Category Archives: Biography/Memoir

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

I was excited to learn that Isabel Quintero wrote a new YA book because my students had enjoyed Gabi: A Girl in Pieces so much. (I only use the past tense because I retired; they are most likely still enjoying it.) … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “Code Talker”

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II by Chester Nez with Judith S. Avila Chester Nez was one of the original 32 (some say 29, but Nez informs the … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “Between the World and Me”

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates   “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” Often books have an opening sentence–or … Continue reading

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Adult Books: Memoir: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson   Jenny Lawson grew up in Wall, Texas, a small rural town that it was her goal to escape. Just as in many such tales, we find that in adulthood, the author … Continue reading

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Common Core: Nonfiction: “A Curious Mind”

A Curious Mind: the Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman Brian Grazer is the producer of many well-known films (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Grinch, Splash) and  some TV series (24 is the best known). … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Autobiography: “Lone Survivor”

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson Marcus Luttrell has trained his entire life to arrive at the moment when he and three fellow members of Navy SEAL Team 10 creep along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in search of a … Continue reading

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“Hyperbole and a Half”

Hyperbole and a Half:  Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened  by Allie Brosh This fun and sometimes poignant book of wacky comics and weird life lessons is taken from the author’s blog. I’d never seen the … Continue reading

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