Today's Featured Books— Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Trash Bag of Memories by Jessica Castillo

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A haunting home life, a traumatic trip through the foster care system, and a seemingly not-so-happily ever after. Trash Bag of Memories is one girl's tale of trials and triumph as she maneuvers through the hurdles of foster care and its aftermath. Discover what it was like for Jessica as she recalls the days of witnessing horrors inflicted upon loved ones and scavenging for food to survive in this wildly turbulent memoir. Sometimes reading one person's story can inspire you to be the change in someone else’s. 5.0 stars, 18 ratings. From $5 SHOP NOW


My American Dream by Barbara Sommer Feigin

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

My American Dream is an inspiring tale of love, dedication, and how uncovering the past and preserving history can inform your identity. On August 4, 1940, the Seattle Times featured a photo of a toddler sitting on a dock, surrounded by suitcases and looking dazed. After a harrowing journey with her parents, she’d just stepped off a boat and into her new life in America. Barbara Sommer Feigin was that little girl. From $1.99 SHOP NOW


Anthrax to Zodiac by Denise Diana Huddle

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A Snarky PI Delves into the Most Notorious Unsolved Mysteries of the Past 150 YearsJourney back through time from 2001 to 1892 as veteran PI Denise Huddle brings her field-honed investigative skills and trademark snark to her in-depth examination of seven of America’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. Who mailed the anthrax letters? Who killed JonBenét Ramsey? Who was D.B. Cooper? Who was the Zodiac Killer? Who killed the Black Dahlia? Who really kidnapped the Lindbergh baby? Who killed Lizzie Borden’s parents? From A to Z, Huddle lays out the events and evidence, identifies patterns, and tests theories. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


God's Eyes by Rev. Dr. Anne Hays Egan

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

On sale! Gold Award Book. Get spiritual recharging during these challenging times. Called " captivating," "a profound journey," it shares insights about spiritual experiences that offer guidance. One reader shared that "this book comes alive... giving me greater understanding, helping me on my difficult journey." For comfort, peace, hope, try it. 4.8 stars, 13 ratings. From $4.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


From My Button Box: Collected Essays in a Pandemic Time by Judith Bruder

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Remember the joy of being held on Grandmother’s lap and listening to a story? Or being at home sick from school and getting to play with the buttons in her button box? Here are 50 “buttons” for you—thoughts, ideas, memories, musings—a harvest of 89 years of stories and conversations. Originally recorded as podcasts during the pandemic, these essays are as colorful and varied as buttons in a button box, reflecting our tumultuous times while looking forward to a brighter future. (Includes QR codes to listen to original podcasts. From $20.41 SHOP NOW


FREE - Broken Pieces by Reedy Gibbs

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Torn between family, a demanding husband, and emotional upheaval, can an aspiring young actress find the courage to embrace her passion and independence in the face of overwhelming obstacles? Broken Pieces (and the fun things you can do with them) is a memoir filled with vibrant characters, hardships endured, and inner strength revealed, Reedy’s memoir will take you on a journey that will inspire and amuse, but, most of all, will fill your heart with hope that all difficulties can be overcome. FREE - SHOP NOW


Daylight Savings Time by David W. Berner

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Winner, Firebird Book Award, 2024. "An authentic and moving narrative with fittingly beautiful and powerful writing." ~International Review of Books. In this meditative and intimate personal narrative on the act of aging, David W. Berner discovers how to accept and revel in the present, when the days that remain are fewer than those that have passed, and offers a path for celebrating life's final chapters. Through the lessons of seasonal change, the natural world, literature, and spirituality, Berner gives us a kind of instruction book on the art of growing older, challenging us to accept aging's transformative powers. $12.95 PRE-ORDER NOW


Castles & Ruins by Rue Matthiessen

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Author Rue Matthiessen explores the idea of a literary legacy and of trying to recapture treasured childhood memories. She returns to a place in the Irish countryside where she spent an idyllic summer as a child with her brilliant but distant literati parents. From $9.99 SHOP NOW


