Autobiographies and Biographies
Updated April 2006
*also available as an audiobook
Bok, Francis (2003)
Escape from Slavery:
the true story of my ten years in captivity--and my journey to freedom in America
Gaskins, Pearl Fuyo (1999)
What Are You?: voices of mixed-race young people
Enrique’s Journey (2006)
When Enrique was five, his mother, too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the United States. She was not able to return. After eleven years, Enrique decided he would go find her. He set off alone, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother's North Carolina telephone number.
Katz, Jon (2000)
Geeks: how two lost boys rode the Internet out of Idaho
Davis, Sampson, et al (2002)
The Pact: three young men make a promise and fulfill a dream
Zailckas, Koren (2005)
Smashed: story of a drunken girlhood
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Kaysen, Susanna (1994)
Hospitalized for a mental illness
Partridge, Elizabeth (2005)
John Lennon: all I want is the truth: a photographic biography
Ardis, Angela (2004)
Inside a Thug's Heart: with original poems and letters by Tupac Shakur
Written by his girlfriend
The Wu-Tang Manual
“…a curious mix of Eastern philosophy, supreme mathematics, capitalism, and, not least, talent.”
Tracy, Robert (2004)
Ailey Spirit: the journey of an American dance company
Nelson, Marilyn (2005)
A Wreath for Emmett Till
A poetic tribute
Colton, Larry (2000)
Counting Coup: a true story of basketball and honor on the Little Big Horn
Yao, Ming (2004)
Yao: a life in two worlds
By the NBA player from China
Brackett, Virginia (2005)
A Home in the Heart: the story of Sandra Cisneros
Donofrio, Beverly (1992)
*Riding in Cars with Boys
Coming of age in the sixties.
Dumas, Firoozeh (2003)
Funny in Farsi: a memoir of growing up Iranian in America
Delman, Carmit (2002)
Burnt Bread and Chutney: growing up between cultures: a memoir of an Indian Jewish girl
Gantos, Jack (2003)
*Hole in My Life
Gantos did jail time before becoming a successful writer.
Guilbault, Rose Castillo (2005)
Farmworker's Daughter: growing up Mexican in America
Jiang, Ji-li (1997)
*Red Scarf Girl: a memoir of the Cultural Revolution
Mace, Nancy (2001)
In the Company of Men: a woman at the Citadel
The citadel is a prestigious military school in South Carolina.
McDonald, Janet (1999)
By the author of Spellbound and Brother Hood.
Asgedom, Mawi (2002)
Of Beetles & Angels: a boy's remarkable journey from a refugee camp to Harvard
At the age of three, he fled civil war in Ethiopia by walking with his mother and brother to a Sudanese refugee camp, and later moved to Chicago.
Paulsen, Gary (2000)
The Beet Fields: memories of a sixteenth summer
By the author of Hatchet and many other stories for young adults.
Read, Kirk (2001)
How I Learned To Snap: a small-town coming-out and coming-of-age story
Rodriguez, Luis J (1994)
Always Running: la vida loca, gang days in L.A.
Satrapi, Marjane (2002)
In graphic novel format, she tells the story of her life in Iran during and after the 1979 revolution.
*Living Up the Street (1985)
Autobiography of poet and author Gary Soto
Tate, Sonsyrea (1997)
Little X: growing up in the Nation of Islam
Tezuka, Osamu (2003-)
In graphic novel format
Walker, Rebecca (2001)
Black, White and Jewish: autobiography of a shifting self
Wolff, Tobias (1989)
*This Boy’s Life: a memoir
The author shares the details of his traumatic childhood. The movie is good, too.
Wright, Richard (1945)
The autobiography of the African-American writer, recounting his early years and his harrowing experiences drifting from Nachez to Chicago to Brooklyn.
Shreve, Susan Richards (2003)
Dream Me Home Safely: writers on growing up in America
Wiesel, Elie (1960)
The story of a teenage boy who survived the Holocaust. “Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never."
Baghdad Burning: girl blog from Iraq
Zenatti, Valerie (2005)
When I Was a Soldier
The story of an Israeli soldier
Akbar, Said Hyder (2005)
Come Back To Afghanistan: a California teenager’s story