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Dayton Area Reading List

Dayton and the surrounding area has a rich history of innovation and a wealth of natural treasures. Explore this reading list for opportunies to enrich your symposium experience or plan an extended visit to the region.

Conference Materials


Ohio Trails

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Baumgartner, Celeste. Road Biking Ohio: A Guide to the State's Best Bike Rides. (Falcon Guides, 2010).
Detailed descriptions and maps of forty of the best bicycle rides in Ohio, from easy afternoon jaunts to multi-day tours.

Hoven, Ray, and Mary C. Rumpsa. Ohio's Bicycle Trails. (American Bike Trails, 2011).
Covers over 90 road and mountain biking trails throughout Ohio.

Molloy, Johnny. Best Hikes near Columbus. (Falcon Guides, 2013).
Features hiking trails within an hour's drive of the Columbus Metro area.

Pond, Connie, and Robert J. Pond. Follow the Blue Blazes: A Guide to Hiking Ohio's Buckeye Trail. (Ohio University Press, 2014).
Find adventures from all over the Buckeye Trail. From the startling rock formations and graceful waterfalls of Old Man’s Cave, to Native American mounds, battlefields, and scenic rivers, this book is guide to often-overlooked treasures around the state.

Ramey, Ralph. 50 Hikes in Ohio. (Countryman, a Division of W.W. Norton, 2016).
Revised and updated edition of the classic Ohio hiking guide.

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Reed, Mary T. Hiking Ohio: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hikes. (Falcon Guides, 2014).
Provides trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues, GPS coordinates, difficulty ratings, and average hiking times.

Shauger, Laura, Jennifer Kaleba, and Wendy Jordan. Rail-trails Midwest: Great Lakes: The Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Handbook. (Wilderness, 2009).
Presents detailed maps and information about 113 Midwestern rail-trails, including 25 Ohio trails.

Stresing, Diane. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cleveland including Akron and Canton. (Menasha Ridge, 2016).
Presents the best outdoor trails and rambles within easy reach of Cleveland, Canton, and Akron.

Trail Guide to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Cuyahoga Valley Trails Council, 2008).
The complete trail guide to Ohio's popular national park.

Williams, Gary S. Hiking Ohio. (Human Kinetics, 2014).
A complete guide to 83 of the most scenic day hikes in the Buckeye State.

York, Tamara. 60 Hikes within 60 Miles, Cincinnati: Including Southwest Ohio, Southeast Indiana, and Northern Kentucky. (Menasha Ridge, 2014).
Includes several Dayton-area trails.


Ohio Travel

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Campbell, Christy. Eat & Explore Ohio: Cookbook & Travel Guide. (Great American, 2015).
Provides a taste of Ohio by sharing the favorite recipes of hometown cooks throughout the state while sharing information about fun festivals, unique attractions, and fascinating tourist destinations.

Cross, Tom. Fishing Ohio: An Angler's Guide to over 200 Fishing Spots in the Buckeye State. (Lyons, 2008).
Fishing information for every public lake and stream in the state.

DuSablon, Mary Anna, Connie J. Harrell, and John Cicmanec. Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City's Scenic and Historic Secrets. (Ohio University Press, 2014).
Describes and maps thirty-four walks around the neighborhoods of Cincinnati, following scenic or historic routes and taking in many of the city’s more than four hundred sets of steps.

Eblin, Jennifer. Haunted Miami Valley. (Haunted America, 2010).
Explores the chilling origins of ghosts from around the Miami Valley.

Forster, Matt. Backroads & Byways of Ohio: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions. (Countryman, 2014).
Ohio is full of fascinating history and beautiful landscapes. Come discover all that this state’s backroads offer travelers.

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Gurvis, SandraOhio Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, & Other Offbeat Stuff. (Globe Pequot, 2011).
Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Buckeye State has to offer.

Hunter, Bob. A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus: Finding the past in the Present in Ohio's Capital City. (Ohio University Press, 2012).
Celebrates Columbus, Ohio’s, two-hundred-year history and supplies intriguing stories about the city’s buildings and celebrated citizens, stopping at individual addresses, street corners, parks, and riverbanks where history was made.

Korman, Danny, and Katie Meyer. Walking Cincinnati: 32 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Stunning Riverfront Quarters, and Hidden Treasures in the Queen City. (Wilderness, 2015).
This guide walks readers through the Cincinnati's historical, architectural, and culinary sites. The unique character comes alive through Walking Cincinnati's focus on human-interest, and gives the readers surprise after surprise in its 30 walks.

Loewendick, Robert. Best Tent Camping. Your Car-camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization. (Menasha Ridge, 2012).
Reveals 50 sites around the Buckeye State that will excite avid tent campers.

