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Complied from an excellent list created by Kathleen at the Mukilteo Library


Autobiography of a face book Autobiography of a face

Grealy, Lucy.
362.1969 GREALY

The author, who endured a severely disfiguring cancer in childhood, offers a meditation on the pain and healing she has endured, searching through a culture obsessed with physical beauty for love, acceptance, and inner peace.



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

Gregory, Julie.
616.8582 GREGORY

The author describes growing up as the victim of Munchausen by proxy, a form of child abuse in which her mother invented or caused a series of illnesses and ailments, and her struggle to escape her mother's problems to rebuild her life.



Night book Night

Wiesel, Elie, 1928-
940.5318 WIESEL

The author’s story of his teenage years in Nazi death camps during World War II.



I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced book I am Nujood, age 10 and divorced

Ali, Nujood.
BIO ALI ALI

The true story of a Yemeni child bride describes her forced marriage to an abusive husband three times her age, her pursuit of the marriage's dissolution, and the cultural factors that place girls at risk in Yemeni society.



I know why the caged bird sings. book I know why the caged bird sings.

Angelou, Maya.
BIO ANGELOU ANGELOU

The famous poet writes about her remarkable grandmother, the horror of being molested, running away from home, and the unplanned pregnancy that changed her life.



A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier book A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier

Beah, Ishmael, 1980-
BIO BEAH BEAH

In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.



Boy : tales of childhood book Boy : tales of childhood

Dahl, Roald.
BIO DAHL DAHL

The British writer recounts humorous and memorable events from the first twenty years of his life.



A heartbreaking work of staggering genius book A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

Eggers, Dave.
BIO EGGERS EGGERS

A satiric and eloquent memoir of a college senior who, in only five weeks, lost both parents and inherited his 8-year-old brother.



Rocket boys : a memoir book Rocket boys : a memoir

Hickam, Homer H., 1943-
BIO HICKAM HICKAM

Hickam traces the boyhood enthusiasm for rockets that eventually led to a career at NASA, describing how he built model rockets in the family garage in West Virginia, inspired by the launch of the Soviet satellite “Sputnik.” Basis of the movie October Sky.



Climbing the mango trees : a memoir of a childhood in India book Climbing the mango trees : a memoir of a childhood in India

Jaffrey, Madhur, 1933-
BIO JAFFREY JAFFREY

An enormously appealing account of an unusual childhood in Delhi, Jaffrey’s story is also a testament to the power of food to prompt memory.



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