Best Biographies Books for Teen & Young Adults

Here are the top 30 biographies books for teen & young adults. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Hiding Place (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by: Corrie Ten Boom
Release date: Oct 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 241
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. True story of two sisters who were sent to a Nazi concentration camp for hiding Jews in their home.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Historical > Holocaust

2. The Sun Still Shines: How a Brain Tumor Helped Me See the Light

by: Jodi Orgill Brown
Release date: Nov 15, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
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In a candid and witty memoir, Jodi recounts how her life was transformed when, as a thirty-three-year-old wife and mother, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Unwilling to accept her new fate, Jodi’s family searches for a doctor who will join their fight against the odds. But when the surgery that could save her life thrusts her into battle with a devastating spinal fluid leak and facial paralysis, even her own children fear her new appearance and physical failings. Jodi perseveres, even with an injured body and spirit. Interweaving the inspiring, provoking, and sometimes disturbing, Jodi reveals the hells and highs of her journey as she fights for hope and purpose—and life.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women

3. My Rad Career

by: Bill Allen
Release date: Jul 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 160
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My RAD Career
By Bill Allen
If you were a teenager in the 1980s, odds are you ended up in an emergency room somewhere, with a broken arm or collar bone, trying to reenact the bike stunts performed in a little sleeper movie that became a home rental sensation, called RAD.

This wholesome, sweet story about a “local boy who makes good” set a generation of kids on fire for BMX… but, amazingly, its star had never owned a bicycle.

Bill Allen shares what it was like to play Cru Jones alongside Lori Loughlin, Olympic Gold Medalist Bart Conner, and Talia Shire, as well as the thrill of witnessing the inventors and first stars of BMX, and the history-making filming techniques of director and Oscar-Winner, Hal Needham.

Discover what it was like to be “an up and comer” in the ’80s alongside his close friends, among them George Clooney and Brad Pitt, as well as his best friend, Brandon Lee (son of Bruce Lee), and his firsthand view of the dark side of movie making through his near-death beside Tom Cruise while in Marine jungle training for Born and the Fourth of July, and Brandon’s tragic death on the film, The Crow.

Covering Bill’s work in film and television as well as his decade as a musician with a rhythm and blues band, The Pipefitters with Lou Diamond Phillips, touring stadiums with Billy Ray Cyrus, and playing in front of 100,000 people at Farm Aid.

The story travels from his childhood in Richardson, Texas, through the heady years in Hollywood, to his escape after Brandon’s death to a spiritual community in New Mexico. Over time the amazing impact of RAD and the many athletes, bike companies, and grown men who credit the film for their careers or happiest childhood memories, becomes more and more clear to him.

Leading Bill to where he is today: back in the ‘burbs of Los Angeles, a grateful accidental icon from the birth of BMX.

Told with humor and honesty, this insider’s view of the making of RAD to life as a working actor and musician will take the reader on a wild, exciting ride – one they might just want to wear a helmet for.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

4. Bald, Fat & Crazy: How I Beat Cancer While Pregnant with One Daughter and Adopting Another

by: Stephanie Hosford
Release date: Jun 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 228
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Stephanie Hosford has a big decision to make. For her 20-year high school reunion, how should she style her hair? Little does she know, in a few months it won’t matter – she’ll be bald. And huge. What woman wouldn’t go a little crazy?
After receiving a cancer diagnosis and a positive pregnancy test within days of each other, Stephanie, a happily married mother of one and in the midst of an international adoption, is suddenly fighting for her life, her children – and her sanity.
Get ready to laugh, cry, gasp, and cheer on the ultimate 9-month roller coaster that takes us everywhere from the treadmill, to infusion rooms, and even across oceans. You will not forget this wild, true and ultimately satisfying story of love, motherhood and finding the inner strength we all hope is there when we need it.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

5. The Pink Marine: One Boy’s Boot Camp Journey to Manhood

by: Greg Cope White
Release date: Jan 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 266
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Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Military

6. The Scent of Jasmine Cools the Rage

by: Garvar Brummett
Release date: Jul 04, 2015
Number of Pages: 136
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The Scent of Jasmine is a picture into the world of homelessness, addiction, and pain told in short stories, vignettes, and pictures by a man who survived it all and flourished.
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Self-Help > Personal Transformation

