Poet Maya Angelou chronicles her early life, focusing on her childhood in 1930s rural Arkansas, including her rape at the age of five, her subsequent years of muteness, and the strength she gained from her grandmother and Mrs. Bertha Flowers, a respected African-American woman in her town.
Before Night Falls
by Reinaldo Arenas; Dolores M. Koch (Translator)
Call Number: B ARENAS
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas describes his poverty-stricken childhood in rural, his adolescence as a rebel fighting for Fidel Castro, and his life in revolutionary Cuba as a homosexual. Very quickly the Castro government suppressed his writing and persecuted him for his homosexuality until he was finally imprisoned.
The Taliban Shuffle
by Kim Barker
Call Number: B BARKER
Publication Date: 2012-03-06
Reporter Kim Barker recounts the experiences she had in Afghanistan and Pakistan, describing how the region was impacted by the actions of America and NATO and exploring how the area coped with the conflict and its efforts to rebuild.
by Esmé Raji Codell
Call Number: B CODELL
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
Presents the diary of teacher Esmé Raji Codell's first year in charge of a fifth-grade classroom in an inner-city public school.
Hole in My Life
by Jack Gantos
Call Number: B GANTOS
Publication Date: 2002-03-26
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.
Orange Is the New Black
by Piper Kerman
Call Number: B KERMAN
Publication Date: 2011-03-08
The author provides an account of her thirteen months in a minimum security correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, where she was sent after being convicted on a ten-year-old charge of drug smuggling and money laundering in 2003, offering insights into the hierarchies, communities, and friendships that characterize the women's prison.
by Reymundo Sanchez; Sonia Rodriguez
Call Number: B SANCHEZ
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
Reymundo Sanchez, a former member of the Latin Kings street gang, recounts the experiences of Sonia Rodriguez, a young girl who became a powerful leader of the Latin Queens, and explores the devastating impact gangs can have on a young girl's life.
Inside the Crips
by Colton Simpson; Ann Pearlman; Ice-T (Foreword by)
Call Number: B SIMPSON
Publication Date: 2005-08-01
Colton Simpson offers an inside look at the Crips, the most notorious gang in Los Angeles, describing his induction into the gang, the gang's rules and ethics, the violence and betrayal that sent him to prison, and the lessons he learned from the experience.
by Felix Weinberg
Call Number: B WEINBERG
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
Jewish Czech Felix Weinberg describes surviving five concentration camps, his liberation at Buchenwald, and his eventual reunion with his father in Britain.
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai; Christina Lamb (As told to)
Call Number: B YOUSAFZAI
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
Malala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.
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