By Jeffrey Eugenides

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"This book begins with the narrator, Calliope Stephanides, explaining that he was "born twice," first as a baby girl in 1960, then as a teenage boy in 1974. To explain his situation, Cal starts in 1922, when his grandparents came to America. In his role as the "prefetal narrator," he tells the love story of this couple, who are brother and sister; his parents are blood relatives as well. Then he tells his own story, which is that of a female child growing up in suburban Detroit with typical adolescent concerns. The story questions what it is that makes us who we are and concludes that one's inner essence stays the same, even in light of drastic outer changes."

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Twenty Years at Hull-House, with Autobiographical Notes

By Jane Addams

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Originally published in 1910, this was Jane Addams' most successful book. Now regarded as a classic of American social history, this first annotated edition is issued on the occasion of the Hull-House centennial.

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The Jungle

By by Upton Sinclair

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This 1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. A fiercely realistic American classic that will haunt readers long after they've finished the last page.
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Ask Me No Questions

Marina Budhos

Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

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Wild Girl

By Patricia Reilly Giff

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When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch. J Fic Gif
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The Cat Who Escaped from Steerage: A Bubbemeiser

By Evelyn Wilde Mayerson

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Living in the steerage section of a steamship bound for America, Chanah and her deaf cousin try to keep their newly found cat a secret.

Suggested for ages 8 - 12

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Molly's Pilgrim

By Barbara Cohen

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Molly is embarassed when her mother makes her a doll for a school assignment. The doll is supposed to be a pilgrim, but Molly's doll looks just like Molly's mother did before she left Russia.

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Call Me Ruth

By Marilyn Sachs

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All Ruth wants to do is fit in with her new American friends, but her Russian mother is such an embarrassment! She keeps talking about joining a labor union, something that no one from a good family would do.

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Frank McCourt: The Man Himself

When Frank McCourt passed last month, he left behind memoirs filled with anguish, love, and dark merriment.  Personal experiences are what this Irish-American author took and shaped into works of sorrowful beauty.

Eleanor Estes: A Childhood Shared

Eleanor Ruth Rosenfeld (Estes) loved to tell stories to children. She began by working as a children's assistant in her hometown library, but when she became sick with tuberculosis, she spent the quiet days of her recovery writing down her childhood memories as a series of stories for young readers.

In The Moffats, a terrific family, growing up during tough times in Cranbury, Connecticut in the 1910s, face calamity when the landlord puts a "For Sale" sign on their beloved yellow house. Janey's widowed mother works as a seamstress every day to put food on the table, coal in the grate, and clothes on their backs, but there isn't enough money left to buy a home. Week after week, month after month, the kids--fifteen-year-old Sylvie, twelve-year-old Joey, nine-year-old Janey, and five-year-old Rufus--expect the worst: that someone will buy their house, and then what will happen?