Toledo author Jim Mollenkopf likes to write about things close to home. In his books he’s crawled along the shore of Lake Erie, explored the history and quiet hinterlands of northwest Ohio and looked to his former hometown of Cleveland for inspiration. A brief overview of his books:
A vast marsh called the Great Black Swamp once laid across much of northwest Ohio and Jim Mollenkopf’s four, Great Black Swamp books explore its history and nature. The volumes also touch on a myriad of other historical people, places, and events that connect to Toledo and northwest Ohio ranging from the Battle of Fallen Timbers to a former Toledo mayor who became a hero to the Belgian people during World War I.
In addition to its human drama, northwest Ohio's quiet places of natural beauty are visited in Great Black Swamp Woods & Wanderswhere over two dozen parks and nature preserves both on and off the beaten path come to life.
July 13, 1954 was a steamy summer day in Cleveland and One Summer Day in America tells of a record-setting baseball All Star game played in that city’s Municipal Stadium. The book also explores life and events happening beyond the field of play in both Cleveland and around the country as reflected in the newspapers of that day.