Mantey, Jackie. 100 Things to Do in Columbus before You Die. (Reedy, 2016).
Whether you take a stroll through the thriving independent arts districts or make a stop at the cultural mainstays (hello, best zoo and aquarium in America), time spent in the heart of Ohio will have you falling in love.

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Ware, Jane. Particular Places: A Traveler's Guide to Ohio's Best Road Trips. (Orange Frazer, 2008). Particular Places shows the best places to visit in 15 Ohio areas, including Marietta, Athens, Logan, Adams County, Yellow Springs, Lebanon, Granville, Mount Vernon, Coshocton, Amish Country, Maumee, Port Clinton, Sandusky, Lake Erie and the Lake Erie Islands.

Willis, James A., Andrew Henderson, and Loren Coleman. Weird Ohio. (Sterling, 2005)
Your travel guide to Ohio's local legends and best kept secrets.

Willis, James A. Ohio's Historic Haunts: Investigating the Paranormal in the Buckeye State. (Kent State University Press, 2015).
Come along on a journey to the crossroads where history and folklore collide, and visit the fascinating Ohio locations where the past comes alive―in more ways than one!

Woodward, Susan L., and Jerry N. McDonald. Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley: A Guide to Mounds and Earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, Cole, and Fort Ancient People. (McDonald & Woodward, 2002).
Identifies and describes 70 extant, publicly accessible sites in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, where mounds were constructed by Woodland people beginning some 3000 years ago. This book also reviews the culture, history, and geography of the Woodland and Late Prehistoric mound building groups and the fate of their structures during the Historic period.

Zavatsky, Michele. Kids Love Ohio: Your Family Travel Guide to Exploring Kid-friendly Ohio: 500 Fun Stops & Unique Spots. (Kids Love Publications, 2016).
Features 500 kid-friendly Ohio attractions. Includes itineraries for day trips around the state.

Zurcher, Neil. The Best of One Tank Trips: Great Getaway Ideas in and around Ohio. (Gray & Company, 2016).
Guide to finding Ohio's less-well-known attractions.


Dayton History

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Bell, Trudy E. The Great Dayton Flood of 1913 (Arcadia Pub., 2008).
Portrays the terrifying 1913 Dayton flood, monumental destruction, heroic rescues, and compassionate
leadership that occurred during the disaster and its immediate aftermath, as well as the pioneering flood control engineering that has kept Dayton safe ever since.

Bernstein, Mark. Grand Eccentrics: Turning the Century: Dayton and the Inventing of America. (Orange Frazer, 1996).
Grand Eccentrics is a group biography of a half dozen individuals - Orville and Wilbur Wright; Charles Kettering; John H. Patterson; Arthur Morgan, and James Cox -- who explored those new possibilities that came with the turn of the 20th century.

Breton, Binka Le. The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Death of Sister Dorothy Stang. (Doubleday, 2007).
A portrait of an extraordinary nun describes how Sister Dorothy Stang came to Brazil as a missionary in 1966, her work in the Amazon to protect small farmers from ruthless logging and development interests, and her 2005 murder.

Dalton, Curt. Dayton through Time. (Arcadia by Arrangement with Fonthill Media LLC, 2015).
A visual exploration of Dayton history.

Gaffney, Timothy R. The Dayton Flight Factory: The Wright Brothers & the Birth of Aviation. (History, 2014).
Uses historical research and today's aviation heritage sites to retell the story of the Wright brothers from a hometown perspective.

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Huffman, Dale, Andy Snow, and James Tyler. Dayton: The Cradle of Creativity. (Towery, 1998).
Aided by hundreds of images collected by photography editor Andy Snow, Huffman presents a portrait of Dayton's continual influence on American life.

Keisel, Kenneth M. Dayton Aviation: The Wright Brothers to McCook Field. (Arcadia, 2012).
Examines Dayton’s civil and military aviation history from its start with the Wright Brothers to the founding of Wright and Patterson Fields in the 1930s.

Martel, Mark, Mark Bernstein, Kate Hagenbuch Martel, Lauren Heaton, Charles O. Adams, and John Janning. Dayton's Children: The Unlikely Gang Who Brought Us Aviation, "the Cash" and the Keys to the Road Ahead (Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation, 2015.)
Dayton was the Silicon Valley of its time, and these “grand eccentrics” in the small Midwestern city of Dayton, Ohio changed our whole world.

McCullough, David G. The Wright Brothers (Simon & Schuster, 2015).
The dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly.

