22. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988)
Author: Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon became a literary celebrity while attending graduate school at UC Irvine. A professor submitted The Mysteries of Pittsburgh to a literary agent, and a six-figure advance later, he was a celebrity. He was offered a kind of literary stardom that is quite rare in this day and age; he was approached to star in Gap ads and appear in People's "50 Most Beautiful People."
His response: "I don't give a shit [about it]... I only take pride in things I've actually done myself." Yup, this guy sounds like he has spent some time in Pittsburgh.