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Life's Daily Treasure:
366 Doses of Hope, Optimism,Personal Growth and Encouragement
by Richard V Battle

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Life can be hard. It seems like the last few years have been especially difficult with the pandemic and other factors. Even when there are not tragedies or disasters, as the author says, "Life can be a daily grind, discouraging the pursuit of one's dreams and the belief in humanity's goodness."

So the author Richard V. Battle, who is also a motivational speaker and trainer, wrote Life's Daily Treasure to provide encouragement and positive messages in the form of 366 daily doses of Hope, Optimism, Personal Growth and Encouragement. HOPE.

He says the book is part almanac, historic celebration, personal journal and trivia - and all inspirational.

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Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked:
Memoirs of a TV News Reporter
by Paul Orlousky

Cleveland TV viewers are undoubtedly familiar with Paul Orlousky - known as Orlo to most. After all he worked in broadcasting for over 50 years, landing in Cleveland on WEWS TV (Channel 5) in 1981. For the next 38 years he was a fixture on nightly Cleveland TV newscasts on Channels 5, 3 and 19.

As an "aggressive" reporter, Orlousky was involved in many of the major stories that happened in Cleveland during the past 4 decades. This book gives an insider's look at many of them. Cleveland viewers will recognize the names such as Dorothy Fuldheim, Dick Feagler, Albert Belle, John Demjanjuk, Jim Trafficant, Dennis Kucinich and others.

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My Ticket to Ride
By Janice Mitchell

In 1964 as Beatlemania swept the US and world a Cleveland Heights teen from a troubled family falls "in love" with the Beatles. She buys every record, magazine and tchotcke she can. She dreams of meeting them and moving to London to be with them. Probably the same dream as thousands of young girls at the time, right? But this girl went beyond the dreaming stage.

The full title of the book is My Ticket to Ride: How I Ran Away to England to Meet the Beatles and Got Rock and Roll Banned in Cleveland (A True Story from 1964) and that's exactly what happened. It's an amazing story!

My Ticket to Ride Beatlemania book cover

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Smoky, Sweaty, Rowdy, and Loud:
Tales of Cleveland's
Legendary Rock & Roll Landmarks

by Mike & Janice Olszewski

I enjoyed the authors' previous books about Cleveland Radio and TV so was eager to take a look at their stories of Cleveland Rock and Roll Landmarks. Being of that age, I was intimately involved with many of these clubs and the book triggered some serious nostalgia.

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Hot Type, Cold Beer and Bad News:
A Cleveland Reporter's Journey Through the 1960s
by Michael D. Roberts

This book touches on 4 areas that are simply fascinating to me: Newspaper reporting in its heyday before computers and the Internet, the 1960's, Cleveland in the 1960's and a first-hand account of the Vietnam War by a reporter who spent 8 months all over the Far Eastern country.

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The Browns Blues: Two Decades of Utter Frustration: Why Everything Kept Going Wrong for the Cleveland Browns by Terry Pluto

As a longtime Browns fan and season ticket holder since the 1980's I lived through the last 20 painful years of the Browns return so didn't expect much except rehashing from this book. But I was surprised at how much I had forgotten and how much I never knew.

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The Great Brain
by John Dennis Fitzgerald

Cleveland Radio Tales: Stories from the Local Radio Scene of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s
by Mike & Janice Olszewski

Lanigan in the Morning: My Life in Radio
by John Lanigan with Peter Jedick and Mike Olszewski

The Making of Major League
by Mike Olszewski and Janice Olszewski

Cleveland TV Tales Volume 2
by Jonathan Knight

Let's Have Another
By Dan Coughlin

Win, Place, or Die (a Milan Jacovich Mystery)
By Les Roberts with Dan S. Kennedy

E-Patients Live Longer:
The Complete Guide to Managing Health Care Using Technology
By Nancy B. Finn

The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club
By Duncan Whitehead

Cleveland Christmas Memories: Looking Back at Holidays Past
By Gail Ghetia Bellamy

