgh”. 1973
    Listening Time: 12 Hours and 47 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookMonster on the Allegheny
  • By Allan Becar
  • Narrated by Don Ciccone
  • NOTE: This title was originally recorded direct to cassette and has been converted to a digital book complete with navigation markers.
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  • A collection of stories outlining the history of the Pittsburgh community known as Lawrenceville. From the 18th century, when an Indian village known as Shannopin's Town existed on the spot, through the Civil War era, and into our time, these vignettes explore the land, events, and people that established Lawrenceville's place in history. The title story refers to the “Western Engineer”, a unique steamboat built in Lawrenceville in 1819. 1993
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 55 Minutes

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  • Cover art for bookBack to School: Rachel Yoder — Always Trouble Somewhere, Book 2
  • By Wanda E. Brunstetter
  • Narrated by McGarrah Wilson
  • Announcements read by Ashlee Green
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • Ten-year-old Rachel Yoder is an Amish girl who lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She’s back in school, and this year the new face of trouble is a boy named Orlie. He seems determined to humiliate her at every turn. For grades 4 — 6 2007
    Listening Time: 2 Hours and 30 Minutes
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  • Cover art for bookMoxie, The Dachshund Of Fallingwater
  • By Cara Armstrong
  • Narrated by Rich Fitzgerald and Anna Samuels
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  • Like most dogs, Moxie knows the best spots in a house. During a spirited romp through Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, this pearl-wearing dachshund takes us on a charming tour of her beloved and remarkable home. For grades 9 — 12 2009
    Listening Time: 17 Minutes
  • Special note: the narrator for the story is Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. Introduction and supplementary materials are read by Anna Samuels.
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  • Cover art for this bookHaunted! Gettysburg
  • By Michael Rajczak
  • Narrated by Leila Reines and McGarrah Wilson
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil, and many believe that the battlefield cemetery is haunted. Accounts of ghostly soldiers and the appearance of streaks of light in photographs are numerous — though the existence of restless spirits has never been proven. For grades 3 — 6 2014
    Listening Time: 18 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookHenner’s Lydia
  • By Sonya Jason
  • Narrated by Leila Reines
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • Lydia tries hard to finish her hooked rug so she can take her first trip to market with Father, but so many other things divert her attention: a visit to the cider mill, a visit to a new baby, and a chase after a runaway pig. Originally published in 1936.
    For grades 3 — 6 1998
    Listening Time: 52 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookSparrow Jack
  • By Mordicai Gerstein
  • Narrated by Pragna Mannam
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • In 1868, John Bardsley, an immigrant from England, brought one thousand sparrows from his home country back to Philadelphia, where he hoped they would help save the trees from the inch-worms that were destroying them. Based on a true story.
    For grades K — 3 2003
    Listening Time: 9 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Cubby files: Tales of a Pennsylvania Black Bear Growing Up
  • By John P. Irwin
  • Narrated by Heather Garing
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  • A collection of stories about a Pennsylvania black bear during the first year of his life. Cubby, as his Mother Bear calls him, learns the many things he needs to know to be an adult. For grades 3 – 6 2009
    Listening Time: 2 Hours and 7 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookAll star!: Honus Wagner and the most famous baseball card ever
  • By Jane Yolen
  • Narrated by Olivia Rautio
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • On February 24, 1874 in the small town of Chartiers, Pennsylvania, Honus Wagner was born. He was one of the greatest players in baseball history, winning the National League batting championship eight times during his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. For grades 2 — 4 2010
    Listening Time: 19 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPittsburgh — The Port to the West: An Illustrated History About The People and Events In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, During its First One Hundred Years
  • By Denise L. Fantazier
  • Narrated by Joseph Swernofsky
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  • In the 1700’s, Pittsburgh was the largest inland port in the United States. From the Ohio River, pioneers could travel to the Mississippi River and then over land westward. This book discusses the way of life of people who lived in the city and those that passed through For grades 5 – 8 2010
    Listening Time: 2 Hours and 38 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookThe Story of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • By Nate LeBoutillier
  • Narrated by Alan James
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  • The history of the Pittsburgh Pirates professional baseball team from its inaugural 1882 season to today, spotlighting the team's greatest players and most memorable moments. For grades 3 – 6 2012
    Listening Time: 57 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPittsburgh Steelers
  • By Tom Robinson
  • Narrated by Sister Jeremy Mahla, S.C.
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  • An overview of the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers from its original franchise in 1933 to its sixth Super Bowl victory in 2009.
    For the younger members of Steeler Nation;
    grades 3 – 6 2011
    Listening Time: 1 Hour and 22 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookMr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off
  • By Pat Stemper Vojta
  • Narrated by Sandy Olanyk
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  • Mr. Groundhog is tired of Groundhog Day. He's tired of being blamed for six more weeks of winter. However, when he tries to convince his friends that one of them should take the responsibility on, they all contend that he is more suited to the role than anyone else. For grades K – 3 2010
    Listening Time: 5 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookRoberto Clemente: pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • By Jonah Winter
  • Narrated by Alan James
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  • Presents the life of the legendary athlete from Puerto Rico who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For grades K — 3 2008
    Listening Time: 12 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPittsburgh and the State of Pennsylvania: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know
  • By Kate Boehm Jerome
  • Narrated by Thalia Chrysanthis
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • Information about the land, history, and people of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, including what famous dinosaur can be found at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and why Pennsylvania is known as the "Keystone State".
    For grades 3 — 6 2011
    Listening Time: 48 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookSchool's Out: Rachel Yoder, Always Trouble Somewhere, Book 1
  • By Wanda E Brunstetter
  • Narrated by Sue Reinfeld
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  • Nine-year-old Rachel Yoder is a high-spirited Amish girl who finds plenty of trouble amid the rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
    For grades 4 — 6 2007
    Listening Time: 3 Hours and 28 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookJoe Magarac And His U.S.A Citizen Papers
  • By Irwin Shapiro
  • Narrated by Thaddeus Zukowski
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  • Joe Magarac is a legendary steel giant. He is seven or eight feet tall and strong as steel rails. When a mill boss tells him that he needs $1,000 to get his United States citizenship papers, Joe goes on a working spree in both the Homestead and Braddock steel mills, eventually ending up in Washington, D.C. at the White House.
    For junior and senior high readers. Some strong language. 1962
    Listening Time: 1 Hour and 20 minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas
  • By Chet Williamson
  • Narrated by Sage Lincoln
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • An adaptation of the famous poem about a Christmas Eve visitor, set in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. Belsnickel, a thin, cantankerous old man rewards good children and punishes the bad. Includes a pie recipe plus information about Belsnickel and the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect.
    For grades K – 3 2000
    Listening Time: 14 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookHomespun Sarah
  • By Verla Kay
  • Narrated by Sage Lincoln
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • Simple rhyming text presents the everyday life of a young girl, living on a Pennsylvania farm in the early eighteenth century, who is quickly outgrowing her dress.
    For grades K – 3 2003
    Listening Time: 7 Minutes)

