The Library

Buying books using these links helps to support the Pillar of Smoke, with no extra cost to you. The books recommended below will update everytime you refresh, but you needn't buy only those books, you can buy virtually any book, and a lot of other stuff besides, and 5% of your purchase goes directly to the expansion of the Pillar of Smoke's hard-copy library, which is available to all memebers free of charge. Thanks!

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Book Reviews and Recommendations

If you are an author or publisher, and would like us to review your book, please email for instructions on mailing a book. Depending on the length and density of the book, expect a review in about 3 weeks.

Pillar of Smoke or Academy 23 members may borrow most of the below books from the Pillar of Smoke's Library. Non members in the Pittsburgh region may make arrangements to use a book by emailing

Reviews are coming soon. All of the books below are highly recommended.