A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - Ishmael Beah

Beah's memoir offers true accounts of his experiences at a young age fleeing Sierra Leone and being forced to become a rebel fighter in the early 90s. Soon enough, Beah is brainwashed as a child soldier to rely on guns and drugs until he is rescued and sent to a rehabilitation program. A Long Way Gone allows readers to attempt to understand the truth behind child soldiers, as Beah continued in his career to recount his story and shed light on his experiences. His memoir, though traumatic, is a beautiful expression of the hope for humanity and self-forgiveness despite a life of crime and unforgettable hardships.
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ISBN: 9780374531263
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

Diamant's novel depicts the unity found among women and coming of age, as told from the perspective of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph. Though a minor biblical character, Dinah narrates the intersections between the women in Jacob's tribe. Being the sole daughter despite Jacob's numerous wives, Dinah observes first-hand the womanly rituals within the tribe, and retreats each month to the red tent to partake in the female support and community during menstruation and birth. Though complications arise as Dinah comes of age, Diamant's work provokes readers, in this case female-bodied, to cherish and respect Mother Earth and the strength that often goes unrecognized in relation to femininity and being a woman.
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ISBN: 9781250067999
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Published: St. Martin's Paperbacks - November 25th, 2014

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel - Jeannette Walls

In this true-life novel, Walls depicts the tale as told by her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. From a young age, her grandmother began breaking horses with her father on his ranch. As a teenager, she left home to teach 500 miles away, traveling by horse. She continued on to learn how to drive a car and to fly a plane, and eventually became a mother of two. Walls' grandmother pushed the boundaries imposed upon women and disregarded prejudice of any kind, believing in the inclusion of all individuals regardless of race, gender, and more. Her grandmother's tale offers a great introduction to Walls' eventual memoir, The Glass Castle, depicting her childhood and experiences living as a vagabond with her parents.
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ISBN: 9781416586296
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2010