Oprah Winfrey is an international television talk show icon, a billionaire, a noted philanthropist, and an adoptive mother of underprivileged children in America and Africa.She has been recognized as one of the world's most powerful people 212 pages.
When Moses Williams first enlisted he could not read or write and signed the papers with an ‘X.’ By his second enlistment, he signed his name. Williams eventually would achieve the rank of Ordnance Sergeant, which was the highest rank a black man could achieve in those days. 189 pages.
Mindy Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it's falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you're constantly reminded that no one looks like you. 228 pages.
World-renowned chef Jacques Pepin tells how he rose from a frightened thirteen year old apprentice in an Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award winning TV superstar who continues to teach millions of Americans how to cook. 318 pages.
The record of two years in the life of a remarkable Jewish girl and one of the most moving and eloquent accounts of the Holocaust, Frank's triumphant humanity in the face of unfathomable deprivation and fear. 274 pages.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg never asked for fame -- she was just trying to make the world a little better and a little freer. But along the way, the feminist pioneer's searing dissents and steely strength have inspired millions. 227 pages.
Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. 288 pages.
Among a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" who used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. 346 pages.
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. 273 pages.
In 1892, thirty-year-old Ida B. Wells was a success. Born into slavery, she had risen to become co-owner of a Memphis newspaper. But when a white mob lynched a close friend, Ida's life changed forever. Before long, she was speaking out about the evils of lynching and encouraging blacks to leave Memphis. No threats could stop Ida from fighting for her people. 154 pages.
Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. 229 pages.
Traces the author's experiences of growing up with a white father who believed himself to be African-American, describing how his efforts to indoctrinate his daughter into black culture caused her to be rejected by her black and white peers. 273 pages.
Brave women from the late 1800s through today--role models who are passionate about important issues. Highlights 16 women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace. 192 pages.
Cupcake Brown tells of her hellish life: sadistic foster parent, prostitution, drug use and living on the road. But know that Cupcake is now a lawyer with one of the the nation's largest law firms. 472 pages.
Memoir of Diana Nyad, who, at the age of 64, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West after completing a 110 mile, 53 hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida. 308 pages.
Adventurist Jim Wickwire has lived life on the edge -- literally. An eyewitness to glory, terror, and tragedy above 20,000 feet, he has braved bitter cold, blinding storms, and avalanches to becomea high-altitude mountaineer. 322 pages (large print)
Born to slaves, Wells was a pioneer of investigative journalism, a crusader against lynching, and a tireless advocate for suffrage, both for women and for African Americans. She co-founded the NAACP, started the Alpha Suffrage Club in Chicago, and was a leader in the early civil rights movement, working alongside W. E. B. Du Bois, Madam C. J. Walker, Mary Church Terrell, Frederick Douglass, and Susan B. Anthony. This memoir relates Wells's private life as a mother as well as her public activities as a teacher, lecturer, and journalist in her fight for equality and justice.