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Berry, Amanda
Hope

Two victims of an infamous Cleveland kidnapper share the story of their abductions, their decade in captivity and their dramatic escape

Hobbs, Jeff
The short and tragic life of Robert Peace

Presents the life of Robert Peace, an African American who became a brilliant biochemistry student at Yale University, but after graduation lived as drug dealer and was brutally murdered at the age of thirty.

Copeland, Misty.
Life in motion

Profiles the life and career of the professional ballerina, covering from when she began dance classes at age thirteen in an after-school community center through becoming the only African American soloist dancing with the American Ballet Theatre.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi.
Between the world and me

In this extended open letter to his young son, Coates reflects further on his unlikely road to manhood and escape from the maw of America's tradition of destroying the black body. Mixing memoir, discourse, and outcry, Coates details what it has meant and what it means to be black in America.

Hillenbrand, Laura.
Unbroken

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.

Cahalan, Susannah.
Brain on fire

An account of the author's struggle with a rare brain-attacking autoimmune disease traces how she woke up in a hospital room with no memory of baffling psychotic symptoms, describing the last-minute intervention by a doctor who identified the source of her illness.

Earl, Esther
This star won't go out

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

Walls, Jeannette.
The glass castle

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Murray, Liz
Breaking night

The author offers an account of her journey from a fifteen-year-old living on the streets and eating garbage to her acceptance into Harvard, a feat that prompted a Lifetime movie and a successful motivational-speaking career.

Strayed, Cheryl
Wild

A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again

Amoruso, Sophia.
#Girlboss

The founder of the Nasty Gal fashion e-tailer shares an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining straightforward advice on doing meaningful work and garnering recognition.

Hamilton, Bethany.
Soul surfer

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.

Tzemach Lemmon, Gayle.
The dressmaker of Khair Khana

The incredible true account of Kamila Sidiqi who, when her father and brother were forced to flee Kabul, became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own and held her family together.

Boo, Katherine.
Behind the beautiful forevers

Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.

Kamkwamba, William.
The boy who harnessed the wind

A best-selling memoir that follows the experiences of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba, who built a windmill out of junkyard scraps to bring electricity to his famine-stricken Malawi village.

Mortenson, Greg.
Three cups of tea

Traces how Mortenson, having been rescued and resuscitated by Himalayan villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2, worked to build schools that would benefit the young girls who were forbidden an education by Taliban restrictions.

Yousafzai, Malala
I am Malala

Documents the educational pursuits of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee who became an international symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community, offering insight into the influential role of her courageous father.

Runyon, Brent.
The burn journals

The true story of Brent Runyon who, at the age of fourteen, set himself on fire in an attempt to commit suicide. Runyon describes that devastating suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year. He takes us into the Burn Unit in a children's hospital and through painful burn care and skin-grafting procedures. Then to a rehabilitation hospital, for intensive physical, occupational, and psychological therapy. And then finally back home, to the frightening prospect of entering high school.

Parravani, Christa.
Her

A blazingly passionate memoir of identity and love: when a charismatic and troubled young woman dies tragically, her identical twin must struggle to survive.

Toure
I would die 4 u

Drawing on new research and enlivened by Toure's unique pop-cultural fluency, "I Would Die 4 U "relies on surprising and in-depth interviews with Prince's band members, former girlfriends, musicologists, and even Bible scholars to deconstruct the artist's life and work.

Livingston, Kathryn
Lilly

Today, Lilly Pulitzer's iconic brand of clean-cut, vibrantly printed clothes called "Lillys" can be spotted everywhere. In contrast to the high visibility of her brand, Lilly Pulitzer has largely kept her tumultuous personal story to herself. Bursting forth into glossy fame from a protected low-key world of great wealth and high society, through heartbreaks, treacheries, scandals, and losses, her life, told in detail here for the first time, is every bit as colorful and exciting as her designs.

Jackson, Michael
Moonwalk

"Moon Walk" chronicles Jackson's humble beginnings in the Midwest, his early days with the Jackson 5, and his unprecedented solo success. This updated edition of the original 1988 publication features a new Introduction that looks back at the singer's life and music.

Lester, Paul.
Lady Gaga

Hers has been a triumph achieved with the help of wild image-making, infectious pop hits and a teasing strand of ambiguous sexuality that has turned her into a gay icon. At heart it's the story of a unique self-made phenomenon - a Madonna for today. As an adoring fan of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, Lady Gaga took the essence of 80s glam and reinvented it for the digital age.

Sounes, Howard
Fab

He is one of the most famous, most wealthy people on the planet, and yet he remains little-known and understood as a personality. At long last, Paul McCartney is the subject of a major, deeply researched, psychologically acute biography. It tells a story that will illuminate and surprise.

Frank, Anne
The diary of a young girl

The Diary of a Young Girl is the record of two years in the life of a remarkable Jewish girl whose triumphant humanity in the face of unfathomable deprivation and fear has made the book one of the most enduring documents of our time.

Vincent, Erin.
Grief girl

Imagine that you're going through one of the hardest parts of your life--being a teenager--when your parents are killed in a horrific car crash. Now you, your 17-year-old sister, and your three-year-old brother are on your own. Imagine what that would be like. Then read this book and find out.