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READ ALIKES: If you like A Child Called It: Harsh Realities

Gonville : a memoir book Gonville : a memoir

Birkenhead, Peter.

A harrowing and often humorous story of a son coming to terms with his alternately charming, cruel, generous, and violent father.

Hope's boy :   [a memoir] book Hope's boy : [a memoir]

Bridge, Andrew.

Relates the author's harrowing family circumstances that led to his placement in the equally daunting foster-care system, and describes how he beat the odds through high academic achievement.

They cage the animals at night Teen Book They cage the animals at night

Burch, Jennings Michael.

Burch was left at an orphanage and never stayed at any one foster home long enough to make any friends. This is the story of how he grew up and gained the courage to reach out for love.

A stolen life : a memoir book A stolen life : a memoir

Dugard, Jaycee Lee, 1980-

The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.

Hole in my life Teen Book Hole in my life

Gantos, Jack.

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.

Sickened :   the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood book Sickened : the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood

Gregory, Julie.
616.8582 GREGORY

As a child, Julie Gregory was continually X-rayed, medicated, and operated on — in the vain pursuit of an illness that was created in her mother's mind. Her mother — a former carnival cowgirl — invented or caused symptoms, starved her, and shuffled her from doctor to doctor, reveling in hospital visits and the attention of medical professionals. Her goal: open heart surgery for Julie to "get to the bottom of this." Many victims of Munchausen by proxy die, but Julie Gregory not only survived, she escaped the powerful orbit of her mother's madness and rebuilt her identity as a vibrant, healthy young woman. Punctuated with Julie's genuine medical records, Sickened evokes the parallel universe she inhabited in prose of scathing beauty and dark humor. Isolated in their double-wide trailer, her bizarre pastel-clad, church-going, gun-waving, child-abusing family is worthy of the fiction of Stephen King. But this is also a story of hope, of courageous understanding and deep compassion — and the preservation of a woman's soul.

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.

Blackbird :   a childhood lost and found book Blackbird : a childhood lost and found

Lauck, Jennifer.

Lauck's heartbreaking and inspiring memoir--debuting to advance critical acclaim--tells how an ordinary child growing up under the blue skies of Carson City, Nevada, in the early 1970s lost her childhood after her world became unhinged by family tragedy.

No pretty pictures :   a child of war book No pretty pictures : a child of war

Lobel, Anita.

The author, known as an illustrator of children's books, describes her experiences as a Polish Jew during World War II and for years in Sweden afterwards.

Like family :   growing up in other people's houses : a memoir book Like family : growing up in other people's houses : a memoir

McLain, Paula.

In the tradition of Jo Ann Beard's "Boys of My Youth," and Mary Karr's"The""Liar's Club," Paula McLain has written a powerful and haunting memoir about the years she and her two sisters spent as foster children. In the early 70s, after being abandoned by both parents, the girls were made wards of the Fresno County, California court and spent the next 14 years-in a series of adoptive homes. The dislocations, confusions, and odd pleasures of an unrooted life form the basis of a captivating memoir. McLain's beautiful writing and limber voice capture the intense loneliness, sadness, and determination of a young girl both on her own and responsible, with her siblings, for staying together as a family.

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