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I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced book I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced

Ali, Nujood.
BIO ALI ALI

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled—not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood’s case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age.




I know why the caged bird sings. book I know why the caged bird sings.

Angelou, Maya.
BIO ANGELOU ANGELOU

This memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people—and the times—that touched her life.




A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier book A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier

Beah, Ishmael, 1980-
BIO BEAH BEAH

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.




The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir book The life and times of the thunderbolt kid : a memoir

Bryson, Bill.
BIO BRYSON BRYSON

Using his fantasy-life persona as a springboard, Bryson re-creates the life of his family in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality--a life at once familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy.




The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir Teen Book The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir

Busby, Cylin.
TEEN 363.2092 BUSBY

Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.




The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir Teen Book The year we disappeared : a father-daughter memoir

Busby, Cylin.
TEEN 363.2092 BUSBY

Cylin and John Busby share the challenges they faced after their family was forced into hiding to protect themselves from a killer who had already shot John, a police officer, and was determined to finish the job.




King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography Teen Book King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography

Crutcher, Chris.
TEEN BIO CRUTCHE CRUTCHE

Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk," as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer.




Don't let's go to the dogs tonight : an African childhood book Don't let's go to the dogs tonight : an African childhood

Fuller, Alexandra, 1969-
BIO FULLER FULLER

In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.




Hole in my life Teen Book Hole in my life

Gantos, Jack.
TEEN BIO GANTOS GANTOS

The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.




Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board Teen Book Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board

Hamilton, Bethany.
TEEN BIO HAMILTO HAMILTO

The teenage surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 describes how she has coped with this life-altering event with the help of her faith, the changes in her life, and her return to the sport she loves.




Smile for the camera : a memoir Teen Book Smile for the camera : a memoir

James, Kelle.
TEEN BIO JAMES JAMES

Kelle James ran away from an abusive home at the age of fifteen to the best place she could think of. New York City. She was going to be a model, rich, famous, and she was going to find people who treated her right. She had no idea what was in store for her and within three days she was homeless and broke. What follows is her exceptional story of trying to make it on her own with nothing to her name and no one to trust. She endures a string of people, mostly men, who take advantage of her youth and beauty, many disappointments and rejections, and the most famous murder trial of the 1970s. This is the story of a girl losing herself before finding her way in the city that never sleeps.




Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution Juvenile Book Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Jiang, Ji-li.
J BIO JIANG JIANG

I have never doubted what I was told: "Heaven and earth are great, but greater still is the kindness of the Communist Part; father and mother are dear, but dearer still is Chairman Mao."




Dishwasher : one man's quest to wash dishes in all fifty states book Dishwasher : one man's quest to wash dishes in all fifty states

Jordan, Pete.
BIO JORDAN JORDAN

Dishwasher is the true story of a man on a mission: to clean dirty dishes professionally in every state in America. Part adventure, part parody, and part miraculous journey of self-discovery, it is the unforgettable account of Pete Jordan's transformation from itinerant seeker into "Dishwasher Pete"—unlikely folk hero, writer, publisher of his own cult zine, and the ultimate professional dish dog—and how he gave it all up for love.




A girl named Zippy : growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana book A girl named Zippy : growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana

Kimmel, Haven, 1965-
BIO KIMMEL KIMMEL

When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965 in Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of three hundred people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. Kimmel treats readers to a heroine who is wonderfully sweet and shy as she navigates the quirky adult world surrounding Zippy.




Rock 'n' roll soldier : a memoir Teen Book Rock 'n' roll soldier : a memoir

Kohler, Dean Ellis.
TEEN BIO KOHLER KOHLER

Dean Kohler is about to make it big--he's finally scored a national record deal! But his dreams are abruptly put on hold by the arrival of his draft notice. Now he's in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, serving as a military policeman. He keeps telling himself he's a musician, not a killer, and that he's lucky he's not fighting on the front lines. When Captain orders him to form a rock band, it's up to Dean to find instruments and players, pronto.




No choirboy : murder, violence, and teenagers on death row Teen Book No choirboy : murder, violence, and teenagers on death row

Kuklin, Susan.
TEEN 364.6609 KUKLIN

In their own voices--raw and uncensored--inmates sentenced to death as teenagers talk about their lives in prison, and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there. Susan Kuklin also gets inside the system, exploring capital punishment itself and the intricacies and inequities of criminal justice in the United States.




Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance book Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance

Obama, Barack.
BIO OBAMA OBAMA

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey, first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother's family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father's life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.




Grace after midnight : a memoir book Grace after midnight : a memoir

Pearson, Felicia, 1980-
BIO PEARSON PEARSON

Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in prison after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the intervention of her mentor that she turned her life around.




American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China book American Shaolin : flying kicks, buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China

Polly, Matthew.
796.8155 POLLY

Growing up a ninety-eight-pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyards of Kansas, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become the toughest fighter in the world, like Caine in his favorite 1970s TV series Kung Fu. American Shaolin is the story of the two years Matthew spent in China living, studying, and performing with the Shaolin monks. The Chinese term for tough training is chi ku (“eating bitter”), and Matthew quickly learned to appreciate the phrase.




Three little words : a memoir Teen Book Three little words : a memoir

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley, 1985-
TEEN BIO RHODES RHODES

Ashley spent nine years in foster care after being taken away from her mother. She endured many caseworkers, moving from school to school and manipulative, humiliating and abusive treatment from one foster family. See how she survives and eventually thrives against the odds.




The pregnancy project : a memoir Teen Book The pregnancy project : a memoir

Rodriguez, Gaby.
TEEN 306.8743 RODRIGU

In this book, Rodriguez shares her experience growing up in the shadow of low expectations, reveals how she was able to fake her own pregnancy, and reveals all that she learned from the experience. stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.




The burn journals Teen Book The burn journals

Runyon, Brent.
TEEN 362.2809 RUNYON

Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire. In this book he describes that suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year.




Persepolis Teen Book Persepolis

Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
TEEN 955.054 SATRAPI

An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.




Me talk pretty one day book Me talk pretty one day

Sedaris, David.
814.54 SEDARIS

A new collection from David Sedaris is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris has inspired hilarious pieces, including "Me Talk Pretty One Day, " about his attempts to learn French. His family is another inspiration. "You Can't Kill the Rooster" is a portrait of his brother who talks incessant hiphop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers and cashiers with 6-inch fingernails.




Tweak : (growing up on methamphetamines) Teen Book Tweak : (growing up on methamphetamines)

Sheff, Nic.
TEEN BIO SHEFF SHEFF

Sheff relates his personal struggle with drugs and alcohol in this poignant and often disturbing memoir. Paul Michael Garcia is the perfect choice for narrator; his stern and entirely believable voice captures the desolation in Sheff's tale. His reading is wonderfully underplayed, and necessarily so. Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were.




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