Real Stories

Top 10 Real Stories : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, A Walk Across America, Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish, Love Is a Mix Tape, Escape, Bossypants, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
AuthorMaya Angelou
ISBN0553279378
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many...
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
AuthorVicki Myron
ISBN0446407410
How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story...
A Walk Across America
AuthorPeter Jenkins
Twenty-five years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey -- a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country.

"I started out searching for myself and my country," Peter Jenkins writes, "and found...
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish
AuthorMark R. Levin
ISBN1416559132
In Rescuing Sprite, Mark Levin tells of the joy and anguish of life with a rescue dog: the intimate and powerful story of his family and the dog they have for too short a time.

Although Mark Levin is known as a constitutional lawyer and a nationally syndicated broadcaster, he is, first and foremost,...
Love Is a Mix Tape
AuthorRob Sheffield
ISBN1400083028
In this stunning memoir, Rob Sheffield, a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine, tells the story of his musical coming of age, and how rock music, the first love of his life, led him to his second, a girl named Renee. Rob and Renee's life together - they wed after...
Escape
AuthorCarolyn Jessop
ISBN0767927567
The dramatic first-person account of life inside an ultra-fundamentalist American religious sect, and one woman’s courageous flight to freedom with her eight children.

When she was eighteen years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger: a man...
Bossypants
AuthorTina Fey
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen...
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
AuthorDava Sobel
ISBN0802714625
Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day—and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon...
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
AuthorKate Clifford Larson
ISBN0547250258
They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference.

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled...
The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code
AuthorMargalit Fox
ISBN0062228838
In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending history, linguistics, and cryptology with an elegantly wrought narrative. When famed archaeologist...
A Fortunate Life
AuthorAlbert B. Facey
ISBN0140081674
This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man. It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss...
Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini
AuthorSid Fleischman
ISBN0060850949
Who was this man who could walk through brick walls and, with a snap of his fingers, vanish elephants? In these pages you will meet the astonishing Houdini—magician, ghost chaser, daredevil, pioneer aviator, and king of escape artists. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him! He shucked off handcuffs...
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
AuthorKay Redfield Jamison
ISBN0679763309
i was reading some reviews of the book written by people that disliked this.

i just want to say, that for a person suffering from mental illness, the fact that you know jamieson's full CV and her academic struggles is important. it's more of a - look, she was wildly successful, and dealing with...
Lucky
AuthorAlice Sebold
In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles...
Foreign Correspondence: A Pen Pal's Journey from Down Under to All Over
AuthorGeraldine Brooks
ISBN0385483732
As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later Brooks, an...
Flygirl
AuthorSherri L. Smith
ISBN0399247092
Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn't stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy's gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her.

When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women Airforce...
A Wolf at the Table
AuthorAugusten Burroughs
ISBN0312342020
“As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried it and told me I must never tell. It was the only thing we’d ever done together as father and son, and I promised not to tell. But unlike most dreams, the memory of this one never left me. And sometimes…I...
Even After All This Time: A Story of Love, Revolution, and Leaving Iran
AuthorAfschineh Latifi
ISBN0060745347
At the age of ten, a young Iranian girl witnesses the horror of her father's execution and escapes the revolution with her sister.

Growing up in Tehran in the 1970s, Afschineh Latifi and her sister and two brothers enjoyed a life of luxury and privilege. Their father, a self–made man, had worked...
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