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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: five sisters, one remarkable family, and the woman who risked everything to keep them safe - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Call Number: 958.1 LEM
ISBN: 9780061732379
Publication Date: 2011-03-15
Recounts the true story of Kamila Sidiqi, a woman who was forced to support herself and her five siblings after the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul and her father and brothers fled the country. Reads like fiction.

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Writing My Wrongs: life, death, and redemption in an American prison - Shaka Senghor
Call Number: 365.6 SEN
ISBN: 9781101907290
Publication Date: 2016-03-08
In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at the University of Michigan, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. In life, it's not how you start that matters, it's how you finish. Writing My Wrongs is a redemption story told through a stunningly human portrait of what it's like to grow up in the gravitational pull of poverty, violence, fear, and hopelessness. This book is an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and hope, one that reminds us that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. And it's a lasting testament to the power of compassion, prayer, and unconditional love, for reaching those whom society has forgotten.

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Five Weeks in the Amazon: a backpacker's journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shaman's ancient diet - Sean Michael Hayes
Call Number: 981.1 HAY
ISBN: 0993978401
Publication Date: 2014-12-02
If you enjoy a fast-paced read and a true story, Five Weeks in the Amazon is the book for you. It's an honest story filled with peaks of humor and valleys of despair. Author Sean Michael Hayes has written a book that many would put on their shelf next to Cheryl Strayed's blockbuster success, Wild. His adventure took him into the middle of the jungle alone, but Hayes unique writing style makes the reader feel as though they are right there with him. Five Weeks in the Amazon is filled with Hayes thoughtful solutions to many of the common problems we all share. Want to find out what happened to a Canadian backpacker who hiked into the Amazon jungle to live with a shaman? Reads like fiction.

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13 Hours: the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi - Mitchell Zuckoff; Annex Security Team (As told to)
Call Number: 363.325 ZUC
ISBN: 9781455582273
Publication Date: 2014-09-09
Six members of the American security operators working at the US State Department Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya, describe in their own words what happened on the night of September 11, 2012 when the compound was attacked.

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Unbroken: an Olympian's journey from airman to castaway to captive (Adapted for YA) - Laura Hillenbrand
Call Number: 940.54 HIL
ISBN: 9780385742511
Publication Date: 2014-11-11
A biography of Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, Louis Zamperini, who had been rambunctious in childhood before succeeding in track and eventually serving in the military, which led to a trial in which he was forced to find a way to survive in the open ocean after being shot down. (Adapted for Young Adult Readers.)

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Touching the Void - Joe Simpson; Chris Bonington (Foreword by)
Call Number: 796.522 SIM
ISBN: 0060730552
Publication Date: 2004-02-03
Reads like fiction.
An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy strikes when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, falls and hits a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him is a seemingly endless fall to the bottom. Simon reaches him but knows that the chances for Joe to get off the mountain are virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashion a daring plan to to do just that. What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles. This is not primarily an adventure story about climbing. It is an account of one man, not just facing the abyss but being in the abyss and having his very being stripped to a raw struggle, not to survive but to want to survive.

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Avenue of Spies: a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France - Alex Kershaw
Call Number: 940.5344 KER
ISBN: 9780804140034
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, 'Avenue of Spies' introduces ... the brave doctor [Sumner Jackson] who risked everything to defy Hitler.

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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men And Mountains - Jon Krakauer
Call Number: 796.522 KRA
ISBN: 9781599216102
Publication Date: 2009-02-10
A collection of stories about the hardships and victories of mountaineering by Jon Krakauer, reprinted from magazines such as "Outside," and "Smithsonian."

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The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: murder and memory in an American city - Laura Tillman
Call Number: 364.152 TIL
ISBN: 9781501104251
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
Explores the events surrounding the murder of two children by their parents in a rundown section of Brownsville, Texas, discussing the social issues, from poverty to mental illiness to the death penalty and the human forces that drive these issues.

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Fourteen: a daughter's memoir of adventure, sailing, and survival - Leslie Johansen Nack
Call Number: B NACK, L.
ISBN: 9781631529412
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
After her mother and father divorce at age seven, Leslie quickly learns the hard lessons of being Dad's favorite. The abuse begins at age nine and doesn't end until she begins to fight back, finally, at age fourteen. Her father, a larger-than-life Norwegian, assumed full custody of Leslie and her two sisters and moved the family from their 63-acre rustic ranch in Northern California to a 45-foot sailboat in Southern California. The family spent two years living aboard their boat preparing for the trip of their father's dreams: a trip around the world. On February 5, 1975, the family set sail for French Polynesia. Intense and inspiring, "Fourteen" is a coming-of-age adventure story about a young girl who comes into her own power, fights back against abuse, becomes an accomplished sailor, and falls in love with the ocean and the natural world. The outer voyage is a mirror of her inner journey, and her goal is to find the strength to endure in a dangerous world, and within a difficult family.

