Terrace Plaza CoverCincinnati Book Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism in eBook form.  This architectural history, which was written by Shawn Patrick Tubb, was released in print in 2013; it is now out-of-print.  The text focuses on the building’s architectural and interior design, and its role in local and national urban history.  The ebook is illustrated with period color photographs taken by Ezra Stoller, the dean of American architectural photographers.  The foreword is by Aaron Betsky.   


Tubb, who has a Master of Architecture and Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Film Production from Bowling Green State University, recently returned from his second relocation to China where he contributed to the design and construction of Shanghai Disneyland.  A traveler at heart, Tubb has lived in many cities across the world including New York, Toronto, Shanghai, Brussels, Mexico City, and Los Angeles. As much as he enjoys moving and traveling, Tubb will always consider Cincinnati “his home town,” he said in an email.


Although Tubb has been occupied with other architectural endeavors, the Terrace Plaza Hotel and its preservation remains important to him. The Terrace Plaza has been vacant since 2008, and plans for future redevelopment are unknown.


“I'm still hoping the building will be rehabilitated in a way that is sensitive to its important place in local and national history,” Tubb said in an email.


Terrace Plaza was a proposed nominee to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in June, according to Cincinnati Business Courier. Although the Ohio Historical Society Sites Advisory Board recommended the nomination and forwarded it to the National Park Service for consideration, a decision has not been made at the time of publication.


This is Tubb’s first book. The manuscript won Cincinnati Book Publishing’s Young Voices Publication Award in 2013. Tubb also won the Cincinnati Preservation Association Education Award for his work.


The Ebook version of Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism can be purchased through Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

Cincinnati Book Publishing (CBP) is pleased to announce the release of Priceless Memories of Troop 3: The Adventures, History, and Traditions of An Iconic 100 Year-Old Parkersburg, West Virginia Boy Scout Troop.

 The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the nation’s foremost values-based youth training organization, currently reaching 2.3 million youth throughout the United States. Many prominent business and civic leaders attribute their success in life to Scouting. In this book, author Ron Taylor recalls his own rewarding experiences as he documents the fascinating history of a typical but exceptional Scout troop.

 Ron Taylor is a Cincinnati resident who grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the home of Troop 3. In approaching his subject, Taylor was determined to document the extraordinary accomplishments of the organization, which celebrates its centennial in August 2017. His outline revealed that Troop 3 had a significant story to tell. It has: Priceless Memories Front Cover 4-3-17

  • Produced the first Eagle Scout in West Virginia.
  • Inspired 12% of its members (three times the national average) to earn Scouting’s highest award of Eagle Scout.
  • Listed two members who earned the highest honor in Boy Scouts, and the highest honor in Sea Scouts: Eagle Scout and Quartermaster Sea Scout.
  • Created camps at its 152-acre wilderness campsite with a staff that has come from as many as five states to provide adult leadership for its summer camps.
  • Built and maintained a stone lodge, seawall docking, and recreation area on the Ohio River in Belpre, Ohio.
  • Kept an active list of every single member since it’s founding in 1917.
  • Prides itself in having one family that produced four Eagle Scouts, and several that produced two or more, Eagle Scouts.
  • Enjoys roughing it in the wilderness.
  • Distinguished alumni who are “movers and shakers” throughout the USA.
  • Is renown for its rich history and traditions
  • Prides itself on promoting the “out” in Scouting.

Troop Three Alumni Inc., consisting of former members, was chartered in 1949 to provide the facilities and resources for the troop's extensive outdoor program. Thanks to the alumni organization's strong backing, it has often been said Troop 3 was, and is, one of the best-equipped Boy Scout troops in the United States. Indeed, it became a national model for Scouting in mid-twentieth century America.

 The First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg launched Troop 3 during the Great Depression. It drew from the urban neighborhood, providing companionship, wholesome after-school activities, and outdoor experiences to the sons of city-based families, many of which suffered financial hardship during the Depression years.

