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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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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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…deportation alongside the everyday struggles of being a teen. Filled with witty writing, historical details, and '90s pop culture references, this memoir takes a critical look at the long and difficult journey to becoming an American citizen. This book is eligible for Prestwick House paperback…

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Dont let your students miss out on this evocative coming—of—age story detailing the life lessons that shape a young Cherokee boy’s view of the world during the Great Depression. The story is told through witty vignettes that will keep your classes laughing as Little Tree grows to…

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Frank McCourt's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir of his childhood in Ireland is not difficult to read and has a beauty that remains in the reader's mind long after he or she has put the book down. It's a great nonfiction choice, filled with both literary devices and McCourt's painful memories. Angela's…

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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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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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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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