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The Terrible Hours: the man behind the greatest submarine rescue in history - Peter Maas
Call Number: 359.8 MAA
ISBN: 0060194804
Publication Date: 1999-09-22
Offers a detailed account of U.S. Navy officer Charles "Swede" Momsen's attempts to save thirty-three men who were trapped in a sunken submarine during the first days of World War II. Reads like fiction.

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Burned Alive: a victim of the law of men - Souad; Marie-Therese Cuny (Contribution by)
Call Number: B SOUAD
ISBN: 0446533467
Publication Date: 2004-05-11
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. World literature author Souad is from Palestine.

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438 Days: an extraordinary true story of survival at sea - Jonathan Franklin
Call Number: 910.9 FRA
ISBN: 9781501116292
Publication Date: 2015-11-17
An account of Salvador Abarenga, a fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting across the Pacific Ocean--as told to journalist Jonathan Franklin in dozens of interviews.

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Left for Dead: Surviving the Deadliest Storm in Modern Sailing History - Nick Ward; Sinead O'Brien
Call Number: 797.14 WAR
ISBN: 9781596914551
Publication Date: 2007-08-07
In August of 1979, Nick Ward began the 600-mile course of the UK's Fastnet Race with perfect weather. Within 48 hours, the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing had blasted through the Irish Sea. By the time it had passed, it had thrown one of the world's most prestigious races into bedlam and taken the lives of fifteen sailors. Ward's boat, Grimalkin, was capsized again and again, and the skipper lost overboard; after hours of struggle, three of the crew fled the boat for the liferaft. Nick and his crewmate Gerry, both injured, unconscious, and presumed dead, were abandoned on the beleaguered yacht. Gerry died a few hours later, and Nick was left alone to face down a storm that has become legendary among sailors and racing fans alike. "Left for Dead" is Nick Ward's harrowing and inspirational memoir of how he survived that dreadful night. After his dramatic rescue, Ward was overwhelmed by media and decided in 1980 not to speak of the incident again. It wasn't until this book's coauthor, Sinead O'Brien, approached him about the story that he began the personal writings that became this book. Here at last is the untold true story of an accident that has intrigued lovers of the sea for almost thirty years.

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No Better Friend Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II - Robert Weintraub
Call Number: 940.54 WEI
ISBN: 9780316344678
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
No Better Friend tells the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.

As they discover Frank and Judy's story in this specially adapted text, young readers will also learn about key World War II moments through informative and engaging sidebars, maps, photographs, and a timeline.

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The Soul of an Octopus: a surprising exploration into the wonder of consciousness - Sy Montgomery
Call Number: 594.56 MON
ISBN: 9781451697711
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, Sy Montgomery explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

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Flash Boys: a Wall Street revolt - Michael Lewis
Call Number: 332.62 LEW
ISBN: 9780393244663
Publication Date: 2014-03-31
Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. The characters in Flash Boys are fabulous, each completely different from what you think of when you think “Wall Street guy.” Several have walked away from jobs in the financial sector that paid them millions of dollars a year. From their new vantage point they investigate the big banks, the world’s stock exchanges, and high-frequency trading firms as they have never been investigated, and expose the many strange new ways that Wall Street generates profits.

The light that Lewis shines into the darkest corners of the financial world may not be good for your blood pressure, because if you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you. But in the end, Flash Boys is an uplifting read.

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Red Platoon - Clinton Romesha
Call Number: 958.104 ROM
ISBN: 9780525955054
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
"[A] first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Clinton Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions"--From Penguin Random House website. Reads like fiction.

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Charlie Mike: killer whales, SeaWorld, and the truth beyond Blackfish - Joe Klein
Call Number: 359.9 KLE
ISBN: 9781451677300
Publication Date: 2015-10-20
Relates the true story of two decorated combat veterans linked by tragedy, who come home from the Middle East and find a new way to save their comrades and heal their country ... Tells the dramatic story of Eric Greitens and Jake Wood, larger-than-life war heroes who come home and use their military discipline and values to help others.

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When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi; Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
Call Number: 616.994 KAL
ISBN: 9780812988406
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

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Pirate Hunters: treasure, obsession, and the search for a legendary pirate ship - Robert Kurson
Call Number: 910.45 KUR
ISBN: 9781400063369
Publication Date: 2015-06-16
The account of two divers' quest to uncover the shipwrecked vessel of Joseph Bannister, one of history's most infamous pirates.

