1.  Adichie, Chimamanda Nogozi.  We Should all be feminists 305.42 ADI

    In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

    2. Alexander, Eben.  Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. 133.90 ALE

    A SCIENTIST’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE.  Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

    3. Ambrose, Stephen E. Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to to Hitler’s Eagles Nest. 940.54 AM

    Draws from interviews, journals, and letters to tell the stories of the men who were in Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne during World War II.

    4.  Angelo, Bonnie.  First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents. 920 AN

    Bonnie Angelo, a veteran reporter and writer for Time, has captured the daily lives, thoughts, and feelings of the remarkable women who played such a large role in developing the characters of the modern American presidents. From formidably aristocratic Sara Delano Roosevelt to diehard Democrat Martha Truman, champion athlete Dorothy Bush, and hard-living Virginia Clinton Kelley, Angelo blends these women's stories with the texture of their lives and with colorful details of their times. First Mothers is an in-depth look at the special mother-son relationships that nurtured and helped propel the last twelve American presidents to the pinnacle of power.


    5.  Ariely, Dan.  The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home.   

        153.4 ARI

    Examines how irrationality can an have both positive and negative influences on people's lives, with insights on topics such as motivation, habits, empathy, and judgment and tips for how to make changes in behavior in order to improve social interactions and daily decisions

    6.  Aronson, Marc.  Sugar Changed the World: a Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science  664 ARO

    When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. Time line, source notes, bibliography, index.

    7. Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group.

        322.4 BAR

    Profusely illustrated with photos and drawings, supplemented with primary source material, this engaging narrative of the Ku Klux Klan is more than the history of the organization; it is the story of the founders, members, and those affected by Klan activity. First-person narratives and political and social anecdotal stories flesh out the mindset of both Klan members and minority groups. Powerful images (many from the Library of Congress archives), as well as excellent use of white space, and clear, understandable language, make this volume accessible to the most reluctant reader, while at the same time, earning praise from period scholars. Extensive supplementary material accompanies the text and photos. - Pat Naismith, Springfield HS (Delco)

    8. Beah, Ishmael.  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldiers. 966.404 BEA

    Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.

    9.  Beals, Melba.  Warriors Don’t Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.

    Beals chronicles her harrowing junior year at Central High where she underwent the segregationists' brutal organized campaign of terrorism which included telephone threats, vigilante stalkers, economic blackmailers, rogue police, and much more. (921 BEA)

    10. Blanco, Jodee.  Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman’s Inspirational Story.  305.235 BLA
    The author, a victim of bullying, provides an account of her miserable school career, telling how her experiences as an outcast affected her life, and sharing her perspective on the events as an adult.

    11. Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel and Sonu Shamdasani.  The Freud Files:  An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis (150.19 JAC)

    "How did psychoanalysis attain its prominent cultural position? How did it eclipse rival psychologies and psychotherapies, such that it became natural to bracket Freud with Copernicus and Darwin? Why did Freud triumph' to such a degree that we hardly remember his rivals? This book reconstructs the early controversies around psychoanalysis and shows that rather than demonstrating its superiority, Freud and his followers rescripted history. This legend-making was not an incidental addition to psychoanalytic theory but formed its core. Letting the primary material speak for itself, this history demonstrates the extraordinary apparatus by which this would-be science of psychoanalysis installed itself in contemporary societies. Beyond psychoanalysis, it opens up the history of the constitution of the modern psychological sciences and psychotherapies, how they furnished the ideas which we have of ourselves and how these became solidified into indisputable 'facts'"--

    "This book began in 1993 as an inquiry into Freud historians and their work. We had become aware of the upheavals that had affected Freud studies since the 1970s, which were completely transformating how one understood psychoanalysis and its origins. Intrigued by the new histories of the Freudian movement, we decided to interview the key players to gather their testimonies in a collective volume. These interviews were transcribed and annotated (we reproduce a few excerpts in the following), but the volume itself remained unfinished, for in the meantime our investigation had changed. Quite quickly, it became apparent that it was not possible to situate ourselves with the neutrality and ironic detachment that we had initially adopted. The stakes were too high, and too much remained to be researched and verified before one could attempt to pass judgment on the endless controversies around psychoanalysis. Instead of describing them from the outside, we became drawn in, and here put forward our own contribution to the history of the Freudian movement".

