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Berry, Amanda

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Sounes, Howard

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.