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Grunt: the curious science of humans at war - Mary Roach
Call Number: 355.0709 ROA
ISBN: 9780393245448
Publication Date: 2016-06-07
"Tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries--panic, exhaustion, heat, noise--and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them"--Dust jacket.

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Enrique's Journey - Sonia Nazario
Call Number: 305.23 NAZ
ISBN: 1400062055
Publication Date: 2006-02-21
Addresses the issues of family and illegal immigration through the story of a young boy's dangerous journey from Honduras to the U.S. in search of his mother, who left him and his sibling behind to make a better life for her family. Reads like fiction.

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The Other Wes Moore - Wes Moore; Tavis Smiley (Afterword by)
Call Number: 305.23 MOO
ISBN: 9780385528191
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
The author, a Rhodes scholar and combat veteran, analyzes the various sociocultural factors that influenced him as well as another man of the same name and from the same neighborhood who was drawn into a life of drugs and crime and ended up serving life in prison, focusing on the influence of relatives, mentors, and social expectations that could have led either of them on different paths. Reads like fiction.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: one name, two fates - William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer
Call Number: 609.2 KAM
ISBN: 9780061730320
Publication Date: 2009-09-29
The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his Malawian village when he built a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts. Reads like fiction.

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The Angel of Grozny: orphans of a forgotten war - Åsne Seierstad; Nadia Christensen (Translator)
Call Number: 947.5 SEI
ISBN: 9780465011223
Publication Date: 2008-09-09
Journalist Asne Seierstad details the effects of the wars in Chechnya, focusing on the children of Grozny who were left parentless, but also discussing wounded soldiers, the spread of wahhabism, the Soviet-style dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, and other related issues. Reads like fiction.

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Gang Leader for a Day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets - Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
Call Number: 364.1066 VEN
ISBN: 9781594201509
Publication Date: 2008-01-10
Sudhir Venkatesh recounts how he managed to work his way into one of Chicago's must brutal crack-dealing gangs and describes the horrific events he witnessed, and sometimes participated in. Reads like fiction.

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American Shaolin: flying kicks, Buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China - Matthew Polly
Call Number: 796.815 POL
ISBN: 9781592402625
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
Matthew Polly recounts the experiences he had during the two years he spent living and studying in China, performing with the Shaolin monks, who taught Matthew important lessons about life and his place in the universe. Reads like fiction.

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We Beat the Street: how a friendship pact helped us succeed - Sharon M. Draper; Sampson Davis; Rameck Hunt; George Jenkins
Call Number: 610.92 DAV
ISBN: 9780525474074
Publication Date: 2005-04-21
Shares anecdotes from the childhoods, teen years, and young adult lives of three men from Newark, New Jersey, who made a pledge to each other in high school to stay safe from drugs, gangs, and crime, and work to become doctors--a goal they have successfully achieved. Reads like fiction.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Aron Ralston
Call Number: 796.51 RAL
ISBN: 0743492811
Publication Date: 2004-09-07
The author recounts his harrowing experiences of being trapped for six days in Blue John Canyon in Utah and having to amputate his own right arm in order to save his life. Reads like fiction.

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A Test of Will: one man's extraordinary story of surviva - Warren MacDonald
Call Number: 796.522 MAC
ISBN: 1553650646
Publication Date: 2004-08-03
Warren Macdonald recounts how his life was forever changed after what should have been a two-day hike up Mount Bowen became a living nightmare when he was trapped for days by a massive slab of rock. Reads like fiction.

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Sickened: the memoir of a Munchausen by proxy childhood - Julie Gregory
Call Number: 616.8582 GRE
ISBN: 0553803077
Publication Date: 2003-09-30
The author describes her life as the daughter of a woman afflicted with Munchausen by proxy, a form of child abuse in which a parent, most often a mother, invents or induces illness in a child in order to gain attention from medical professionals, tells how she was able to save herself, and discusses her efforts to have another young girl removed from her mother's care. Reads like fiction.

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In Harm's Way: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the extraordinary story of its survivors - Doug Stanton
Call Number: 940.54 STA
ISBN: 0805066322
Publication Date: 2001-04-04
Tells the story of the "USS Indianapolis," a battle cruiser torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945, shortly after delivering parts of the atom bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima; and discusses the heroic struggles of sailors who survived the blast to stay alive in the sea for nearly five days before help arrived. Reads like fiction.

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The Last Dive: a father and son's fatal descent into the ocean's depths - Bernie Chowdhury
Call Number: 797.2 CHO
ISBN: 0060194626
Publication Date: 2000-10-03
Explores the thrill of deep-sea diving and explains how one father-son diving team's obsession with diving cost them their lives. Reads like fiction.