 Founder and Scoutmaster Don B. Lowe appears in this history as the hero of the Parkersburg Scout movement. Taylor explores the challenges volunteers faced in providing outdoor activities and leadership skills for generations of city youth, whose families struggled to overcome hardships of economic depression and domestic life interrupted by military service during World War II.

 This is a joy-filled story of service, fun, and outdoor adventure, which will engage and inspire a wide reading audience. Books sales benefit Troop 3 Alumni, Inc. and its Scouting programs.  

Priceless Memories of Troop 3 is now available Cincinnati Book Publishing store for $24.95.

The newest addition to CBP’s diverse collection of publications is “The Brain,” written and illustrated by Gabrielle Zuccarello.

This children’s book is designed with kids 4-8 years of age in mind, but is educational for all ages. The book gives children, and their parents, a general understanding of the brain and the dangers of brain injuries.

Every movement, every thought, every word is processed by the super-computer in our head known as the brain. So, of course, protecting it should be a high priority in order to protect our children.

“The Brain” is a full-color guide to interest children in health and educate them on how to best safeguard their heads and the fascinating brains inside. Protecting the most complex organ in the body may seem difficult, but this book will provide your child with the practical knowledge needed to do just that.

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“The Brain” is Zuccarello’s second book with Cincinnati Book Publishing, illustrated in the same engaging style as her popular “Kids Cook Italian.” “Kids Cook Italian” raised money to aid in researching a cure for muscular dystrophy at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati.

Gabrielle Zuccarello grew up in Padova, Italy. She graduated from the University of Padova with honors, as well as later obtaining a graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP program. Her art is highly influenced by her background and Italian roots, and is a beautiful tool to aid the many causes about which Zuccarello is passionate.

“The Brain” is now available on the Cincinnati Book Publishing store for $15.00 and is a wonderful and unique gift for any child in your life.

Cincinnati Book Publishing is pleased to announce the release of their newest title, The Ripple Effect: How Bethesda Transformed Healthcare in Cincinnati. The Ripple Effect follows the history of Bethesda in Cincinnati, from the hospital’s beginnings as a single building in Mt. Auburn to a multi-faceted healthcare organization partnered with Tri-Health.

The Ripple Effect was produced by Bethesda Inc.; the project was headed by Carol Lloyd and much of the research was completed by Applied History Associates.

Working as an editor on The Ripple Effect provided a fascinating opportunity to see the history laid out, in stories and photos, and make connections throughout the history of Bethesda and Cincinnati. Cincinnati Book Publishing worked closely with designers to include as much of the visual history as possible, alongside the textual anecdotes and information.

The engaging story highlights the inspiring work of many healthcare professionals – nurses, educators, doctors, and administrators – who shaped Bethesda into the organization it is today. Many stories within the book demonstrate the rise of women in industry, as the School of Nursing created new fields for professional women in social work and healthcare.

The book not only shows the revolution of healthcare in Cincinnati, but also illuminates much of the city’s cultural history. Bethesda originated in 1896, when a German Methodist minister convened seven women deacons to found the Deaconess Association and Bethesda Hospital intending to minister to the health and spiritual needs of the sick poor, especially the large immigrant community from the German states.

The Ripple Effect: How Bethesda Transformed Healthcare in Cincinnati is now available for purchase on the Cincinnati Book Publishing online store.

LandSoonCome Front Cover Art WebIn this beautifully illustrated book, titled In the Land of "Soon Come," Barbara Coyle, former director of Roger Bacon community service outreach program, relates the inspiring story of her decade-long experiences in leading youth missionaries to Negril, Jamaica, where the Greater Cincinnati contingent did volunteer work at Father Jim Bok's parish school. Proceeds from book sales ($15 plus tax) benefit the Franciscan Friars mission work in Jamaica.


