Reading Lists

Nonfiction (RD 80 and 90)

Basher five-two : the true story of F-16 fighter pilot Captain Scott O'Grady

O'Grady, Scott, French, Michael

Doubleday 1997

The true story of F-16 fighter pilot Scott O'Grady on a mission over Bosnia who was shot down and survived in enemy territory until his daring rescue.

The blind side : evolution of a game

Lewis, Michael

W.W. Norton 2009

Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

But I trusted you : and other true cases

Rule, Ann

Pocket Books 2009

Trust. It's the foundation of any enduring relationship between friends, lovers, spouses, and families. But when trust is placed in those who are not what they seem, the results can be deadly. Ann Rule, who famously chronicled her own shocking experience of unknowingly befriending a sociopath in The Stranger Beside Me, offers a riveting, all-new collection from her true-crime files, with the lethally shattered bonds of trust at the core of each blood-soaked account.

Chasing Lincoln's killer

Swanson, James L.

Scholastic Press 2009

Recounts the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and follows the intensive twelve-day search for him and his accomplices.

Gadget nation : a journey through the eccentric world of invention

Greenberg, Steve

Sterling 2008

Whether you're a would-be entrepreneur, a hard-core geek, or just a gadget lover, it is hard to imagine a bigger thrill than inventing something and sharing your creation with the world--and maybe even making a profit somewhere along the way. Gadget Nation celebrates that spirit through the irresistible, often quirky stories of more than 100 amateur inventors and their gizmos, from lighted slippers to an alarm clock that rolls away from you when you reach for the snooze button.

Let me play : the story of Title IX : the law that changed the future of girls in America

Blumenthal, Karen

Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2005

Up until the 1970s, if you were a girl, you were told you shouldn't play team sports, or go to college. But, in 1972, Title IX changed that, by ensuring that girls have the same opportunities as boys to participate in sports and classes. But that change did not come without a fight.

Masters of Doom : how two guys created an empire and transformed pop culture

Kushner, David

Random House Trade Paperbacks 2004

Tells the rags to riches story of John Carmack and John Romero, creators of the Doom and Quake video games, describing the development of the game programs, and discussing the controversy that arose over the popularity of the violent game action.

Off the chain : an insider's history of snowboarding

Rebagliati, Ross

Greystone Books 2009

Takes readers on a wild ride through the rise of snowboarding, from its hippie origins in the backwoods of Vermont and California to its present incarnation as a $150 billion global industry, starting with the sport's early days, when the pioneers built their own boards and sneaked onto the slopes. Explores the nature of snowboarding culture, traces the mainstreaming of the sport, and the evolution of snowboard fashion.

Open : an autobiography

Agassi, Andre

Vintage Books 2010

A candid memoir by the tennis champion covers his Grand Slam wins, establishment of a charitable foundation for underprivileged children, and marriage to Stefanie Graf.

The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates

Moore, Wes

Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks 2011

Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.

The road of lost innocence

Mam, Somaly, Marshall, Ruth

Spiegel & Grau 2009

Born in a Cambodian village, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather at age twelve. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered the brutality and horrors of human trafficking--rape, torture, deprivation--until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Emboldened by her newfound freedom, education, and security, Somaly blossomed but remained haunted by the girls in the brothels she left behind. This book tells the story of her awakening as an activist and her harrowing and brave fight against the powerful and corrupt forces that steal the lives of these girls. She has built shelters, started schools, and founded an organization that has so far saved more than four thousand women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.--From publisher description.

Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board

Hamilton, Bethany, Berk, Sheryl, Bundschuh, Rick

Pocket Books ; MTV Books 2006

Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.

The street art book : 60 artists in their own words

Blackshaw, Ric, Farrelly, Liz

Collins Design : Distributed throughout the United States and Canda by HarperCollins Publishers 2008

"THE STREET ART BOOK documents the wide range of contemporary street art activity, including murals, gallery installations, stickers, posters, toys, clothing, and limited-edition prints. Artists discuss the tools and media that they use, giving practical insights into how they achieve their signature styles. The book also shows how artists share their vision, creating collaborations and crossovers with other design and commercial organizations."--BOOK JACKET.

This I believe : the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women

Allison, Jay, Gediman, Dan, Gregory, John, Merrick, Viki

Picador/Henry Holt and Co. 2007

Presents a collection of eighty essays exploring the personal beliefs of a diverse assortment of contributors, both famous and unknown, who reflect on their faith, the evolution of their beliefs, and how they express them.

Vindicated : big names, big liars, and the battle to save baseball

Canseco, Jose

Simon Spotlight Entertainment 2008

In 2005, Jose Canseco blew the lid off Major League Baseball's steroid scandal--and no one believed him. His New York Times bestselling memoir Juiced met a firestorm of criticism and outrage from the media, coaches, clubs, and players, many of whom Canseco had personally introduced to steroids--with a needle in the ass. Baseball's former golden boy, Rookie of the Year, onetime Most Valuable Player, and owner of two World Series rings was called a liar. In Vindicated, Canseco picks up where Juiced left off, revealing details even more shocking than in his controversial first book. He spills never-before-implicated names--arguably the biggest in the game of baseball--and explores the mystery of one celebrated player about whom key information was suddenly excised from Juiced at the last minute. He talks candidly about what the Mitchell Report did--and didn't--get right, why steroid use became so rampant, and how his life has changed since he tore the lid off Pandora's box.--From publisher description.

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