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The Freedom Writers Diary: how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them - Freedom Writers Staff; Miep Gies (Foreword by); Erin Gruwell
Call Number: 305.235 FRE
ISBN: 9780385494229
Publication Date: 1999-10-12
Tells the story of how young English teacher Erin Gruwell confronted the problem of racial and ethnic intolerance in her classroom, and features excerpts from the diaries of her students, now known as The Freedom Writers. Reads like fiction.

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The Last Time I Wore a Dress - Daphne Scholinski; Jane Adams
Call Number: 616.85 SCH
ISBN: 1573220779
Publication Date: 1997-10-13
An autobiography in which the author, diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder at the age of fifteen, recalls her experiences as a mental hospital patient, and discusses the failure of doctors and other adults to consider her real problems of depression and abuse in their attempts to discover why she refused to act more feminine. Reads like fiction.

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Almost Lost: the true story of an anonymous teenager's life on the streets - Beatrice Sparks
Call Number: 616.85 ANO
ISBN: 038078341X
Publication Date: 1996-06-01
The story of a young man's recovery from depression after leaving home, becoming a member of a gang, and finally being overwhelmed with his seemingly no-way-out situation. Reads like fiction.

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Deep: freediving, renegade science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves - James Nestor
Call Number: 797.23 NES
ISBN: 9780547985527
Publication Date: 2014-06-24
Explores the extreme sport of freediving, and examines it from a scientific aspect, especially human physiology and human relationship to the ocean.

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Last Chain on Billie: how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top - Carol Bradley
Call Number: 639.97 BRA
ISBN: 9781250025692
Publication Date: 2014-07-22
"Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradley's "Last Chain on Billie" charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have"--Jacket flap.

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The Story of Fester Cat - Paul Magrs
Call Number: 636.8 MAG
ISBN: 9780425275047
Publication Date: 2014-11-04
"The true story of an extraordinary little cat whose gentle charm and trusting soul turned two young men into a family"--Provided by publisher.

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Top Dog: the story of marine hero Lucca - Maria Goodavage
Call Number: 956.7044 GOO
ISBN: 9780525954361
Publication Date: 2014-10-23
The story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca and the handlers who fought alongside her through wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, discussing her four hundred mission career and the bond she developed with her handlers.

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A Wolf Called Romeo - Nick Jans
Call Number: 636.9773 JAN
ISBN: 9780547858197
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
"The story of a wolf who returned again and again to interact with the people and dogs of Juneau, living on the edges of their community, engaging in an interspecies dance and bringing the wild into sharp focus"--Provided by publisher.

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However Long the Night: Molly Melching's journey to help millions of African women and girls triumph - Aimee Molloy; Molly Melching
Call Number: 392.1 MOL
ISBN: 9780062132765
Publication Date: 2013-04-30
Tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.

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A Street Cat Named Bob: and how he saved my life - James Bowen
Call Number: 636.8 BOW
ISBN: 9781250029461
Publication Date: 2013-07-30
London-based street musician James Bowen recounts how his life changed after he befriended an injured stray cat he named Bob.

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Moonbird: a year on the wind with the great survivor B95 - Phillip Hoose
Call Number: 598.072 HOO
ISBN: 9780374304683
Publication Date: 2012-07-17
Chronicles a year in the life of rufa red knot B95, also called Moonbird, following him through his migration pattern and discussing the environmental problems that caused the rufa population to collapsed by nearly eighty percent.

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One Shot at Forever: a small town, an unlikely coach, and a magical baseball season - Chris Ballard
Call Number: 796.357 BAL
ISBN: 9781401324384
Publication Date: 2012-05-15
Tells the story of a small-town baseball team from Illinois in 1971.

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Thirty Days with My Father - Christal, Christal Presley,; Edward, Edward Tick, (Foreword by)
Call Number: 616.85 PRE
ISBN: 9780757316463
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
Christal Presley describes the thirty days she spent reconnecting and having difficult conversations with her Vietnam veteran father who has severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Across Many Mountains: a Tibetan family's epic journey from oppression to freedom - Yangzom Brauen; Katy Derbyshire (Translator)
Call Number: 305.895 BRA
ISBN: 9780312600136
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
Author Yangzom Brauen shares details about her life and the lives of her mother and grandmother, who lived in Tibet during Chinese rule and were forced to find ways to preserve their identity and culture while in exile.

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The Pirates of Somalia: inside their hidden world - Jay Bahadur
Call Number: 364.164 BAH
ISBN: 9780307476562
Publication Date: 2012-08-21
Journalist Jay Bahadur presents a narrative exposé on Somali pirates, discussing the history of Somalia, and describing who the pirates are, where and how they live, their treatment of hostages, how they spend the ransom money they collect, and the response of the United Nations and other international bodies to the rise in piracy in the twenty-first century.

