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“To the House of the Sun ranks among both the most curious and the most ambitious literary products to come out of Pittsburgh this year. The 360-page epic poem set during the Civil War is both strikingly original and, by author Miller’s enthusiastic acknowledgement, grandly derivative.
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Growing up in Mount Lebanon, the son of a charity-minded doctor, Hohman delivered the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (then as now, the morning route) from the 1976 into the early ’80s. Each of [Paperboy Days’] 18 episodic chapters starts with a time-stamped P-G headline, with Hohman a cheerful raconteur with an eye for detail and an affection for youthful hijinks.
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Short is a professor of environmental science at Robert Morris University; this book reflects his obsession with the 140-foot tall, 900,000-pound Unisphere, the stainless-steel replica of Earth that famously still stands in Flushing Meadow Park, in Queens.”