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Basketball can be the only hope for many young men on Coney Island. This book is about 4 of the neighborhood's most promising players and is an expose of inner-city life and the big business of college basketball.
Seabiscuit the racehorse was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: 399 pages.
In 2006 feathered dinosaur fossils were found in China. The discovery was surprising and has lead to more evidence about the transition from fleet-footed carnivores to the ancestors of modern birds. 215 pages.
Examines the connection between surroundings and innovative ideas, profiling examples in such regions as early-twentieth-century Vienna, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, and Silicon Valley. 353 pages.
This is the story of a doctor's fight with cancer and death. Even doctors can fight the idea of cancer and Paul's story is about his battle, his love for his wife and all the challenges that come when you know you are dying. 228 pages.
Relates the experiences of the thirty-three men who endured entrapment beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days during the San José mine collapse outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010. 309 pages.
Renouncing wealth, ambition and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship and humiliation while never raising his voice in anger 205 pages.
This story of Alex, a famous African Gray parrot, documents his thirty-year relationship with his trainer and the ways in which his life has changed scientific understanding about language and thought. 232 pages.
Coates’s collection of his essays from the past decade examine the recurrence of certain themes in the black community, the need for uplift and self-reliance, the debate between liberals and conservatives about the right approach to racism, and the virulent reaction in some quarters to any signs of racial progress. As he charts social changes, Coates also offers a look at his own transformation as a black man and a writer.
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. 336 pages.
Examines the extremes of religious belief. At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims.
Two teenagers growing up in Oakland, California. One, Sasha, was born male but identifies as nonbinary, wears skirts and attends a private school. The other, Richard, is an African American from a poor part of Oakland who attends a rough public school. They have no reason to meet, except for eight minutes every day, they catch the same bus home.
In this memoir, Emily Ford shares her true story of her struggle with severe social anxiety as a young adult. A poignant account of how Emily negotiated the obstacles of social anxiety--and eventually overcame them with the help of therapy and hard work.
Cait Irwin was diagnosed with major depression at the age of fourteen, and she nearly lost her battle with the illness before she was able to receive the treatment she needed. Irwin, now an adult and a successful artist, shares her experiences as a young woman whosuffered from a crippling depression but was able to recover with the help of a supportive family and expert psychiatric care.
In 2004, four Latino teenagers from Phoenix, AZ arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. Guess what happened? 224 pages.
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion. 200 pages.
23 women from 10 different countries whose careers span a half century of human spaceflight are profiled in this educational book for young readers. These stories of the pilots, physicists, and doctors who broke the stratospheric ceiling demonstrate the vital role women have played in the history of space exploration.
When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado". His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. Reyna later begins her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. 325 pages.