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Friday Night Lights - H. G. Bissinger
Call Number: 796.332 BIS
ISBN: 9780306809903
Publication Date: 2000-08-11
Follows the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, Texas, exploring the lives of the players and the impact of the championship team on the small town.

 

Non-Fiction Books

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The Translator - Daoud Hari
Call Number: 962.404 HAR
ISBN: 9780812979176
Publication Date: 2009-01-13
Daoud Hari recounts his efforts to educate the world about the brutal genocide taking place in Darfur, describing how he takes journalists into the heart of the country to reveal the horror his people face on a daily basis and discussing how he has helped survivors find food, water, and safety.

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The Boys Who Challenged Hitler - Phillip Hoose
Call Number: 940.53 HOO
ISBN: 9780374300227
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phillip Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.

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Cathedral of the Wild: an African journey home - Boyd Varty
Call Number: B VARTY, B.
ISBN: 9781400069859
Publication Date: 2014-03-11
Boyd Varty recounts his life in the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, his spiritual quest that took him across the globe, and his return to reconnect with nature. Reads like fiction.

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Alive in the Killing Fields: surviving the Khmer Rouge genocide - Nawuth Keat; Martha Kendall
Call Number: B KEAT, N.
ISBN: 9781426305153
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
Nawuth Keat, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge invasion of Cambodia, describes his experiences, discussing the killings of his family members, his enslavement, the relationships that were formed between people from his community, and more. World literature author Nawuth Keat is from Cambodia.

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Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Call Number: 305.8 COA
ISBN: 9780812993547
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him--most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear. What were they afraid of? ... Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings--moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.

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A Long Way Gone: memoirs of a boy soldier - Ishmael Beah
Call Number: B BEAH
ISBN: 9780374105235
Publication Date: 2007-02-13
Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States. World literature author Ishmael Beah is from Sierra Leone.

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I Will Always Write Back: how one letter changed two lives - Martin Ganda; Caitlin Alifirenka; Liz Welch (As told to)
Call Number: 305.235 ALI
ISBN: 9780316241311
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place.

Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.

That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

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Safari: a memoir of a worldwide travel pioneer - Geoffrey Kent
Call Number: 910.4 KEN
ISBN: 9780062299208
Publication Date: 2015-08-11
In this breathtaking travel memoir and adventure guide, the legendary founder of the world’s premier luxury travel company, Abercrombie & Kent, takes readers on a whirlwind tour around the globe, sharing his best-kept secrets and the story of his success and his life. In 1962, Geoffrey Kent had nothing but a Kenya pound and an old Land Rover when he hosted his first safari in Nairobi, Kenya. Today, he is the co-owner of Abercrombie & Kent, a half-billion dollar international corporation that provides unique, stylish luxury travel to the planet’s wildest frontiers, for an exclusive clientele that includes Bill Gates, Ted Turner, Ralph Lauren, and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. In his first book, this “Indiana Jones meets James Bond” entrepreneur who invented the cutting-edge travel industry tells his story—his life reads like a work of fiction, growing up barefoot in the African bush, riding his motorcycle across the continent, and ultimately becoming the most sought-after travel professional in the world. Safari: Memoir of a Worldwide Travel Pioneer is a breathtaking and exhilarating trip to some of the most exotic and stunning locations on earth. Beginning in Africa and ultimately spanning the globe, it is packed with sometimes harrowing and always entertaining memories from Kent’s life and career, revealing fascinating tales from his personal and ultra-exclusive celebrity clients. The book is also filled with insider travel tips and award-winning photography. In addition, Kent provides an inspiring bucket list of must-see sites, so that every class of voyager and even armchair travelers can experience the wonders of the world. Reads like fiction.

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So Close to Home - Michael J. Tougias; Alison O'Leary
Call Number: 940.54 TOU
ISBN: 9781681771304
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
"On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board. Most aboard were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family: Ray and Ina, and their two children, eight-year-old Sonny and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, chaos ensued--and each family member had to find their own path to survival."

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Inside ISIS: the brutal rise of a terrorist army - Benjamin Hall
Call Number: 956.054 HAL
ISBN: 9781455590575
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
In this book, Journalist Benjamin Hall will provide insights by answering the basic questions we still don't have the answers to; Who are they? Where did they come from? How are they so successful, so quickly? How can they be stopped?

