A personal account of an African-American professor's mid-life experiences when he decides to grow dreadlocks, with a cultural and political history of dreadlocks
Some Assembly Required by Arin Andrews
Call Number: B ANDREWS
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this teen memoir.
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Call Number: B BEALS
Publication Date: 2007-07-24
Beals chronicles her harrowing junior year at Central High where she underwent the segregationists' brutal organized campaign of terrorism which included telephone threats, vigilante stalkers, economic blackmailers, rogue police, and much more.
The Girl with No Name by Lynne Barrett-Lee; Marina Chapman; Vanessa James
Call Number: B CHAPMAN
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Marina Chapman recalls her childhood spent living with a group of capuchin monkeys after she was abducted and abandoned in the jungles of Colombia, and her eventual transition back into civilized life after she was found by hunters and sold to a brothel.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Call Number: B COATES
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police
The Black Notebooks by Toi Derricotte
Call Number: B DERRICOTTE
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
Reflections from an African-American woman on her experiences with racial prejudice from both the white and African-American cultures.
Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill
Call Number: B HILL
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Nineteen-year-old Katie Hill a transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens
Negroland by Margo Jefferson
Call Number: B JEFFERSON
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
The author recounts growing up as a privileged African American girl while tirelessly measuring herself against both whites and the African American generality.
Unabrow by Una LaMarche
Call Number: B LAMARCHE
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
The author provides a humourous take on coming of age by doling out all the advice she wishes her own mother had given her about everything, from how to take care of her unibrow to how to avoid the most common faux pas in the Facebook age
The Short Bus by Jonathan Mooney
Call Number: B MOONEY
Publication Date: 2007-05-29
The author recounts a four-month cross-country trip to meet children and adults who have triumphed over learning disabilities and have gone on to lead successful lives.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Call Number: B NOAH
Publication Date: 2016-11-15
Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. .... Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother-his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life
Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison
Call Number: B ROBISON
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
John Robison recounts his struggles to fit in and communicate with others as he grew up, describing why he had so many problems relating to others and why he often turned to machines for comfort, rather than people, and explains how his life was changed when he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age forty.
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez; Jenna Glatzer (As told to)
Call Number: B RODRIGUEZ
Publication Date: 2012-01-17
Gaby Rodriguez, whose mother and older sister both became pregnant as teenagers, explains what she learned from faking a pregnancy as a high school senior in order to find out how people would treat her.
Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums
Call Number: B SESSUMS
Publication Date: 2007-03-06
Kevin Sessums recounts his childhood and adolescence in the South, explaining how he coped with being different from the other boys in the region and how he refused to accept their labels and discriminations.
Confessions of a Sociopath by M. E. Thomas
Call Number: B THOMAS
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
Diagnosed sociopath M.E. Thomas draws on her own experiences and scientific literature to describe characteristics of sociopaths, discusses suspicions and myths about them, and argues they are not inherently evil and can be useful to society.
Grief Girl by Erin Vincent
Call Number: B VINCENT
Publication Date: 2007-03-13
Author Erin Vincent describes her life after her parents were both killed in a car accident, leaving her parentless at the age of fourteen with a seventeen-year-old sister and a three-year-old brother; and gives a description of the stages of grief she experienced.
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
Call Number: B WAGENEN
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Presents a memoir of a one year social experiment in which teen author Maya Van Wagenen followed a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.
Passing for Normal by Amy S. Wilensky
Call Number: B WILENSKY
Publication Date: 1999-08-10
Amy Wilensky offers a personal account of her lifelong struggle with Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters
Call Number: B WOLTERS
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
The real-life Alex Vause from the show 'Orange Is the New Black' tells her story in her own words for the first time-- a...memoir about crime and punishment, friendship and marriage, and a life caught in the ruinous drug trade and beyond
I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda; Caitlin Alifirenka; Liz Welch (As told to)
Call Number: 305.235 ALI
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
Chronicles the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from Zimbabwe, discussing how a class assignment was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.
A Big Little Life by Dean Koontz
Call Number: 636.752 KOO
Publication Date: 2009-08-25
Presents a memoir that discusses the lessons learned by author Dean Koontz from his dog, Trixie, who helped teach him about appreciating life.
It's Not Magic by Jonathan Sands
Call Number: 811 SAN
Publication Date: 2019-10-01
Snapshots of youth, displayed with verve and sparkling clarity, in a new collection of poems that "dazzles with its linguistic sleight of hand" (Richard Blanco). From his earliest memories of letting go of Mother's hand, to later jaunts through bars and a first encounters with one's future life partner, Sands writes in turns autobiographically and imaginatively, drawing on voices from his private world and the public sphere to create a portrait of childhood that is almost rebellious in its sheer, persistent joy. Selected by Richard Blanco, Jonathan Sands is the winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series.
Going Where I'm Coming From by Anne Mazer
Call Number: 818.540 GOI
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
An anthology of fourteen autobiographical narratives about growing up in America's diverse society.
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Call Number: 951.05 CHA
Publication Date: 2003-08-12
Memoir of three Chinese women, Jung Chang, her mother, and her grandmother in twentieth-century China.
Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
Call Number: B BARNES
Publication Date: 2009-10-06
Presents a memoir regarding the author's thoughts on mortality and agnosticism, and of his bloodline, as he recalls his ancestors--some of whom are writers, composers, theologians, and scientists--whose thoughts on the same subject are also provided as he considers life after death.
True North by Jill Ker Conway
Call Number: B CONWAY
Publication Date: 1995-08-15
Presents a memoir in which the author recalls her days as a Harvard graduate student, and discusses her marriage to historian John Conway, her road to self-discovery, and her decision to become president of Smith College.
The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
Call Number: B CONWAY
Publication Date: 1990-08-11
The memoirs of Jill Conway and her journey into adulthood from a 30,000 acre sheep ranch in Coorain, Australia, to America where she became the first woman president of Smith College.
How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
Call Number: B ELLIS
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
A young writer explores what some of the greatest women in literature have meant to her--and how these timeless characters still serve as a guide for the way we lead our lives.
In Real Life by Joey Graceffa
Call Number: B GRACEFFA
Publication Date: 2015-05-19
Joey Graceffa, a YouTube sensation, thoughtfully looks back on his journey from pain to pride and self-doubt to self-acceptance, discussing his homelife, career and more.
Slice Harvester by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf
Call Number: B HAGENDORF
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
The author, determined to get sober, sets out to eat a slice of pizza in every pizzeria in New York City, documenting his quest along the way.
Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam
Call Number: B HICKAM
Publication Date: 1998-09-15
An autobiographical account of NASA engineer Homer Hickam's life that discusses his childhood, his obsession with rockets, his NASA career, and other related topics.
Moving Violations by John Hockenberry
Call Number: B HOCKENBERRY
Publication Date: 1996-07-11
The memoir of a paraplegic journalist, describing his experiences as a reporter for National Public Radio in exotic locations, and the challenges of living in a wheelchair.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Call Number: B JAHREN
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.
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