Autobiography

Tasting the Sky

Ibtisam Barakat

In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war. With candor and courage, she stitches together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.

9780374357337
High School
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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia 

Elizabeth Gilbert

"Presents the memoir of a magazine writer's yearlong travels across the world in search of pleasure, guidance, experience and wholeness." (Book Description)

0670034711
Adult

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Barack Obama

"In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

9781400082773
Adult

Stitches:--A Memoir by David Small

Five Scenes from David Small's "Stitches" from Stitches: A Memoir... on Vimeo.

As if David Small's graphic autobiography Stitches:--A Memoir wasn't powerful enough on its own, five scenes have been turned into eleven minutes of heart-wrenching video.  If you've read the novel, is it worth it?  Absolutely.  Hearing 'mama's little cough," slamming of cupboards and moving her "fork a half inch to the right" further enhances the viewers understanding of David Small's traumatic, childhood home.  If you haven't read this book, which was nominated for the 2009 Young People's Literature Award by the National Book Foundation, place a hold today!  It's worth enjoying in all formats! 

Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka

By Jon Scieszka

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Jon Scieszka, author, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and madcap-at-large, must have a mile-long funnybone. This photo-filled memoir helps explain where and how it all started, if not exactly why. 

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