7. Desperate for a Fix: If You Only Knew How One Good Decision Could Change Your Life

by: Dana Brown
Release date: Jul 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 196
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Desperate for a Fix is the true story of a young southern girl who had been injured by pre-teen image bashing, rape, and abortions. Her need to be loved and rebellious nature convinced her to move to New York City looking to find what she didn’t realize she had all along. 
Eventually the truth rang out, but not before 9 years were spent homeless, addicted to heroin, prostituting herself, and many other harrowing circumstances. 
With the help of her family, two New York City Policemen, and the many prayers from home, she was able to find a real God, in a way she never dreamed was possible.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious

8. Live It: Riding the Highs and Lows of a Cross Country Dream

by: Kirk DouponceJulie Fletcher
Release date: Oct 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 198
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Long sidelined from any kind of athletic endeavors in order to manage the demands of motherhood, Tracy Draper was inspired in 2006 to quietly embark on her own personal “Teeny Tiny Triathlon,” as she called it. That day of “scampering” and “splashing” about was the beginning of what would ultimately lead to one of the most epic adventures most of us might imagine.

For the next few years she trained, raced and became part of the universal group known as the “cycling community.” For most of that time, she also quietly harbored a dream to ride her bike more than 3,000 miles across the country.

Every year, hundreds of cyclists register with private touring groups to travel by bike from coast to coast. But instead of taking one of these credit-card tours, this longtime supporter of a myriad of causes recruited and organized her own team of cyclists to tackle the continental challenge in support of America’s wounded veterans.

Her story perches readers on the front lines of a monumental undertaking that tested everything from the rubber on desert-scorched tires to the group dynamics of herding sometimes-exhausted cyclists across a continent. In a voice both humbling and inspiring, she tells a story of hardships and life-defining moments. Her trek takes readers across the country and introduces them to a cast that includes selfless Navajo Indians, unsung heroes of military sacrifice, and middle-class Americans who opened their homes and checkbooks to a band of strangers.

It is also a story that takes us from a comfortable spot on the couch to place where we can envision what is possible when you have a bike and a dream.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women

9. When the Grass Was Blue: Growing up in the South

by: Phillip Shabazz
Release date: Jun 26, 2007
Number of Pages: 234
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Phillip Shabazz is the children’s grist this collection of story poems invite the reader to clap, cheer, sing, dance, mourn, but never forget.-Jaki Shelton Green, poet, winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature”In this, his third collection of poems, Phillip Shabazz has created a novel in verse that explores the joys, mysteries, and challenges of childhood Shabazz’s poems reach us like raindrops on the skin, some warm, some stinging, but all reminders of how we are connected to each other within one big human spirit.”-Joe Cole, professor of ethics and philosophy at Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, columnist for the Raleigh News & ObserverTold through the eyes of a young boy, When the Grass Was Blue poetically portrays the trials and hardships of growing up in the South during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.On the surface, Kathoor, the youngest child in a working-class African American family from Louisville, Kentucky, appears sheltered in a stable home with his working father, faithful mother, and cool big brother. But as dysfunction in his family becomes apparent, Kathoor senses their familial closeness slipping away-and he feels as though he’s losing the most important people in his life. Trying to adjust, Kathoor’s only option is to search for strength within his own heart.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National

10. Dan and Phil Go Outside

by: Dan HowellPhil Lester
Release date: Nov 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 224
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YouTube sensations Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) were just two awkward guys who shared their lives on the Internet…until now.

Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight, actually went outside. Traveling around the world on tour, they have collected hundreds of exclusive, intimate, and funny photos, as well as revealing and candid side notes, to show the behind-the-scenes story of their adventure.
 
Fans of Dan and Phil’s #1 New York Times bestseller, The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire, and their more than 10 million YouTube subscribers will love this full-color book featuring never-before-seen photos and stories from Dan and Phil.

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Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Computers & Internet

11. My Wish the Story of a Man Who Brought Happiness to America: the life story of Bhante Sujatha

by: Mary GustafsonRyan ThompsonKristin CostelloTiffany CoulterDoctor John BardiBikkhuini VimalaDavid SchmidtBhante Muditha
Release date: May 31, 2014
Number of Pages: 361
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My Wish tells the tale of a man who used meditation and loving kindness to realize his dream of bringing the message of happiness through mindfulness to America. This monk grew up Starvation level poverty in the jungles of Sri Lanka and became a chief Buddhist Monk of North America. This book is the inspirational story of a journey from poverty and strife to abundance and peace. It also serves as a beautiful example of servant leadership in action. This book is a guide for anyone who wants to realize their dreams without losing their soul. Read it soon!
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Health, Fitness & Dieting > Alternative Medicine > Meditation

12. Stepping Into the River: An American Psychologist in Mother India

by: Marc Nemiroff
Release date: Aug 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 388
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INDIA: Home to the greatest beauty and most appalling poverty in the world. Come on a journey with American psychologist Marc Nemiroff and meet saints and sinners, the poor, Untouchables, and many others who are a part of the Indian tapestry, and discover the soul and of this deeply moving country.