    12 Bradley, Carol.  Saving Gracie:  How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Milles 636.7 BRA

    This touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.

    Saving Gracie chronicles how one little dog is transformed from a bedraggled animal worn out from bearing puppies into a loving, healthy member of her new family; and how her owner, Linda Jackson, is changed from a person who barely tolerated dogs to a woman passionately determined not only to save Gracie's life, but also to get the word out about the millions of American puppy mill dogs who need our help.

    13. Brees, Drew. Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity (248.8 BR)

    Drew Brees, a starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, discusses the shoulder injury that almost destroyed his career, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the comeback made by himself, the city, and his team during the 2009 season.

    14. Brown, Daniel. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (797.12 BR)

    Tells how in 1936 the University of Washington's eight-oar crew, composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers who had mastered collegiate rowing, went on to the Berlin Olympics where they defeated Adolf Hitler's German team to achieve the Olympic gold medal.

    15.  Brown, Mike. How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming. 523.49 BRO

    In 2005, astronomer Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a 10th planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of its resulting in one more planet being added to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that riled the usually sedate world of astronomy and launched him into the public eye.

    16. Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. (155.2 CAI)

    Explores the role introverts play in a world that is geared towards those who enjoy communicating with others and offers practical suggestions at how introverts can make sure their message is heard.

    17.  Carpenter, Kim and Krickett and John Perry: The Vow: The Kim and Krickitt Carpenter Story 616.8 CAR

    Shares the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, a couple that fell in love a second time after a car wreck left Krickitt with a massive head injury, in a coma for weeks, and unable to remember their relationship.

    18.  Clark, Mary Higgins.  Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington (616.8 CAR)

    Charming, insightful and immensely entertaining in its unique presentation of one of America's legendary figures,Mount Vernon Love Story,by famed suspense writer Mary Higgins Clark, shows the reader the man behind the legend, a man of flesh, blood and passion, and in the author's skilled hands, the story and the man come fully and dramatically alive.Mary Higgins Clark's interest in George Washington was first sparked by a radio series she was writing in the 1960s, called "Portrait of a Patriot," vignettes of American presidents.Always a lover of history, she wrote this biographical novel -- her first book -- and titled it Aspire to the Heavens,which was the family motto of George Washington's mother. With all events, dates, scenes and characters based on historical research, the book was published in 1969.Its recent discovery by a Washington family descendent led to its reissue under its new title,Mount Vernon Love Story.In researching George Washington's life, Mary Higgins Clark was surprised to find the engaging man behind the pious legend. He was a giant of a man in every way, starting with his physical height. In an era when men averaged five foot seven inches, he towered over everyone at six foot three. He was the best dancer in the colony of Virginia. He was also a master horseman, which was why the Indians gave him their highest compliment: "He rides his horse like an Indian."She dispels the widespread belief that although George Washington married an older woman, a widow, his true love was Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend's wife. Martha Dandridge Custis wasolder, but only by three months -- she was twenty-seven to his twenty-six when they met. Mary Higgins Clark describes their relationship from their first meeting, their closeness and his tenderness toward her two children. Martha shared his life in every way, crossing the British lines to join him in Boston and enduring with him the bitter hardship of the winter in Valley Forge. As Lady Bird Johnson was never called Claudia, Martha Washington was never known as Martha. Her family and friends called her Patsy. George always called her "my dearest Patsy" and wore a locket with her picture around his neck.InMount Vernon Love Story,Mary Higgins Clark tells the story of a rare marriage and brings to life the human side of the man who became the "father of our country." (ROMANCE/PRESIDENTS)

    19. Clarke, Richard A.  Against all Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.  363.32 CL

    Former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke shares his perspective on how al Queda developed and attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001; the failure of the CIA and FBI to recognize the threat; the actions of presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush in relation to terrorism; and the failure of the U.S. to eliminate al Queda and instead mount an ill-advised war against Iraq.

