Current Recommendations for Booklovers— Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

West Side Girl by Anita Solick Oswald

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“West Side Girl is a book you didn’t know you needed.” – Susan Gaspar, Windy City Review. West Side Girl chronicles the colorful, eccentric characters and adventures of Chicago’s West Side in the 1950s and 1960s. These vivid essays transport you into the rapidly changing world of a ragtag brigade of migrant and immigrant children. Royalties from book sales go to Off the Street Club, a Chicago nonprofit that supports at-risk youth. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl by Marian Longenecker Beaman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“A feast for the senses...If it were possible to rate as high as ten stars, this would be tops.” Watch Marian navigate the restrictions of Mennonite culture along with confronting a heavy-handed father. Smell the aroma of saffron-infused potpie in Grandma’s kitchen; feel the thrill of a miracle healing. “You will be charmed by her depiction of a plain [Mennonite] life...and her gentle shift into modern times.” Linda Joy Myers; Founder, National Association of Memoir Writers From $4.99 SHOP NOW


The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water by Cameron Barnett

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Cameron Barnett’s poetry collection, The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water (winner of the 2017 Rising Writer Contest), explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America. From $8.49 SHOP NOW


How I Changed My Life in a Year! by Shelley Wilson

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Straight-talking, honest and with touches of humour, Shelley Wilson shares her journey as she sets out to prove that being a 40-something, single mum with back fat and grey hairs isn't the end of life as we know it. From fighting flab to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, Shelley covers a wide variety of themes as she tackles twelve challenges in twelve months. From $6.99 SHOP NOW


The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"Powerfully evocative...Will delight women's fiction readers who seek strong stories of enlightenment, and family connections." -Midwest Book Review. The Caged Butterfly, a USA Best Book Award Winner, is a captivating, epic tale that spans over seven decades. A single act of passion reverberates through four generations as they each find romance, suffer heartbreak, and learn to love themselves for who they are. 40 Five-Star Amazon Reviews From $5.99 SHOP NOW


Keeping Tabs by Beverley Courtney

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Stuck in an unhappy relationship. Can a downtrodden woman embrace her potential and achieve her life’s dream? Tabitha has struggled to feel worthy her entire life. With a domineering jealous husband and an adoring but ambitionless lover, she fears her undesirability keeps her trapped, doomed to live out her days in misery and regret. When her self-centered spouse attempts to bully her into moving overseas with him, can she stop living for others and follow her passion to a rewarding future? From $3.99 SHOP NOW


The Revolving Heart by Chuck Augello

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“A superb, captivating work from a promising new literary voice.” Kirkus Reviews, Best Indie Books 2020. Love and redemption collide in a New Jersey beach town as a narcoleptic ex-playwright confronts his past culpability in the disappearance of a 4-year-old girl. Twenty years later, he’s still haunted by the event. When his former love Amy calls from the hospital after a failed suicide attempt, he returns  home, but how can he help Amy, and help himself, without changing the past? From $4.99 SHOP NOW


My Impossible Life: Trauma Travel & Transcendence by Charlene Jones

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Hostage to two armed felons, I escaped through the woods of North Ontario. I was 16 years old. As a child I'd had dreams that warned me. Through global travel with a charismatic meditation teacher I learned to meditate, read dreams, use body exercises to release memory and more. Now I teach meditation and write books, enjoy loving relationships, and abundant physical and mental health. How? This book details my global travels and the path to full vibrant living out of My Impossible Life. From $4.19 SHOP NOW


First Dog on Earth by Irv Weinberg

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

At the dawn of civilization, a wolf dog befriends an old hunter and revives his alpha powers among his human tribe. Together with the animal’s pack, they discover a new way of life—a shared odyssey of survival and trust that grows into the most successful partnership the Earth has ever known, changing dogs and humans forever. Free SHOP NOW


Anxious Attachments by Beth Alvarado

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The stunning, intimate essays in Anxious Attachments take us through the life stages of a woman living in the American Southwest from the 1970s to the present. Alvarado’s stories portray a broad world of experience, reflecting on class, race, and poverty in America with emotional depth and sensitivity. From $8.69 SHOP NOW


Peter Never Came by Ashley Cowger

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The characters in Ashley Cowger's short stories learn to accept the fear, the regret, and the beauty of growing up in a world where Peter Pan will never come. The lives portrayed here are firmly planted in reality, a place where dreams loom only as hope on a faraway horizon. From $7.47 SHOP NOW


Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

American-turned-Parisian Vicki tells it like it is, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest to her even crazier holidays in her new home in France. Bizarre gifts, stomach-turning food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of the tales you'll chuckle at in this Christmas-themed memoir, featuring 25 funny and heartwarming stories. And each is paired with a festive cocktail recipe! From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Ivy vs. Dogg by Brian Leung

