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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)
Kamkwamba, William
(Softcover)

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William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of buil...


Men We Reaped
Ward, Jesmyn
(Softcover)

65% off list price of $16.00

Universally praised, Jesmyn Ward's Men We Reaped confirmed her ascendancy as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, her Southern requiem securing its place on bestseller and best books of the year lists, with honors and awards pouring in from around the country. Jesmyn's memoir shines a light o...


When I Was Puerto Rican
Santiago, Esmeralda
(Softcover)

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In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, ta...


When I Was Puerto Rican
Santiago, Esmeralda
(Softcover)

80% off list price of $13.95

In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby's soul to heaven. But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, ta...


Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
Halevi, Yossi Klein
(Hardcover)

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Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as h...


The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
Tolan, Sandy
(Paperback)

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In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenaz...


Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Chua, Amy
(Paperback)

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At once provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ignited a global parenting debate with its story of one mother’s journey in strict parenting. Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect and nurture children’s individuality, while Chinese parents typicall...


Walking with the Wind
D'Orso, Michael
(Paperback)

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The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of the most important records of the American civil rights movement as told by a true American hero, John Lewis, who Cornel West called a "national treasure." An eloquent and gripping first-hand account of the turbulent struggle...


Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography--The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Mathabane, Mark
(Softcover)

78% off list price of $15.00

Written with courage and conviction, Mark Mathbane's reveals the extraordinary memoir of growing up in a world under apartheid.


The Wife's Tale: A Personal History
Edemariam, Aida
(Hardcover)

70% off list price of $26.99

In this indelible memoir that recalls the life of her remarkable ninety-five-year old grandmother, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam tells the story of modern Ethiopia - a nation that would undergo a tumultuous transformation from feudalism to monarchy to Marxist revolution to democracy, over th...


Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
Huang, Eddie
(Paperback)

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Assimilating ain't easy. Eddie Huang was raised by a wild family of FOB ("fresh off the boat") immigrants - his father a cocksure restaurateur with a dark past back in Taiwan, his mother a fierce protector and constant threat. Young Eddie tried his hand at everything mainstream America threw his ...


The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America
Samawi, Mohammed Al
(Hardcover)

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The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of war, unlikely friendship, and his harrowing escape from Yemen's brutal civil war with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West.Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pai...


The Bookseller of Kabul
Seierstad, Asne
(Softcover)

69% off list price of $16.00

Translated into 17 languages, The Bookseller Of Kabul has become not only the bestselling nonfiction book ever published in the author's native Norway, but also a tremendous success throughout Europe and around the world. A book that honestly portrays real life behind the veil - and illuminates t...


The Bookseller of Kabul
Seierstad, Asne
(Paperback)

80% off list price of $13.99

Translated into 17 languages, The Bookseller Of Kabul has become not only the bestselling nonfiction book ever published in the author's native Norway, but also a tremendous success throughout Europe and around the world. A book that honestly portrays real life behind the veil - and illuminates t...


Stealing Buddha's Dinner
Nguyen, Bich Minh
(Paperback)

59% off list price of $16.00

As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic-seeming than ...


Stealing Buddha's Dinner
Nguyen, Bich Minh
(Softcover)

72% off list price of $14.00

As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity, and in the pre-PC-era Midwest (where the Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme), the desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. More exotic-seeming than ...


Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
Pham, Andrew X.
(Paperback)

74% off list price of $17.00

A brilliantly written memoir in which a young Vietnamese-American uses a bicycle journey in his homeland as a vehicle to tell his eventful life story.


Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia
Bin Laden, Carmen
(Paperback)

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Osama bin Laden's former sister-in-law provides a penetrating, unusually intimate look into Saudi society and the bin Laden family's role within it, as well as the treatment of Saudi women. On September 11th, 2001, Carmen bin Ladin heard the news that the Twin Towers had been struck. She instinct...


My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past
Teege, Jennifer
(Softcover)

70% off list price of $14.95

At age 38, Jennifer Teege happened to pluck a library book from the shelf - and discovered a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant depicted in Schindler’s List. Reviled as the "butcher of Plaszow," Goeth was executed in 1946. The more Teege learned about him...


Vernon Can Read!
Jordan, Vernon E. Jr.
(Paperback)

69% off list price of $18.00

In 1955, as a college student home in Atlanta for vacation, Vernon Jordan had a summer job driving a retired white banker around town. During the man's afternoon naps, Jordan passed the time reading books, a fact that astounded his boss. "Vernon can read!" the man exclaimed to his relatives. N...


Mankiller: A Chief and Her People (Updated)
Mankiller, Wilma
(Paperback)

74% off list price of $18.99

In this autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation, tells not only her personal story, but honors and recounts the complex history of the Cherokees. Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning American Indian civil rights struggle. This new edition comple...


I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity
Abuelaish, Izzeldin
(Paperback)

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By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish's account of his extraordinary life. A Harvard-educated Palestinian doctor, he was born and raised in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and "has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation ...


A Brave Face: Two Cultures, Two Families, and the Iraqi Girl Who Bound Them Together
Marlowe, Barbara
(Hardcover)

70% off list price of $26.99

The inspirational story of a woman who moved mountains to provide medical care for an Iraqi girl badly burned during a roadside attack, Barbara Marlowe's determination to fight for her future daughter highlights the way love can reach across both cultures and continents.Barbara Marlowe was in her...


On Her Own Ground
Bundles, A'Lelia
(Paperback)

65% off list price of $15.95

On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker -- the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist. The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the n...


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