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Recommended Memoirs in BEAR Library and beyond:  Recommended Memoirs in BEAR Library and beyond Overcoming Obstacles Living With and Overcoming Disease Crime and Consequence Travel and Other Cultures Growing Up Within Various Religions Unusual and Interesting Careers Sports War—Living and Participating in War More Than Playdates and Pokemon: Unusual or interesting childhoods Fur and Feathers (Life with animals) What is a memoir?:  What is a memoir? A book written by an individual about him or herself. Usually focuses on a specific event, theme, time period, or experience. Frequently written by people focused on the craft of writing. Tends to “show” rather than “tell” Often written by someone who is not well-known or famous. Overcoming Obstacles:  Overcoming Obstacles Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox:  Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox In September 1998, actor Michael J. Fox revealed to the world that he had be struggling with Parkinson's Disease for seven years. In his memoir, he describes his reaction to the diagnosis, his ongoing efforts to find a cure, and his family's support in helping him live with the degenerative disease. My Sister from the Black Lagoon by Laurie Fox:  My Sister from the Black Lagoon by Laurie Fox Lorna Person grows up unintentionally neglected in the shadow cast by her crazy sister, and it is not until she grows older that she finally gets the attention she needs when she takes to the stage. Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb:  Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb Lori Gottlieb spent several years of her childhood trying to become the skinniest girl in her school. Pressured by her mother and by messages from the media, Gottlieb was convinced that she was fat. Eventually, her anorexia landed her in the hospital—at age eleven. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen:  Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen At age 18, Susanna Kaysen was sent to a mental institution for an undefined mental problem—primarily that she wouldn’t conform to the rules and expectations of her parents—and she spent several years living among the mentally ill before finally being released. You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir:  You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir A startling autobiographical account of a young woman¹s battle with eating disorders that put her in and out of hospitals over a span of four years and led to her own parents fighting for the right to commit her. When her last source of support, her boyfriend, attempts suicide and ends up in a coma, she is forced to find strength from within. A courageous story about the strange paths we take to recovery. The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon:  The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon Presents the true story of Brent Runyon, who at fourteen set himself on fire and sustained burns over eighty percent of his body and describes the months of physical and mental rehabilitation that followed as he attempted to pull his life together. Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig:  Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig Traig recounts her experience struggling with and overcoming a severe form of obsessive-compulsive disorder called scrupulosity in this humorous story. Where is the Mango Princess? By Cathy Crimmins:  Where is the Mango Princess? By Cathy Crimmins After her husband is brain-injured in a boating accident, Cathy Crimmins must rebuild her life and help her young daughter understand and cope with the changes in her father's personality. In addition, she must battle her HMO to get the company to pay for the tremendous recovery needs of her husband. **NEW Model Patient by Karen Duffy:  Model Patient by Karen Duffy Model/actress Karen Duffy tells how her whirlwind celebrity life came to an abrupt end when she was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease that causes the soft parts of the body to harden; and discusses her decision to react to the disease with courage and humor. **NEW Moscow Public: 921 DUF Rescuing Jeffrey by Richard Galli:  Rescuing Jeffrey by Richard Galli When his seventeen-year-old son is paralyzed from the neck down in a swimming accident, the author, Richard Galli, is convinced that his son would rather be dead than live without any physical mobility, but after his son awakes from a coma and is able to communicate his wishes, Galli realizes that a happy life is not necessarily determined by what the body is able to do. **NEW Sickened by Julie Gregory :  Sickened by Julie Gregory Throughout her childhood, Julie Gregory was subjected to numerous cruelties at the hands of her mother, who suffered from a strange and rare psychological disorder called Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy. The disorder caused her to purposely sicken her daughter in order to get medical attention from doctors and make herself feel more interesting and important. Julie Gregory writes about the effect that her mother’s illness has had on her own life. **NEW The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski:  The Last Time I Wore a Dress by Daphne Scholinski Daphne Scholinski lived in mental institutions from the time she was fifteen until her 18th birthday, committed because she was ruled an "inappropriate female," a teenage tomboy whose lack of interest in make-up and other "feminine" things was ruled a mental problem. For those who also enjoyed "Girl, Interrupted," this story of life in a mental institution and a sane girl's attempt to escape the expectations of those around her will appeal to all readers. **NEW The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic’s Journey from Madness to Hope by Ken Steele:  The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic’s Journey from Madness to Hope by Ken Steele Ken Steele chronicles his struggle with schizophrenia, discussing how he was diagnosed and treated, how it affected his family, and what he is doing to help others with schizophrenia cope with the disease. **NEW Everything in its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Marc Summers:  Everything in its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Marc Summers Television personality Marc Summers, former host of MTV's "Double Dare," shares the story of his sometimes harrowing, often humorous struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and provides information about the causes and treatments of OCD. **NEW The Weight of It by Amy Wilensky:  The Weight of It by Amy Wilensky Wilensky tells the story of her close relationship with her sister, Allison, which changed when the two became teens and Allison became morbidly obese. As an adult, Allison has gastric bypass surgery, loses over 100 pounds, and the women’s relationship changes again. **NEW Please Stop Laughing at Me—One Woman’s Inspirational Story by Jodee Blanco:  Please Stop Laughing at Me—One Woman’s Inspirational Story by Jodee Blanco The author, a victim of bullying, provides her inspirational story of her miserable school career, telling how being an outcast affected her life, and sharing her perspective on the events now that she is an adult. Moscow Public: 305.235 BLA Life is So Good by George Dawson:  Life is So Good by George Dawson What makes a person, a happy life? In this remarkable book, George Dawson, a 101-year-old man who learned to read when he was 98, reflects on the philosophy he learned from his father-a belief that "life is so good." He offers valuable lessons in living and a fresh, firsthand view of America during the twentieth century. Moscow Public: 921 DAW Augusta, Gone by Martha Tod Dudman:  Augusta, Gone by Martha Tod Dudman Have you ever read GO ASK ALICE? Well, this is the memoir Alice’s mother might have written. Martha Tod Dudman’s teenage daughter completely rebelled—ignoring all of the rules her mother set, staying out all night, running away, and eventually ending up in a residential treatment center for teens who couldn’t follow rules. This is hr mother’s story, however—how she tried to cope with and help her daughter before she hurt herself—or worse. Moscow Public: 306.87 DUD Planet of the Blind by Stephen Kuusisto:  Planet of the Blind by Stephen Kuusisto Kuusisto was raised to disavow his blindness, and spent much of his life trying to pass a sighted person. He struggles with anorexia, obesity, ridicule, and derision, but he persists nonetheless, becoming a talented writer and student. When a devastating injury forces him to acknowledge that he cannot see, he picks up the white can and acquires a seeing eye dog, a yellow Lab who becomes his guide and changes his life forever. **NEW Moscow Public: 921 KUU Food and Loathing by Betsy Lerner:  Food and Loathing by Betsy Lerner The author chronicles her long struggle with depression and binge eating, including her years in therapy, her experiences with Overeaters Anonymous, and her six-month stay in a mental institution.**NEW Moscow Public: 362.2 LER Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon:  Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon Rachel Simon chronicles the experiences she had and shares the lessons she learned during the year she spent riding the bus which her mentally handicapped sister rides on each day. Moscow Public: 305.9 SMI Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Austism by Donna Williams:  Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Austism by Donna Williams Chronicles the four years since Donna's diagnosis as autistic and continues the journey begun in her first memoir, Nobody Nowhere, including sessions with her therapist, her experiences attending college to obtain a degree in education, and her work with autistic children. Moscow Public: 616.89 WIL Crime and Consequence:  Crime and Consequence Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir:  Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir In 1972, Malika Oufkir and her five siblings were exiled after their father, was arrested and executed after attempting to assassinate the King of Morrocco. For fifteen years, the exiled siblings barely survived in an isolated penal colony, spending the last ten years of their imprisonment in solitary cells. Eventually, the Oufkirs managed a heroic, amazing escape. Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan by Norma Khouri:  Honor Lost: Love and Death in Modern-Day Jordan by Norma Khouri The author exposes the practice of honor killing in Jordan through the story of her friend Dalia, an Arabian Muslim living with her family in Amman who was stabbed to death by her father in 1996 for her chaste association with Michael, a major in the Royal Army, and a Catholic. **NEW Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men by Souad:  Burned Alive: A Victim of the Law of Men by Souad The author provides an account of her experiences as the victim of an honor crime, telling how her brother-in-law, tried to kill her for having sex before marriage by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire, and sharing the story of how she survived with the help of the women of her West Bank village, and the intervention of a European aid worker. Moscow Public: 362.82 SOU Around the World: True Stories of Travel and Life in Other Cultures:  Around the World: True Stories of Travel and Life in Other Cultures A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson:  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson In this humorous travel memoir, Bryson shares his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend. The two encounter eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way, and Bryson includes fascinating and unusual facts about the Appalachian wilderness, the construction of the trail, and the fates of some of the travelers who have made the hike. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes:  Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes A chronicle of the author's first four years in Italy, describing her purchase and restoration of an abandoned villa in the Tuscan countryside, her transformation of the overgrown gardens, and her discovery of the many links between the food and culture of the region. The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton:  The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places by Robert Young Pelton Robert Young Pelton, author of The World's Most Dangerous Places, recounts the adventures he has had while visiting some of the most dangerous places on Earth. **NEW Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing:  Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey by Alison Wearing Wearing, a Canadian, traveled for five months in Iran, often in full Islamic garb in the desert heat, to learn about the culture and people. Her story is often funny and very adventurous. **NEW The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson:  The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson Bryson, an Iowan transplanted to England, returns to search for the perfect American small town in this humorous account of road-tripping across the U.S. Moscow Public: 917.3 BRY In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson:  In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson In a very funny account, travel writer Bill Bryson chronicles the experiences he had and profiles the people and wildlife he encountered while traveling through Australia. Moscow Public: 919.404 BRY Blue Highways William Least Heat Moon:  Blue Highways William Least Heat Moon The author buys a van and outfits it for a long-distance trip, and then travels across America. He only drives on the “blue highways,” however—the small, offbeat roads that lead through rural towns and steer him away from the bigger cities. He discovers a much different, much more interesting America. Moscow Public: 917.3 HEA The Faith of Our Fathers: Memoirs About Religious Upbringing and Experience:  The Faith of Our Fathers: Memoirs About Religious Upbringing and Experience In the Wilderness by Kim Barnes:  In the Wilderness by Kim Barnes In the mid-1960s, as mechanization and the forests' depletion drove many loggers into the cities,Kim Barnes's parents turned to fundamentalism to sustain their increasingly difficult life. The author struggled to live by this religion's exacting tenets, but her chilling descriptions of the harsh punishments meted out for lapses make us understand why she ultimately had to leave it behind. Yet she conveys understanding and love for the rigid yet secure world of her youth in this haunting memoir of faith and loss in the Idaho woods. Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington:  Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington Chronicles the trial of snake-handling preacher Glendel Buford Summerford who was convicted of attempted murder after forcing his wife to stick her arm in a box of rattlesnakes, and details how the author was drawn into the lives and religion of the people of The Church of Jesus with Signs Following in southern Appalachia. Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up by Martha Manning:  Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up by Martha Manning One woman's humorous account of how being raised in a Catholic home and attending parochial schools affected her. **NEW Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood by Barbara Wilson:  Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood by Barbara Wilson A memoir in which the author discusses growing up as a member of the Christian Science faith and the effects of the religion on her and her mother, who had a mental breakdown before dying of cancer. **NEW Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Beck:  Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith by Martha Beck Martha Beck describes her lifelong membership in the Mormon Church, how and why she returned to her ward in Provo after the birth of her second child, how she confronted her father and other church elders about abuse she suffered as a child, and ultimately, her reasons for leaving as an adult. Moscow Public: 289.3 BEC Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott:  Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott The author describes the lifelong process through which she came to believe in God, discussing the battles she fought with alcohol, food disorders, and the loss of loved ones, and following her search for the spiritual path in this often funny memoir. Moscow Public: 921 LAM Another Day, Another Dollar: Unusual and Interesting Careers:  Another Day, Another Dollar: Unusual and Interesting Careers Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale:  Catch Me if You Can by Frank Abagnale During his brief but notorious criminal career, Frank Abagnale (a.k.a. Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, etc.) masqueraded as a pilot, a lawyer, a professor, and a doctor, cashing more than $2.5 million in phony checks before finally being captured by the FBI. Now a specialist for the government, Abagnale describes his crime spree, his life as a con artist, and how he uses his expertise to capture criminals. Special Agent by Candice DeLong:  Special Agent by Candice DeLong The author, retired after 20 years in the FBI, recounts her experiences as an investigator in some of the organization's most memorable cases. She's tailed gangsters, gone undercover, trailed terrorists, and was one of the agents chosen to carry out the manhunt for the Unabomber. In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel by Nancy Mace :  In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel by Nancy Mace Nancy Pace describes her decision to attend the Citadel, formerly a males-only military university, and the experiences she had there--both positive and negative--on her path to becoming the first female of the South Carolina institution. Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper’s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire by Murry Taylor:  Jumping Fire: A Smokejumper’s Memoir of Fighting Wildfire by Murry Taylor Smokejumper Murry Taylor recounts more than twenty years' experience of jumping by parachute to fight fires in Alaska and the American West. My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy by Nancy Cartwright:  My Life as a Ten-Year-Old Boy by Nancy Cartwright Nancy Cartwright has an unusual job: she is a cartoon voice. For years now, she has been the voice behind America’s most lovable brat: Bart Simpson. In her memoir, she describes the cartoon-voice process, some inside secrets about the creation of The Simpsons, and other details about her life in the business. **NEW The Blood of Strangers: Stories from Emergency Medicine by Frank Huyler:  The Blood of Strangers: Stories from Emergency Medicine by Frank Huyler The author, a poet and emergency room doctor, tells of the most unusual encounters he has had with people and illness in the emergency room. Moscow Public: 616.02 HUY Ambulance Girl: How I Saved My Life by Becoming an EMT by Jane Stern :  Ambulance Girl: How I Saved My Life by Becoming an EMT by Jane Stern An inside look at what it takes to be a volunteer EMT and help people in crisis. Stern gets a first-hand look at how people deal with trauma, and how they depend on emergency workers to help them. Moscow Public: 921 STE Good Sports: Stories of Athletic Achievement and Physical Strength:  Good Sports: Stories of Athletic Achievement and Physical Strength It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong:  It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong Three-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong chronicles his life as a bicyclist and his triumph over cancer. Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong:  Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong chronicles his struggles after beating cancer, including dealing with allegations of drug use, finding a balance between his career and family life, and coping with the fear that his cancer will return. Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony Hawk:  Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder by Tony Hawk World-class skateboarder Tony Hawk tells the story of how he became one of the most recognized athletes in the sport. Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam:  Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam An entertaining and extraordinary memoir of Homer Hickam's life in Coalwood, West Virginia-a town where the only things that mattered were coal mining and high-school football. After watching the Soviets launch Sputnik in 1957, Homer and his friends took the future into their own hands, changing their lives and their town forever by turning scraps into rockets and launching their futures as NASA scientists. Wide Open: A Life in Supercross by Jeremy McGrath:  Wide Open: A Life in Supercross by Jeremy McGrath Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath tells his life story, describing his childhood in southern California, his rise to the top of his sport, the challenges he faced and the wild life he led along the way, and his relationship with his wife, Kim. Also provides tips for young riders. The Oldest Rookie by Jim Morris:  The Oldest Rookie by Jim Morris Jim Morris escaped the desolation of his youth by dreaming of pitching in the major leagues. But it was just a fantasy, made more impossible because of the injuries he suffered in his early twenties. He becomes a teacher and high school baseball coach instead, and is encouraged to try out for the big leagues in his mid-thirties by members of the team he coaches. Caught by the Sea by Gary Paulsen:  Caught by the Sea by Gary Paulsen Author Gary Paulsen, well known for his many books about real-life and fictional adventures in the outdoors, tells the story of how he came to love sailing. In this short memoir, he describes his first boat, his lack of knowledge about the sea, and the near-fatal adventures that taught him how to sail and survive. Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and The Brian Books by Gary Paulsen:  Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and The Brian Books by Gary Paulsen The author relates incidents in his life and how many inspired parts of his books about the character, Brian Robeson, who appears in the novels Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, and Brian's Return. Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer:  Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer The author describes how he spent his teenage years climbing mountains in the United States, South America, Africa, and Asia, with an emphasis on his two expeditions up Mount Everest. Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston:  Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston Ralston describes the events leading up to his accident in the wilderness in April 2003, in which he found himself trapped under an 800 pound boulder and was forced to amputate his own arm to escape. War and Peace: Survivors of Hatred and Violence and Life in the Military:  War and Peace: Survivors of Hatred and Violence and Life in the Military Born to Fly: The Untold Story of the Downed American Reconnaissance Plane by Shane Osborne:  Born to Fly: The Untold Story of the Downed American Reconnaissance Plane by Shane Osborne Shane Osborne was among a group of Navy soldiers aboard a reconnaissance plane when it was shot down over the South China Sea in April 2001. This is his amazing story of how he, and 24 crew members, survived their near-fatal crash and detention by the Chinese. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke:  In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke As a teenager, the author, who is Polish, helped hide Jews during the war and protected them from certain death at the hands of the Nazis. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung:  First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung From a childhood survivor of Cambodia's brutal Pol Pot regime comes an unforgettable narrative of war crimes and desperate actions, the unnerving strength of a small girl and her family and their triumph of spirit. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller:  Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller Born in England and now living in Wyoming, Alexandra Fuller was conceived and bred on Rhodesian soil during the Rhodesian civil war. She describes her parents' racism and the wartime relationships between blacks and whites through a child's perspective. Curfews, war, mosquitos, land mines, ambushes, and an abundance of leopards are the stuff of her childhood. More than Playdates and Pokemon: Stories of Interesting and Unusual Childhoods:  More than Playdates and Pokemon: Stories of Interesting and Unusual Childhoods Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos:  Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos The author relates how, as a young adult,he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer. Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck:  Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck Lauck’s account of her childhood, during which her mother was terminally ill and eventually died, recalls her father’s remarriage to a Scientologist who forced her two new stepchildren to become involved in the religion and mistreated them in numerous other ways. The memoir has caused some controversy. Since its publication, her stepbrother has stepped forward and claimed that much of the story Lauck tells is false. Read it for yourself and see what you believe! Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers:  Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers Author Walter Dean Myers weaves the details of his Harlem childhood in the 1940's and 1950's: a loving home with adoptive parents, Bible school, street games, and the vitality of his neighborhood. Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker:  Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker Rebecca Walker, daughter of writer Alice Walker, discusses how she dealt with her mixed heritage and remained true to both her African-American and Jewish cultures. Fallen Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah:  Fallen Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah Born in 1937 in a port city 1000 miles north of Shanghai, Adeline Yen Mah was the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family who enjoyed rare privileges during a time of political and cultural upheaval. But wealth and position could not shield Adeline from a childhood of appalling abuse at the hands of a cruel stepmother. This is the adult version of CHINESE CINDERELLA. Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah:  Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah After her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to their stepmother's disdain, while her half brother and half sister are thoroughly spoiled. Although winning prizes at school, all she yearns for is the love and understanding of her family. Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia by Mark Salzman:  Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia by Mark Salzman In a humorous memoir, Mark Salzman recalls his tortured years as an eccentric growing up in Connecticut, where he pursued an interest in Asian culture and eventually became an accomplished martial artist. Atomic Farmgirl:  Atomic Farmgirl The author recalls her experiences growing up in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington during the 1950’s and some of the environmental and political changes the area underwent. This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff:  This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff Wolff's account of his boyhood and the process of growing up in rural Washington includes paper routes, whiskey, scouting, fistfights, friendship, betrayal, and America in the fifties. Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks:  Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks describes his childhood, espcially experiences that generated his interest in science. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban by Latifa:  My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban by Latifa Latifa, a young woman born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1980, describes how her life changed after the Taliban took over control of the country. SHe describes the restrictions place on all Afghan citizens, but especially the hardships and indignities that women were forced to endure. Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Struggle for Freedom by Zoya :  Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Struggle for Freedom by Zoya Zoya grew up during the Taliban's reigh over Afghanistan, and witnessed her parents' murders at the hands of Muslim fundamentalists. Escaping to Pakistan, she joined the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan, which challenged the Taliban's harsh edicts against women, and she made dangerous journeys back to Afghanistan to help women who were oppressed by the regime. **NEW The Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel:  The Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel Anyone familiar with Zindel’s well-known novel, The Pigman, will enjoy learning about the real-life experiences the author had while growing up on Staten Island, where he found inspiration in his own “pigman.” American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood by Marie Arana:  American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood by Marie Arana The author, who grew up in Peru in the 1950s, was surrounded by native servants who filled her with magical legends and tales of fearsome spirits; when she moved to New Jersey with her family in 1959, the author found herself slipping between cultures and choosing when to be American and when to be Peruvian. Moscow Public: 921 ARA Still Waters by Jennifer Lauck:  Still Waters by Jennifer Lauck In this sequel to Blackbird, Jennifer Lauck is sent to live with her relatives, who are bullying and mean, and make it clear that she is unwelcome. She survives—and thrives—nevertheless. Moscow Public The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr:  The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr In this funny, razor-edged memoir, Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a volatile, defiantly loving family. She recalls her painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip into psychosis; a fist swinging father who spun tales with his cronies - dubbed the Liars' Club; and a neighborhood rape when she was eight. Moscow Public: 921 KAR Feathers and Fur: Memoirs of Life With Animals:  Feathers and Fur: Memoirs of Life With Animals The Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective by Kat Albrecht:  The Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective by Kat Albrecht Kat Albrecht, the first law-enforcement-based pet detective in the United States, shares stories of how she uses investigative techniques, and searches with scent-detection dogs to help locate lost pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, turtles, and horses. My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris:  My Cat Spit McGee by Willie Morris Morris describes what he has learned from his cat over the years, and details the experiences the two have shared. Clara: The Early Years The True Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life by Margo Kaufman:  Clara: The Early Years The True Story of the Pug Who Ruled My Life by Margo Kaufman Clar, The Early Years is the hilarious story of how a glossy-black, twelve-pound package of canine energy took over Margo Kaufman's life and home while charming everyone around her. **NEW My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen:  My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen The author describes some of the dogs that have had special places in his life, including his first dog, Snowball, in the Philippines; Dirk, who protected him from bullies; and Cookie, who saved his life. The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger:  The Parrot Who Owns Me by Joanna Burger The true story of author Joanna Burger's amazing pet Amazon parrot, Tiko, who came into her life as a sullen, hostile, neglected bird and later became her best friend--and even her caretaker. Moscow Public: 636.6 BUR The Man Who Listens to Horses: The True Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer by Monty Roberts:  The Man Who Listens to Horses: The True Story of a Real-Life Horse Whisperer by Monty Roberts This memoir by Monty Roberts focuses on the unique methods he has developed for training horses through gentleness and an understanding of nonverbal communication, and tells how he has applied his techniques to human relationships.

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