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Title Author Description
Angela's Ashes McCourt, Frank Growing up with poverty and alcoholism in Ireland and the U.S.
Because of Romek: A Holocaust Survivor's Memoir Faber, David Boy survives Nazi atrocities in Poland camp during the Holocaust
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Ralston, Aron Hiker is trapped for 6 days in Utah, his arm caught between rocks
Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Lewis, Michael From 16 years of poverty to being adopted and becoming a star in the NFL
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant Tammet, Daniel Life through the eyes of an autistic savant, one of 50 in the country
Burn Journals Runyon, Brent 14-year old boy sets himself on fire and then must survive the results
Burro Genius Villasenor, Victor Life growing up Latino and poor in an all-white school in the 1940s
Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive Pelzer, David Life of severe child abuse and neglect with a child's courage to survive
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter Mah, Adeline Unwanted daughter, growing up in wealthy but dysfunctional Chinese family
Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank Frank, Anne 13-year old girl hid from Nazis with her family in Amsterdam for 25 months
Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death Bauby, Jean After a stroke, only his left eye works to communicate but writes a book
Enrique's Journey Nazario, Sonia Young boy travels from Honduras to the U.S. to find his mother
Escape Jessop, Carolyn Woman, married off to a stranger, flees a religious sect with her children
Finding Fisher Fisher, Antwone African-American boy in abusive foster home rises to success in the Navy
Freedom Writer's Diary Gruwell, Erin Teacher and 150 unteachable students use writing to change themselves
Ghosts of War Smithson, Ryan 19-year old Army engineer in Iraq - combat, fear and friendship
Girl, Interrupted Kaysen, Susanna Mental illness and recovery, a teen spends 2 years in psychiatric hospital
Glass Castle Walls, Jeanette Tender story of how a family's nonconformity becomes abuse and neglect
God Grew Tired of Us Dau, John One of the "Lost Boys of Sudan" and African children affected by war
Hole in My Life Gantos, Jack Young drug user and smuggler goes to prison and turns his life around
Hope's Boy Bridge, Andrew Boy survives a mentally ill mother and bad foster care to be successful
I am Nujood; Aged 10 and Divorced Ali, Nujood Child bride in Yemen rebels after being physically and emotionally abused
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Powell, Julie Young wife strives to make every one of Julia Child's 524 recipes in 1 year
Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Beah, Ishmael Young man participates in the horrors of civil war in Sierra Leone, Africa
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Robison, John Very smart but socially awkward, he felt different due to Asperger's
My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story Latifa Life of oppression for girls in war-torn Afghanistan, told by 16-year old girl
My Thirteenth Winter Abeel, Samantha Straight-A student, she is diagnosed with dyscalculia, a learning disability
October Sky Hickam, Homer Poor boy in Appalachia learns science and builds rockets for outer space
Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational Story Blanco, Jodee Blanco was teased, shunned, and physically assaulted by her classmates
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution Jiang, Ji-li Teen girl experiences atrocities in China during the Cultural Revolution
Sybil Schreiber, Flora Victim of childhood abuse, Sybil was possessed by 16 different personalities
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan Deng, Benson In Sudan, 3 boys traveled 1,000 miles - surviving hunger, illness, predators
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations--One School at a Time Mortenson, Greg American man helping Afghanistan villages build schools, against all odds
Three Little Words Rhodes-Courter, Ashley Girl spent 9 years in foster care after being taken from her neglectful mother
Touching the Void Simpson, Joe Miracle survival after being injured and left for dead while mountain climbing
Upstairs Room Reiss, Johanna Dutch Jewish girl spends 2 years hiding in a farmhouse room during Holocaust
Warriors Don't Cry Beals, Melba 1957, brave Black students who integrated Central HS in Little Rock, AK
We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Helped Us Succeed Davis, Sampson 3 friends promise each other to stay away from crime and become doctors
Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Spain Filipovic, Zlata Zlata describes life in the Bosnian War and bombing of Sarajevo in the 1990s