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They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: the true story of three lost boys from Sudan - Benjamin Ajak; Benson Deng; Alephonsion Deng
Call Number: 962.404 DEN
ISBN: 1586482696
Publication Date: 2005-06-01
Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew. All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages. Amid the chaos, screams, conflagration, and gunfire, five-year-old Benson and seven-year-old Benjamin fled into the dark night. Two years later, Alepho, age seven, was forced to do the same. Across the Southern Sudan, over the next five years, thousands of other boys did likewise, joining this stream of child refugees that became known as the Lost Boys. Their journey would take them over one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease. The refugee camps they eventually filtered through offered little respite from the brutality they were fleeing. In They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky, Alepho, Benson, and Benjamin, by turn, recount their experiences along this unthinkable journey. They vividly recall the family, friends, and tribal world they left far behind them and their desperate efforts to keep track of one another. This is a captivating memoir of Sudan and a powerful portrait of war as seen through the eyes of children. Reads like fiction.

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Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness - Nathanael Johnson
Call Number: 591.756 JOH
ISBN: 9781623363857
Publication Date: 2016-04-05
No matter where we live―city, country, oceanside, or mountains―there are wonders that we walk past every day. Unseen City widens the pinhole of our perspective by allowing us to view the world from the high-altitude eyes of a turkey vulture and the distinctly low-altitude eyes of a snail. The narrative allows us to eavesdrop on the comically frenetic life of a squirrel and peer deep into the past with a ginkgo biloba tree. Each of these organisms has something unique to tell us about our neighborhoods and, chapter by chapter, Unseen City takes us on a journey that is part nature lesson and part love letter to the world’s urban jungles. With the right perspective, a walk to the subway can be every bit as entrancing as a walk through a national park.

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In the Country We Love - Diane Guerrero
Call Number: 791.4302 GUE
ISBN: 9781627795272
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
Diane Guerrero, television actress from the hits Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, recalls the day her parents were detained and deported when she was 14, and how she was able to remain in the country, finish her education, and build a successful acting career.

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Pumpkinflowers - Matti Friedman
Call Number: 956.9204 FRI
ISBN: 9781616204587
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
It was just one small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that are still felt worldwide today. The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for “casualties.” Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the harrowing experience of a band of young Israeli soldiers charged with holding this remote outpost, a task that would change them forever, wound the country in ways large and small, and foreshadow the unwinnable conflicts the United States would soon confront in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

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The Battle of the Bulge (Young Readers Adaptation) - Rick Atkinson
Call Number: 940.54 ATK
ISBN: 9781627791137
Publication Date: 2015-06-30
On the 16th of December, 1944, in the frozen forests of the Ardennes, the German army attacked American Allied forces, launching a final bid to turn the tide of World War II. Thus began the long, hard slog of a battle that was nicknamed by the media as the Battle of the Bulge. Lasting more than a month, it led to tens of thousands of casualties. Sir Winston Churchill called it "the greatest American battle of the war and . . . an ever-famous American victory." Atkinson skillfully guides his audience through the attacks and counterattacks, the advances and retreats of this terrible bloodbath. Whether history buffs or newcomers to the topic, young readers will appreciate the author's clear and accessible prose, as well as the many fascinating facts, photographs, and statistics.

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Adrift: seventy-six days lost at sea - Steven Callahan
Call Number: 910.4 CAL
ISBN: 0345410157
Publication Date: 1996-09-29
Describes the true experiences of the author, who is forced to survive in an inflatable raft for seventy-six days in the Atlantic Ocean. Reads like fiction.

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$2.00 a Day: living on almost nothing in America - Kathryn J. Edin; H. Luke Shaefer
Call Number: 339.46 EDI
ISBN: 9780544303188
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Discusses poverty in the United States and the low-wage labor market that increasingly fails to deliver a living wage and provides accounts of the survival strategies of some of the 1.5 million American households that live on two dollars per day per person.

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Beneath the Surface: killer whales, SeaWorld, and the truth beyond Blackfish - John Hargrove; Howard Chua-Eoan
Call Number: 599.536 HAR
ISBN: 9781137280107
Publication Date: 2015-03-24
In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld.

Hargrove's journey is one that humanity has just begun to take-toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought.

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Boys among Men: how the prep-to-pro generation redefined the NBA and sparked a basketball revolution - Jonathan Abrams
Call Number: 796.323 ABR
ISBN: 9780804139250
Publication Date: 2016-03-15
The definitive, never-before-told story of the prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.

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American Pain: how a young felon and his ring of doctors unleashed America's deadliest drug epidemic - John Temple
Call Number: 362.29 TEM
ISBN: 9781493007387
Publication Date: 2015-09-29
Tells the story of a young felon who used a Florida pain clinic and its doctors to distribute massive quantities of oxycodone that fed North America's insatiable narcotics addition.

