Memoirs, Nonfiction

Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew

Ages 18+

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Kate Mulgrew grew up in an Irish Catholic family in a small mid-western town, and always wanted of becoming an actress. However, her family’s unconventional way of life made it hard to pursue her dream. At 18, she left home and headed to New York, where she studied acting with the legendary Stella Adler. Then, at 22, she became pregnant and gave up her daughter for adoption, a hard decision to say the least. Known for playing roles of strong women like “Red” on Orange Is the New Black, Mulgrew writes about her perseverance to gain what she yearned for all her life.

Nonfiction

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Ages 18+

henrietta lacksWhen Rebecca Skloot first learned about Henrietta Lacks, she was determined to research all she could about her life and the science advances that her cells made possible. Henrietta Lacks was a poor southern tobacco farmer in the 1950s whose cervical cancer cells were taken and studied without her knowledge. Known as HeLa, the cells took a vital part in discovering the Polio vaccine, unknown information about cancer, cloning, and in vitro fertilization. HeLa is known to today’s scientists worldwide, and continues to grow. However, Henrietta Lacks’ children and grandchildren have seen no profits from this and feel violated. A combination of research and interviews with Henrietta’s family members, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a gripping read.

Nonfiction

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Sheterly

Ages 14+
hidden-figuresThis is the true story of how four African American women helped achieve some of the greatest of NASA’s moments through their works in mathematics. These four women were Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden. They were a part of a group of people called “computers,” who calculated the math needed with pencils and adding machines. Through their work, they were able to launch rockets and astronauts into space. Don’t miss the movie adaptation of their story, staring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.

Award/Honor Books, Nonfiction

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant

Grades 1-4

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An accident caused Louis Braille to lose his sight at five years old. Braille was desperate to live like everyone else, and most of all, missed the ability to read books. When he discovered that even the school for the blind in Paris didn’t have books for him to read, he created his own system using only 6 dots so that he was able to feel the words with his fingers and was finally able to read. The story is written in first person, as if Braille is actually narrating his own biography, and it is simple enough for children to read on their own.

ARC Reviews, Nonfiction, Self Help

Meatless?: A Fresh Look At What You Eat by Sarah Elton

Grades 3-6

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This is a great book for kids about vegetarianism! It speaks to the kids who might not be vegetarians, but are thinking about it, as well as vegans and pescatarians. I thought it explains why abstaining from eating meat is good for your health as well as the environment. It even explains why some religions don’t eat certain meats, or prepare it a certain way. This is a great one for any collection!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Nonfiction

It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton

Grades 5-8

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Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton presents and explains today’s toughest challenges we face in today’s world for young readers.  This includes poverty, hunger, education, gender equality and climate change. She cites various statistics and provides resources for kids to get involved in order to quell these challenges. This is a great book for kids to understand what’s going on in the world around them and motivates them to do something about it.

Nonfiction

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood by Lisa Damour

Ages 18+

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Psychiatrist Dr. Lisa Damour has created a guide for parents with daughters so that they can help their teen develop into a well-rounded adult. She gives realistic examples of trials parents have gone through with their daughters, which serve as excellent examples of how to deal with teens on a day-to-day basis. The book is broken up into seven parts, including:  Parting with Childhood, Contending with Adult Authority, Entering the Romantic World, and Caring for Herself. The aim of the book is to help parents understand and guide their daughters from adolescence to adulthood.