    20. Clinton, Hillary Rodham.  Living History. 921 CL

    New York senator and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton reflects on her public and private lives, discussing her upbringing in suburban America in the 1950s, her political journey, her marriage and career, motherhood, and life in the White House.

    21. Crowe, Chris. Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case. 364.15 CRO

    Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till in Mississippi, in 1955.

    22. Dawkins, Richard.  The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.  576.8 DAW

    Richard Dawkins presents a defense of the theory of evolution, examining evidence from science in support of the theory, and explaining why he believes advocates of "intelligent design" are wrong.

    23. Dawkins, Richard.  The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe with without Design.  576.82 DA

    Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as a watch is too complicated and functional to have sprung into existence by accident, so too must all living things, with their far greater complexity, be purposefully designed. Charles Darwin's brilliant discovery challenged the creationist arguments; but only Richard Dawkins could have written this elegant riposte. Natural selection-the unconscious, automatic, blind, yet essentially nonrandom process Darwin discovered-is the blind watchmaker in nature. – From the Publisher

    24.  Eggers, Dave.  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Mistakes we Knew we Were Making: Notes, Corrections, Clarifications, Apologies, Addenda. 921 EGG

    A memoir in which the author discusses the unrelated deaths of his parents within a period of months, his newly acquired responsibility for his eight-year-old brother, and his creation of a satirical magazine. Also includes an appendix of corrections and clarifications by the author

    25. Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in America. (for your more academic students pair it with George Orwell's semi- autobiographical fiction book (he actually lived as a tramp) called Down and out in Paris and London

    Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job--any job--can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors. Nickel and Dime reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity--a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything--from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal--quite the same way again. - From the Publisher

    26. Ellis, Deborah.  Kids of Kabul:  Living Bravely Through a Never-Ending War 305.23 ELL

    Deborah Ellis interviewed children in Kabul who spoke about their lives now. They are still living in a country torn apart by war. Violence and oppression still exist, particularly affecting the lives of girls, but the kids are weathering their lives with courage and optimism: "I was incredibly impressed by the sense of urgency these kids have — needing to get as much education and life experience and fun as they can, because they never know when the boom is going to be lowered on them again."
    The two dozen or so children featured in the book range in age from ten to seventeen. Many are girls Deb met through projects funded by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, the organization that is supported by royalties from The Breadwinner Trilogy. Parvana’s Fund provides grants towards education projects for Afghan women and children, including schools, libraries and literacy programs.
    All royalties from the sale of Kids of Kabul will also go to Women for Women in Afghanistan.
    Aftermatter includes a map, glossary, a short history of Afghanistan and suggestions for further reading/resources.

    27. Gawande, Atul.  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (362.17 GAW)

    Practicing surgeon Atul Gawande examines the limitations and failures of medicine in reference to aging, frailty, and death.

    28. Gladwell, Malcolm.  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.  153.4 BL

    Presents a study of how people think without thinking, looking at the brain processes involved in making snap decisions, discussing why some people seem to have great instincts while others consistently choose unwisely, and examining ways to control the process

    29. Gladwell, Malcolm.  Outliers: The Story of Success.  302 GL

    The author explores why some people are high achievers and others are not, citing culture, family, and upbringing as possible reasons some people are not as successful as others.

    30. Gourley, Catherine. The Horrors of Andersonville – Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison.


    Describes life in Andersonville, a notorious Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the last months of the American Civil War.