Nemiroff and his Indian colleague, Asha Dutia, spent one month each winter for 9 years working with the disenfranchised of India: abandoned elderly blind, children and their families in the Mumbai slums, street children, young adults kidnapped as children for the sex trade, parents of deepest poverty living in hospital with their very young children receiving cancer treatment, students and teachers in Bombay’s slum schools, the inhabitants of a remote tribal village, etc.

Nemiroff intersperses the biography of his relationship with his deeply abusive mother, as it relates to his Indian story.

This book is also the story of the development of a deep cross-cultural relationship between an Indian and an American, with ever-increasing trust, warmth, and humor.

Using an engagingly objective-yet-poignant, sometimes impressionistic style, Nemiroff passionately uncovers the spirit of India and its greatest strength: the women and men of poverty, poor mothers caring for their children under impossible circumstances. India’s soul ultimately brings inspiring personal healing to the author in a concluding dream sequence.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National

13. Please Validate My Existence: Essays & Stories From a Twentysomething Pseudo-Intellectual

by: Jessica Manuszak
Release date: May 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 196
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Welcome to your guidebook for living a life that doesn’t make you want to throw up a partially-digested corn dog into the nearest public park trashcan. A manual for making the best of squeezing dogs’ anal glands for minimum wage. And a huge, heaping handful of reassurance when you’re ready to smack yourself and/or the nearest passerby with a raw fish because you don’t know what you’re doing, where you’re headed, or what in the hell you actually want.*

*Besides a night in bed with a young Tom Selleck lookalike. Let’s be honest.

Think of it as having a life coach in your corner (and on your coffee table), assuming you like your life coaches like you like your pirates: soaked in liquor and perpetually spewing profanities. Peg legs, sadly, are not included.

Part essays, part stories & all soul, Please Validate My Existence is one twenty-something’s take on what it means to approach life much in the same way you approach a game of Monopoly: with alarming amounts of determination and a thick wad of fake paper money stuffed down the front of your pants.

Jessica Manuszak is the shouty mastermind behind the no-holds-barred Brazen Bible blog, a bustling hub on the internet for the dreamers. The doers. The occasional day-drinkers. And anyone who wants MORE out of life.

Because in case you haven’t heard?

You only get one.

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Self-Help > Self-Esteem

14. The Life of Blessed Margaret of Castello, 1287-1320

by: Father William Bonniwell.Patrick Marrin
Release date: Sep 01, 1993
Number of Pages: 128
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Hunchback, midget, blind, lame and ugly. Walled in next to a chapel for 14 years; abandoned by her parents at a shrine, she grew in virtue and fame. Her body remains incorrupt. One of the most inspiring stories we have ever read! 128 pgs, PB
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Christian Books & Bibles > Catholicism > Saints

15. In the American West: 20th Anniversary Edition

by: Richard Avedon
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 184
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Richard Avedon’s In the American West is widely regarded as a landmark project in photographic history and a definitive expression of the power of photographic art. First published by Abrams in 1985 in conjunction with an exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the book is being reissued to accompany a 20th-anniversary re-showing of the exhibition at the same museum.

Avedon, who died in 2004, was the greatest American photographer of his generation. For In the American West, he traveled throughout five years, meeting and photographing the plain people of the West: ranch workers, roustabouts, bar girls, drifters, and gamblers. The resulting book includes 120 exquisitely printed black-and-white photographs, an essay by Avedon on his working methods and portrait philosophy, a journal of the project by Laura Wilson, and a new foreword by John Rohrbach. The reissuing of this legendary book, out of print for more than a decade, is a major event in the photography world.

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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

16. Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court (The Knights of Arrethtrae)

by: Chuck Black
Release date: Apr 21, 2009
Number of Pages: 210
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Sir Bentley, an honorable young knight, abandons his calling in order to seek the truth of the Prince. Choosing to live as the Prince did, he forsakes his former lifestyle and wealth to live as a pauper. His travels take him to Holbrook, where the townsfolk live in poverty, paying high taxes to support the lavish lifestyle of Lord Kingsley and his court. But something even darker is lurking in the shadows of the beautiful castle.

