Young Lives: Teen Biography

Armstrong, Lance. It's not about the bike: my journey back to life.
The unbelievable story of Lance Armstrong's battle against cancer and his first six victories in the Tour do France.

Beah, Ishmael. A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier.
At 12, Ishmael fled attacking rebels and wandered a land of violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the Sierra Leone army, and a gentle boy found he was capable of terror.
966.404 BEA

Bragg, Rick. All over but the shoutin'.
Bragg grew up dirt poor in Alabama, and became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for "The New York Times".

Breashears, David. High exposure : an enduring passion for Everest and unforgiving places.
Breashears's honesty in his personal reflections is balanced by exciting stories of rock climbing at the roof of the world.
796.522 BRE

Conroy, Pat. My losing season.
We see the young Conroy walk from his life as an athlete to the "Great Santini", the writer the world knows him to be.
796.323 CON

Dominick, Andie. Needles.
A memoir of two sisters growing up, and dying with diabetes.
362.1989 DOM

D'Orso, Michael. Eagle blue : a team, a tribe, and a high school basketball season in Arctic Alaska.
The author sees the lives of each of the players, from their family dinners to their relationship to their devoted coach.
796.323 DOR

Eggers, Dave. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
At 22, Eggers became an orphan and a "single mother" when his parents died and he became guardian of his younger brother.

Freedman, Russell. Martha Graham, a dancer's life.
A photo-biography of the American dancer, who was born in Pittsburgh in 1894 and became an icon in the world of modern dance.

Gantos, Jack. Hole in my life.
Serving time for running drugs gave Gantos determination to make something of himself and focused his love of writing.

Gottleib, Lori. Stick figure: diary of my former self.
Lori Gottlieb's diary, begun when she was eleven years old, chronicles her battle with anorexia.
616.85262 GOT

Greenberg, Jan. Andy Warhol: prince of pop.
Did anyone really know Andy Warhol? Get a glimpse of this artist from his childhood to pop-culture and the party scene.

Gregory, Julie. Sickened: the memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy childhood.
Not until her twenties did Julie understand that all the doctor visits and tests weren't because she was sick, but because her mother had a psychological disorder.
616.85822 GRE

Hornbacher, Marya. Wasted: a memoir of anorexia and bulimia.
Hornbacher describes her lifelong problems with bulimia and anorexia and critiques our obsession with food and body images.
616.8526 HOR

Jiang, Ji-li. Red Scarf Girl: memoir of the Cultural Revolution.
Ji-Li's life begins to unravel during the Cultural Revolution when her family wants her to turn down a chance to be trained by the Chinese government as a gymnast.
J951.05 JIA

McBride, James. The color of water: a black man's tribute to his white mother.
McBride describes growing up in an all-black Brooklyn housing project one of twelve children of a white mother and black father.
920 MCB

Myers, Walter Dean. Bad boy: a memoir.
In his Harlem neighborhood Myers secretly satisfied his love for reading and writing. Years later, Myers remembered advice to never give up on his writing no matter what.

Paulsen, Gary. Guts: the true stories behind Hatchet and the Brain books.
Drawing from reality and his own experiences, Guts reveals the true stories behind the Hatchet books as Paulsen lived them.

Pfetzer, Mark. Within reach: my Everest story.
Imagine trying to climb Mt. Everest at the age of 16 just four years after beginning an obsession with mountaineering.
796.522 PFE

Polly, Matthew. American Shaolin : flying kicks, Buddhist monks, and the legend of iron crotch : an odyssey in the new China.
Laced with humor and insight, this coming-of-age tale explores one young American's quest to become a kung fu master at China's legendary Shaolin Temple.
796.8155 POL

Thompson, Craig. Blankets.
Drawing and his brother's friendship keep Craig sane during an often lonely childhood filled with strict parents.
741.5 THO [Upstairs in Nonfiction]

Wyckoff, Edwin Brit. The teen who invented television: Philo T. Farnsworth.
A fifteen-year-old farmer's son dreamed of using electrons carried by radio waves to create the first electronic television and went on to develop over 100 other patents.

Zailckas, Koren. Smashed: story of a drunken girlhood.
Koren's drinking began in junior high and it took many alcohol-fueled mistakes to realize her drinking had gone too far.
616.861 ZAI