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Published on July 20th, 2010 | by Rachel


Got the LeBron blues? Grab a dose of Perry’s luck.

LeBron is gone—along with our visions of NBA championships. Chalk it up to Cleveland luck. Or beat those blues with a copy of Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry (Clerisy Press, 2010), by Cleveland’s own Craig Heimbuch.

In this hilarious and moving travel memoir, Heimbuch explores his local roots—and how he learned to expect the worst and assume his luck will always be bad. This view has drawn him to Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813, ever since a family trip to the Perry Memorial on Put-in-Bay when he was ten.

Perry had good luck in spades—and Heimbuch sets out to grab some of that mojo, driving around Lake Erie and stopping at places associated with the heroic commodore. Along the way he ruminates about his love for the lake and the city, even as his car breaks down, his map misleads him, and his accommodations are less than accommodating.

Heimbuch’s book, his first, recently won a Great Lakes/Great Reads award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. It heralds a dynamic new voice in literature, one we can call our own—and always will be one of us. Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry is a love letter to Cleveland and Lake Erie by a very talented and very funny writer. He’s clever enough to clearly see our area—warts and all—and he relishes all of it. His new book will cure the LeBron blues and renew our pride in the place we call home.

Craig Heimbuch is an award-winning journalist and graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the former managing editor of Cincinnati Gentlemen Magazine and has worked for weekly and daily newspapers in Ohio and Virginia. He is currently the editor-in-chief of and lives in Southwest Ohio with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Jackson and Dylan.

Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry may be purchased at bookstores and on the Web at

Chasing Oliver Hazard Perry

By Craig Heimbuch

Clerisy Press – May 2010 – 275 pages, black and white pictures throughout

Paperback – ISBN 978-1-57860-345-9 – $17.95

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