Bentley soon befriends Eirwyn, a mysterious but compassionate young woman who often distributes food among the poor. When Eirwyn is kidnapped by a ruthless tribe to serve as a sacrifice, Bentley battles a vicious mountain creature to save her life. But when he discovers who is really behind Holbrook’s downfall, he’s faced with an even bigger challenge–battling the Dark Knight’s most evil commander and his Shadow Warriors as they attack the castle.

Will greed destroy the kingdom the way it destroyed Lord Kingsley? Or can Sir Bentley and Eirwyn work together to restore order and prosperity to the kingdom through the compassion and grace of the Prince?

Journey to Arrethtrae, where these knights of noble heart live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. These knights are mighty, for they serve a mighty King. They are…the Knights of Arrethtrae!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy

17. Almost a Statistic: The Remarkable Story of Drs. Vickie and Maurice McBride

by: Jessica Wallace McBrideMaurice McBrideVickie McBride
Release date: Jan 16, 2015
Number of Pages: 164
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This is the amazing story of who Ebony Magazine dubbed “A Dynamic Duo” and who Black Entertainment Television (BET) named one of the Most Inspirational Stories of 2013—the mother and son who exceeded everyone’s expectations and carved their own path to success as the first mother and child to earn their doctorates together, from the same school on the same day.
Born to an imprisoned teenager, Vickie lived a good life with her adoptive mother who loved her unconditionally, but whose staunch traditional beliefs about not talking to children about certain realities of life left Vickie vulnerable to boys who knew what to do with a child in a woman’s body. Years before she could drive, drink, or vote, Vickie was raising a son and trying to figure out how to break the curse of incarceration and secure a future for her family. Instead of limiting herself to low expectations and becoming a statistic, she became Dr. Vickie McBride.
As a small child, Maurice knew that Vickie was his mother, technically. Grandma was really mama, and Vickie was his best friend. Some of his fondest memories are of his childhood before Vickie left home, but some of his worst are of his life with Vickie, miles away from his mama. In Vickie’s home, punishment for infractions, both real and imagined, was swift. Eventually, Maurice dropped out of high school, spent time in jail, and had a successful music career. However, the need for a good education grew as his career as a rapper faded. Despite the negative labels, he fought against his past mistakes and became more than anyone had imagined. He became Dr. Maurice McBride.
Drs. Vickie and Maurice McBride came from “nowhere” and are “now here,” sharing their story of an unbreakable bond and incredible forgiveness that will motivate and inspire people of all ages for years to come.
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Biographies & Memoirs

18. American Hearts

by: Matt Johnson
Release date: Sep 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 58
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This is minimalist storytelling. Fifty non-fiction stories on American life, work, dreams, and death told with the least number of words possible. Giving the reader a taste of the intangible thing that burns inside so many. A taste of the American spirit. Not some generic pseudo-patriotic bumper sticker spirit. But the thing that enabled this country and the people in it to forever change the course of human history. For better, and sometimes, for worse.

This book is about America. Not the government, policy, or politics, but the people. People like Margaret Utinsky who rose from a wheat farm in St. Louis to become a secret agent during World War II. People like Chuck Taylor who leveraged a bad basketball career to make a bad basketball shoe the most famous in the world. And people like Glen Sherley who went from the confines of Folsom Prison to a record deal and tour with Johnny Cash. It’s about the people that made this country the most creative, tragic, and inspiring in history. These are their stories. These are American hearts.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Historical > United States

19. Growing Up Superheroes: The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye

by: Diane Fraser
Release date: Oct 24, 2015
Number of Pages: 317
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In 1983, Diane Fraser is emerging from the trauma of a violent family home life when her niece Deihlia is born with problems so severe that her prognosis is death before week’s end. Blessed with a powerful resilience and a pioneering female surgeon, Deihlia survives over 40 major surgeries, coming close to death many times. Through her humor, mischief, and appetite for life, Deihlia shows people how to live with gusto and maneuver around obstacles – self created or otherwise. Like the superhero characters she loves, Deihlia undergoes major physical transformations, brushes with the law, and experiences magic, danger, and changes of identity. Growing along with her, “Auntie” Diane helps Deihlia live an independent life, and comes to understand just how much her own will and attitude influence her reality. Growing Up Superheroes is the unforgettable true story of Deihlia Nye, the girl whose grasp of death pushed her to fly beyond her limits, taking others along with her who are brave enough to rise to the challenge.
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Self-Help > Personal Transformation

