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The Book Keeper
A Memoir of Race, Love, and Legacy
By Julia McKenzie Munemo

Decades after Julia McKenzie Munemo’s father died, she learned that he wrote interracial pornography. She hid the stack of his old paperbacks from her Zimbabwean husband, their mixed-race children, and herself before realizing her obligation to understand her racial legacy.

Memoir · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction

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Monsoon Postcards
Indian Ocean Journeys
By David H. Mould

In Monsoon Postcards, David H. Mould traverses the Indian Ocean from Madagascar through India and Bangladesh to Indonesia. He offers witty and insightful glimpses into countries linked by history, trade, migration, religion, and a colonial legacy, exploring how they confront an array of contemporary challenges.

Travel Writing · Madagascar · Trade Nonfiction · Indonesia · Bangladesh · India

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Comic Shop
The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture
By Dan Gearino
· Foreword by Tom Spurgeon

Award-winning business journalist Dan Gearino leads a tour through the world of comic shops, telling the story of the direct market from its 1970s origins to today. Includes profiles of forty notable shops in the U.S. and Canada, and a close look at The Laughing Ogre in Columbus.

Comics and Graphic Novel Culture · Business and Economics · Trade Nonfiction

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Spirituality and the Writer
A Personal Inquiry
By Thomas Larson

In a book-length essay on the evolving, improvisatory world of spiritual literature, Thomas Larson surveys authors old and new who have shaped religious autobiography and spiritual memoir. He shows just how the writer’s craft must prevail to capture the fleeting and personal truths of the spirit in an important addition to nonfiction craft studies.

Creative Writing · Spirituality · Memoir · Essays · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction

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Beep
Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind
By David Wanczyk

In Beep, David Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America’s pastime. With balls tricked out to squeal three times per second, and with bases that buzz, this game of baseball for the blind is both innovative and intense. And when the best beep baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, takes on its international rival, Taiwan Homerun, no one’s thinking about disability.

Baseball · Disability Studies · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction · Sports Writing

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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.

Baseball History · Ohio · Trade Nonfiction

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Home Front to Battlefront
An Ohio Teenager in World War II
By Frank Lavin
· Foreword by Henry Kissinger

Home Front to Battlefront contributes the rich details of one soldier’s experience to the broader literature on World War II, offering insight into the wartime career of a Jewish Ohioan in the military from enlistment to training through overseas deployment via personal letters, recollections, official military history, and more.

Letters · World War II · Military History · American History · Ohio and Regional · Trade Nonfiction

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Beep
Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind
By David Wanczyk

In Beep, David Wanczyk illuminates the sport of blind baseball to show us a remarkable version of America’s pastime. With balls tricked out to squeal three times per second, and with bases that buzz, this game of baseball for the blind is both innovative and intense. And when the best beep baseball team in America, the Austin Blackhawks, takes on its international rival, Taiwan Homerun, no one’s thinking about disability.

Baseball · Disability Studies · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction · Sports Writing

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Counting Down
A Memoir of Foster Parenting and Beyond
By Deborah Gold

When Deborah Gold and her husband signed up to foster parent in their rural mountain community, they did not foresee that it would lead to a roller-coaster fifteen years of involvement with a traumatized yet resilient birth family. They fell in love with Michael (a toddler when he came to them), yet they had to reckon with the knowledge that he could leave their lives at any time.In Counting Down, Gold tells the story of forging a family within a confounding system.

Adoption and Fostering · Memoir · Creative Nonfiction · Appalachia · Trade Nonfiction

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Fall or Fly
The Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia
By Wendy Welch

Chaos. Frustration. Compassion. Desperation. Hope. These are the five words that author Wendy Welch says best summarize the state of foster care in the coalfields of Appalachia. Her assessment is based on interviews with more than sixty social workers, parents, and children who have gone through “the system.” The riveting stories in Fall or Fly tell what foster care is like, from the inside out.In

Adoption and Fostering · Social Work · Appalachia · Appalachian Studies · Trade Nonfiction

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Comic Shop
The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture
By Dan Gearino
· Foreword by Tom Spurgeon

Award-winning business journalist Dan Gearino leads a tour through the world of comic shops, telling the story of the direct market from its 1970s origins to today. Includes profiles of forty notable shops in the U.S. and Canada, and a close look at The Laughing Ogre in Columbus.

Comics and Graphic Novel Culture · Business and Economics · Trade Nonfiction

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Home Front to Battlefront
An Ohio Teenager in World War II
By Frank Lavin
· Foreword by Henry Kissinger

Home Front to Battlefront contributes the rich details of one soldier’s experience to the broader literature on World War II, offering insight into the wartime career of a Jewish Ohioan in the military from enlistment to training through overseas deployment via personal letters, recollections, official military history, and more.

Letters · World War II · Military History · American History · Ohio and Regional · Trade Nonfiction

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Modern Muslims
A Sudan Memoir
By Steve Howard

Steve Howard departed for the Sudan in the early 1980s as an American graduate student beginning a three-year journey in which he would join and live with the Republican Brotherhood, the Sufi Muslim group led by the visionary Mahmoud Mohamed Taha. Taha was a religious intellectual who participated in the early days of Sudan’s anticolonial struggle, but quickly turned his movement into a religious reform effort based on his radical reading of the Qur’an. He was executed in 1985 for apostasy.Deca

Memoir · African History · Sufism · 20th century · Islam · African Studies · Sudan · Trade Nonfiction

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Paying Calls in Shangri-La
Scenes from a Woman’s Life in American Diplomacy
By Judith M. Heimann

Judith M. Heimann entered the diplomatic life in 1958 to join her husband, John, in Jakarta, Indonesia, at his American Embassy post. This, her first time out of the United States, would set her on a path across the continents as she mastered the fine points of diplomatic culture. She did so first as a spouse, then as a diplomat herself, thus becoming part of one of the Foreign Service’s first tandem couples.Heimann’s

Memoir · Diplomacy · Women’s History · Trade Nonfiction

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No Money, No Beer, No Pennants
The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression
By Scott H. Longert

A lively history of the ups and downs of a legendary team and its iconic players as they persevered through internal unrest and the turmoil of the Great Depression, pursuing a pennant that didn’t come until 1948. Illustrated with period photographs and filled with anecdotes of the great players, this book will delight fans of baseball and fans of Cleveland.

Baseball History · Ohio and Regional · Great Depression · Ohio · Trade Nonfiction