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The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): the true story of an American team's epic journey to win gold at the 1936 Olympics - Daniel James Brown
Call Number: YD 797.12 BRO
ISBN: 9780451475923
Publication Date: 2015-09-08
"Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler"--Amazon.com.

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced - Nujood Ali; Delphine Minoui
Call Number: B ALI, N.
ISBN: 9780307589675
Publication Date: 2010-03-02
Ali Nujood, the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce, tells the story of her experiences after her father arranged for her to be married in 2008 at the age of ten to a man three times her age, describes what happened when she sought out a judge in order to get a divorce, and discusses the impact of her actions on traditional Yemen culture and society.

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I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: tales of kids in adult lockup - David Chura
Call Number: 371.93 CHU
ISBN: 9780807000649
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
Shares the experiences of teenagers incarcerated in an adult prison in New York, as well as those of the men and women hired to teach and watch over them. Reads like fiction.

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Zoo Story: life in the garden of captives - Thomas French
Call Number: 590.73 FRE
ISBN: 9781401323462
Publication Date: 2010-07-06
Based on six years of research, behind the scenes at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. A dramatic and moving true story of seduction and betrayal, exile and loss, and the limits of freedom on an overcrowded planet-- all framed inside one zoo reinventing itself for the twenty-first century. Reads like fiction.

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Live Through This a mother's memoir of runaway daughters and reclaimed love - Debra Gwartney
Call Number: 362.74 GWA
ISBN: 9780547054476
Publication Date: 2009-02-11
Debra Gwartney details her efforts to recover her runaway daughters, who at the ages of fifteen and thirteen left home together as a reaction to Debra's divorce from her husband and move to Eugene, Oregon. Reads like fiction.

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Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world - Vicki Myron; Bret Witter (As told to)
Call Number: 636.8 MYR
ISBN: 9780446407410
Publication Date: 2008-09-24
Tells the story of Dewey Readmore Books, the resident cat at Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, who was found in the book return in December 1988, adopted by the library staff, and immediately became a loving member of the community. Reads like fiction.

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Saved: rescued animals and the lives they transform - Karin Winegar; Judy Olausen (Photographer)
Call Number: 636.08 WIN
ISBN: 9780738212760
Publication Date: 2008-10-28
Details twenty-eight true stories about people who take in and care for animals in need, and discusses how aiding suffering animals in turn helps humans suffering from emotional pains of their own. Reads like fiction.

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Dog Days - Jon Katz
Call Number: 636 KAT
ISBN: 9781400064045
Publication Date: 2007-06-26
Farm owner, journalist, and author Jon Katz shares stories about his farm in upstate New York, discussing his relationships with the animals, his wife's support, the rural area, maintaining the health of his pets, and more. Reads like fiction.

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Zamba: the true story of the greatest lion that ever lived - Ralph Helfer
Call Number: 599.757 HEL
ISBN: 0060761326
Publication Date: 2005-07-05
The author recalls his experiences with Zamba, a young lion rescued from the Zambezi River in Zambia and brought to the U.S. for treatment, and describes how he raised the animal from a cub and worked with him in motion pictures. Reads like fiction.

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Name All the Animals - Alison Smith
Call Number: 155.937 SMI
ISBN: 0743255224
Publication Date: 2004-01-27
Alison Smith chronicles her family's struggle to overcome the death of her older brother, Roy, and discusses how every aspect of her life was impacted by the loss of her brother. Reads like fiction.

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Truth and Beauty: a friendship - Ann Patchett
Call Number: 362.196 PAT
ISBN: 0060572140
Publication Date: 2004-05-11
Ann Patchett describes her friendship with Lucy Grealy, author of "Autobiography of a Face," and their commitment to each other for twenty years, from graduate school in Iowa to literary fame in New York City. Reads like fiction.

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To Hell and Back: the classic memoir of WWII by America's most decorated soldier - Audie Murphy; Tom Brokaw (Foreword by)
Call Number: 940.54 MUR
ISBN: 9780805070866
Publication Date: 2002-05-01
Classic World War II memoir, originally published in 1949, in which Audie Murphy recounts his experiences fighting with the infantry in Europe, emerging as America's most decorated soldier. Reads like fiction.

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Last Breath: cautionary tales from the limits of human endurance - Peter Stark
Call Number: 616 STA
ISBN: 0345441508
Publication Date: 2001-10-02
Presents short stories in which adventurers find themselves on the brink of death from hypothermia, drowning, mountain sickness, avalanche, scurvy, heatstroke, falling, predators, the bends, cerebral malaria, and dehydration. Reads like fiction.

