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Shaker Heights Authors & History

May - June 2013 edition

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month 
The community of Shaker Heights enjoys a rich history and a wealth of local talent. In this newsletter we share new and significant works about Shaker Heights, and new and notable publications by our Shaker Heights Authors.
Have a question or need research assistance? Contact Local History Librarian Meghan Hays at 216-367-3016 or . Her regular hours are posted on our website. Please visit the Local History Collection to read any of these works, and to learn more about Shaker Heights!
Local Resources and Genealogical Websites, Wednesday, May 15 @ Main Library
Please join us for a genealogical event which will be held in Meeting Room E at the Shaker Heights Public Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 6-8:30pm

Sandra Beane-Milton of the African-American Genealogical Society will survey the helpful research sites available in Cleveland, such as the Western Reserve Historical Society and Cleveland Public Library, as well as how to use the spectrum of genealogical websites, message boards, and databases available online.
Reserve your place online or by calling 216-991-2030.
Shaker Author Event: LaTasha Watts, Thursday, May 30 @ Main Library
Please join us for a Meet-the-Author event which will be held in Meeting Room F at the Shaker Heights Public Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120.

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7-8:30pm

Meet Shaker Heights author LaTasha Watts, whose new book, I'm Not Broken, Just A Little Twisted: Scenes through the Mind of a Foster Child, is a memoir about her experience in the foster care system.
Watts spent her entire childhood in the foster care system before she aged out at age 18. She subsequently faced and overcame a series of obstacles including homelessness, becoming a single mother, and battling cancer, all by the age of 23. Her inspiring memoir starkly illustrates the difficulties children face in foster care and beyond.

Watts now devotes herself through advocacy, speaking, and writing to improve the lives of children in the foster care system. She is the founder and executive director of the advocacy organization The Purple Project, which supports and provides resources for children as they age out of foster care and transition to adult life.

Following her presentation, books will be available for sale and signing.
This event is co-sponsored by Beech Brook
Reserve your place online or by calling 216-991-2030.
The Shaker Heights Connection: Books on Adoption and Foster Care
All Blood Is Red... All Shadows Are Dark - John T. Becker and Stanli K. Becker
Publisher: Seven Shadows Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/01/1984
ISBN-13: 9780916225001
ISBN-10: 0916225003

All Blood is Red... All Shadows are Dark is about an interracial family from Shaker Heights. Each of the five children (four of whom were adopted) wrote a chapter in the book. The children attended school in Shaker Heights.

Wanting A Child - Jill Bialosky and Helen Schulman
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 05/01/1998
ISBN-13: 9780374286347
ISBN-10: 0374286345
A collection of personal essays and fiction that explore the humor, courage, pain, and joy that encompass the complicated journey to parenthood. The writers reveal journeys involving surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, pregnancy after multiple miscarriages, and adoption. Bialosky is a graduate of Shaker Heights High School.
Growing Pains - Sam Ludwig
Publisher: Deb L. Wieder and Sam Ludwig
Pub Date: 1990

An autobiography of stories including life as a Jewish orphan as told to his granddaughter, Deb L. Wieder. Ludwig grew up in the Cleveland Jewish Orphan Asylum in Shaker Heights.

Inside Looking Out: The Cleveland Jewish Orphan Asylum, 1868-1924 - Gary Edward Polster
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/01/1990
ISBN-13: 9780873384063
ISBN-10: 0873384067

The story of the Jewish Orphan Asylum, which is now Bellefaire JCB on Fairmount Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

Journeys After Adoption: Understanding Lifelong Issues - Jayne E. Schooler and Betsie Norris
Publisher: Bergin & Garvey
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/30/2002
ISBN-13: 9780897898164
ISBN-10: 0897898168

The authors offer insight into the concerns, issues, joys, and pain experienced by those who lives are framed by adoption. Norris is an adoptee, a Shaker Heights High School graduate, and still lives in Shaker Heights. She is the founder and executive director of Adoption Network Cleveland.

To Love A Child: A Reluctant Father Adopts a "Forgotten" Child - Ted Schwarz
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/1995
ISBN-13: 9780882821368
ISBN-10: 0882821369
The author relates how he and his wife decided to adopt a toddler who was born addicted to drugs taken by his late mother, and how the three of them, through patience, generosity, and love, finally became a real family. Schwarz is a Shaker Heights High School graduate.
Baby, We Were Meant For Each Other: In Praise of Adoption - Scott Simon
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/24/2010
ISBN-13: 9781400068494
ISBN-10: 1400068495
The NPR Weekend Edition host explores the cultural impact of adoption while sharing the story of how he and his wife adopted two daughters, in an account that also relates the experiences of other prominent figures who were adopted or became adoptive parents. Simon attended school in Shaker Heights as a child.
New and Notable Books by Shaker Heights Authors
Textbooks Only - Sophia Ciccarelli
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Pub
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/3/2012
ISBN-13: 9781481240284
ISBN-10: 1481240285

Textbooks Only is set in a future not far from present day. In this world the government was taken over by a dictator who only got to where he was due to the vast amount of knowledge at his disposal. When he is usurped, the technological revolution grinds to a halt and books, music, and dancing are outlawed. As we know, there will always be those who are discontented with the state of things and this is the story of three of such youths. Ciccarelli is a current Shaker Heights High School student.

So How Was Your Day, Doc? - Carrie A. Griffith
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Pub
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/29/2012
ISBN-13: 9781479139798
ISBN-10: 1479139793

This charming, lively collection of narratives captures the poignant and often amusing interactions among clients, their pets, and the veterinarians who care for them. The authors create vivid descriptions that bring all the characters to life. A range of emotions are portrayed through a variety of stories such as Trevor’s frightening battle against a wild river, a young man’s struggle with losing his beloved friend, and the comical antics of a big galoot named Rufus. This delightful little gem of a book is meant for anyone who loves animals. Dr. Griffith is a Shaker Heights High School graduate.

Francine's Miracle - Emeka Iwenofu
Publisher: Hope Point Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/22/2013
ISBN-13: 9780985532130
ISBN-10: 0985532130

Emeka Iwenofu is a young aspiring author who has written a series of books called The Miracle Trilogy. Francine's Miracle is the first of the trilogy; the second is Mandi's Miracle (due out later this year) and the third is Jackie's Miracle (2012). Emeka lived mostly in Cleveland and later attended Shaker Heights High School and Marist Comprehensive Academy in Nigeria. At 16, he attended Cuyahoga Community College before attaining his bachelor's degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.

John Carroll University - Marian J. Morton
Publisher: Arcadia Pub
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/11/2013
ISBN-13: 9780738590745
ISBN-10: 0738590746

In September 1886, St. Ignatius College opened in a working-class neighborhood on Cleveland's Near West Side. The one classroom building was unpretentious, its mostly Irish and German students were few, its Jesuit faculty numbered four, and its opening was ignored by Cleveland's daily newspapers. Over the next 125 years, the small college became John Carroll University, moved to University Heights, built handsome buildings on a landscaped campus, gained students and faculty, and achieved national recognition. This is the story of how that happened.

Marian J. Morton, a Shaker Heights native, is emeritus professor of history at John Carroll University. This is her sixth book for Arcadia Publishing. Her other titles are:
In The Land Of The Living: A novel - Austin Ratner
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/12/2013
ISBN-13: 9780316206099
ISBN-10: 0316206091
Two brothers try to understand their family, grief and the lasting effects on their relationships and careers and how they can change the future in this new novel from Austin Ratner. Ratner, a Shaker Heights High School graduate, was the 2011 winner of the $100,000 Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for his first novel, The Jump Artist.
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