It’s all local | On the Bookshelf

We couldn’t let our Local Favorites issue go by without mentioning some favorite books written by local authors. Check out these books — each by a writer who calls Northeast Ohio home.

We couldn’t let our Local Favorites issue go by without mentioning some favorite books written by local authors. Check out these books — each by a writer who calls Northeast Ohio home.

“A Home of Their Own: The Story of Ohio’s Greatest Orphanage,” by Edward Lentz (hardcover, Orange Frazer Press, 2010, 357 pages, $24.95). The Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Home came into its remarkable life during the 1870s, a moral response to the debt owed Ohio families damaged and destroyed by the great national struggle just ended — the American Civil War. Located just outside the Green County town of Xenia, Ohio, an entire park-like campus sprang into being. For more than a hundred years, the home was one of America’s most remarkable institutions. Late in the century, however, powerful shifts in the culture conspired against it.

“Parenting with a Purpose: Inspiring, Positive Alternatives to Reach and Teach Your Child How to Behave,” by Diana Boggia (paperback, iUniverse.com, 2012, 216 pages, $17.95). Rather than dread those temper tantrums, embrace them. Consider them an opportunity to practice new skills with confidence and become empowered as you parent. The author shows you how to embrace those moments as she presents strategies to remedy misbehavior, increase self-confidence, and empower you as you learn to take control in a positive way, without yelling or harsh punishment.

“Six Inches of Partly Cloudy: Cleveland’s Legendary Meteorologist Takes On Everything — and More,” by Dick Goddard with Tom Feran (paperback, Gray & Company Publishers, 2011, 143 pages, $12.95). The well-known Cleveland TV personality and pioneering meteorologist celebrates a remarkable 50 years on television with this grab bag of personal stories, witty cartoons, fun facts and essays about weather, pets, Ohio history, the TV business and much more.

“That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris & Stefanie Spielman Story,” by Chris Spielman with Bruce Hooley (hardcover, Zondervan, 2012, 224 pages, $24.99). Chris Spielman was a high school and Ohio State football legend and a four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, but he didn’t tackle his toughest opponent until his playing career was almost over. In 1998, his wife, Stefanie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and so began an 11-year journey that brought joy and suffering to the Spielmans, as well as hope and inspiration to thousands of others.

“Joe Tait, It’s been a Real Ball: Stories from a Hall-of-Fame Sports Broadcasting Career,” by Terry Pluto and Joe Tait (paperback, Gray & Company Publishers, 2011, 259 pages, $15.95). Legendary broadcaster Joe Tait is like an old family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall of Fame career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues and players.