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The Glass Castle is Jeannette Walls' memoir about growing up living life on the road as a child of itinerant nonconformists. This startlingly personal story of growth and the complex relationships between parents and children is an amazing read for students who assume that everyone's life is like…

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…New Jersey, make a pact to support one another as they pursue their dreams through college and medical school. Uplifting and empowering, this memoir is essential reading for high school students in need of someone to show them that achieving their dreams is within their reach. This book is eligible…

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Walter Dean Myers’ fascinating autobiography describes his life as a boy growing up in Harlem in the 1940s. With vivid details that bring to life the world he grew up in, Bad Boy shows Myers growing from a child into a confused adolescence during which peer pressure and environment led him to…

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A universal coming-of-age story, this memoir tells of Santiago's childhood in Puerto Rico and subsequent move to America. Her process of acclimating to a new culture and language is an experience your students will find both compelling and resonant. When I Was Puerto Rican is a great addition to…

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This eye-opening memoir about practicing medicine as a woman in the Middle East is engrossing, thought-provoking, and ultimately humbling. Your students will be amazed by all of the cultural differences Ahmed encounters as she describes her shocking experiences living and working in Saudi Arabia.…

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In this graphic memoir, actor and activist George Takei joins artist Harmony Becker and co-writers Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott to shed light on one of the darkest moments in American history. In 1942, five-year-old George and his family are rounded up without warning and imprisoned within a…

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If you need a nonfiction text this year, consider Jeannette Walls’s amazing memoir, The Glass Castle. Students will sympathize as she recounts her experiences growing up with an alcoholic father and aloof artist mother who often seem more interested in finding the next adventure than in…

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One of the most popular books of 2018, Educated tells the true story of a young woman who graduated with a PhD from Cambridge despite having been raised by a family of isolated survivalists who didn’t believe in education. This story of overcoming an abusive and almost unbelievable background…

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Told as a series of vignettes, this memoir by Firoozeh Dumas recalls her experiences growing up as an Iranian American, starting with her family’s move from Iran to California in 1972. Each vignette explores a different moment in Dumas’s life, from amusing stories of her parents to the…

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…political tensions, Ji-li must learn how to endure one of the darkest eras in modern Chinese history. Written with passion and clarity, this memoir will have readers of all ages eager to follow Ji-li’s courageous journey. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback volume discounts.…

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…When the government opened Cuba’s borders for those who wanted to leave, her family took the opportunity to flee their homeland. In this memoir, Ojito, now an award-winning reporter, uses her journalism skills to explore her family’s experiences during and after the Mariel boatlift.…

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Students in your classes will be stunned by the speed at which war turns a joyful young boy into a soldier addicted to both gruesome violence and the drugs his army freely distributes. This chilling nonfiction memoir—told in Ishmael Beah’s own words when he came to America after fighting…

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