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Living at the Edge of the World: how I survived the tunnels of Grand Central Station - Jamie Pastor Bolnick; Tina S.
Call Number: 362.74 BOL
ISBN: 0312284071
Publication Date: 2001-10-12
Tina S. chronicles the four years she spent living in the train tunnels beneath Grand Central Station, describing her drug addiction, several arrests and jail terms, the friends she made, and the tragedies she witnessed. Reads like fiction.

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Annie's Baby: the diary of Anonymous, a pregnant teenager - Beatrice Sparks
Call Number: 618.2 ANO
ISBN: 0380791412
Publication Date: 2004-12-28
A day-by-day account of the life of an unnamed, pregnant, teenaged girl. Reads like fiction.

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The Perfect Storm: a true story of men against the sea - Sebastian Junger
Call Number: 974.4 JUN
ISBN: 0393050327
Publication Date: 2000-06-01
Uses interviews, memoirs, radio conversations, and technical research to recreate the last days of the crew of the "Andrea Gail," a fishing boat that was lost in a storm off the coast of Nova Scotia in October 1991. Reads like fiction.

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Blood of the Tiger: a story of conspiracy, greed, and the battle to save a magnificent species - J. A. Mills
Call Number: 639.97 MIL
ISBN: 9780807074961
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Examines the efforts of Chinese industry to turn wild animals on the brink of extinction--including tigers, rhinos, and elephants--into livestock commodities through breeding them on farms.

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Beyond Magenta: transgender teens speak out - Susan Kuklin
Call Number: 306.768 KUK
ISBN: 9780763656119
Publication Date: 2014-02-11
"Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves."--Amazon.com

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The Kindess Diaries: one man's epic quest to ignite goodwill and transform lives around the world - Leon Logothetis
Call Number: 910.4 LOG
ISBN: 9781621451914
Publication Date: 2014-12-30
"The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness. Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he's won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life"

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Striking Gridiron: a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history - Greg Nichols
Call Number: 796.332 NIC
ISBN: 9781250039859
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Tells the story of the Braddock, Pennsylvania football team, the Braddock Tigers, during its sixth undefeated season which occurred during the steelworkers strike of 1959.

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When Books Went to War: the stories that helped us win World War II - Molly Guptill Manning
Call Number: 028.9 MAN
ISBN: 9780544535022
Publication Date: 2014-12-02
Tells the story of how librarians from the United States launched a campaign to send free books to soldiers overseas during World War II and how their efforts inspired the publishing industry to begin producing affordable paperback books which the soldiers could carry with them.

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Dear Nobody: the true diary of Mary Rose - Gillian McCain; Legs McNeil
Call Number: 305.235 ROS
ISBN: 9781402287589
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Presents the diary of Mary Rose who dealt with addiction, bullying, and a deadly secret.

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The King of Sports: football's impact on America - Gregg Easterbrook
Call Number: 796.332 EAS
ISBN: 9781250011718
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Tells the story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture, and examines both the good and the bad impact on American society. Includes concussions, high school football, National Football League (NFL), National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA), football helmets, college football, football scholarships, and more.

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Running for My Life: one lost boy's journey from the killing fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games - Lopez Lomong; Mark Tabb
Call Number: 796.42 LOM
ISBN: 9781595555151
Publication Date: 2012-07-16
Sudanese-born American Olympian Lopez Lomong shares his experiences of being kidnapped as a young boy to become a child soldier, his escape to a refugee camp, and his emigration to the United States where he was able to train as a runner and compete in the Olympic Games.

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Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed
Call Number: 910.4 STR
ISBN: 9780307592736
Publication Date: 2012-03-20
Cheryl Strayed recounts the impact of her mother's death on her life at age twenty-two and chronicles her experiences after she made the impulsive decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert all the way into Washington State.

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Girls Like Us: fighting for a world where girls are not for sale: a memior - Rachel Lloyd
Call Number: 362.88 LLO
ISBN: 9780061582066
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
The author, a survivor of the commercial sex industry, shares her personal story, and discusses her efforts to help other girls who are victims of sexual exploitation through her nonprofit organization GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services.

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Alone on the Wall - Alex Honnold; David Roberts
Call Number: 796.522 HON
ISBN: 9780393247626
Publication Date: 2015-11-09
Alex Honnold, an extreme climber famed for his solo ascents without ropes, partners or gear, describes his life and most significant achievements.

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Forever Liesl - Charmian Carr; Jean A. S. Strauss
Call Number: 791.43 CAR
ISBN: 0140298401
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
Charmian Carr explains how her life was changed by her role as Liesl in "The Sound of Music" and describes behind-the-scenes antics during the filming, her relationships with her onscreen siblings, and her meeting with the real von Trapp children.

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