Newsom, Tammy. A History of Peace in Dayton Ohio (History, 2015).
Dayton has an impressive history of working toward peace. Generations of Daytonians worked passionately to create a nonviolent and welcoming community to inspire others. Tammy Newsom explores the inventiveness, compassion and courage of the men and women who have made Dayton a city of peace.


Natural Ohio

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Bosanko, Dave. Fish of Ohio: Field Guide. (Adventure Publications, 2008).
Provides detailed information about 75 types of Ohio fish. Pages are waterproof.

Daniels, Jaret C. Butterflies of Ohio Field Guide. (Adventure Publications, 2004).
A field guide to 133 species of Ohio butterflies, arranged by color.

Eder, Tamara, and Ian Sheldon. Animal Tracks of Ohio. (Lone Pine Pub., 2001).
Concise descriptions of the animals and their tracks are combined with detailed drawings of the front and back prints, stride patterns and other important identifying features.

Feldmann, Rodney M., Merrianne Hackathorn, and Robert L. Anstey. Fossils of Ohio.  (State of Ohio, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey, 1996).
Provides information on finding, identifying, and collecting the many different fossils found in Ohio.

FitzSimmons, David, and Gary Meszaros. Animals of Ohio's Ponds and Vernal Pools. (Kent State University Press, 2011).
Takes a close-up look at unique Ohio wetlands, including resident fish, amphibians, insects, and birds. Ohio’s geologic history influencing wetland formation, and hydrology and energy cycles are also covered.

Keiffer, Artimus. The Geography of Ohio. (Kent State University Press, 2008.)
Using a systematic and thematic approach, the book serves as a definitive study of both the state's landscape and people scape.

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McCormac, Jim, and Gary Meszaros. Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage. (Kent State University Press, 2009).
Using a systematic and thematic approach, the book serves as a definitive study of both the state's landscape and peoplescape.

Platt, Carolyn V. Ohio Hill Country: A Rewoven Landscape. (Kent State UP, 2012)
In Ohio Hill Country, author Carolyn Platt describes how plant and animal life evolved to fill the many niches and microclimates afforded by the area’s weathered sandstones and shales and the ravines cut by area streams.

Rice, Daniel L., and Gary Meszaros. Native Fishes of Ohio. (Kent State University Press, 2014).
Documents the more than 130 species originally found in the state and describes how their aquatic habitats have evolved as a result of agriculture and industrial development.

Tekiela, Stan. Birds of Ohio: Field Guide. (Adventure Publications, 2004).
This book features 111 species of Ohio birds, organized by color for ease of use.

Tekiela, Stan. Wildflowers of Ohio Field Guide. (Adventure Publications, 2001).
This is your field guide to 200 of Ohio's wildflowers. Full-page photographs and an easy-to-read format present the information that's critical to accurate identification.
Thompson, Bill. Ohio Bird Watching: A Year-round Guide. (Cool Springs, 2004).
Highlights the birds found in Ohio. In addition to the profile, each bird entry includes a map to identity the specific range covered by the bird.


Fiction set in the Miami Valley 

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Fielding, Joy. Mad River Road. (Atria, 2006).
While single mothers Lily and Emma are trying to start new lives in Dayton, Ohio, flighty Jamie is in Florida, chafing under the thumb of her perfectionist sister. But when Jamie takes off on a cross-country road trip with a seductive man she meets in a bar, it's more than just one more reckless decision in a lifetime full of them -- it might mean the end of her life, as well as the end of Lily, Emma, and their sons.

Greer, James, and Pamela Taylor. Artificial Light. (Akashic, 2006).
A young librarian calling herself Fiat Lux fills a set of notebooks with her passion for books and an enigmatic account of her interlude with Kurt C, a famous indie rock star who appears unheralded in Dayton, Ohio, and buys the long-abandoned Orville Wright mansion. A member of the rock group Whiskey Ships is trying to write about his musical odyssey but longs to return to his book about Orville Wright, whose long-lost diaries also feed the narrative stream.

Hansen, Brooks. The Chess Garden.(Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995)
Dr. Uyterhoeven goes to Africa during the Boer Wars to minister to victims and sends a series of letters home to his wife in Dayton, Ohio, which the neighbors read in his chess garden.

Haskell, Harry. Maiden Flight: A Novel. (Chicago Review, 2016).
Katharine Wright embodied the worldly, independent, and self-fulfilled New Woman of the early twentieth century, yet she remained in many ways a Victorian. Torn between duty and love, she agonized for months before making a devastating break with her world-famous and intensely possessive older brother Orville to marry newspaper editor Harry Haskell, the man she loved.

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Kittle, Katrina. Traveling Light. (Warner, 2000).
As Summer recovers from an accident, the teacher and former dancer struggles to regain her sense of self while her lover worries that she is too dependent on him.

