Best New Voice: Nonfiction

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the BEST NEW VOICE: NONFICTION 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.

Fatherless, Fearless, Female: A Memoir
2021 Finalist

Author: Mary Charity Kruger Stein

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-755-5

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In this #MeToo tale of single mothers and fatherless children, a Rust Belt farmgirl escapes poverty, weds, has a son, is widowed, then falls in love with a young man whose Jewish mother opposes their relationship. Follow their adventures as they move from Brooklyn to Greece, Israel, and Iran.

The Truth: Real Stories and the Risk of Losing a Free Press in America
2021 Finalist

Author: Bob Gabordi

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 978-1-7283-6604-3

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The Truth shows how the press protects citizens from corruption and incompetence. It began as a simple memoir that changed one night after midnight when I was awoken by a Tweet from the president attacking the media as the enemy of the people. Finally, a book that defends local journalism. 

The World Looks Different Now: A Memoir of Suicide, Faith, and Family
2021 Finalist

Author: Margaret Thomson

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-693-0

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On August 28, 2010, Margaret Thomson’s world was shattered by the devastating news that her son Kieran, a twenty-two-year-old medic in the army, had taken his life. The World Looks Different Now tells the story of a family’s journey toward healing in the aftermath of unspeakable loss.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the BEST NEW VOICE: NONFICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Among the Maasai: A Memoir
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Juliet Cutler

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-672-5

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Set in Tanzania, this memoir bears witness to the life-changing impact of education for girls and the transformative power of engaging across culture.

Baghdaddy: How Sadam Hussein Taught Me to Be a Better Father
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Lt. Col. Bill Riley (ret.)

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

ISBN: 978-1-61254-292-8

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"Baghdaddy" is Lt. Col. Riley's raw and vivid story about love, loss, and friendship—a humanizing insight into the individuals who fight wars.

Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury
2020 Silver Winner

Author: JoAnne Silver Jones

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-612-1

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Headstrong brings the reader from a sudden, violent assault, through the hurdles of living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) to finding a way to move forward with hope. 

Not Another Breastfeeding Book
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Chelsie Knight

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-64343-912-9

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Not Another Breastfeeding Book cuts out the extra “fluff” and offers tangible tips, tricks, and motivation to help women start and sustain successful breastfeeding journeys.

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