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Title: The Coalwood Way
By: Homer Hickam
Homer Hickam, of Coalwood, West Virginia “Rocket Boy” fame, cuts to the bone and reveals the frustrations and joys of his senior high school days. This autobiography rivals any other in the library’s collection, due to Hickam’s extraordinary recount of intricate conversations, a format that would satisfy fiction aficionados. Unbelievable ... [Read more]
Posted by calln on Nov. 24, 2010
Title: This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind
By: Ivan Doig
Doig captures a dramatic time in the history of his people settling the wilds of Montana, where growing up, he coped with the death of his mother and relied upon the hard-scrabble genius of his father. "My father had a humor unusual in a tense man, a casual gift of ... [Read more]
Posted by calln on Feb. 14, 2010
Tags: non-fiction, history, biography
Title: Last Chance In Texas
By: John Hubner
The most violent criminal youth find hope in an unlikely place, "punish-'em-hard" Texas, The Giddings School, where all-day, one-on-one and group therapy sessions led by dedicated professionals teach the juvenile offenders to take responsibility for their crimes and to develop empathy and compassion for others. Instead of coming back into ... [Read more]
Posted by calln on Nov. 11, 2009
Tags: non-fiction, history, teen fiction
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