1983 books for genre «Biography, Non-­Fiction»

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With over 65 books published, including the breathtaking (and somewhat autobiographical) A Day No Pigs Would Die, Robert Newton Peck has enjoyed an illustrious writing career. Now, in an autobiography as unique as he is, Peck tells his story through the people in his life. From his roots as a poor Vermont farmer’s son to his years as a soldier in World War II, from his time slogging away in a paper mill to his semi-­retirement in Florida, Peck shows us people who too often go unseen and unheard–the country’s poor and uneducated.­“For decades, I’ve examined the autobiographies of my fellow authors. Bah! Many could have been titled And Then I Wrote . . . So instead of my life and lit, here is the unusual, a tarnished treasury of plain people who enriched me, taught me virtues, and helped me hold a mite of manhood. They’re not fancy folk, so please expect no long-­stemmed roses from a florist. They are, instead, the unarranged flora that I’ve handpicked from God’s greenhouse . . . . . .

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New York Times Bestseller A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity in a hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir. “I was inspired by [Maya's] journey and made a point of saving a copy of ‘Popular’ for my sister, who starts middle school this fall. Maybe if I had read it when I was her age, it could have saved me from a world of hurt, or at least put that world in perspective.­” —Maude Apatow, New York Times Book Review Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular? Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out. Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,­” Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. The real-­life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with . . .

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The Columbine tragedy in April 1999 pierced the heart of our country. In December 1999, we learned that the teenage killers specifically targeted Rachel Scott and mocked her Christian faith on their chilling, homemade videotapes. Rachel Scott died for her faith. Now her parents talk about Rachel's life and how they have found meaning in their daughter's martyrdom in the aftermath of the school shooting. comes from a heartfelt need to celebrate this young girl's life, to work through the grief and the questions of a nation, and to comfort those who have been touched by violence in our schools today. Using excerpts and drawings from Rachel's own journals, her parents offer a spiritual perspective on the Columbine tragedy and provide a vision of hope for preventing youth violence across the nation.

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Do you know who the first published African-­American poet is? Phillis Wheatley, a slave, published her most famous book of poetry in 1773, while traveling in England. Read about her life, and the lives of seven other amazing poets. Each short biography ends with a brief timeline of the person’s life and achievements.

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A perfect storm of pop talent, Miley Cyrus has earned her place as America's sweetheart with her flair as an actress, singer, and songwriter. Miley became an overnight sensation when she was cast in the popular television show Hannah Montana, and then quickly cemented her place in the pop hall of fame with the success of her albums just a few months later. This biography captures the passion and drive that led Miley from the sidelines to the center of the world stage, and highlights the talents that allow her to back it up, every step of the way. Interviews with the major stars and producers of Hannah Montana, short biographies for each of the main cast members, and a list of the famous names who've guest starred on the show combine to offer fans an intimate portrait of what goes on when the cameras aren't rolling.

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J'ai fait un art selon moi. Je l'ai fait avec les yeux ouverts sur les merveilles du monde visible, et, quoiqu'on en ait pu dire, avec le souci constant d'obéir aux lois du naturel et de la vie. Je l'ai fait aussi avec l'amour de quelques maîtres qui m'ont induit au culte de la beauté. L'art est la Portée Suprême, haute, salutaire et sacrée; il fait éclore; il ne produit chez le dilettante que la délectation seule et délicieuse, mais chez l'artiste, avec tourment, il fait le grain nouveau pour la semence nouvelle. Je crois avoir cédé docilement aux lois secrètes qui m'ont conduit à façonner tant bien que mal, comme j'ai pu et selon mon rêve, des choses où je me suis mis tout entier. Si cet art est venu à l'encontre de l'art des autres (ce que je ne crois pas), il m'a fait cependant un public que le temps maintient, et jusqu'à des amitiés de qualité et de bienfait qui me sont douces et me récompensent.

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This collection features three of our most popular biographies: Washington, the stoic general with a soft spot for animals; Jefferson, the brilliant statesman who was a foodie at heart, and Lincoln, the absentminded lawyer whose compassionate caseload foretold his presidency. Beginning readers will learn about little-­known, illuminating events in the earlier years of these extraordinary men and how, long before entering the White House, they lived lives filled with intelligence, courage, and kindness--­the hallmarks of a great president.

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Letters Lived: Radical reflections revolutionary paths features a diverse group of international and cross-­generational social justice activists who share the incredible journeys they have taken since their teen years—and what they wish they could have known back then. How do we learn to trust and love ourselves, as well as navigate our bodies, families, identities and communities? These candid, powerful and relatable letters engage the personal and the political as we grow: whether combating social injustice, reconciling racial and cultural backgrounds, sexualities and genders, or the process of building strong communities. Edited by activist and educator Sheila Sampath, Letters Lived reminds us that even though it isn’t always easy, we all have the power to shape our world.

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During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-­year-­old child, Manzanar became a way of life in which she struggled and adapted, observed and grew. For her father it was essentially the end of his life. At age thirty-­seven, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston recalls life at Manzanar through the eyes of the child she was. She tells of her fear, confusion, and bewilderment as well as the dignity and great resourcefulness of people in oppressive and demeaning circumstances. Written with her husband, Jeanne delivers a powerful first-­person account that reveals her search for the meaning of Manzanar. Farewell to Manzanar has become a . . .

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Books for genre Biography, Non-­Fiction