20. The Liberty Club

by: Marianne Aleck
Release date: Dec 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 530
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The Liberty Club is a non-fiction, layered family memoir that follows the lives of a Greek and French family through their true life adventures that the author coined, “A slice of Americana with a European twist.” Beginning at the turn of the 20th century the story embarks as the Greeks immigrate to America through Ellis Island settling in a northern California town that sprouted from the Gold Rush. You’ll learn of their struggles and ingenuity, and how the Greeks adapted in America, while still preserving their rich European traditions. Timeless stories of life during the Great Depression are told through the eyes of youngsters, while alternately the French side shows a completely different mood and lifestyle during the same era. Arranged marriages were the norm of the times, and how they played out was anyones guess. The split narrative adds to the pace and mystery of their tales, finding both families affected in much different ways by the onset of WWII. 

The two bloodlines come together during the war, with a torrid romance between the Greek-American born soldier and his French beauty, complicated by Hitlers Panzers. Vividly portrayed accounts of famous battles from a soldiers perspective, and life endured under German occupation are palpable through first hand accounts. All that, and you’re only halfway through this riveting tale. With close to two hundred pictures and images filling the pages from beginning to end, the characters, places, and events are brought to life.  

The Liberty Club is a state of mind, an inner drive, and a place in time. Within each player a story is born, sacrifices are made, love is found, and love is lost.  What compels the true life characters throughout these pages?  What drives them to their choices, and ultimate consequences?  And what inspired the narrator to research and write for almost four years uncovering every scrap, every morsel about the lives of her ancestors?  The answer to the latter; an undying curiosity, deep familial love, and nostalgia for a by-gone era of those who lived before us. Those, who lived to become known as The Greatest Generation.  The Liberty Club is this authors tribute to a generation who unwittingly set a high bar for the rest of us to strive for, while holding her families amazing journeys, gently between pages.

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Biographies & Memoirs > Historical

21. Through My Eyes: a story of Hope

by: Bob G. Whitworth
Release date: Feb 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 241
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Read the not often told true story of a drafted combat infantry soldier and the men who fought beside him during the unpopular Vietnam War.

Find hope, as they did, amidst their struggle to survive in the war torn jungles and rice paddies.

Suitable for Young Adults

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Biographies & Memoirs > Historical > Asia

22. Breaking Out Of Beerport

by: Al Scheid
Release date: Nov 11, 2014
Number of Pages: 766
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The Story

The story begins in the early 1930s in a place called Bridgeport—a dirt-poor coal mining, steel mill town that more than earned its nickname Beerport. Little more than a smudge on the map of Ohio, this was a place that one could be happy to say they were from, only because they no longer lived there. Yet, almost mysteriously, very few people ever left. It was like a Bermuda Triangle on the Ohio/West Virginia border, except it was your future that disappeared.
How does a sickly boy born into this time and place—in the midst of the Great Depression – even get the idea, let alone the courage to escape Beerport? What stirs the soul to venture beyond the familiar? From whence stems the fortitude to peek over the fence and dream of a life that no one you know can confirm even exists? It can happen and Breaking Out of Beerport provides pages of testimony. It is the early life, the memoir, the adventures, of the author, Al Scheid.
Al describes growing up in a culture that scorned education, as sons followed fathers into dead-end laboring jobs. He developed attitude problems in high school and was a poor student, nearly flunking out. He might have been named “most unlikely to succeed,” except that most of his fellow students deserved the same title. On top of all that, he was also a loner, prone to fits of anger often leading to fights. A rocky family life contributed to his personal problems.
He had one saving grace. He developed an unusual habit that was not appreciated in his environs. He loved to read; a local newspaper at first, and then books. He devoured books of all kinds, but especially classic adventure novels. This reading took him into the world of men with the courage to face life and win—men very different than those surrounding him. A wise teacher encouraged and guided his reading, which reinforced his urge to escape the life he saw around him.
But he still lived in Beerport after all, and there were things there you couldn’t learn by reading books. This was no place for a bookworm. Lucky for him, there were convenient places for real-life education in his town. Al learned to hustle pool for money; he phoned betting numbers and ran errands for local racketeers. Making a few dollars any way he could manage dominated his life. A relentless and deep first-love romance kept him whirling in this maelstrom. Through all of this, he learned to read people; size them up; win them over, and how to close the deal. There was little chance he would achieve higher education, but he graduated summa cum laude from the College of Street Smarts.
A sudden, major setback caused him to rethink his future and hitchhike out of town. The love of his life remained loyal but didn’t follow him. His is the story of an intriguing journey that will take you from this town, through the military, all the way to the gold coast of California and beyond. There are stops along the way that defy connect-the-dots logic and the love affair that wouldn’t die. The rest of the book is about the unexpected events that led to a master’s degree from Harvard University. The saga will keep your interest late into the night.
More than a memoir, Breaking Out of Beerport reads like a novel. It is a lesson in history, a primer in psychology, and a study of culture as it explores self-realization in a time before this new-age term became fashionable.
The story is not just about another poor boy that overcame adversity and achieves success – it is much more. There are frequent twists and turns, as unexpected events shape a young man’s twenty-seven year journey to a goal. At the end the reader is left hoping for a sequel.