    In the Civil War that saw 640,000 lives sacrificed, Catherine Gourley tells the story of one small aspect of the general carnage, the plight of Union prisoners of war. Gourley presents the story relying upon diaries and published writings of the soldiers who lived, and survived or died in Andersonville Prison from February 1864 through April 1865. Overcrowded at the start, nearly 15,000 of the 45,000 prisoners perished from exposure, scurvy and starvation, diseases, shootings by guards, the predations of fellow prisoners, and the strategic neglect of President Lincoln and General Grant. The Confederate government never provided nearly enough food and medical supplies, or any shelter at all from the elements. Confederate prisoners in Northern prisons fared somewhat better, but the

    victors were not called to account for rebel deaths in their prison camps. Gourley describes the prisoners’ daily fight to survive another day and sets the stage for the ultimate arrest, trial and execution of the camp’s commandant, Captain Henry Wirtz, even though Lee’s surrender at Appomattox provided for a general amnesty for rebel soldiers. The volume includes a Cast of Characters, recommended websites, readings and film, and source notes. Peppered with fascinating primary sources, photographs and other

    illustrations, this concise volume will be extremely helpful for student research.

    Joyce and Dennis Valenza, Springfield Township High School

    31. Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan.  Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist.  921 VA

    Chronicles the life of nineteenth-century painter Vincent Van Gogh, describing his childhood in Holland, his years in France, his relationships with his brother and with fellow artist Paul Gaugin, his difficulties with women, his mental health, and his artistic vision.

    32. Henig, Robin Marantz.  Pandora’s Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution.  618.1 HE

    Explores how the creation of the test tube babies ushered in a new era in reproductive technology, and analyzes the ethical and political issues surrounding the first test tube babies the 1970s.

    33. Hickam, Jr. Homer H. Rocket Boys: A Memoir. 921 HI

    Homer Hickam, a NASA engineer, recounts his childhood in Coalwood, a West Virginia mining town, and discusses his dreams of launching rockets into outer space, and how he made those dreams come true.

    34. Hillenbrand, Laura. Seabiscuit: An American Legend. 798.4 HI

    Describes how three men worked together to turn a rough-hewn, undersized horse into one of the fastest horses in racing history.

    35. Hillenbrand, Laura. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. 940.54 HIL

    A biography of Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, Louis Zamperini, who had been rambunctious in childhood before succeeding in track and eventually serving in the military, which led to a trial in which he was forced to find a way to survive in the open ocean after being shot down.

    Louie Zamperini, once an Olympic athlete, begins this story, which reads as a novel stranded in the ocean after his plane crashes during World War II. The story follows Louie from childhood to adulthood, as he is a trouble child, a high school and college athletic wonder, a fighter pilot, and a POW. Any student who loves chronicles of war and perseverance will enjoy this remarkable story.

    Karen Hornberger – Palisades High School

    36. Hoose, Phillip M. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird.

    The tragedy of extinction is explained through the dramatic story of a legendary bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it. A powerful saga that sweeps through two hundred years of history, it introduces artists like John James Audubon, bird collectors like William Brewster, and finally a new breed of scientist in Cornell's Arthur A. "Doc" Allen and his young ornithology student, James Tanner, whose quest to save the Ivory-bill culminates in one of the first great conservation showdowns in U.S. history, an early round in what is now a worldwide effort to save species. As hope for the Ivory-bill fades in the United States, the bird is last spotted in Cuba in 1987, and Cuban scientists join in the race to save it. All this, plus Mr. Hoose's wonderful story-telling skills, comes together to give us what David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds calls "the most thorough and readable account to date of the personalities, fashions, economics, and politics that combined to bring about the demise of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker."

    The Race to Save the Lord God Bird is the winner of the 2005 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2005 Bank Street - Flora Stieglitz Award.

    37. Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and James. D.  Farewell to Mazanar:  A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment.  (940.53 HOU)

    Japanese American Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston shares the story of her family's experiences living at the Manzanar internment camp during World War II, and discusses the influences of those early years in forced detention on the rest of her life.

    38. Isaacson, Walter.  The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (920 ISA)

    Chronicles the lives and careers of the men and women responsible for the creation of the digital age, including Doug Englebart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and more

    39. Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs.  338.7 ISA

    A biography of Steve Jobs focusing on his intense personality and creative success as the founder of Apple, based on interviews with Jobs and more than a hundred, friends, family, and colleagues.

    40. Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. 917.9804 KR

    Tells the story of Chris McCandless, a twenty-four-year-old who walked into the Alaskan wilderness on an idealistic journey and was found dead of starvation four months later. Attempts to discover what led the young man to that point.

