Autobiography & Memoir

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the AUTOBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

Accused War Criminal: An American Kempei Tai Survivor
2021 Finalist

Author: Fiske Hanley II

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

ISBN: 978-1-61254-427-4

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In this powerful memoir, Fiske Hanley recounts his experiences in World War II. From his commissioning into the US Army as a second lieutenant, to his capture and imprisonment in Japanese Kempei Tai prison camp, all the way through his rescue and recovery, this account from a surviving American POW amazes, humbles, and touches the reader with its honesty and vibrancy.

Love, Life, and Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian
2021 Finalist

Author: Judy Gaman

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-882-8

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Judy was a third-generation workaholic. While writing a book on longevity, Judy interviewed Lucille, an elegant and spirited centenarian. What began as an interview, transformed into an inseparable bond. When Lucille’s life ended through unfortunate circumstances, the very first lesson Lucille taught Judy proved to be the most important one.

Prozac Monologues: A Voice from the Edge
2021 Finalist

Author: Willa Goodfellow

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-731-9

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She was going to stab her doctor, but she wrote a book instead. Years later, Willa Goodfellow revisits her account of the antidepressant-induced hypomania that hijacked her Costa Rican vacation and tells the rest of the story: her misdiagnosis of Bipolar 2, how she’d been given the wrong medications, and finally, her process of recovery.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the AUTOBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Survivor's Obligation: Navigating an Intentional Life
2020 Gold Winner

Authors: Chris Stricklin and Joel Neeb

Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-934617-47-2

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Two men share their survival stories and how their experiences transformed the way they live. Will inspire you to make the most of each day!

Designing Victory: The Architect Who Dared, Dreamed, and Achieved International Acclaim
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Robert P. Madison with Carlo Wolff

Publisher: Act 3 LLC

ISBN: 978-0-578-43745-3

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In his 96th year, a slave’s great-grandson recalls victories he designed over stifling bigotry, Nazism, and all who claim he will not succeed in architecture. How wrong they were.

Hippie Chick: Coming of Age in the '60s
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Ilene English

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-586-5

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We are brought along on one young woman’s deeply personal journey through the earliest days of sexual freedom, psychedelic drugs, jazz and rock ‘n roll.

Out of the Shadow of 9/11: An Inspiring Tale of Escape and Transformation
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Christina Ray Stanton

Publisher: Loving All Nations Press

ISBN: 978-1-73374-520-8

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A longtime local living blocks from Ground Zero, the author shares her story of 9/11 and her intimate journey to physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery.

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