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NON-FICTION: Biographies and Autobiographies

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Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice

Hoose, Phillip M., 1947-

J BIO COLVIN HOOSE

The life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral but little-known role in the Montgomery bus strike, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company.


A girl named Faithful Plum : the true story of a dancer from China and how she achieved her dream

Bernstein, Richard, 1944-

J BIO LI BERNSTE

In A Girl Named Faithful Plum, renowned journalist Richard Bernstein has written a fascinating account of one girl's struggle to go from the remote farmlands of China to the world's stages, and the lengths she went to in order to follow her dream.


This star won't go out : the life and words of Esther Grace Earl

Earl, Esther, 1994-2010, author.

TEEN 362.1969 EARL

A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl.


Frida & Diego : art, love, life

Reef, Catherine, author.

TEEN 759.972 REEF

Explores the tumultuous lives, marriage, and work of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.


Rockin' the boat : 50 iconic rebels and revolutionaries : from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X

Fleischer, Jeff, author.

TEEN 920.02 FLEISCH

We love to root for the underdog, and that's part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.--Provided by publisher.


Jane Austen : a life revealed

Reef, Catherine.

TEEN BIO AUSTEN REEF

An intimate peek at Austen’s life and innermost feelings, interweaving her narrative with well-crafted digests of each of Austen’s published novels.


Laughing at my nightmare

Burcaw, Shane, author.

TEEN BIO BURCAW BURCAW

With acerbic wit ... Shane Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a 'you-only-live-once' perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life-threatening disease.


King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography

Crutcher, Chris.

TEEN BIO CRUTCHE CRUTCHE

Whether trying to impress members of the girls' softball team--with disastrous dental results--or enduring the humiliation of his high school athletic club initiation, Crutcher's recollections of the tricky road to adulthood is both hilarious and unforgettable.


Charles and Emma : the Darwins' leap of faith

Heiligman, Deborah.

TEEN BIO DARWIN HEILIGM

An account of Charles Darwin’s life and evolutionary theory, examining how his personal life affected his work and vice versa because of his wife’s strong religious beliefs.


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 describes how she has coped with this life-altering event with the help of her faith, the changes in her life, and her return surfing.


Steve Jobs : the man who thought different : a biography

Blumenthal, Karen.

TEEN BIO JOBS BLUMENT

Traces the inspiring life and career of the late founder of Apple, covering topics ranging from his struggles as an adopted child and a college dropout to his Buddhist faith and friendship with Steve Wozniak, in a portrait framed around his inspirational Stanford University commencement speech.


Janis Joplin : rise up singing

Angel, Ann, 1952-

TEEN BIO JOPLIN ANGEL

This biography of the iconic music performer draws on anecdotes from friends and band mates and examines her relationships, musical themes, and ongoing influence.


I am Scout : a biography of Harper Lee

Shields, Charles J., 1951-

TEEN BIO LEE SHIELDS

This biography tells the story of how Harper Lee struggled to become an author and created one of the most popular novels of the 20th century.


Tomboy : a graphic memoir

Prince, Liz, author.

TEEN BIO PRINCE PRINCE

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.


Ida M. Tarbell : the woman who challenged big business--and won!

McCully, Emily Arnold, author.

TEEN BIO TARBELL MCCULLY

Tarbell was the catalyst for exposing the truth behind corruption and unfair business practices. She investigated and published works about the Standard Oil Trust for McClures Magazine that informed the world of shady business dealings and skyrocketed her into the public eye. She wrote inspiring and engaging biographies on public figures, her most notable on Abraham Lincoln. Although largely forgotten as the country forged into the 20th century, her writing of the truth lives on.


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