HomeCleveland’s Greatest Book Guide: 20 Locally Written Non-Fiction Books Released in 2021

Cleveland’s Greatest Book Guide: 20 Locally Written Non-Fiction Books Released in 2021

Cleveland, Ohio – It might be time to add more books to your reading list – and we recommend starting with some pages written by local authors.

This year, a lot of non-fiction books have left the literary scene in Northeast Ohio. Memos, photo collections, researched history, and more take a look at true stories, past and present.

The list includes notable Cleveland authors, along with writers who have strong ties to the area—and in their work, many consider topics and issues related to the Cleveland area.

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Check out some of the new releases below:

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“Trying Times” by Terry Gilbert and Carlo Wolf

Gilbert, a civil rights attorney, shares moments from his career in These notes, I wrote with friend and journalist Wolf. The attorney explains why he chose his career path, explaining the impact of events such as the Kent State shooting and the seventh Chicago Trial – and also explores the highlights of his career, such as acquittal 2014 By Ricky Jackson, Willie Bridgeman, and Kwame Agamu. (324 pages)


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“The Black Boy Out of Time” by Harry Ziad

Author Harry Ziad shares their views on social issues through their story He grew up in Cleveland and Cleveland Heights with 18 siblings and half-siblings in a devout home. The author and cultural critic moved from Cleveland to New York City to attend college at New York University, where they are based. Ziad is founder and editor in chief Reese Peter, a New York-based publication that focuses on the intersections between race, gender, and sexuality. (313 pages)


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“Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher” by Brandi Schillas

Dr. Robert White gained notoriety around the world for his animal head transplant and brain experiments in the 1970s, sparking debates about the limits and ethics of science. But the Cleveland neuroscientist and neurosurgeon, who died in 2010, also had different sides: a devout, community-focused Catholic physician, and a Nobel Prize nominee. This duality is the focus of Brandy Schillas new biography About the doctor and researcher. (320 pages)


“Music In My Life: Notes From a Longtime Fan” by Alec Whiteman

Rock ‘n’ roll is the main thread running through this memoir, which lists Wightman’s experience growing up in Ohio’s concert scene in the 1960s and 1970s, and later, his work within it through the concert company Zeppelin Productions. These days, Wightman continues to work in music through Zeppelin and his role on the Billboard Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (350 pages)


“The Hidden History of Lake County, Ohio” by Jennifer Burch Engeling

Historical moments and stories make up Jennifer Burch Engelking’s book, published as part of Arcadia’s “Hidden History” series. Read about Lake Erie shipwrecks, landmarks, and more. (208 pages)


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“Rio Duran Duran” by Annie Zaleski

Local music journalist Annie Zaleski plunged into one of her all-time favorite albums with the release of her first book, “Rio Duran Duran” Part of the popular 33 book series from Bloomsbury Publishing. Zaleski’s book on “Rio” stems from her longstanding love for the band. Growing up in Rocky River, the writer said she remembered checking out “Rio” outside the city library, then dubbing the nine-track album on tape.

“I remember being in the orchestra pit in high school, playing in the pit for ‘My Fair Lady’ and listening to ‘Rio’ on my Walkman. I loved it so much,” Zaleski said. As a kid, I loved 80’s music. That was the thing for me, I guess because the radio stations were having flashback lunches, and old fashioned lunches. You could hear 80s music everywhere, it was really popular. There is just something about that, I was really drawn to it.” (184 pages)


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From Silence: Searching for Calm in a Dissonant World by Franz Welser-Most

The Cleveland Orchestra has long received a English translation This year, following its original German-language publication in 2020. Titled “Als ich die Stille fand” (“When I Found the Silence”), Welser-Möst’s book examines the conductor’s car accident and its impact on his career. (184 pages)


“Deep Cover Cleveland: Topics in Depth (Vol. III)” by Laura Pesquin with Randy Roscoe

The third installment of the “Deep Cover Cleveland” series has arrived this year, looking at local phenomena in the present through interviews and illustrations. The book builds on a series first two volumesThat dealt with women’s history, parks, the arts, and more. (212 pages)