Beyond the Rice Paddies
By Linda West (Tran Thi Bach Yen Oanh)

The Visitor's Guide to American Gardens:
Garden Walks, Garden Talks, Garden Events
By Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp

Whiskey Island (a Milan Jacovich Mystery)
By Les Roberts

Edgar Allan Poe - Selected Shorts
Performed by Symphony Space

The Cleveland Creep (a Milan Jacovich Mystery)
By Les Roberts

Pass the Nuts
By Cleveland Sports Writer Dan Coughlin

Senior Smart Puzzles
By Lindy McClean

Lunchmeat & Life Lessons
Sharing a Butcher's Wisdom

It's Not My Stepkids--It's Their Mom!
By Karon Phillips Goodman

I Remember Singing: A Boy Survives the Holocaust
By Arielle A. Aaron

Cleveland Czechs - Images of America
By John T. Sabo

Cleveland Slovaks - Images of America
By John T. Sabo

Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older
By Wendy Lustbader and Reviewed by Debbie Hanson

Interview with Rick Porrello
Author of the Danny Greene story - Kill the Irishman

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Reviewed by Jean Walsh

Crazy, with the papers to prove it
By Cleveland Sports Writer Dan Coughlin

Bill Warrington's Last Chance
A Novel by James King
James King will be signing his book at the Westlake Borders on Friday August 27 at 7:00 PM.

Camera Soldiers: The Philippine Odyssey
Behind every war photograph was a flesh and blood photographer

The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

Doggin' Cleveland: The 50 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In Northeast Ohio
By Doug Gelbert

God Never Blinks - 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours
by Regina Brett

Creative Computer Crafts:
50 Fun and Useful Products You Can Make with Any Inkjet Printer

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame
By Michael S. Class

Gimme Rewrite, Sweetheart . . .
Tales From the Last Glory Days of Cleveland Newspapers
Told By The Men and Women Who Reported the News

Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain
Get better brainpower, better memory and better creativity.

Cooking around the Calendar with Kids
Recipes, activities and fun to share with the entire family all year round
By Amy Houts

Before You Go Under
A Step by Step Guide to Ease Your Mind Before Going Under Anesthesia
By Benjamin Taimoorazy

7 Steps To A 720 Credit Score
by Philip X. Tirone

What Would Mickey Mantle Say
#7 coaches Men to Health and Happiness - book review

Eagles Over Berlin by Kati Fabian
Historical novel about the Berlin Blockade and Airlift

Write your Life Story in 28 Days
An easy, step-by-step approach that's lots of fun
by Dee Dees

Stopping School Violence
The complete guide for parents and educators on handling bullying
by Derek Randel

Love You More Than You Know
Mothers' Stories about sending their sons & daughters to war
by Janie Reinart and Mary Anne Mayer

Whatever happened to 'Super Joe' Charboneau
Catching up with 45 Good Old Guys from the Bad Old Days of the Cleveland Indians - by Russell Schneider

Va Fa Sa: A Young Man's Memoir
by Hugo Cipriani

American Skyscraper - America's Tallest Buildings
Photography by Eric P. Mull - Yes, that's Key Tower on the cover!

Big Chuck! by Chuck Schodwoski with Tom Feran
My Favorite Stories from 47 Years on Cleveland TV

Milan Jacovich is back!
King of the Holly Hop by Les Roberts

Browns Scrapbook
50 years of Hall of fame football reporting by Chuck Heaton

Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit
Collected Reporting by Michael Heaton

The Yiddish Policemen's Union
By Michael Chabon

Emily Dickinson Interview
What if she were alive today?

America's Polka King
The real story of Frankie Yankovic and his music

In Search of Dorothy by David Anthony
What if Oz wasn't a dream?