    41. Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest. 796.52

    The author relates his experience of climbing Mount Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it is about the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.

    42. Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.  

    Not long after Jack the Ripper haunted the ill-lit streets of 1888 London, H.H. Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) dispatched somewhere between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women, in the churning new metropolis of Chicago; many of the murders occurred during (and exploited) the city's finest moment, the World's Fair of 1893. Larson's breathtaking new history is a novelistic yet wholly factual account of the fair and the mass murderer who lurked within it. Bestselling author Larson (Isaac's Storm) strikes a fine balance between the planning and execution of the vast fair and Holmes's relentless, ghastly activities. The passages about Holmes are compelling and aptly claustrophobic; readers will be glad for the frequent escapes to the relative sanity of Holmes's co-star, architect and fair overseer Daniel Hudson Burnham, who managed the thousands of workers and engineers who pulled the sprawling fair together 0n an astonishingly tight two-year schedule. 

    43. Larson, Erik. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin.

    Book on order from TitleWave

    Best-selling author Larson (The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America) turns his considerable literary nonfiction skills to the experiences of U.S. ambassador to Germany William E. Dodd and his family in Berlin in the early years of Hitler's rule. Dodd had been teaching history at the University of Chicago when he was summoned by FDR to the German ambassadorship. Larson, using lots of archival as well as secondary-source research, focuses on Dodd's first year in Berlin and, using Dodd's diary, chillingly portrays the terror and oppression that slowly settled over Germany in 1933. Dodd quickly realized the Nazis' evil intentions; his daughter Martha, in her mid-20s, was initially smitten by the courteous SS soldiers surrounding her family, but over time she, too, became disenchanted with the brutality of the regime. Along the way Larson provides portraits based on primary-source impressions of Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, and Hitler himself. He also traces the Dodds' lives after their time in Germany. VERDICT Larson captures the nuances of this terrible period. This is a grim read but a necessary one for the present generation.  – Library Journal

    44. Luttrell, Marcus. Lone Survivor: the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10.  958.104 LUT

    American Navy SEAL and team leader Marcus Luttrell tells his story of the loss of his teammates in July 2005 along the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border to al-Qaida insurgents.

    45. McCullough, David. The Johnstown Flood.  Book on order from Titlewave

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal. Graced by David McCullough's remarkable gift for writing richly textured, sympathetic social history, The Johnstown Flood is an absorbing, classic portrait of life in nineteenth-century America, of overweening confidence, of energy, and of tragedy. It also offers a powerful historical lesson for our century and all times: the danger of assuming that because people are in positions of responsibility they are necessarily behaving responsibly. - From the Publisher

    46. Mortenson, Greg and David Oliver Relin. Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations – One School at a Time. 371 MO

    Greg Mortenson recounts the experiences he had while trying to help impoverished villages in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya build schools for their children.

    47. Munroe, Randall. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurb Hypothetical Questions (500 MU)

    Randall Munroe answers a number of hypothetical scientific questions.

    48. Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoir. 921 MYE

    Author Walter Dean Myers describes his childhood in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, discussing his loving stepmother, his problems in school, his reasons for leaving home, and his beginnings as a writer.

    49. Nye, Bill. Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World (on order)

    Just as World War II called an earlier generation to greatness, so the climate crisis is calling today's rising youth to action: to create a better future.

    In UNSTOPPABLE, Bill Nye crystallizes and expands the message for which he is best known and beloved. That message is that with a combination of optimism and scientific curiosity, all obstacles become opportunities, and the possibilities of our world become limitless. With a scientist's thirst for knowledge and an engineer's vision of what can be, Bill Nye sees today's environmental issues not as insurmountable, depressing problems but as chances for our society to rise to the challenge and create a cleaner, healthier, smarter world. We need not accept that transportation consumes half our energy, and that two-thirds of the energy you put into your car is immediately thrown away out the tailpipe. We need not accept that dangerous emissions are the price we must pay for a vibrant economy and a comfortable life. Above all, we need not accept that we will leave our children a planet that is dirty, overheated, and depleted of resources. As Bill shares his vision, he debunks some of the most persistent myths and misunderstandings about global warming. When you are done reading, you'll be enlightened and empowered. Chances are, you'll be smiling, too, ready to join Bill and change the world.