“The Muffin Man Chronicles” by Steve Marks

Main Street Gourmet co-founder Steve Marks describes his business journey from an abandoned building to a lucrative empire in his memoirs. The Akron-based wholesale bakery company has impressed presidents, astronaut John Glenn, and others. (166 pages)


“I Didn’t Love You With All My Heart” by Chris Harris

Cleveland teacher Chris Harris shares his family’s story in his memoir “I Never Loved You With All My Heart.” In the book of essays, Harris focuses on his father, Reverend Ren Harris, who was discharged late in his life and later died of HIV in 1995. (232 pages)


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“The Lost Civil War” by Laura DiMarco

Civil War sites, camps, historic buildings, and post-Civil War prisons are captured in DeMarco’s latest book—along with more than 200 historical photographs. “lost the civil warSeveral other books follow from DeMarco, former editor and writer of The Plain Dealer, including 2019’s “Mark Twins America,” 2017’s “Lost Cleveland,” and 2018’s “Cleveland Then and Now.” (176 pages)


“Crowell Hilaka and the Richfield Heritage Preserve” by Lynne Schul Richardson

Richfield Heritage Preserve in Ohio has seen many past lives: a 19th-century farmhouse, a house powered by experimental electrical fixtures and a Cleveland Girl Scout camp. Richardson explores history in her book in the “Images of America” ​​series for Arcadia. (128 pages)


“Obsessed Mileage” by Steve Belkin

Frequent flyer miles are Belkin’s obsession; The author collected more than 40 million miles over two decades. He explains how he did it, and the schemes he used to collect points, in writing, which he wrote while stuck in Mozambique during the coronavirus pandemic. (209 pages)


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“The Hidden History of Cleveland Sports” by Mark Bona

Mark Bona, Akron resident and life and culture correspondent for cleveland.com shares 24 Cleveland sports stories, handpicked from over 100 years, in His second book. But don’t expect retellings of “The Shot,” “The Drive” and “The Fumble” – instead, Bona delves into lesser-known events such as the 1993 death of an Indian marksman, Luke Easter’s death, and the football-playing Clarence Clemons that caught the eye of Cleveland Browns. (176 pages)


“Bruce Springsteen: Alive at Heart” by Janet Makuska and Peter Chakrian

Cleveland rock photographer Janet Makuska has taken plenty of photos of Bruce Springsteen over the years, and they are featured in her new book, written by Peter Chakrian. (256 pages)


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“True Raiders” directed by Brad Ricca

There are no Nazis or magical powers in Brad Ricca’s latest book, “True Raiders” Unlike the movie “Indiana Jones” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. But there are labyrinth tunnels, biblical symbols, and secret archaeological excavations. True Raiders follows Monty Parker’s 1909 expedition. Parker meets Walter Juvilius, who claims to have found a code in the Bible that could lead a crew to discover the Ark of the Covenant. (368 pages)


“Drugs and Other Things to Do in Cleveland” by Frances Elizabeth

Cleveland shows her unnatural side in Frances Elizabeth’s aptly titled novel. Drug deals, attempted murder, and adult theater visits are some of the events in Elizabeth’s book – which also includes some of Gary Dom’s illustrations. The fun story includes true stories from Northeast Ohio, and plenty of nods to the city’s history. (261 pages)


“One Year on Broadway” by Catherine McKendry

Now based in Chagreen Falls, McKendry previously co-produced the Broadway revival “Once Upon This Island” with her husband. Revival and the couple’s experience developed based on McKendry’s autobiographical book. (288 pages)


“Chronic” by Kristen Rich

Hudson resident Kristen Rich details her autoimmune disease and how she learned to live with it in her first memoir. The book explores sexism in health care, along with mental health and dealing with chronic disease. (168 pages)


“Gimme Shelter: Challenging Calls + Soft Skills from the Wall Street Trailblazer” by Evie Zelman

Ivy Zelman of Cleveland grew up in the male-dominated Wall Street investment banking business and built a successful career as a housing business analyst through her company, Zelman & Associates, in 2007. Her business advice and instincts are clear—Zelman famously predicted the housing crash of 2008 ( 198 pages)


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