Free - My American Heritage by Peter Snyder

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Our Nation Under Attack from Within. The carefree days of youth have changed. Our country is in a continuous adolescent, defiant, deceitful, morally bankrupt decline. But there is hope! Ride with me on my rambling motorcycle. Fly with me as I soar on hang-gliders high above mountains. Feel the wind in my sails on inland lakes. Witness this journey through our American landscape and gain a deeper understanding of the forces driving our personal and national destinies. 4.6 stars, 33 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW / 


FREE - Diary of a Dumb Mud Turkey by Charles Tirey

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A real-life story of an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and treasure hunter to fuel your thirst for adventure. It's great for an outdoor enthusiast preparing for an Appalachian Trail thru-hike or a loved one who wants to live vicariously through Mud Turkey exploring the beauty of the A.T. without having to endure the rain. "Great for anyone interested in the Appalachian Trail." ~Amazon Review. "Enjoyable read even for non-hikers." ~Amazon Review. 4.6 stars, 13 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Farm Boy, City Girl by John "Gene" E. Dawson

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

“A remarkable autobiography that offers a rare glimpse into the mid-20th century history of both rural Iowa and of LGBTQ individuals in Middle America... An absorbing and inherently interesting life story.” ~Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch. Follow Gene/Miss Gina’s dramatic journey from his rural childhood to his sometimes shocking life in St. Louis as he struggles to become who "she" wants to be. Winner of awards from PenCraft, Royal Dragonfly, and more. 4.6 stars, 53 ratings. From $4.99 SHOP NOW


Hair on Fire by Larada Horner-Miller

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Brimming with heartfelt anecdotes, nostalgic escapades, and timeless humor, Hair on Fire is a Christmas memoir like no other...a tapestry of joy, humor, and reflections that resonate with the spirit of the season. It will warm your heart, make you laugh uproariously, and transport you back to the most magical time of the year as the pages come alive with Christian warmth, laughter, and poignant moments. 4.2 stars, 15 ratings. "A wonderful holiday treat!" ~Amazon Review. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


A Young Woman's Guide to Life by Ann Aikens

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Since 1996, Ann Aikens's seriocomic newspaper column "Upper Valley Girl" has delighted readers with Ann's signature blend of humor and candor. Now Ann has collected her best, uplifting advice into one volume aimed at helping the Young People (hereafter referred to as YPs) avoid her mistakes—or at least make more interesting ones. If you're a young woman looking ahead to college or your first job or serious relationship, or wondering how to navigate your 20s, this book will help you avoid the potholes in the road of life without missing the sights along the way. 4.8 stars, 54 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - 2442 Steps To Crazy by D. Paul Fleming

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

The greatest survival story you’ll ever read. One young boy must stand up to the evil force that has found its way into his home. At the age of five, the boy learns to hold his breath while he's tucked away in the dark, listening as Crazy paces through the farmhouse like an unholy predator, searching, just steps away from his hiding place. But even being very good at hiding doesn't always keep you safe. So it's up to the boy to not only to survive, but to find a way to overcome fear every single day. 4.5 stars, 85 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Hair on Fire by Larada Horner-Miller

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Brimming with heartfelt anecdotes, nostalgic escapades, and timeless humor, Hair on Fire is a Christmas memoir like no other. It will warm your heart, make you laugh uproariously, and transport you back to the most magical time of the year. So grab a hot cocoa and snuggle under a cozy blanket while Horner-Miller beguiles with her tales! 4.2 stars, 13 ratings. "Will warm your heart with Christmas memories." ~Amazon review. From $2.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Wise Men & Other Stories by Mike O'Mary

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A collection of holiday stories from real life that blend humor and poignancy in the tradition of Robert Fulghum, Bill Bryson, and other humorists. The essays in this collection were read as part of “Morning Edition” on Northern Illinois Public Radio and published in the Sunday magazines of the Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and elsewhere. Enjoy this collection of humorous and thoughtful essays this holiday season and for many holidays to come. From $1.79 SHOP NOW