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Ivy Simmons has a longstanding rivalry with Jimmy "Dogg" Doggins, high school tennis star and hometown hero. Their sparring comes to a head when the town's annual Mr. Mayor election is announced and Ivy becomes the first female ever to run. Mudlick's busybody leaders do not approve, especially when Ivy reveals that she is pregnant. Emotions run high, squeezing Ivy and Dogg from all sides and forcing them to make the most adult decision of their lives. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Heavy Metal by Andrew Bourelle

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Andrew Bourelle’s novel, Heavy Metal, gives us a glimpse into the life of Danny, a teenager who seeks peace and stability after the suicide of his mother. From $8.69 SHOP NOW


Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved by Adeeba Talukder

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

"I fell captive to the spells of its stories--Scheherezade and her command over wild nights of imagination come to mind. Maybe it's the way Talukder manages to both evoke Urdu poetic tradition and create her own--these poems swoon with the restrained sensuality of the old world while dancing with the glittering passions of the new. Let yourself get caught up in this book's wondrous whorls and whirls--you won't regret it." --Tarfia Faizullah, author of Registers of Illuminated Villages and Seam From $8.49 SHOP NOW


Bad Blood by C R Dempsey

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A young warrior flees when his family is killed, but when the English invade his homeland, he must overcome his inner demons to avenge his family and save his clan. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Touching Gently: A Memoir by Charles I. Hargrove

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Story of Charles Hargrove's growing up during the Great Depression. A vivid picture of the time, place and culture, from which he sprang. His obsession with golf, hardships of life on a destroyer during the Korean War, the courtship and the heartbreaking death of his wife from Alzheimer's. He writes plainly and truthfully of life’s twists and turns, paths considered but not taken, precious victories and bitter losses, pain and dark places, and the simple but exquisite joy of being human. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Beneath the Flames by Gregory Lee Renz

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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Can an angry adolescent inner-city girl and a guilt-ridden firefighter overcome their racial biases in the fight of their lives in the Readers' Favorite International Gold Medal Winner in fiction? A fire in a neighboring farmhouse has young farmer and volunteer firefighter Mitch Garner blaming himself for the tragic outcome. His only hope for redemption is to leave Jennie, the girl he’s loved since high school, and join an urban fire department to prove himself as a professional firefighter. From $4.99 SHOP NOW / 


Arnold Falls by Charlie Suisman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Given the choice of go big or go home, nine times out of ten the townspeople of Arnold Falls will go home, get back into their house slippers, and forget about the whole thing, whatever the whole thing was this time. Arnold Falls is a comic novel that tips its hat to Armistead Maupin and P. G. Wodehouse, creating a world in which food, music, friendship, love, and tending your own garden are connected in surprising ways. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Between Inca Walls, A Peace Corps Memoir by Evelyn Kohl LaTorre

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

An adventurous and romantically inclined twenty-one-year-old seeks fulfillment volunteering in Mexico and Peru. She joins the Peace Corps and works in the Andes, where she falls in love with her village, her indigenous pupils--and a university student. After violating the sexual prohibitions of her Catholic upbringing, she finds herself pregnant and must choose whether to marry the father of her unborn child. From $8.69 SHOP NOW


Lucky Fish: Poems by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Lucky Fish travels along a lush current — a confluence of leaping vocabulary and startling formal variety, with upwelling gratitude at its source: for love, motherhood, “new hope,” and the fluid and rich possibilities of words themselves. With an exuberant appetite for “my morning song, my scurry-step, my dew,” anchored in complicated human situations, this astounding young poet’s third collection of poems is her strongest yet. From $8.49 SHOP NOW


By the Light of Embers by Shaylin Gandhi

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

When aspiring medical student Lucia Lafleur meets a black poet in the 1950s South, friendship soon blossoms into forbidden love. But as racial tensions heighten, she must risk everything to keep him—or sacrifice the future she’s worked so hard for. “Haunting & poignant.” - Entrada Book Review. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago by Linda Gartz

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“A rich remembrance of a captivating, transformative era.. . .The people and settings are as well-developed and intriguing as those in a riveting novel.” -Kirkus Reviews. Selected for inclusion in two Smithsonian libraries. Delving into her family’s archives, an Emmy-Award-winning documentarian examines the racist mortgage policies that fractured a Chicago neighborhood in the 1960s. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


That Man in Our Lives by Xu Xi

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

New York is the perch from which Xu Xi examines the shifting balance of power between China and the US, set against a tale of lifelong friendships between Gordon Ashberry—"Gordie" or "Hui Guo"—and his two best friends Harold Haight and Larry Woo and their families. That Man In Our Lives is Xu's metafictional answer to the late 18th Century Chinese classic novel, Cao Xueqin's Dreams of Red Chambers. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


When We're Grownups by Michael Washburn

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The Uprooted and Other Stories (2018), Michael Washburn’s new collection, presents a vision that is hilarious and dark, bracing and terrifying. The daring, the adventurous, the hopeless, and the outcast people these tales. Here are failed geniuses and misanthropic extroverts. Here are individuals poised at a moment of desperate and exhilarating uncertainty. From $9.77 SHOP NOW