An intimate and uplifting memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.
Becoming Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Raymond Obstfeld
Call Number: 796.323 ABD
At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball, and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement.
Before I Had the Words by Skylar Kergil
Call Number: 306.76 KER
YouTuber Skylar Kergil details his early childhood memories to the changes and confusion brought on by adolescence, an d how he posted his female-to-male transition videos online as a mean of opening up about the long path to self-acceptance.
Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
Call Number: 306.76 JEN
Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. A groundbreaking interview, at the age of five, with Barbara Walters was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series—I Am Jazz—making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults. In her remarkable memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. Now Jazz must learn to navigate the physical, social, and emotional upheavals of adolescence—particularly high school—complicated by the unique challenges of being a transgender teen.
Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson
Call Number: 616.85 HUT
Shaun David Hutchinson was nineteen. Confused. Struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn't see himself. The voice of depression told him that he would never be loved or wanted, while powerful and hurtful messages from society told him that being gay meant love and happiness weren't for him. Thankfully Shaun survived, and over time, came to embrace how grateful he is and how to find self-acceptance. In this courageous and deeply honest memoir, Shaun takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.
Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin
Call Number: 305.893 IFT
Shares the author's journey from Somalia to the United States, including his early love of American music and movies, his survival under a radical Islamist group, and how he made his way to the United States using the annual visa lottery.
Captured : an American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam by Alvin Townley
Call Number: 959.704 TOW
Naval aviator Jeremiah Denton was captured in North Vietnam in 1965. As a POW, Jerry Denton led a group of fellow American prisoners in withstanding gruesome conditions behind enemy lines. Always, Jerry told his fellow POWs that they would one day return home together. Although Jerry spent seven and a half years as a POW, he did finally return home in 1973. Denton's story - including that of the men he led, and of his wife, who fought for prisoners' rights while he was held captive - is a narrative of human resilience and endurance.
Dawn of the New Everything by Jaron Lanier
Call Number: 004 LAN
Memoir of Jaron Lanier, the Microsoft interdisciplinary scientist credited with popularizing virtual reality, reflecting on his early life in the UFO territory of New Mexico where he lived with his father after the sudden death of his mother, attendance in college at age fourteen that eventually led him to the early frontier days of Silicon Valley, where he founded the first virtual reality start-up and developed a lifelong relationship with technology.
Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas
Call Number: 304.8 VAR
Technology and information crosses countries and continents at blistering speed. Corporations thrive on being multinational and polyglot. Yet the world's estimated 244 million total migrant population, particularly those deemed 'illegal' by countries and societies, are locked in a chaotic and circular debate about borders and documents, assimilation and identity. An issue about movement seems immovable: politically, culturally and personally.
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee; Susan Elizabeth McClelland
Call Number: 951.9305 LEE
The memoir of a boy named Sungju who grew up in North Korea and, at the age of twelve, was forced to live on the streets and fend for himself after his parents disappeared. Finally, after years of being homeless and living with a gang, Sungju is reunited with his maternal grandparents and, eventually, his father.
Full Count by David Cone; Jack Curry (As told to)
Call Number: 796.357 CON
A Mets and Yankees All-Star pitcher shares lessons from his seventeen-year career, detailing his passion, frustrations, and strategies, and offering stories from the memorable teams he played on.
Funny, You Don't Look Autistic by Michael McCreary
Call Number: 616.89 MCC
Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't 'look' autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism 'looks' different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain into something empowering--and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn't looked back. This . . . memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum.
The Gift of Our Wounds by Pardeep Singh Kaleka; Arno Michaelis
Call Number: 305.8 MIC
The powerful story of a friendship between two men―one Sikh and one skinhead―that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
Call Number: 978.1 SMA
During Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the '80s and '90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, this is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.
How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana; Abigail Pesta
Call Number: 362.87 UWI
The remarkable and inspiring true story of Sandra Uwiringiyimana, a girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who tells the tale of how she survived a massacre, immigrated to America, and overcame her trauma through art and activism. Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, of her hope for the future, and how she found a way to give voice to her people.
I'm Not Really a Waitress by Suzi Weiss-Fischmann; Catherine Knepper
Call Number: 338.7 WEI
The author shares her life growing up in Communist Hungary and the events that made her family move to New York City. She shares how her experiences shaped her vision of OPI, a global beauty brand she started.
I Have the Right to : a High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope by Chessy Prout; Jenn Abelson (As told to)
Call Number: 362.88 PRO
The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls . . . This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators.
King of the Mild Frontier by Chris Crutcher
Call Number: 813.54 CRU
Chris Crutcher, author of young adult novels such as "Ironman" and "Whale Talk," as well as short stories, tells of growing up in Cascade, Idaho, and becoming a writer. Honest, hilarious, and absolutely unforgettable, the award-winning author chronicles his often complicated journey to adulthood that involved many disasters, such as trying to impress a member of the girls' softball team with disastrous dental results.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Call Number: 362.88 MIL
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time. Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Lion: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of India for landmarks he recognized. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off on a journey to find his mother.
The Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant; Pau Gasol (Foreword by); Phil Jackson (Introduction by); Andrew D. Bernstein (Photographer)
Call Number: 796.323 BRY
In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, an NBA great nicknamed "The Black Mamba" has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of his legendary "Mamba mentality."
Never Quit by Jimmy Settle; Don Rearden
Call Number: 958.104 SET
The epic memoir of an Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator, and decorated war hero. "That Others May Live" is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska's 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALS in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are some of the least known and most highly trained of America's warriors. Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero.
Obsessed: a memoir of my life with OCD by Allison Britz
Call Number: 616.85 BRI
A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side—in this powerful and inspiring memoir.
Proud: living my American dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Call Number: 796.86 MUY
An autobiography of the Olympic fencer, Ibthihaj Muhammad, and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab. Ibtihaj Muhammad is a New York Times bestselling author, fencer, and the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games.
Shout: a Poetry Memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: 362.88 AND
A memoir that shares the author's life, covering her rape at thirteen, her difficult early childhood, and her experiences surrounding her publication of 'Speak'.
The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala
Call Number: 796.323 IGU
Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors, traces his journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today, and covers his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and his contributions to the conversation about race and sport in America.
Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss; Judd Apatow (Foreword by); Mathew Klickstein
Call Number: 791.45 REI
The longest-serving writer and producer for 'The Simpsons' offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.
Tweak by Nic Sheff
Call Number: 362.29 SHE
The author describes his childhood in California, his addiction to crystal meth and heroin at a young age, his relapse after eighteen months of sobriety, and his path to recovery.