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The Summer Book List

When you’re on the road this summer, you’ll likely have some downtime to fill while traveling, waiting for meetings or appointments, etc. Put some of that spare time to good use and sneak in a little reading. Paperbacks and hardcovers are great, but if you are a fast reader or travel often, consider investing in an E-Reader. E-Reader’s can help lighten the load when you’re trying to pack light, since the slim device can hold all your books.
Also, if you’ll be in a vehicle for long periods of time, download a few audio books. Listening to a novel can make a nice change from the regular radio stations.
Here are the best books that we recommend reading on the road this summer. We’ve chose books set in American cities that are home to some of our InTown Suites Locations

1. Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America – Erik Lason
This book is so intriguing that you won’t believe it’s actually non-fiction. The author takes you back in time to Chicago in 1933 when the city was getting ready to host the World’s Fair. The book is written about two important men, the man who designed the Fair, and the serial killer who used the fair to lure in out-of-town women. The book reads like a suspense novel, but is actually a history lesson.

2. The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman
The AMC Series is one of the hottest shows on television. Read the comics that started it all. The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes, a former sheriff who wakes up in a hospital bed and discovers the world is now full of zombies. The comics are set largely in Georgia with lots of action in Atlanta in the first few editions. There are currently 22 volumes, providing hours of entertainment!

3. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Cory Doctorow
Will Disney World be around for future generations? The author of this science-fiction novel thinks so. Set in Orlando in the 22nd Century, this book sees the protagonist get to live out his dreams of living in Disney World, while new groups try and retool the rides to make them more modern.

4. Last Train to Memphis – The Rise of Elvis Presley – Peter Guralnick
The first of two books tracing the history of The King of Rock n’ Roll. This biography chronicles his early childhood years in Memphis, traces the beginnings of his music career in Nashville and concludes at the point when enters mega stardom. The author gives some great insights into what made Elvis into a timeless legend.

5. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
Read the play that brought fame to Tennessee Williams.  Set in Saint Louis in the 1930’s, this play tells the story of the Wingfield family, and shows how they are coping, years after the father of the family disappeared. Even if you’ve seen the play, it’s worth a read – it’s a classic for a reason.

July Events in Pittsburgh

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In addition to putting on a fabulous 4th of July, Pittsburgh hosts a number of fun and festive events all month long. Will you be staying with us at our Pittsburgh location this July? Here are some events we recommend checking out.

Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park
Every Wednesday and Sunday at dusk, some of Pittsburgh’s public parks show outdoor movies, free of charge! This makes for a great date night, or outing for the whole family. Remember to pack a blanket or lawn chairs and some snacks. Some of the movies that will be playing this July include Mary Poppins, Frozen, and Space Jam. View the full schedule here.

SouthSide Works Exposed
SouthSide Works Exposed is an incredible three-day event filled with Arts and Crafts vendors at the SouthSide Works. From July 11-13, you’ll find more than 65 vendors selling artisan goods, including food and drinks. This is the perfect place to go to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts. While the Holidays might be the furthest thing from your mind in the summer, you could get a lot of your Christmas shopping done here. You should also pick up yourself a few goodies to remind yourself of your visit to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Beerfest
Beer lovers mark your calendars for July 18th and 19th to make sure you attend Pittsburgh Beerfest. Beerfest goers will be able to sample more than 250 craft beers from 80 breweries around the country, including some local specialties. If all that drinking makes you hungry, you’ll be in luck – some of Pittsburg’s favorite Food Trucks will be in attendance. Best of all, proceeds from the ticket sales go towards helping the Pittsburgh Area Animal Rescues. Beer in support of a good cause, who wouldn’t love to help out?

Rib & Wing Festival
If you’d like to get out of the city for a bit, head to the nearby Seven Springs Mountain Resort for their Rib & Wing Festival. Indulge in three delicious days of eating, from July 25th to July 27th.  Fill your stomachs with fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, spicy wings and more. If you didn’t get enough beer at Beerfest, imbibe  some more at the onsite beer garden. There will also be live musical guests and a kid zone, so you can bring along the whole family if they are traveling with you.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
From its humble beginnings, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has transformed into one of the city’s biggest festivals with 10 days of scheduled events. This year, the 31st annual Grand Prix will take place July 11-20th. From the mystery course ‘Kick-Off Rallye’ to Car Shows to Parades, there’s plenty to take in, and many of the events are free to attend. You won’t want to miss Race Day on July 20th when they crown the winner of the Grand Prix.

What July events are on your must-see list?