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American Chica
Two Worlds, One Childhood

Marie Arana

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: 05/28/2002
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-385-31963-8

Now in Paperback.
Written in the tradition of Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, this is an informative and resonant portrait of a child coming to terms with her bicultural identity. American Chica explores the issues and difficulties that... Read more >

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Brother, I'm Dying

Edwidge Danticat

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
On Sale: 09/09/2008
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3430-7

From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father,” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest... Read more >

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Burnt Bread and Chutney
Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood

Carmit Delman

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 09/30/2003
Price: $15.00
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl.... Read more >

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The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights

Kenji Yoshino

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
On Sale: 02/20/2007
Price: $15.95
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-375-76021-1

Winner, 2006 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award
Selected for common reading at:
Washington University
Pomona College
University of North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University
2006 Myers Outstanding Book Award
In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a... Read more >

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Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes
Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle

Daniel L. Everett

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
On Sale: 11/03/2009
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38612-0

A riveting account of the astonishing experiences and discoveries made by linguist Daniel Everett while he lived with the Pirahã, a small tribe of Amazonian Indians in central Brazil.
Daniel Everett arrived among the Pirahã with his wife and three young children hoping to convert the tribe to Christianity. Everett quickly became... Read more >

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Funny in Farsi
A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

Firoozeh Dumas

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: 01/13/2004
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6837-8

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005
Selected for Common Reading
Abilene Christian University
Albuquerque Academy's Year-long Project
Bunker Hill Community College
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La... Read more >

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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles

Fabio Geda

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: 06/12/2012
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-74382-4

What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life,... Read more >

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Iran Awakening
One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country

Shirin Ebadi

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
On Sale: 04/10/2007
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7528-4

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her... Read more >

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Journey from the Land of No
A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran

Roya Hakakian

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: 06/28/2005
Price: $14.00
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom
This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.
Roya Hakakian was raised... Read more >

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King Peggy
An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: 02/12/2013
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-74281-0

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.
King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central... Read more >

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My Life in Black and White

Angela Nissel

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
On Sale: 01/30/2006
Price: $12.95
Publisher: Villard
ISBN: 978-0-345-48114-6

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have a clue? In this candid, funny, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts growing up biracial in Philadelphia–moving back and forth between black inner-city schools and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed attempts to blend in dog her teen... Read more >

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Reading Lolita in Tehran
A Memoir in Books

Azar Nafisi

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
On Sale: 12/30/2003
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7106-4

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction
"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to... Read more >

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The Complete Persepolis
Now a Major Motion Picture

Marjane Satrapi

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
On Sale: 10/30/2007
Price: $24.95
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 978-0-375-71483-2

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.
Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her... Read more >

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Marjane Satrapi is represented for speaking engagements by the Stephen Barclay Agency.

Schools who have chosen Persepolis as their common reading book: Coastal Carolina University, College of New Jersey, University of California, Santa Cruz, United States Military Academy, Western Washington University, Russell Sage College, Carleton College, Keene State College, McDaniel College, Roanoke College, Century College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Montana State University, Smith College, Bryant University, Columbia College Chicago, Rosemont College, Hampshire College, Louisiana State University, College of Idaho, Agnes Scott College, Ithaca College, Lewis University, Whitman College, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, University of Louisville, Shepherd University, SUNY New Paltz, Augsburg College, Manhattan College, Penn State New Kensington, Green River Community College, Pacific Lutheran University, Valparaiso University, University of California, Irvine, Cabrini College, Cleveland State University, SUNY Cortland, University of South Carolina, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Marquette University, Kent State University, SUNY Oswego, New College of Florida, University of Memphis, Hanover College, Missouri Western State University, Henderson State University, University of Maine

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A Memoir

Wangari Maathai

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
On Sale: 09/04/2007
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 978-0-307-27520-2

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through... Read more >

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What Is the What

Dave Eggers

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
On Sale: 10/09/2007
Price: $16.00
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 978-0-307-38590-1

What Is the What is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children—the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and... Read more >