Author Marci Rich combines journalism, historical research and memoir to look back at her hometown with love in her new book, Looking Back at Elyria: A Midwest City at Midcentury.
Readers needn’t have grown up in Elyria to appreciate her book. “The universal appeal of its writing, and the kinship of its storytelling, will invite readers to engage in their own time-traveling,” says the publisher, The History Press.
Ilene Beckerman, author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, writes, “Do yourself a favor. Find a comfortable chair, take off your shoes, have a glass of wine or tea in a pretty cup, and read Marci Rich’s stories about people when life and times were sweeter. They’re a joy to read in today’s hectic world. You won’t stop smiling and doing your own remembering.”
Marci has published poetry, essays and journalistic pieces, earning honors from organizations and publications as varied as the Academy of American Poets, The Abiko Quarterly for James Joyce Studies (Japan), BlogHer and The Huffington Post. For two years running (2018 and 2019), she won awards in the Best Freelance Writer in Ohio category in The Press Club of Cleveland’s All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism competition for her local history feature series, “Look Back, Elyria,” which she writes for The Chronicle-Telegram. Those articles formed the basis for her first book of nonfiction. Writing as Marci Janas, a chapbook of her poems, Lights and Shadows, was published by Bottom Dog Press in 1985. She is currently working on a novel.