Books make an excellent

stocking-stuffer, and there are a variety of books written by local authors to choose from.

The Case Against Diversification

by Jim Grant


CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Twinsburg resident and author Jim Grant, shares his investing techniques in his book. He argues that diversification is for people who don't know what they are doing, and states the strategy described in this book has been back-tested over 62 years.

Yearning for Normal

by Susan Ellison Busch

$ 17.99

Tate Publishing

Peninsula author Susan Busch put together her own story of loving and raising a son who was born with Deletion 22q.11 Syndrome. Busch takes the reader on a heartbreaking journey through hospitals, backyards, schoolrooms, psychiatric wards, a court room, a burn unit, and the corridors of her own heart. But beyond the struggles of adjusting to life with this deletion, there is a tale of humanity, with all its sorrow, love, and hope.

Cleveland Summertime Memories: A Warm Look Back

by Gail Ghetia Bellamy


Gray and Co. Publishers

Gail Ghetia Bellamy follows Cleveland Food Memories and Cleveland Christmas memories with her latest compilation, which reminisces on the summertime activities that Clevelanders have enjoyed. The book includes not only the author's memories but contributions from dozens of Cleveland area residents. Memories shared include watching the Cleveland Indians, going to the Akron Soap Box Derby, the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, Cain Park, amusement park jaunts and even everyday memories of biking, swimming and, one amusing memory of a children's baseball game with no ball and no equipment -- just their imaginations.

Blimp Pilot Terrorizes Akron--And Other Hot Air

by Bob Dyer


Gray and Co. Publishers

Newspaper columnist Bob Dyer collects a sampling of his columns, from the time Dyer nearly crashes the Goodyear blimp and drag raced in a '64 Plymouth Barracuda, to driving a 126-ton locomotive and attempting to panhandle on a downtown street corner. Dyer also shares his columns which reflect on speeding tickets and court fines, political correctness run amok and remembering the Richfield Coliseum. There's also an amusing chapter where he runs readers' questions and responses to his columns and Akron area issues, followed by his responses.

Freedom Fight

by Frank Lattimore

$7.50 eBook

Christ House Books

Frank Lattimore, a former Twinsburg resident and a graduate from R.B. Chamberlin High school, makes his writing debut with Freedom Fight. The idea for the novel -- the first in a planned series -- started in late 2006. In the story, Brent Lawton's entrance into the occult was an accident; a combination of ignorance and navet. He is drawn into a life-paralyzing darkness that threatens to destroy him. Brent tries desperately to escape, even to the point of attempting suicide. However, his deadly deliberations are temporarily stalled by the thought of two possible after-life destinations--one of them probable--planted in his mind by his grandmother.

The next two books, Freedom War and Freedom Zone, are planned.

Rave Reviews: The History of Akron's Tuesday Musical

by Tuesday Musical


University of Akron Press

This book profiles the individuals who founded, fostered, and forwarded Tuesday Musical. The accomplishments of Tuesday Musical are illustrated with images, newspaper stories, memorabilia, and biographies. The canal's towpaths are now walking and riding trails, tire manufacturing is now done elsewhere, and the Schumacher oats factory has been converted into student housing and office space. Yet Tuesday Musical's volunteers continue to bring world-class classical music to the city, a tribute to its founders, volunteers, and benefactors.

No Mopes Allowed

by David Oliver


Gray and Co. Publishers

David A. Oliver has been chief of police for the Brimfield (Ohio) Police Department since 2004. Chief Oliver is well-known for the Brimfield Police Department's Facebook presence -- very well known. Readers from as far away as Australia, Ireland, and Hong Kong, and from every state in the U.S. "stop by" daily for a virtual cup of coffee with the chief. Whether he's busting "mopes" (old-fashioned cop slang for criminal types), comforting a teen runaway, or promoting school safety, Oliver's folksy and feisty style connects with readers. He tackles tough issues: The invasion of Meth and other drugs. Drunk driving. School shootings. He champions personal responsibility, and chastises politicians. This book collects the best of the chief's politically incorrect essays, delightfully sarcastic letters to criminals, humorous crime reports, inspirational quotes, and more.

EatQ: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence

by Susan Albers PsyD

$11.19 eBook, $20.23 hardcover


Susan Albers, who grew up in Stow, has published several books on weight loss strategies. Her latest, EatQ: Unlock the Weight Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence, was published in October. In this book, Albers presents a groundbreaking three-step program for conquering emotional eating--a practical, prescriptive, proactive approach using Emotional Intelligence that will help you slim down, eat healthfully and mindfully, and keep the pounds off.

Introduced by the author of the bestselling The Hormone Cure, Sara Gottfried MD, Eat.Q. goes beyond traditional diet books to explore the link between emotions and eating. Albers guides readers through the most common emotional barriers to healthy and mindful eating, and offers 25 tools and techniques to use to tailor the plan.

The Great Event

By: B. Randolph Beynon

$35.96 paperback

Publish America

B. Randolph Beynon of Fairlawn recently published a 688-page history of the American Civil War, starting with the importation of slaves into the colonies.

Please Bring Balloons

by Lindsay Ward

$9.78 eBook, $12.75 hardcover


Peninsula resident Lindsay Ward recently published another picture book for children. In this story, ever wondered what it would be like to ride a carousel right off its platform? As Emma discovers, all it takes is a handful of balloons and a very kind polar bear.

Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel

by Bob Batchelor

$25.99 eBook, $40.50 hardcover

Scarecrow Press

In Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, cultural historian and biographer Bob Batchelor explores the birth, life, and enduring influence of F. Scott Fizgerald's The Great Gatsby, from the novel's appearance in the heady year of 1925 through today's headlines filled with celebrity intrigue, corporate greed, and a roller-coaster economy. Batchelor, who lives in Munroe Falls, explains why and how Gatsby has become part of the fiber of the American ethos and an important tool in helping readers to better comprehend their lives and the broader world around them. Batchelor is James Pedas Professor of Communication and Executive Director of the James Pedas Communication Center at Thiel College. He is the author or editor of 24 books, including John Updike: A Critical Biography.