2024 Best True Story

Genre: LGBT

A gay Catholic boy is orphaned at birth and navigates various foster placements in Catholic boarding schools and Rural Foater homes while trying to find himself against the backdrop of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Trigger Warning: One Chapter includes a description of a sexual assault.

Genre: Memoir

This memoir started with one love story—I had no idea it would end with another. The extraordinary chapters of my life alongside my beloved Bernie were filled with wonders, cherished memories, and profound love. Confronted with the reality of his terminal illness, our story took an unexpected turn.

Monica cut it with the best in the fashion industry. But her back story was far removed from cat walks and glamour. She was born to a family of Polish immigrant mine workers. And grew up in German occupied France during World War II. Hers is the story of the girl who won the war.

TACAMO, or "Take Charge and Move Out", is the last link in the chain to the nuclear forces. But despite its importance, it was not a viable career path for officers, until a dozen bold pioneers in the 1970s bet their Navy careers, taking a second tour in TACAMO, hoping that they could make it so.

At the age of 20, Rose was part of the first group of Cambridge students to study in Iran after Iran re-opened its borders to the West. A collection of both humorous and tragic short stories detail the difficulties and culture clashes of life in Iran as a British woman.

Genre: Christian

IT’S A STRANGE FORM OF CHRISTIANITY THAT WOULD DENY PERPETRATORS OF EVIL CAN BE REDEEMED. Ever made a self-destructive choice? How do you survive the losses & rebuild a life worth living? TBOC was written to those who, like Cain, have made life-wrecking decisions - written by a fellow traveler who...

Genre: Memoir

The comic memoir of a crazy idea. The true tale of one married couple who bought a vintage 24.5-tonne army truck blind off the internet to convert into an off-grid tiny home on wheels fit for an expedition to Mongolia.

Genre: Memoir

It is a true story of a teenager whose life was unraveled by her best friend dying in her arms, leading to rash life decisions and lasting consequences. With time, she receives healing from shame and fear and finds that her divine destiny is still available. She needs only to step into it.

Genre: LGBT

Memoir disguised as fiction. An epic bildungsroman, "Who Has Known Heights" relentlessly explores the unabating torment and repercussions of being born in the wrong body long before identifying as something “other” became a trend. Not once throughout the narrative is the term ‘transgender’ used.

Empathetic letters for the reader to "open when" they are going through specific challenges of military life so they can always read a kind word from a friend who gets it, with true accounts from the author--a military spouse--introducing each section.

In 1867, poor little Thomas Lawson, on the edge of homelessness, believed in luck, and luck struck.

Genre: Memoir

When a supposed astrological mishap led to Priti symbolically marrying a coconut to remedy her struggles to find love, she embarked on a journey of self-discovery that launched her from her comfort zone and revealed her own needs and desires.

Genre: Memoir

The online dating experience no one talks about

When the Germans occupy northern Italy in 1943, vowing to steal Italy's cultural heritage, a young art curator has to decide whether to embark on a perilous mission to save the thousands of priceless works of art hidden in the countryside she calls home.

Genre: Memoir

Dead Frogs is a riveting true story about growing up in broken systems, the incredible resilience of the human spirit, and the power of forgiveness and redemption.

Genre: Memoir

Young Dr. Choate had it made. At thirty-five, he had survived medical school and a long residency and had come into his own as a legitimate surgeon. Then, the music stopped. He had suffered a life-threatening stroke. His self-penned story, ‘The Stroke Artist’, speaks to all who have at one time or...

Before her death from cancer, a teenage artist, poet, and beloved sister shares her funny, bright soul in this prolific journal with full-color prints of her award-winning artwork.

Genre: Memoir

An extraordinary memoir of Communist China, the Cultural Revolution, and a yearning to be free.

Genre: Memoir

From Mud to Lotus is a riveting tale of resilience, courage, and transformation that follows the remarkable journey of a young woman through the tumultuous landscapes of war-torn Palestine and Israel, the rebellious '60s in California, and finally, to spiritual awakening in India.

Genre: Memoir

In Search of Mr. Darcy is a hilarious Nora Ephron-style, unfiltered dating memoir that follows a super-independent woman through four decades of relationships, marriages, and heartbreaks as she navigates the modern dating world. It explores the colorful, intimate story of marriage(s), divorce(s)...

Backstage Pass is a book of business lessons wrapped around a true rock and roll story.

When her whirlwind marriage to a Frenchman sparks suspicion, free-spirited Australian Manisha Jane must navigate societal expectations and choose whether to reveal the deeper truth of her spiritual quest that led to it. An invigorating exploration of the contemporary clash between East and West.

On the Rocks chronicles the real-life journey of restaurateur Joseph Costanzo Jr., from his rise to success in the restaurant industry to his sharp fall which ended with a stint in federal prison.

Genre: Memoir

Embark on a poignant odyssey through the labyrinth of loss with “A Journey in Grief” where each page becomes a vessel for healing, a canvas for memories, and a gentle guidance, offering solace and companionship to those traveling the delicate terrain of grief.

Tatae’s Promise is a never-before-told, true, historical drama in which a young Jewish woman fights to resist her Nazi captors, survive years in the Mlawa ghetto, escape Auschwitz with her younger sister, and fulfill her murdered father’s last promise to her: you will live and you will tell.