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

James, Kelle.
TEEN BIO JAMES JAMES
Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution Juvenile Book Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution
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."

Jiang, Ji-li.
J BIO JIANG JIANG
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
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.

Jordan, Pete.
BIO JORDAN JORDAN
A girl named Zippy : growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana book A girl named Zippy : growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana
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.

Kimmel, Haven, 1965-
BIO KIMMEL KIMMEL
Rock 'n' roll soldier : a memoir Teen Book Rock 'n' roll soldier : a memoir
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.

Kohler, Dean Ellis.
TEEN BIO KOHLER KOHLER
No choirboy : murder, violence, and teenagers on death row Teen Book No choirboy : murder, violence, and teenagers on death row
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.

Kuklin, Susan.
TEEN 364.6609 KUKLIN
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance book Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance
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.

Obama, Barack.
BIO OBAMA OBAMA
Grace after midnight : a memoir book Grace after midnight : a memoir
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.

Pearson, Felicia, 1980-
BIO PEARSON PEARSON
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
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.

Polly, Matthew.
796.8155 POLLY
Three little words : a memoir Teen Book Three little words : a memoir
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.

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