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Shout: A Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson
BIOGRAPHY TEEN ANDERSON
Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before.
Americanized: A Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi
BIOGRAPHY TEEN SAEDI
In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
BIOGRAPHY ROGERS
Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, the author traces the iconic children's program host's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work.
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett Krosoczka
BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC TEEN KROSOCZKA
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
BIOGRAPHY HINTON
A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
Diary of a Tokyo Teen: A Japanese-American Girl Travels to the Land of Trendy Fashion, High-Tech Toilets and Maid Cafes by Christine Mari Inzer
BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC TEEN INZER
Born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and an American father in 1997, Christine Mari Inzer spent her early years in Japan and relocated to the United States in 2003. The summer before she turned sixteen, she returned to Tokyo, making a solo journey to get reacquainted with her birthplace. Through illustrations, photos, and musings, Inzer documented her journey.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border by Francisco Cantú
BIOGRAPHY CANTÚ
Francisco Cantú was raised by his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, in the scrublands of the Southwest. After college, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where they learn to track other humans down drug routes and smuggling corridors under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol after 4 years for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and gets arrested upon his return, Cantú must know the whole story.
Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour
BIOGRAPHY KHAKPOUR
In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery that details author Porochista Khakpour's struggles with late-stage Lyme disease.
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
BIOGRAPHY MADDEN
The acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden's raw and redemptive debut is a memoir about coming of age as a queer, biracial teenager within the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where cult-like privilege, shocking social and racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hide in plain sight.
When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich
BIOGRAPHY MEZRICH
A transplant surgeon discusses the pioneers, science, and ethical challenges of organ transplantation as well as the ways that organ transplants have revolutionized medical care, and offers illuminating stories of his own patients.
Prognosis: A Memoir of My Brain by Sarah Vallance
BIOGRAPHY VALLANCE
In this highly intimate account of devastation and renewal, Sarah pulls back the curtain on life with traumatic brain injury, an affliction where the wounds are invisible and the lasting effects are often misunderstood. Over years of frustrating setbacks and uncertain triumphs, Sarah comes to terms with her disability and finds love with a woman who helps her embrace a new, accepting sense of self.
The Sakura Obsession: The Incredible Story of the Plant Hunter Who Saved Japan's Cherry Blossom by Naoko Abe
BIOGRAPHY INGRAM
As much a history of the cherry blossom in Japan as it is the story of one remarkable man, the narrative follows the flower from its adoption as a national symbol in 794, through its use as an emblem of imperialism in the 1930s, to the present-day worldwide obsession with forecasting the exact moment of the trees' flowering.
In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
BIOGRAPHY MACHADO
In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.
Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
BIOGRAPHY BURROUGHS
For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies.
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell
BIOGRAPHY O'FARRELL
I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.