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Educated: A Memoir

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER  NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW  ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMAS FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR  BILL GATESS HOLIDAY READING LIST  FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLES AWARD IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLES JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FOR BEST FIRST BOOK  FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD 

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post O: The Oprah Magazine Time NPR Good Morning America San Francisco Chronicle The Guardian The Economist Financial Times Newsday New York Post theSkimm Refinery29 Bloomberg Self Real Simple Town & Country Bustle Paste Publishers Weekly Library Journal LibraryReads BookRiot Pamela Paul, KQED New York Public Library


An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Taras older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if shed traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of Tara Westovers childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?Vogue


Westover has somehow managed not only to capture her unsurpassably exceptional upbringing, but to make her current situation seem not so exceptional at all, and resonant for many others.The New York Times Book Review

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A Piece of Cake: A Memoir

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The heart-wrenching, uplifting tale about a woman named Cupcake

Cupcake Browns confessional . . . memoir is one you cant easily put down. Her life is nothing short of a miracle.Chicago Sun-Times

There are shelves of memoirs about overcoming the death of a parent, childhood abuse, rape, drug addiction, miscarriage, alcoholism, hustling, gangbanging, near-death injuries, drug dealing, prostitution, and homelessness.

Cupcake Brown survived all these things before shed even turned twenty.

And thats when things got interesting. . .


Orphaned by the death of her mother and left in the hands of a sadistic foster parent, young Cupcake Brown learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, and ingesting every drug she could find while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and, eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs.

A Piece of Cake is unlike any memoir youll ever read. Moving in its frankness, this is the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell youll ever take.

Praise for A Piece of Cake

Brown reflects now with insight and honesty on her experiences. . . . An engaging account . . . of a remarkable life filled with pain and wisdom, hope and redemption.San Fracisco Chronicle

Dazzles you with the amazing change that is possible in one lifetime.Washington Post 

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I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

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The New York Times bestselling 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 fifty 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.

In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

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Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir

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All-girl camp. First love. First heartbreak. At once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor, this graphic-novel memoir is a debut of the rarest sort.

Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. Shes from Atlanta, shes never kissed a guy, shes into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin. But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggies savant-like proficiency at the camps rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, its too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.

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Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

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In this moving personal account of faith and fortitude, internationally ranked surfer Bethany Hamilton tells how she survived a shark attack that cost her arm--but not her spirit.

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothingnot even the loss of her armcould come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the sharks stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: Get to the beach.... And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was When can I surf again? it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater storya tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethanys life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments shes made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfingperhaps even less sothan the soul.

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Dear Mom, I HATE YOU: A Memoir for Teens, Middle School Students and Young Adults

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For readers of Thirteen Reasons Why and biographies about real teen issues that few parents understand and most feel uncomfortable talking about: First sexual experience, Childhood molestation and Teenage suicide; this emotionally gripping drama will help start the conversation.




The day Khadija discovered her real father, she began dreaming of the day she could escape her religious mother, strict household and life in poverty. In her mind, her father lived the good life. He spoiled her over the summers and adorned her with more love than her mother ever could. But when at the age of 13, she moves to East Cleveland, her father couldnt have prepared for the rage of his broken child.


As their relationship strained, she finds herself alone, suicidal and searching for that missing piece. She soon finds it. Like a guardian angel, someone steps in to teach her how to maneuver life and instills within her a mindset to do whatever it takes to succeed. However, it comes at a devastating price.


Unable to find the root of her pain and while struggling as a teen mom, she further blames her mother, father and anyone in her turbulent path.


She writes:

Dear mom,

I hated wearing old- fashioned dresses every day.

Standing out

Being called White girl because I spoke too proper for the black kids, too poor to fit in with the cool kids.

And then when I finally built up the courage to tell you:


Mom, Im hurting. Mom, They wont leave me alone.

You said to me, Turn the other cheek.

I hated going to church everyday

Watching you write checks for tithes, offering, love offering and the building fund

Yet, when we got home and I needed money for a field trip, or a new outfit

You said to me, We just dont have it.

I hate being poor. I hated living with you.

I hate you. I hate you. I hate you.



Until the phone rings, and the voice says,

KHADIJA. YOUR MOTHER IS DEAD.


Dear Mom, I HATE YOU is an intimate and true story of what its really like growing up as a young girl during puberty. Its an inspirational and empowering story about the struggles of finding your true self, authentic voice, yet blazing through your own paths despite your history.


REVIEWS

This is a new kind of memoir that sheds light on issues teens and young adults deal with everyday, yet it reminds us parents just how hard and difficult it was growing up ourselves. I also love how it enlightens teens of the struggles of being a parent. By the time we realize how much our parents loved and sacrificed for us, for some of us, its too late. - Dana Henderson

This will definitely be one of the best biographies a teen can read and definitely for parents who are parenting teens in todays world of confusion. - Darlene Washington (Parent of two teens)


A great mother, daughter book club selection and read for a mother struggling to reach her daughter, especially during puberty. Best memoir for women who have forgotten what it was like growing up and our mindset at 13 years old, 14 years old and even into our young adult years. - Rachel Styne

A great staple for African American women and teens. Love how real and intense the emotions are. Great storytelling. Just a great read all together. - Courtney Willams

Khadija Grant, the author of THE INFLUENCED, is mother of three girls and has made an impact on youth around the world through her storytelling. She is passionate about telling raw stories and painting vivid pictures that grabs the reader and places them in the experience. She believes if children and teens can see themselves in literature, they can be inspired to be proud of who they are and bold enough to become whoever they want in life.



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Three Little Words: A Memoir

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An inspiring true story of the tumultuous nine years Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent in the foster care system, and how she triumphed over painful memories and real-life horrors to ultimately find her own voice.

"Sunshine, you're my baby and I'm your only mother. You must mind the one taking care of you, but she's not your mama." Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to an unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.

Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between caseworkers, shuffled from school to school, and forced to endure manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed - and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

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Bad Boy: A Memoir

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New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers traveled back to his roots in this memoir that is gripping, funny, and ultimately unforgettable. Dont miss this memoir by a former National Ambassador of Books for Young People!

As a boy, Myers was quick-tempered and physically strong, always ready for a fight. He also read voraciouslyhe would check out books from the library and carry them home, hidden in brown paper bags in order to avoid other boys' teasing. He aspired to be a writer (and he eventually succeeded).

But as his hope for a successful future diminished, the values he had been taught at home, in school, and in his community seemed worthless, and he turned to the streets and to his books for comfort.

Here, in his own words, is the story of one of the most important voices of our time.

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I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure

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From the editors of the international phenomenon and New York Times bestseller Not Quite What I Was Planning comes a collection of six-word memoirs created by and for teens.

From cancer to creativity, prom dates to promiscuity, and breaking hearts to breaking laws, the memoirs in this collection reveal that often the youngest writers have the most fascinating stories to tell.

One life. Six words. What's yours?

 




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I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier

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FOR YOUNG READERSA SPECIAL EDITION OF THE BESTSELLER, SEAL TEAM SIX

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Sixa secret unit made up of the finest soldiers in the country, if not the world. I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior is the dramatic tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of U.S. Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers.

His training began with his selection for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)the toughest and longest military training in the world. After graduating, Wasdin saw combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. But he was driven to be the best of the besthe wanted to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, and at long last he reached his goal and became one of the best snipers on the planet. Soon he was fighting for his life in The Battle of Mogadishu. This is Howard Wasdin's story of overcoming abuse and beating the odds to become an elite American warrior.

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