Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes
Book on Pittsburgh in the 21st Century
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Press' latest publication is "The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-first Century," a book by Brian O'Neill that gives a hopeful and heartfelt account of why Pittsburgh was able to hold steady during the recent financial crisis.
"This isn't so much of a history of Pittsburgh as it is a biography," said O'Neill, an award-winning newspaper columnist in Pittsburgh for more than 20 years.
O'Neill, who lives with his wife and two daughters on the city's North Side, attempts to give Pittsburgh an identity through humor, sarcasm and brutal honesty. "Sometimes we're so afraid of what others think, we're afraid to declare who we are. This city is not Midwestern. It's not East Coast. It's just Pittsburgh, and there's no place like it. That's both its blessing and its curse."
Throughout the book, O'Neill explains how he arrived in the city dealing with the steel industry collapse and eventually came to love it because if its culture, mentality, cuisine, sports and most importantly, its people.
"Every city needs a loving interpreter who tells the stories that go to its heart and soul and shape its identity," said Peter Leo, a retired Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist. "Pittsburgh is lucky to have O'Neill who revels in city life and is alert to the city's maddening insecurities. All of us who love Pittsburgh and think it should shape up immediately will enjoy and identify with this book."
"The Paris of Appalachia: Pittsburgh in the Twenty-first Century" is now available through Carnegie Mellon University Press. Copies may be ordered through the Press' distributor, Cornell University Press Services at 1-800-666-2211.