David Giffels

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David Giffels believes the journey to understanding America begins with Ohio. Traveling around the state, the Akron-based writer is working on a new book ahead of next year’s election.

1873 guide map of Ohio
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David Giffels is on a journey to understand America, and for the Akron-based writer, that starts in Ohio.  He’s traveling around the state, working on a new book in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. 

photo of David Giffels with the lid of his coffin
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David Giffels has written about his hometown of Akron.  He’s written about the joy and pain of restoring a falling-down mansion in the city.  In his new book, he writes about building a coffin. 

Furnishing Eternity is the story of what lead Giffels to think he needed to build himself a coffin, the time he spent with his father building it and the loss he had to come to terms with during that time.