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Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed
Hawa Abdi

BIOGRAPHY HAWA ABDI

A poignant memoir by a Nobel Prize nominee about her efforts to advocate on behalf of tens of thousands of fellow citizens in Somalia describes how her physician daughters and she founded a large-scale camp for displaced people from war-torn Mogadishu.


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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer

BIOGRAPHY KAMKWAMBA

This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.


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Forces for Good, Revised and Updated: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits
Leslie R. Crutchfield,Heather McLeod Grant

BUSINESS CRU

This valuable resource, profiling 12 nonprofits that have achieved remarkable levels of impact, including Habitat for Humanity and the Heritage Foundation, offers a wealth of information for creating significant social change.


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The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time
Bob Harris

BUSINESS HAR

The television personality and regular contestant on Jeopardy! explains how he was compelled to use his good fortune to help the world’s working poor, describing the founding of his Kiva.org microloan portal and his visits to world regions where his organization’s loans have enabled people and small businesses to revitalize.


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Start Something That Matters
Blake Mycoskie

BUSINESS MYC

Known as the founder of TOMS Shoes and as a contestant on The Amazing Race, Mycoskie uses his experience with TOMS, as well as interviews with leaders of non-profits and corporations, to convey valuable lessons about entrepreneurship, transparency of leadership, and living by one’s values.


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Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time
Claire Diaz-Ortiz

COMPUTER INTERNET DIA

Explains how Twitter offers a unique platform to connect individuals and influence change, outlining strategies for launching cause-based campaigns that can use Twitter as a force for positive activism.


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Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

SOCSCI ARR

The future of philanthropy is far more than just writing a check, and Giving 2.0 shows how individuals of every age and income level can harness the power of technology, collaboration, innovation, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship to take their giving to the next level and beyond.


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo

SOCSCI BOO

Profiles everyday life in the Annawadi area of Mumbai, India, as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.


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Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Thomas Norman DeWolf,Sharon Morgan

SOCSCI DEW

Chronicles the joint travels of a woman descended from slaves and a man descended from slave-traders as they make their way through twenty-seven states and overseas, reflecting on how slavery has influenced their lives.


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Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World
Doc Hendley

SOCSCI HEN

A memoir by Doc Hendley, a bartender turned renegade savior, who has supplied clean drinking water to over 30,000 people by rebuilding wells in war-torn and impoverished areas. Hendley reflects on his experiences—many of which are extremely harrowing—and sounds a call to action.


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Don't Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America
David M. Kennedy

SOCSCI KEN

David M. Kennedy’s chronicle of his decades-long crusade to solve one of America’s most pressing and shameful social problems. Kennedy, who engineered the “Boston Miracle” in the 1990s, cutting youth homicide by two-thirds at the height of the crack epidemic, reveals the history and the strategy behind his commonsense yet revolutionary approach to ending crime. 


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Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America
Jonathan Kozol

SOCSCI KOZ

Continuing the stories of inner-city children he has known for many years, the author shares the personal journeys of youths who have struggled to work through formidable racial and economic inequalities while approaching adulthood.


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The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World
Cheryl Mendelson

SOCSCI MEN

A critical assessment of the “moral mentality” espoused by the political right identifies inconsistencies in its conservative values, arguing that right-wing leadership is lacking in moral compassion and unable to live up to its prescribed notions of virtuous behavior.


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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn

SOCSCI CIVRTS KRI

Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential.


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The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest
Yochai Benkler

SOCSCI PSYCH BEN

Challenges commonly held views about human selfishness to argue that many of our most deeply entrenched social systems need to be restructured to reflect humanity’s cooperative and altruistic tendencies.


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Pay It Forward
Catherine Ryan Hyde

HYDE

Catherine Ryan Hyde’s international sensation, Pay It Forward, is the moving story of Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy who accepts his social studies teacher’s challenge to come up with a plan to change the world.


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