About the author: Barbara Hesse Coyle grew up in Reading, Ohio, where she attended Mount Notre Dame High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Louisville. Her love for children and her passion for education led her to teach pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and high school students. Barbara married John Coyle and stayed home to raise their three children. Later, she received a Certificate in Religious Studies from the College of Mount St. Joseph and returned to the classroom. She taught religion at Roger Bacon High School for fifteen years and was director of the school’s community outreach service program. Now retired, Barbara and her husband live in West Chester, Ohio. She is available for book talks and autograph sessions.  

About the artist: Taylor Kling is a sixteen-year-old student at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. A self-taught artist, she is the proud recipient of numerous awards, including regional and national Scholastic art keys.


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Just Published: The American Dream: ...Or What's A Heaven For? 

Cincinnati OH-Cincinnati Book Publishing announces the October 2015 release of The American Dream, a long-awaited analysis of the current state of the American Dream by the late Michael F. Ford. The book was published in cooperation with the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University.  Ford reveals the many myths about the Dream, and identifies the present threats to its continuance. After a long and distinguished career as a senior political strategist, Ford returned to his alma mater, Xavier University, in Cincinnati, and founded the Center for the Study of the American Dream IN 2008. At the time of his death in late 2013, Mr. Ford had just finished writing this book. The book includes a Foreword by Roger A. Fortin, Professor of History and Distinguished Service Professor, Xavier University and an Afterword by Zane L. Miller, a Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cincinnati.  J. Patrick Ford, the author's brother, contributed the Prologue.  Ford was an advisor for high-level political campaigns, including nine presidential campaigns, and he managed more than 100 gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, Congressional, and mayoral campaigns across the United States. Among the many tributes to his life and work published here is an especially relevant one from the national political consultant and journalist Joe Trippi, who wrote, "No one I know thought more about the American Dream, and worked harder to defend and save it, than Mike Ford. His book is his torch passed on to each of us to keep our unique American Dream alive."  

The American Dream is an inspiring and provocative read. Available at,, and in select bookstores. 

208 pages. Softbound. $19.95. Bibliography, index. 


RetirementQuest2ndPrinting-1CBP wishes to congratulate Alan Spector and Keith Lawrence, authors of Your Requirement Quest: 10 secrets for Creating and Living a Fulfilling Retirement. The first 5,000 copies of their book have sold, and now the book is in its second printing. Click here to access our store and purchase a second-print copy of the book.

BWCoverOnly CBP is pleased to announce the release of the ebook and print book: Black Walls Turn Gray. This novel by combat veteran Brad Jones is about the consequences of modern warfare and the struggles that veterans face in readjusting to civilian life. Young, fit, and from a military family, Corporal Quince Magowan sees serving his country as his patriotic duty. Unfortunately, fighting in his generation's war proves to be more than just a physical battle. This is a compelling story of filial and romantic love, of friendship, duty and heroism, and of America's challenges in treating its veterans for the invisible wounds of modern warfare. Author and Afghanistan veteran Brad Jones brings this great American dilemma home in Black Walls Turn Gray, his first published novel.  This is an important book, which will inform and inspire. It is by turns heart-breaking and heart-warming, but ultimately life-affirming. Book clubs will be rewarded with its rich material for lively discussions.  The author is available to meet with clubs and associations.  


Read more: Important Book Dedicated to Veterans and Families


Beverly Erschell's book The Lucky Greyhound was reviewed by Jane Durrell this January. In this review, Durrell summarizes the plot of the book, and offers commentary on Erschel's artistic style and writing style.

Durrell says, "The greyhound’s elegant lines provide a focal point in the exuberance of the landscapes and room-scapes in which we see her[Erschell] cavorting."

View the whole review here.

Image 3Excentricities in West Palm Beach hosted an exhibit and book signing of Beverly Erschell's paintings and two books. View photos of Erschell here.

Read more: Author Bev Erschell in West Palm Beach

Sarah Curry Rathel, author of There's Something Different About My Hair, published last year, attended an event that raised money for the "Love 4 Lauren" Foundation. She contributed to the event by signing and selling her books for the charity. To see more about her event, and to keep up to date with her events and news, visit her Facebook page, or her website,


Read more: Something Different author attending many charity events

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