Some books by Jean Shepherd include "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash," "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters," "The Ferrari in the Bedroom," and "A Fistful of Fig Newtons." The movie "A Christmas Story" was based on Shepherd's semi-autobiographical writings.
Sheperd's first book, "I, Libertine," was published in 1956. He co-wrote the book with Theodore Sturgeon under the pseudonym, Frederick R. Ewing. The book is a literary hoax in the form of a historical romance.
"In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash" was first published in 1966. It is semi-autobiographical book set in Holden, Indiana, depicting Mid-Western life in the mid-20th century. The book is told from the point of view of Ralph, who returns to his hometown as an adult and recounts the stories revolving around his early life in the town. Parts of the book were later used as the basis of "A Christmas Story." Shepherd co-scripted and narrated the film.
"Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters" is a collection of short stories published in 1971. The stories further expound upon Shepherd's youth, focusing on adolescence, puberty and his emerging sexuality.
"A Fistful of Fig Newtons" is another collection of short stories published in 1981.