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Biographies & Memoirs

23. Confessions of a Teenage Gamer

by: Nicolas Cole
Release date: Sep 29, 2016
Number of Pages: 228
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When people think of World of Warcraft, they think of a socially awkward, acne-faced teenager with “no life.” Confessions of a Teenage Gamer challenges those stereotypes and shows how a kid from a wealthy family with every opportunity at his fingertips ended up finding himself in a video game. Confessions of a Teenage Gamer is funny in its honest retellings of teenage puberty, witty in its commentary on rich suburban life, and thought provoking in a way that questions the meaning behind success and happiness. This true story draws parallels between sports, music, and video games—and shows how, at the core, they teach many of the same lessons. With a successful spine surgeon for a father, a music teacher for a mother, and a house full of driven, high-achieving siblings, Nicolas Cole’s Confessions of a Teenage Gamer shows how far one boy will go to chase his dream of becoming a professional gamer.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

24. Escape to Cabo

by: S.A. LaPoint
Release date: Oct 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 221
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Scott Frieze has a pretty comfortable life, a home in the Tucson foothills, Lincoln Mark VIII and a Road King in the garage, even has a fiery little spinner at his side running interference on his life’s mundane.
Once deciding that it’s now or never to fulfill a childhood fantasy… his self proclaimed destiny, Scott Andrew Frieze finds himself on the Legal Systems “Devils Doorstep”
This based on a true story emotion grabber will have you tagging along as Scotty’s life unravels and does a complete one eighty. Experience his “Destiny”, his journey through the court system and join him behind the walls in a Maximum Security Prison, where the young thugs rule.
Upon release, believing the tab has been paid in full, he is rudely awakened to the fact that his true sentence has only just begun, someone has slated vengeance and Scotty must continue to pay.
Flight to regain a foothold in Life is his only option.
An intriguing rollercoaster of a ride with superbly conceled inuendos, double intendres and dry ass humor, culminating with an incessant feel good finale.
Don’t be surprised should you have a strong desire to flip back to page one… Enjoy
SLP
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Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Crime & Criminals

25. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows

by: Neal CasalRyan AdamsPhil Lesh
Release date: Mar 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 160
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Ryan Adams and the Cardinals: A View of Other Windows reveals an unprecedented, intimate look at Ryan Adams and his band the Cardinals through the evocative photography of lead guitarist, Neal Casal.  An intensely personal collection of 200 photographs, Casal has captured the exhilaration of the stage and studio while sometimes exposing the solitary aspects of the creative process and life on the road.  With an introduction by Ryan Adams and an afterword by legendary musician Phil Lesh, this collection will be revered by fans and is the official documentation of the beloved band.
 