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  • Cover art for this bookYonie Wondernose
  • By Marguerite
  • Narrated by Marie Concilus
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • A seven-year-old Amish boy's father tells him to watch the farm while he's away, but neither of them even suspects what that will entail.
    For grades K – 3 1944
    Listening Time: 29 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookPittsburgh Penguins
  • By Ellen Labrecque
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
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  • A profile of the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of 30 teams in the National Hockey League. The book provides a history of the team, mentions some of the legendary players, and includes basics about the rink and equipment as well as a glossary of hockey terms.
    For grades 3 – 6 2011
    Listening Time: 17 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookDirtball Pete
  • By Eileen Brennan
  • Narrated by Lori Szymanik
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  • No matter how hard he tries, Dirtball Pete is always a mess, and even after his mother scrubs him clean for a school recital to show others what a beautiful and special boy he is, he seems destined to live up to his name.
    For grades K – 3 2010
    Listening Time: 9 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookDouble Buckeyes: A Story of the Way America Used To Be
  • By Bud Schuster
  • Narrated by Zayne Malik
  • Recorded in partnership with the Ellis School
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  • In western Pennsylvania during World War II, eleven-year-old Little Buck makes a shocking discovery when his beloved grandfather dies, causing him to question his very identity.
    For grades 4 – 7 1999
    Listening Time: 4 Hours and 11 Minutes

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  • Cover art for this bookJimmy's Stars
  • By Mary A. Rodman
  • Narrated by Thelma Snyder
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  • When her brother Jimmy is drafted in 1943 and leaves Pittsburgh just before Thanksgiving to fight in World War II, Ellie can barely stand to see him go. With him gone, her mother takes a war job at a factory, and everything in Ellie’s life seems upside down, but she never stops believing in Jimmy's promise to return.
    For grades 4 – 6 2008
    Listening Time: 5 Hours and 35 Minutes

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