Multcolib Everybody Reads 2014: Inspiring memoirs

Prague Winter
Prague Winter A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 By Albright, Madeleine Korbel Book - 2012 B-AL15p 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:"From former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright comes a moving and thoughtful memoir of her formative years in Czechoslovakia during the tumult of Nazi occupation, World War II, fascism, and the onset of the Cold War." (Publisher)

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius By Eggers, Dave Book - 2001 B-Eg33h 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:A memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother.

Brother, I'm Dying
Brother, I'm Dying By Danticat, Edwidge Book - 2008 B-Da236b 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:In a personal memoir, the author describes her relationships with the two men closest to her--her father and his brother, Joseph, a charismatic pastor with whom she lived after her parents emigrated from Haiti to the United States

Born on A Blue Day
Born on A Blue Day Inside the Extraordinary Mind of An Autistic Savant : A Memoir By Tammet, Daniel Book - 2007 B-Ta152b 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Born on a Blue Day is a triumphant and uplifting story, starting from early childhood, when Daniel was incapable of making friends and prone to tantrums, to young adulthood, when he learned how to control himself and to live independently, fell in love, experienced a religious conversion to Christianity, and most recently, emerged as a celebrity.

Infidel By Hirsi Ali, Ayaan Book - 2007 B-Hi617i 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this profoundly affecting memoir the author tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands.

The Other Wes Moore
The Other Wes Moore One Name, Two Fates By Moore, Wes Book - 2010 B-M8251o 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison.

Breaking Night
Breaking Night A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey From Homeless to Harvard By Murray, Liz Book - 2010 B-Mu9649b 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The memoir of a young woman who at age 15 was living on the streets but survived to make it to Harvard.

Lazy B
Lazy B Growing up on A Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest By O'Connor, Sandra Day Book - 2002 B-Oc58L 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:What was it in Sandra Day O'Connor's background and early life that helped make her the woman she is today-the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and one of the most powerful women in America? This is the story of the Day family and of growing up on the harsh yet beautiful land of the Lazy B Ranch in Arizona.

I Am Malala
I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban By Yousafzai, Malala Book - 2013 B-Yo887i 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

My Beloved World
My Beloved World By Sotomayor, Sonia Book - 2013 B-So786mb 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 21 on 49 copies

Annotation:"With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself." (Publisher)

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