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  • All over but the shoutin' by Rick Bragg

    Call Number: PN 4874.B6625A3 1997

    A haunting memoir about growing up dirt-poor in the Alabama hills--and about moving on but never really being able to leave.

  • Angela's ashes : a memoir by Frank McCourt

    Call Number: E 184.I6M117 1999

    Life in impoverished Depression-era Ireland holds little promise for young Frank McCourt, the oldest son in a tightly-knit family. Living by his wits, cheered by his irrepressible spirit, and sustained by his mother's fierce love, Frank embarks on an inspiring journey to overcome the poverty of his childhood and reach the land of his dreams: America.

  • Black boy: a record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright

    Call Number: PS 3545 .R815Z96 2005

    The essays in this casebook address a range of topics including the circumstances of Wright's original 1945 book; the relationship between the novel and Wright's actual biography; the African-American autobiographical tradition; the influences of various writers and literary movements on Black Boy; and the impact of African-American vernacular and oral performance on Wright's autobiography.

  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

    Call Number: HV 5132 .W35 2005

    As children growing up in West Virginia, Jeanette and her siblings always believed in her parents' promises. Perhaps, as children, they never realized what alcoholism can do to a family. Coming to maturity under the resulting poverty, they were determined to break free from the broken dreams and make their own way.

  • Hunger of memory:the education of Richard Rodriguez: an autobiography by Richard Rodriguez

    Call Number: F 870 .M5R62 1983

    This is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room of the British Museum. Here is the poignant journey of a "minority student" who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation - from his past, his parents, his culture - and so describes the high price of "making it" in middle-class America.

  • Learning joy from dogs without collars : a memoir by Lauralee Summer

    Call Number: HV 4505.S86 2003

    This is the story of a girl coming into her own, learning and understanding her place in the world. It is about the innocence and resiliency of childhood, the space of happiness and joy which poverty was unable to demolish or diminish.

The Space Race

  • Apollo : the epic journey to the moon by David Reynolds

    Call Number: TL 789.8.U6 A58113 2002

  • Digital Apollo : human and machine in spaceflight by David Mindell

    Call Number: TA 167 .M59 2008

  • The last man on the moon : astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's race in space by Eugene Cernan

    Call Number: TL 789.8 .U6A52435 1999

  • Red moon rising: Sputnik and the hidden rivalries that ignited the Space Age by Matthew Brzezinski

    Call Number: TL 789.8.U5 B784 2007

  • Rocket men : the epic story of the first men on the moon by Craig Nelson

    Call Number: N (New books)

  • Space race : the epic battle between America and the Soviet Union for dominion of space by Deborah Cadbury

    Call Number: TL 789.8.U5 C33 2006

Rockets and Rocketry

  • Backyard ballistics : build potato cannons, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, tennis ball mortars, and more dynamite devices by William Gurstelle
  • Call Number: Q 164 .G88 2001

  • Rockets and missiles : the life story of a technology

    Call Number: TL 781 .V36 2004