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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Portraits

26. Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits: The Chapman Collection

by: Mark A. Vieira
Release date: Feb 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 223
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This book presents in depth the work of George Hurrell, the photographer who more than anyone else was responsible for inventing the Hollywood “glamour” portrait – the essential publicity tool for the major studios during the Golden Age of the movies. The book traces his immense impact on the portrayal of the leading stars year by year, from his arrival in California in 1925 until his departure in 1943. During that time he photographed all of the greatest personalities, at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Brothers, and Columbia as well as independently. The prints come from the Chapman Collection, one of the most extensive archives of original Hurrell photographs in the world, and they include a number of rarities and surprises. Although some photos by Hurrell are familiar and frequently reproduced, most of the images in this book will come as a revelation, since they have not been published in over half a century. The genesis of the pictures is examined in a remarkable text by Mark A. Vieira, himself a highly regarded portrait photographer, who came to know Hurrell well during the photographer’s later years. Vieira explains in detail Hurrell’s technical feats of lighting and retouching. And drawing on firsthand accounts, he vividly re-creates the lively interplay between the photographer and his subjects at the shooting sessions in which these portraits were taken.
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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

27. Little Miss: a father, his daughter & rocket science

by: Nathan MeikleDane GodwinStephen M.R. CoveyLiz Wiseman
Release date: Sep 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 171
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Little Miss is the story of a two-year experiment Nathan Meikle conducted with his daughter Kyla. When Kyla was two years old, Nathan taught her to read at a kindergarten level. By age three Kyla could read at a 3rd grade level. But Nathan never thought Kyla was gifted–he’s convinced that others will achieve similar results using the same techniques. Moreover, given that a small advantage early in life often leads to a large advantage later–especially in reading ability–Nathan wanted to share his experience. Little Miss is that story: how and why he taught his toddler to read.

But Little Miss is also a story within a story. In the process of teaching Kyla to read, Nathan discovered research on the benefits of reading to children. He had always known that reading to Kyla was important, but had never known exactly why. The research inspired him to find all of the best children’s books–thousands in the next year–and read to Kyla daily. The more good books he found, the more they read, and the more they read, the more good books they found.

In the first year of their experiment, they went from reading 300 books per year to 3,000. Little Miss: a father, his daughter, and rocket science, is the story of how and why Nathan made such a reading jump. In addition to sharing hundreds of Nathan’s and Kyla’s favorite books, Little Miss shares the research that inspired him. Reading to children is the number one, most important thing parents can do to help their children become readers. And children who read the most, read the best, and stay in school the longest.

One of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child is a love of learning. In the words of Louisa Moats, “Teaching reading is rocket science.”

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Biographies & Memoirs > Memoirs

28. Bring Him to Me: The Frank Majewski Story

by: Sally Ann ZitoDonna HuisjenDick Bieber
Release date: Jun 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 331
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By the time Frank Majewski (pronounced Ma-jes-kee) is twelve years old he has all the makings of a juvenile delinquent. Arrested multiple times, he spends much of his junior high school years behind bars.

Then, in 1969, eighteen-year-old Frank is introduced to Jesus Christ and begins a new life. He shares his faith with everyone he meets: drug addicts, bikers, hippies. Soon Frank is preaching to crowds of young people and becomes one of Detroit’s most powerful evangelists.

Books written on revivals often give the 1970s Jesus Movement a historical “nod.” Bring Him to Me goes a step further by transporting readers back in time through a fast-paced, true story of redemption. Following Frank on his journey to renewal, readers will:

– Witness the gospel’s ability to reach across age, gender, and cultural barriers

– Experience renewed hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives

– Recognize that in God’s eyes there’s no such thing as a “lost cause”

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Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious

29. The J Wilkinson Story: Thirteen Going On Thirty Five

by: Author God-Son
Release date: Nov 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 160
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The J Wilkinson Story is a story of my life, growing up in the city of Rochester New York. Where I reflected on my challenges and obstacles that I went through In life from a boy to man. It also shows how I turned my negative in to positive. This book serves as a reminder to the inner city youth that no matter where you come from or what you might have been through, stay true to yourself, keep God first and anything is possible.
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Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > African-American & Black

30. Wanderlusting

by: Gary McWilliams
Release date: Jun 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 436
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Wanderlusting is one man’s story, alternately funny and hair-raising, about his travels after he dropped out of graduate school in the 1970s. Gary McWilliams chose a working man’s life, and worked side by side with an international cast of miners, sailors, and fishermen, also crossing paths with missionaries, smugglers and revolutionaries. His unusual adventures will keep you reading into the night. His adventures will lead you through The Mosquito Coast, Honduras, Lake Baikal, Russia, Rocky Pass, Alaska, The Amazon River, Peru, Ponaire, Dutch Antilles, Silverton Colorado, the Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico, Wrangell, Alaska, Pacific Coast of Washington, Oronoco River, Venezuela, the Ussuri Siberian Tiger Preserve, Russia and more
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Biographies & Memoirs > Travelers & Explorers

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