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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.




The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope book The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope

Kamkwamba, William, 1987-
BIO KAMKWAM KAMKWAM

A true story of tenacity and imagination describes how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and his village, improving life for himself and his neighbors.




Angela's ashes : a memoir book Angela's ashes : a memoir

McCourt, Frank.
BIO MCCOURT MCCOURT

Born in Brooklyn during the Depression, McCourt’s life went from poor to poorer when his family moves back to Ireland.




Devil in the details : scenes from an obsessive girlhood book Devil in the details : scenes from an obsessive girlhood

Traig, Jennifer.
BIO TRAIG TRAIG

A woman who suffered from an undiagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder in her childhood recounts how her drive for perfection and incessant hand-washing rituals compromised her daily life and strained her relationship with her parents.




The glass castle : a memoir book The glass castle : a memoir

Walls, Jeannette.
BIO WALLS WALLS

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.




This boy's life : a memoir book This boy's life : a memoir

Wolff, Tobias, 1945-
BIO WOLFF WOLFF

Wolff chronicles the tumultuous events of his early life, discussing his parents' divorce, the nomadic wanderings with his mother that followed, and the strange and eventful process of growing up.




The autobiography of Malcolm X book The autobiography of Malcolm X

X, Malcolm, 1925-1965.
BIO X X

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X.




Small steps : the year I got polio Juvenile Book Small steps : the year I got polio

Kehret, Peg.
J 362.1968 KEHRET

Describes the months the author spent in a hospital as a twelve-year-old patient, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio and then slowly learning to walk again.




Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl Juvenile Book Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl

Frank, Anne, 1929-1945.
J 940.5315 FRANK

A young girl’s journal records her family’s struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.




The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum Juvenile Book The great and only Barnum : the tremendous, stupendous life of showman P.T. Barnum

Fleming, Candace.
J BIO BARNUM FLEMING

The life of one of the greatest showmen who ever lived, introducing some of the amazing performers who worked for him, and reviewing the impact his show has had on the world due to its incredible popularity.




Claudette Colvin : twice toward justice Juvenile Book 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.




Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world Juvenile Book Temple Grandin : how the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world

Montgomery, Sy.
J BIO GRANDIN MONTGOM

An authorized biography about Temple Grandin’s life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities.




Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution Juvenile Book Red scarf girl : a memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Jiang, Ji-li.
J BIO JIANG JIANG

The story of Ji-li Jiang, a twelve-year-old girl growing up in China in 1966, the year that Chairman Mao launched the Cultural Revolution, and the changes it brought to her and her family.




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

Zhongmei Lei won a coveted spot in the Beijing Dance Academy at the age of 11, despite the lack of connections, and rose to fame before founding her own dance company.




Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka Juvenile Book Knucklehead : tall tales & mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka

Scieszka, Jon.
J BIO SCIESZK SCIESZK

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.




Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature Juvenile Book Tom Thumb : the remarkable true story of a man in miniature

Sullivan, George, 1927-
J BIO THUMB SULLIVAN

Explores the life and career of the dwarf Tom Thumb, who toured the world as a curiosity at the behest of showman P.T. Barnum.




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