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In Pieces: A Memoir by Sally Field
BIOGRAPHY FIELD
The Academy Award-winning actress shares insights into her difficult childhood, the artistic pursuits that helped her find her voice and the powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and mother.
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
BIOGRAPHY HERRIOT
A delightful story of a veterinarian's apprentice in rural England.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
BIOGRAPHY KALANITHI
A Ivy League-trained, award-winning young neurosurgeon describes how, after receiving a terminal diagnosis with lung cancer, he explored the dynamics of his roles as a patient and care provider, the philosophical conundrums about a meaningful life, and how he wanted to spend his final days.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
BIOGRAPHY LACKS
It tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
BIOGRAPHY LAND
A journalist describes the years she worked in low-paying domestic work under wealthy employers, contrasting the privileges of the upper-middle class to the realities of the overworked laborers supporting them.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood byTrevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY NOAH
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
BIOGRAPHY OBAMA
In her memoir Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. She describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.
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.
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
BIOGRAPHY ROOSEVELT
Chronicles the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt into the unexplored heart of the Amazon basin to explore and map the region surrounding a tributary called the River of Doubt, detailing the perilous conditions they faced. Look for other titles from this author.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY SHAPIRO
"The acclaimed and beloved author of Hourglass now gives us a new memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets--a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery she made last year about her father, and her struggle to piece together the hidden the story of her own life"
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
BIOGRAPHY 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.
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
BIOGRAPHY WESTOVER
Traces the author's experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her participation in her family's paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well enough to earn acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.