My Books

My memoir/humorous essay book “Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales of a Weird News Reporter” is now available online and in bookstores (Solomon & George Publishers, $15). To order a signed copy from me, email kellykazek@kellykazek.com.

When you email I will send an invoice by PayPal or you can send a check. Shipping is $4 for one book.

About this book:

“There’s a reason they’re called privates, y’all.” This is the kind of wisdom you can expect in Kelly Kazek’s hilarious memoir-ish book. And she should know: She managed to parlay her penchant for turning down dirt roads in search of World’s Largest Things and Stonehenge replicas into a job as a Weird News Reporter. She weaves comical accounts of the oddities she’s discovered with charmingly honest stories of life with her husband Sweetums, a 6-foot-7 Bigfoot enthusiast. You’ll also learn:

  • To always wipe church pews and Walmart scooters in case a nekkid person was there before you;
  • How to differentiate a northern Bigfoot from a southern one;
  • Ways to design a tasteful garden around your hubby’s concrete statues of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and a mooning gnome;
  • How to plan a romantic honeymoon that includes the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle and Uranus (the town, y’all).

Author and syndicated columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson had this to say, in part, ” … some of the funniest and honest story-telling I’ve read in a while. Skip a lunch and buy this book.”

SPECIAL OFFER: Free author visit with purchases of NQR:

Have you been looking for an upbeat read for your next book club selection? If you think your group would enjoy reading and discussing my new humor book, “Not Quite Right: Mostly True Tales of a Weird News Reporter,” I have a special offer for you.

  • Book club members will receive a discount on orders of multiple books: Orders of up to 5 copies of NQR will receive a 15 percent discount; orders of 6-25 books will receive a 20 percent discount and orders of 26 or more will receive a 25 percent discount.
  • If book clubs with more than six members order copies at full price, I will come visit your group when you host your discussion after you finish reading. I will come at no cost up to a 90-minute drive from my home (I am in Huntsville, Alabama, so as far as Birmingham or cities in all directions into Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi). If you are more than a 90-minute drive away, I would charge a small stipend, just enough to cover travel expenses.

To purchase copies of my other books below, visit local bookstores, Amazon.com or other online booksellers.

“Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom”

About this book:

“Fairly Odd Mother: Musings of a Slightly Off Southern Mom” is award-winning journalist Kelly Kazek’s skewed and hilarious view of various aspects of life, from raising a daughter as a single mom to life in a small town to popular culture.

From an Amazon customer review: “This book is by far the funniest I’ve read in a long time. It is a compilation of the perils of everyday living such as the sock-stealing dryer, the horrors of entering a teenager’s closet, and trying (emphasis on TRYING) to age gracefully. My favorite story is about teaching her daughter to drive. What makes this a beyond-5-star book is how cleverly it is written. The author uses a perfect mix of well written prose of a serious journalist with witty repartee Designing Women’s Suzanne Sugarbaker would be proud of. This book is guaranteed to make you smile.”

Forgotten Tales of Alabama

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About this book:

“From Muscle Shoals to Montgomery to Mobile, there’s just no place quite like Alabama. Take a journey off the beaten path through the Cotton State with author Kelly Kazek as she uncovers the stories that make Alabama one of a kind. Kazek, a longtime Alabama resident, unearths tales that have existed only in rumor, anecdote, legend and lore. This collection is packed with little-known stories of strange sites, like the world’s largest Nehi bottle; curious critters, like the first monkey in space; and colorful characters, such as the outlaw Tom Clark. Whether funny, far-fetched, gripping or grisly, Forgotten Tales of Alabama is filled with stories you won’t soon forget.”

Forgotten Tales of Tennessee

About this book:

“Tennessee has never been a stranger to strangeness. Stories of the weird, wild and wonderful abound in the Volunteer state. Join author and seasoned journalist Kelly Kazek as she tracks down the extraordinary stories that other history books overlook. Each section covers a different outlandish theme of Tennessee history colorful characters, strange sites, intriguing incidents, tombstone tales, odd occurrences and curious creatures. Readers will discover the brilliant phenomenon of synchronized firefly flashes in the Smoky Mountain town of Elmont, take on the world’s largest Moon Pie in Chattanooga and learn Tennessee’s history of damaging earthquakes. From the humorous to the haunting, the madcap to the macabre, Forgotten Tales of Tennessee offers a collection as remarkable as the state itself.”

Christmas Tales of Alabama

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About this book:

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in Alabama. Celebrate the spirit of the season with these tales of Christmases past from the heart of Dixie. There is the story of Helen Keller’s first Christmas memories in Tuscumbia, the tale of how Birmingham native Hugh Martin penned the classic tune “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” visions of all the impressive Christmas light displays throughout the state and much more. In a collection of tales that range from the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, Alabama author Kelly Kazek culls from over two hundred years of Christmas celebrations in the state and offers up a gift that no one will want to be without come Christmas morning.”

Alabama Scoundrels: Outlaws, Pirates, Bandits and Bushwhackers (co-authored by Sweetums)

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About this book:

“While legislators were writing the first laws in Alabama, some miscreant citizens were already breaking them, causing disorder and fleeing the hands of justice. Among these were cult-leader-turned-murderer “Bloody” Bob Sims, social-activist-turned-anarchist Albert Parsons, the mysterious hobo bandit Railroad Bill and the nefarious outlaw sheriff Steve Renfroe, who was credited with countless prison escapes, thefts and arson. Legendary Wild West figures Frank and Jesse James also appeared in Alabama, along with numerous other well-known gunslingers, pirates, crooks and desperados. Bushwhackers caused widespread chaos during the Civil War and were considered outlaws depending on which side you supported. Join real-life partners in crime Kelly Kazek and Wil Elrick as they recount the atrocities of some of Alabama’s most infamous lawbreakers.”

Hidden History of Auburn 

About this book:

Auburn is not just the home to a world-class university; it is also the home of a storied community with deep roots in Alabama history. Join author and Auburn University alumna Kelly Kazek as she tracks the lesser-known history of both the city and the school. In this diverse collection of lost, forgotten or just plain strange history, Kazek uses her decades of experience as a journalist to dig deep and cast a wide net, revealing stories sure to surprise even the most seasoned Auburn experts. From the mysterious origins of some of AU’s most hallowed traditions to tales that stretch back to the very founding of the city, Hidden History of Auburn is an unprecedented collection that unearths the long-buried stories of this Alabama treasure.

 

A History of Alabama’s Deadliest Tornadoes: Disaster in Dixie

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About this book:

Journey just west of America’s infamous Tornado Alley to Alabama, home to some of the deadliest tornadoes of the past century. These twisters remain etched in the collective memory of the people, from the 1908 Dixie Tornado, regarded as one of the most brutal tornadoes in U.S. history, to the 1998 Birmingham Tornado, the most expensive twister in Alabama’s history. Discover how the 1932 Deep South Tornadoes resulted in 268 fatalities and millions of dollars in damage, and read the terrifying account of the 1977 Smithfield Tornadoes, which rocked this Birmingham suburb with as many as six twisters in a one-hour span. Join local journalist Kelly Kazek as she shares the tales of these natural disasters and the hardy Alabamians who endured them.

A Pictorial History of Athens and Limestone County, Alabama