Ulysses S Grant
By Josiah Bunting III

Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories
By Carlo Wolff

Marilyn, Joe and Me
By June DiMaggio

Scrap City by Paul Gambino
Scrapbooking for Urban Divas

How Millionaires Stay Rich Forever
Retirement Planning Secrets of Millionaires

Push Not the River
By James Conroyd Martin

Rosie John Doesn't Live Here Anymore
By Tom Begert-Clark

America! What Have You Done To The Auld Game?By W. Eric Laing

Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery
By Bradley Hennenfent, M.D.

The Thinking Person's Guide to Diabetes
By Boris Draznin, M.D., PhD

Poetry for the Potty
by David MacLennan (The Bathroom Bard)

First Man - The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
The Authorized Biography
By James R. Hansen

Slovenian-American Cleveland Private Detective
Milan Jacovich stories
by Les Roberts

Curses! Why Cleveland Sports Fans Deserve to Be Miserable;A Lifetime of Tough Breaks, Bad Luck, Dumb Moves, Goofs, Gaffes, And Blunders
by Tim Long

Wolves Among the Ruins
Part 1: The Prince Dethroned
by A.J. West

South Beach Diet
Quick & Easy Recipes

Reflections of Pearl Harbor
An Oral History of December 7, 1941

Have overweight grandchildren?
Freddy Fights Fat might help

Harry Potter - Post Potter Depression
Claire's love affair with books and reading

Invisible Giants
The Empires of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers
by Herbert H. Harwood Jr.

False Start
How the new Browns were set up to fail
by Terry Pluto

Finding a Nursing Home
(And what you find when you get there)
By V.K. Lynn

Lillian Vernon Online
Bear - Heart of a Hero
The story of America's most decorated dog
By Captain Scott Shields and Nancy M. West

Moral Courage
Taking Action when your values are put to the test
By Rushworth M. Kidder

Hidden Causes of Heart Attack and Stroke
By Christian Wilde

The Stigma of Growing Old in America
A Personal Perspective - By Pat Estelle

Game 5 - 1920 World Series
Cleveland Indians vs. Brooklyn Dodgers

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
By Lorna Landvik

Big Russ & Me
Father and Son: Lessons of Life
by Tim Russert

The Best of Hal Lebovitz
Great Sportswriting from 6 Decades in Cleveland

Cleveland Couples:
40 Inspiring Stories of Love & Commitment
By Kathy Dawson

Cleveland Food Memories:
A Nostalgic Look Back at the Food We Loved, the Places We Bought It, and the People Who Made It Special
By Gail Ghetia Bellamy

Finding Your Family History in Northeast Ohio
By Vicki Blum Vigil

Browns Town 1964
By Terry Pluto

Cleveland Sports Legends
The 20 Most Glorious & Gut Wrenching
Moments of All Time
By Bob Dyer

The Toe - The Lou Groza Story
By Lou Groza with Mark Hodermarsky

My Losing Season
By Pat Conroy

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
The much-awaited 5th Book in the series

Omar Vizquel's best seller in paperback
Including updates from 2002 - Jim Thome, Jose Mesa, Albert Belle and more

Beyond Cleveland on Foot 2nd Ed
58 more walks & hikes in NE Ohio

Build Your Own In-Law Suite
By Carol J. Klima

When We Were Orphans
By Kazuo Ishiguro

The Inextinguishable Symphony
By Martin Goldsmith

Omar! My Life on and off the Field
By Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

Ohio Oddities
A Guide to the Curious Attractions of the Buckeye State - By Neil Zurcher

Semper Fi - Business Leadership the Marine Corps Way
By Dan Carrison and Rod Walsh

by Joanne Harris

Secret Sanction
by Brian Haig

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
by James Patterson

Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham

He Sees you when You're Sleeping
By Mary Higgins Clark
and Carol Higgins Clark

Shiny Water
by Anna C. Salter

To Perish in Penzance: a Dorothy Martin mystery
by Jeanne M. Dams

by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Wrong Dog
by Carol Lea Benjamin

Saintly murders: a medieval mystery featuring Kathryn Swinbrooke
by C.L.Grace

Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris

What are you Reading?
Bookworm - worm with glasses coming out of book

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