Confessions of a "Killer" Criminal Trial Lawyer by JD James

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Amazon #1 New Release in Jurisprudence; Biographies Lawyers & Judges; Trial Practice; Law Legal Education. The book, sometimes humorously, describes my memoir adventures as Prosecutor or Defense and I didn't care which. Childhood influences made me a “killer” trial lawyer driven by my desire to serve Justicia, The Lady of Justice. As a Samurai, I fell in love with her until we divorced. Learn the entire chaotic mental & acting process from meeting my client through the final verdict. Where “truth” clashes with “legal truth.” From $1.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


FREE - Becoming Fearless by Brenda E Smith

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Becoming Fearless is an inspirational story showcasing what is possible when you step out of your comfort zone into the wild. Travel with the author as she survives twelve terrifying days on remote jungle rivers encountering angry hippos, stealthy crocodiles, and roaring lions. Scale the highest mountain in Africa. During her journey, she uncovers the internal source of her fears and discovers the personal strength she never knew she had. 4.9 stars, 63 ratings. FREE - SHOP NOW


Above the Camera by J.D. James

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Film producers live a wild, exhilarating “in the NOW” life of absolutely embracing chaos. Through the crazy memoirs of producer J.D. James, discover the spiritual power of resilience, adaptability, and leadership told as an entertainingly humorous guide to living, crying, and learning from the unpredictable adventures that life throws our way. Learn about the faults, failures, and successes of a real-life movie producer, and appreciate how movies are made…without using the producer's own money! From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Where's Chuckawalla Bill's Cabin? by Kevin Heaton

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

This is the true tale of being lost in the Hi-Desert of California. This recount of a horrifying ordeal tasks you, the reader, with Heaton's perilous thirty hour Hi-Desert hike during which you will experience every known human emotion; from anticipation to desperation to the redemption one can find in the healing waters of life's simpler things. Legends can captivate with an aura of mystery, urging us to uncover the truth or find our own in the art of self-expression. 4.3 stars, 150 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Two Floors Above Grief by Kevin M. O'Connor

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

A Memoir of Two Families in the Unique Place We Called Home. Set from the 1920s to 1980s, this memoir is full of fascinating details, themes, and anecdotes about the author's upbringing in the apartments above a funeral home business on the first floor of an 1880s Victorian. Stories are brought to life through a compelling collection of letters written by family members who lived and worked together in the funeral home. O'Connor offers a reflective tale affirming the love of family and embracing life. 4.6 stars, 91 ratings. From $0.99. Free via KU. SHOP NOW


Dude, Where's My Walking Stick? by Kevin Moore

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Join Kevin Moore on a hilariously ill-prepared journey along New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail. With a backpack of worn-out gear, humor, determination, and a few party favors, he redefines hiking conventions. Beyond the laughs is a story of resilience driven by personal loss. Not just a travel memoir, this book is a testament to the enduring human spirit, inspiring spontaneity, and facing life's challenges head-on. Whether you're an avid hiker or armchair adventurer, this hilarious and heartwarming tale is a must-read. 4.0 stars, 153 ratings. From $2.99 SHOP NOW


Another Fuggin' War Story by Herald E. Paetow

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

This story is written by mea lifelong pothead. Most of it is probably true, if not exaggerated. What I can tell you is how overwhelming it is to have someone's life in my hands while secretly wondering what the hell to do next. But I'll keep my guys alive if it's the last thing I do, then I'll find some trouble to get into because life's too short not to have a little fun. The waiting joint is my reward. Let's hope I can stay out of my C.O.'s line of sightnot a task as easy as you'd think. 4.1 stars, 374 ratings. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Call Me Nikki by Nikki Navarro

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

In this gripping, honest memoir, Nikki Navarro shares her true story of abuse, kidnapping, and multigenerational trauma's and how she ultimately broke the cycle to find happiness and success. From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Hold Back the Rain by Michelle Vignault

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

What happens when a stable, happy life begins to slowly drift away? With honesty and confidence (and a touch of Duran Duran), Michelle Vignault shares her journey of ups and downs and how a special friendship helped her through the darkness to find a second chance at happiness. From $0.99 SHOP NOW