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Fire in the Big House
America’s Deadliest Prison Disaster
By Mitchel P. Roth

Roth explores the lives of prisoners and others as well as the political and social circumstances of the Ohio Penitentiary Fire in this first comprehensive account of a tragedy whose circumstances—violent unrest, overcrowding, poorly trained and underpaid guards, unsanitary conditions, inadequate food—will be familiar to prison watchdogs today.

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Rust Belt Burlesque
The Softer Side of a Heavy Metal Town
By Erin O’Brien and Bob Perkoski
· Foreword by Mike Olszewski

Rust Belt Burlesque traces the history of burlesque in Cleveland from the 1800s to the present, while also telling the story of Bella Sin, a Mexican immigrant who largely drove Northeast Ohio’s burlesque comeback. Over 100 color photos provide a peek into the raucous Ohio Burlesque Festival that packs the Beachland Ballroom every year.

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Fatal Judgment
An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Judge Laura Porter fiercely guarded her privacy, and never more so than during her long-running—and long in the past—affair with disgraced quarterback-turned-private investigator Andy Hayes. Now she’s missing, disappeared just hours after she calls Andy out of the blue explaining she’s in trouble and needs his help.

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Bad Boys, Bad Times
The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937–1941
By Scott H. Longert

In 1937, the Great Depression was still lingering, but at baseball parks across the country there was a sense of optimism. Major League attendance was on a sharp rise. Tickets to an Indians game at League Park on Lexington and East 66th were $1.60 for box seats, $1.35 for reserve seats, and $.55 for the bleachers. Cleveland fans were particularly upbeat—Bob Feller, the teenage phenomenon, was a farm boy with a blistering fast ball. Night games were an exciting development.

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Enchanted Ground
The Spirit Room of Jonathan Koons
By Sharon Hatfield

In a fascinating work of religious history and cultural inquiry, Hatfield brings to life the true story of a nineteenth-century farmer-spiritualist, Jonathan Koons, whom thousands traveled to Ohio to see. As heirs to the second Great Awakening, he and his followers were part of a larger, uniquely American moment that still marks the culture today.

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The Hunt
An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

As a serial killer stalks prostitutes in Columbus, Ohio, a distraught brother asks private investigator Andy Hayes to find his sister before it’s too late. In a deadly race against time, Andy soon learns he’s not the only person hunting Jessica Byrnes, but he may be the only one who wants her alive.

Ohioana Book Award Finalist
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Aminah’s World
An Activity Book and Children’s Guide about Artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
By Carole Miller Genshaft

Children explore the life and art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson by interpreting her work and conceptualizing their own world in a fun and entertaining way.

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Little Otter Learns to Swim
By Artie Knapp and Guy Hobbs

In this endearing picture book, a baby river otter learns to swim, dive, and play in her natural habitat. From children’s author Artie Knapp and wildlife artist Guy Hobbs, Little Otter Learns to Swim is an entertaining and colorful tale for ages four and up. The book includes fun facts and information from the River Otter Ecology Project.

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Ohio in Photographs
A Portrait of the Buckeye State
By Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber
· Introduction by John Fleischman
· Foreword by John R. Kasich

Ohio in Photographs is a collection of stunning images that capture the texture of life in the Buckeye State. Two of the region’s’s leading landscape photographers, Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber, present a rich array of places and people from each of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties.

2013 Ohioana Book Award Finalist
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Asylum on the Hill
History of a Healing Landscape
By Katherine Ziff
· Foreword by Samuel T. Gladding
· Afterword by Joseph Shields and Shawna Bolin

Asylum on the Hill is the story of a great American experiment in psychiatry, a revolution in care for those with mental illness, as seen through the example of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. Katherine Ziff’s compelling presentation incorporates rare photos, letters, and records, offering readers a fascinating glimpse into psychiatric history.

Ohioana Book Awards Finalist
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Count the Wings
The Life and Art of Charley Harper
By Michelle Houts

When you look at a bird, do you see feathers and a beak? Or do you see circles and triangles? Artist Charley Harper spent his life reducing subjects to their simplest forms, their basic lines and shapes. This resulted in what he called minimal realism and the style that would become easily recognized as Charley Harper’s. Art fans and nature lovers around the world fell in love with Harper’s paintings, which often featured bright colors and intriguing nature subjects.Harper’s

Winner, Outstanding Achievement Award, Ohio Local History Alliance
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The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
A History, 1943–2013
By Phillip J. Obermiller and Thomas E. Wagner
· Foreword by Michael E. Maloney

In the summer of 1943, as World War II raged overseas, the United States also faced internal strife. Earlier that year, Detroit had erupted in a series of race riots that killed dozens and destroyed entire neighborhoods. Across the country, mayors and city councils sought to defuse racial tensions and promote nonviolent solutions to social and economic injustices.