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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
By Boo, Katherine
2012-02 - Random House
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2012 National Book Award Winner-Nonfiction

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From Pulitzer Prize-winner Boo comes a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century's great, unequal cities.

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All Over But the Shoutin' All Over But the Shoutin'
By Bragg, Rick
1998-09 - Vintage Books USA
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This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for "The New York Times. It is the story of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking man with a murderous temper and the habit of running out on the people who needed him most. But at the center of this soaring memoir is Bragg's mother, who went eighteen years without a new dress so that her sons could have school clothes and picked other people's cotton so that her children wouldn't have to live on welfare alone. . …More

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
By Cain, Susan
2013-01 - Broadway Books
9780307352156 Check our catalog

Like "You Just Don't Understand" or "Stumbling on Happiness, Quiet" is a paradigm-shifting book that shows how dramatically our culture has come to misunderstand and undervalue introverts, and gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. …More

Bossypants Bossypants
By Fey, Tina
2012-01 - Reagan Arthur Books
9780316056878 Check our catalog

Before Liz Lemon, before Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Fey's story can be told. …More

Rocket Boys: A Memoir Rocket Boys: A Memoir
By Hickam, Homer H.
2000-01 - Delta
9780385333214 Check our catalog

Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir -- a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph -- at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. …More

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
By Gladwell, Malcolm
2002-01 - Back Bay Books
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This celebrated bestseller, now in paperback, is a book that is changing the way Americans think about selling products and disseminating ideas. The new Afterword by the author describes how readers can constructively apply the tipping point principle in their own lives and work. …More

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
By Goodwin, Doris Kearns
1998-06 - Simon & Schuster
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The bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "No Ordinary Time" presents the touching memoir of herself as a young girl, growing up in love with her father and baseball. "A fine writer's conscious mastery of her difficult craft".--"The Boston Globe". Photos. …More

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
By Hillenbrand, Laura
2010-11 - Random House
9781400064168 Check our catalog

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In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in "Seabiscuit." Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant's journey into extremity, "Unbroken" is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. …More

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
By Kiernan, Denise
2013-03 - Touchstone Books
9781451617528 Check our catalog

Kiernan traces the astonishing story of the unsung World War II workers in Oak Ridge, Tennessee--one of the Manhattan Project's secret cities. Like "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," this is history and science made fresh and vibrant--a beautifully told, deeply researched story that unfolds in a suspenseful and exciting way. …More