    In Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, the New York Times bestselling author of Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation and former host of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" issues a new challenge to today's generation: to make a cleaner, more efficient, and happier world.

    50. O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever.

    Provides an account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, discussing how actor John Wilkes Booth and his fellow Confederate sympathizers hatched their murderous plot, and following the ensuing manhunt, trials, and executions of the conspirators.

    51. Owen, Mark.  No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy SEAL: the firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.     

    In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America’s ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen’s story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs’ quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.

    52. Pelzer, Dave. The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family (sequel to A Child Called It) 921 PE

    The Lost Boy stands shining as the premier book on the unique love and dedication that social services and foster families provide for our children in peril. This book is the sequel to A Child Called "It". This book describes the life of David as an adolescent.

    53. Pink, Daniel.  Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. 153.1 PIN

    Examines three elements of motivation and describes how to put them into action in order to achieve high performance and satisfaction in the workplace, school, and at home.

    54. Rhodes-Courter, Ashley. Three Little Words: A Memoir. 362.73 RHO

    Ashley Rhodes-Courter provides an account of her life, focusing on the nine years she spent in Florida's foster care system after being removed from her mother at the age of three, and explaining how her life changed after she was adopted.

    55. Robison, John Elder. Look me in the eye: My Life with Asperger’s. (362.196 ROB)

    John Robison recounts his struggles to fit in and communicate with others as he grew up, describing why he had so many problems relating to others and why he often turned to machines for comfort, rather than people, and explains how his life was changed when he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome at age forty.

    56. Rothman, Tony.  Instant Physics: from Aristotle to Einstein and Beyond.  530 RO

    Reviews the principles and significant discoveries of physics, and provides information about the history of the science and some of the personalities who have impacted the field.

    57. Sales, Nancy Jo.  The Bling Ring:  How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World (must order!)

    The Bling Ring by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales is an in-depth expose of a band of beautiful, privileged teenagers who were caught breaking into celebrity homes and stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables.

    With a list of victims that reads like a "Who's Who" of young Hollywood, including Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson, The Bling Ring is the stuff of writers' imaginations—with one exception—it's a true story.  The media asked: Why would a group of kids who already had designer clothes, money, cars, and status take such risks? Award-winning journalist Nancy Jo Sales found the answer: They did it because they could. And because it was easy.  The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World is a shocking look at the seedy world of the real young Hollywood.

    58. Santoli, Al.  Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War. (on order at Titlewave)

    A collection of thirty-three tours of duty presented in chronological order from 1962 through 1975.

    59. Sartrapi, Marjane. Persepolis (Graphic non-fiction). 955.25 SA

    Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.

    60. Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Book on order TitleWave

    You will never want to eat a fast-food meal again after reading this groundbreaking work about the fast-food industry, from its beginnings to the present day. It assesses how the food is processed and the lack of food safety overall. - Library Journal

    61. Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 615 SKO

    This book reads like a science thriller: Henrietta Lacks was a poor inner city mother of five in Baltimore when she entered through the “Coloreds Only” entrance of Johns Hopkins University Hospital for treatment of cervical cancer in 1950. Doctors took cell samples from the tumor that later killed her and discovered for the first time they could grow human cells in the lab. Henrietta’s cells not only grew, they were positively viral, sadly due to a unique combination of cancer and a several sexually transmitted diseases from which

    Henrietta suffered. No one in the Lacks family knew that the tissue extracted from her body - “HeLa” cells which are to this day the bread and butter of medical research labs around the world - would live on and reproduce for decades, playing a role in nearly every medical breakthrough since the 1950s including the cure for polio, HIV therapies, treatments for many forms of cancer, and more. Author and science reporter Skloot spent 10 long years getting to know Henrietta’s family and tracking down the clues to tell this heartbreaking story of a family suffering through sickness and poverty while medical companies make millions on their mother’s anonymous cells. Contains photos.  Kathie Jackson – Arcadia University Library Student

    62. Small, David. Stitches: A Memoir. 818.5409

    A graphic novel that chronicles the life of American author and illustrator David Small, detailing his sickly childhood and teenage years, relationship with his parents, his cancer, and more.