Knight, Xavier. God Only Knows. (Grand Central Pub., 2009).
Leaving a high-profile job to serve as superintendent of the Christian school of her youth, single mom Julia Turner is forced to accept responsibility for her teenage role in an accident that disabled a neighbor.

Moody, Martha. Sharp and Dangerous Virtues: A Novel. (Swallow, 2012).
In 2047 Dayton, Ohio, a government-run farm produces the nation's food supply, but a shortage brings in an alliance of other nations who plan on taking over the farm, leaving the city's ordinary citizens to fend for themselves as war looms.

Perkins-Valdez, Dolen. Wench: A Novel. (Amistad, 2010).
Slave mistresses Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet travel to a resort in Ohio each year with their white masters, until Mawu shows up and encourages them to escape, forcing them to choose between freedom and leaving their friends and families.

Santmyer, Helen Hooven. ---and Ladies of the Club.(Ohio University Press, 1982).
A saga of the lives of two families in a small southwestern Ohio town chronicles the town's political, cultural, and social transformation, between 1868 and 1932, as seen through the eyes of members of the local women's literary club.


Contemporary Dayton-Area Authors

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Bebris, Carrie. Suspicion at Sanditon: Or, the Disappearance of Lady Denham (Tor, 2016).
The 7th title in the award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series.

Flanagan, Erin. It's Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories. (U of Nebraska, 2013).
“It’s not going to kill you,” a mother tells her protesting child. And maybe it won’t, but that doesn’t mean anyone is getting off scot-free.

Hurley, Kameron. The Geek Feminist Revolution. (Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016).
A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre.

Ireland, Ryan. Ghosts of the Desert. (Oneworld, 2016).
A young anthropologist is abducted by a family of desert-dwelling outcasts. As he struggles to find his place and make sense of his surroundings — with its perverse and unorthodox practices — he must decide whether to run, or risk becoming one of those around him.

Irvin, J. E. The Rules of the Game. (Absolutely Amazing, 2016).
Teacher Cammie Rose must identify her stalker before she becomes his next victim.

Kittle, Katrina. The Blessings of the Animals. (Harper Perennial, 2010).
Cam Anderson is a fixer. As a small-town veterinarian, she ministers to the usual parade of household pets, and as an animal-rescue volunteer she liberates abused horses, abandoned donkeys, stray goats. The one thing Cam can’t salvage is her marriage.

Langdon, Lorie.Gilt Hollow.(Blink, 2016).
A mix of mystery, thriller, and romance for young adults. High school student Willow Lamott's best friend has just returned from four years in juvie. As she attempts to help him clear his name, she gets drawn into darkness and danger.

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Leland, Nita. Exploring Color Workshop: With New Exercises, Lessons and Demonstrations. (North Light, 2016).
Teaches artists of all mediums and skill levels how to use and control color in their artwork.

Lemmon, Jessica. The Billionaire Bachelor. (Forever, 2016).
Billionaire Reese Crane’s playboy status is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels bit nothing and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy.

Lemmon, John. Happy Hour at Home: 101 Recipes for Beer-inspired Meals, Snacks, Desserts & Brews. (Skyhorse, 2016).
Includes food and drink recipes and information about beer history, science, and brewing techniques.

Moody, Martha. The Office of Desire. (Riverhead, 2007).
Alicia, Brice, and Caroline are the ABCs—three close friends who have been brought together while working at the cozy medical practice of Drs. Markowitz and Strub in Midburg, Ohio. But when Alicia and Dr. Strub begin an affair, a dramatic chain of events ensues that gradually but drastically changes the office environment.

Scalzi, John. Lock in. (Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates, 2015).
Set in the near future, this novel explores what happens when a new virus runs rampant, giving most sufferers run-of-the-mill flu symptoms, but rendering 1 percent “locked in” — that is, unable to move or respond, yet fully aware. In the aftermath, a rookie and a veteran FBI agent team up to investigate a murder that appears to be related to the disease, yet turns out to be much, much bigger.

Short, Sharon Gwyn. My One Square Inch of Alaska: A Novel. (Plume, 2013).
A pair of siblings escapes—along with a Siberian Husky—the strictures of their 1950s industrial Ohio town on the adventure of a lifetime.

Smith, Joanne Huist. The 13th Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle. (Harmony, 2014).
For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Greg Kincaid comes The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family's history into a time of strength and love.

Waggoner, Tim, and Eric Kripke. Mythmaker. (Titan, 2016).
Teenager Renee Mendez loves drawing the strange beings that feature in her dreams, not realizing that when she depicts them on paper, they come to life in the real world. These gods begin to seek worshippers and battle for supremacy, killing humans and each other until only the two strongest remain.







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