Where Readers Find Books by Libby J. Atwater

“When the storyteller tells the truth, she reminds us that human beings are more alike than unalike… A story is what it’s like to be a human being—to be knocked down and to miraculously arise,” said Maya Angelou.

As a journalist and personal historian, Libby J. Atwater found her calling writing nonfiction. She has helped others preserve their life stories in books, on CDs, and on DVDs since 1989.

In 2013 she introduced What Lies Within, her own memoir about growing up in a home filled with secrets that lead to the dissolution of a once-happy family. Her book won first place in the 2013 The Royal Dragonfly Awards for best biography/memoir and tied for first place in other nonfiction. With its publication, she embarked on a journey to tell her own story—one tale at a time. Along the way, she launched this website, www.LibbyAtwaterBooks.com, to showcase the books she’s written.

Welcome to Libby Atwater Books, where you’ll find compelling memoirs written by Libby J. Atwater.

Author of the Award-Winning Book “What Lies Within”


“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Libby J. Atwater’s memoir, What Lies Within, illustrates what Emerson meant.


Articles and Interviews with Libby Atwater

Libby Atwater with APH awardAt the 20th Anniversary Association of Personal Historians Conference in October 2015, an international trade organization with nearly 700 members, Libby Atwater was one of two people honored with a lifetime achievement award in the field of personal history. She felt surprised to be chosen but grateful for this unexpected recognition.




Awards and Interviews

December 2016:
What Lies Within was a Gold Winner in the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards in Self Reflection/Memoir. The Spirit of Villarosa received honorable mention in this category.

The Spirit of Villarosa was a Gold Winner in the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Awards in Historical Human Relations.

November 2016:
The Spirit of Villarosa won first place in the prestigious Royal Dragonfly Awards in the Biography/Memoir category and the Historical Nonfiction category. (press release)

December 2015:
Libby wrote an article on adoption for StoryMonstersInk.

January 2015:

StoryMonstersInk writer Rachel Koestler-Grack wrote a beautiful review of What Lies Within: Story Monsters Ink January 2015

November 15, 2014:
What Lies Within won first place in the prestigious Royal Dragonfly Awards in the Biography/Memoir category and tied for first place in the Other Nonfiction category. (Press release)

November 10 and 17, 2014:
The Memoir Network, interviewed author Libby J. Atwater. You can access this article here:
How To Write A Book Part 1
How To Write A Book Part 2

December 2014:
What Lies Within received a glowing review on the website, and the author was interviewed the following week. Read the Review

September 4, 2014:

The Bill Frank Show radio interview here.

Podcast: Libby Atwater Books

Podcast: Jason Schulte of The Nut Gallery.com June 30, 2016

Listen to the Podcast:




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Too often children should not remain with the family of their birth and their opportunities for a better life lie with another family. As an adoptee, I know this is true and am grateful I was adopted.

Several days ago I watched a heart-wrenching news report about a six-year-old girl returned to her birth family. Her foster family, where she had lived for the past four years, wanted to adopt her, but the court yielded to federal law. Pictures of her foster parents, siblings, and neighbors weeping tore at my heart as this child was removed from the only home she had known since she was a toddler.

Read my reaction and why I believe that it is love, not blood, that makes a family on my blog: libbyatwaterbooks.com/love-makes-a-family
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