    63. Smithson, Ryan. Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI. EBOOK on FOLLETSHELF

    956.704 SMI

    “If I don’t do something, who will?” This is how Ryan Smithson felt after the events of 9/11. He joined the army at the age of 19 and

    went to Iraq. This book is a powerful, honest story about a brave, young man’s journey as an equipment operator in Iraq. - Jill Toye - Jenkintown Middle/High School

    64. Sparks, Nicolas and Micah Sparks. Three Weeks with my Brother.  813 SPA

    Novelist Nicholas Sparks provides an account of his adventures traveling around the world with his brother Micah on the trip of a lifetime, and shares the personal story of their childhood and the family tragedies they have endured, and how those experiences have made them closer.

    65. Spiegelman, Art. Maus (paired with Elie Wiesel’s Night) 940.53 SP

    A memoir about Vladek Spiegleman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and about his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father, his story, and with history itself. Cartoon format portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats

    66. Strelecky, John P.  The Why Café (128 STR)

    John finds himself at a literal and figurative crossroads when he stumbles into a remote diner and encounters three diverse characters who help John determine where he wants to go in life.

    67. Tzemach Lemmon, Gayle. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe. 958.1 TZE

    Recounts the true story of Kamila Sidiqi, a woman who was forced to support herself and her five siblings after the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul and her father and brothers fled the country.

    68. Van Ryn, Susie and Don. Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope.  617.4 CE

    Two families, who became part of a national news story when it was discovered that their daughters were misidentified after a tragic car accident, leaving one family grieving while another cared for a comatose child, share how their faith helped them overcome the emotional upheaval of the accident and its aftermath

    69. Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle: A Memoir. 362.82 WAL

    The author recalls her life growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and distant mother and describes how she and her siblings had to fend for themselves until they finally found the resources and will to leave home.

    70. Weisel, Elie. Night. 940.5 WEI

    Presents a true account of the author's experiences as a Jewish boy in a Nazi concentration camp.

    71. Wolfe, Tom.  The Electric Kool-Aid Test. 306.1 WO

    A portrait of the novelist Ken Kesey and the West Coast "Merry Pranksters" during a several year pursuit of the LSD experience and development of psychedelia.

    72. Wyly, Sam.  1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire.  388 WYL

    From the Publisher: Expanded edition with new chapters on the Great Crash of 2008 and looking ahead. Self-made billionaire Sam Wyly is a natural storyteller. In this candid, engrossing memoir, he recounts his experiences establishing and expanding companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last five decades. From the hardships his family faced trying to hold on to their cotton farm during the Depression to the coaching he received on the high school football field, Wyly describes how his early years in Louisiana prepared him for what lay ahead. Risking $1,000 of his savings, Wyly founded University Computing in 1963 and took it public two years later, becoming a millionaire at age thirty. Throughout this book, he reveals the decisions and strategies behind many business successes, including founding Sterling Software, growing the small chains of Michaels Stores and Bonanza Steakhouses into nationwide brands, and founding Green Mountain Energy, the largest provider of cleaner energy in America today. In this expanded edition, Wyly discusses the Great Crash of 2008 in historical perspective, offering insights on the causes of our current financial crisis and the path to recovery including the importance of green energy for the future.

    73. Zubrin, Robert.  The Case For Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and why we Must. 919.9 ZU

    Presents the author's plan for reaching, exploring and settling on Mars, explaining step-by-step how existing technology can be used to send humans to Mars within ten years, and discussing how the planet's natural resources could be used to produce fuel and oxygen for sustaining life.

    Non-fiction list compiled by Danielle Small

    Pottsgrove High School

    Library Media Specialist