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.
B ARMSTRONG LANCE ARM
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.
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".
B BRAGG RICK BRA
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.
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.
Dominick, Andie. Needles.
A memoir of two sisters growing up, and dying with diabetes.
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.
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.
B EGGERS DAVE EGG
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.
JB GRAHAM MARTHA FRE
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.
B GANTOS JACK GAN
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.
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.
B WARHOL ANDY GRE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
B MYERS WALTER MYE
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.
YA B PAULSEN GARY PAU
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.
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.
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]
Walls, Jeannette. The glass castle: a memoir.
Walls had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get away from creative and alcoholic parents.
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.
JB FARNSWORTH PHILO WYC
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.