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Safran, Joshua.

Summary: Tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of Safran's childhood chasing the perfect life off the grid--and how he and his mother survived the imperfect one they found instead. More than just a coming-of age story, "Free Spirit" is a journey of the spirit, as Safran reconnects with his Jewish roots; a tale of overcoming adversity; and a captivating read about a childhood unlike any other.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hyperion 2013

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 SAFRAN, JOSHUA SAF

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 979.461 SAF

Wall, Elissa.

Summary: Elissa Wall details her life growing up in the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints religious sect, being forced into an unwanted marriage at the age of 14, and her courage to testify against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.--From publisher description.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: William Morrow 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 WALL, ELISSA WAL

Giles, Nyna

Summary: Gile's childhood had been spent in doctor's offices; she spent nearly every waking moment at her mother's side. As Nyna grew up, her mother became more and more distant. Carolyn Scott Reybold had been a model in 1947, a friend of Grace Kelly, and even a bridesmaid at her wedding. How had that confident, glamorous woman become the mother Giles knew growing up-- the mother who was now living in a...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 GILES, NYNA GIL

Jeffs, Rachel

Summary: The daughter of the self-proclaimed prophet of the FLDS Church describes the abusive patriarchal culture in which she was raised by sister wives and dominating men and discusses how her father remains a powerful influence on his followers.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2017

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 921 JEF

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 JEFFS, RACHEL JEF

Wall, Elissa.

Summary: Elissa Wall details her life growing up in the polygamous Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints religious sect; forced into an unwanted marriage at the age of 14, and her courage to testify against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Tantor Media, Inc. 2008

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Audiobook on MP3 CD, Call number: MP3CD 289.3092 WALL, ELISSA Wal

Jeffs, Rachel

Summary: "In this searing memoir of survival in the spirit of Stolen Innocence, the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it. Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harperluxe 2017

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Walls, Jeannette.

Summary: Journalist Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary and their four children lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary painted...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2010

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 362.82 WAL

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 921 WALLS, JEANNETTE WAL

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD B WALLS

Pelzer, David J.

Summary: "All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Dutton 1999

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 362.76 PEL

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 PELZER, DAVE PEL

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: B Pelzer Pel

Qu, Anna

Summary: "As a teen, Anna Qu is sent by her mother to work in her family's garment factory in Queens. At home, she is treated as a maid and suffers punishment for doing her homework at night. Her mother wants to teach her a lesson: she is Chinese, not American, and such is their tough path in their new country. But instead of acquiescing, Qu alerts the Office of Children and Family Services, an act with...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Catapult 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 QU, ANNA QU

Summary: In a unique collaboration with photographer and educator Wendy Ewald, eighteen immigrant teenagers create an alphabet defining their experiences in pictures and words. Wendy helped the teenagers pose for and design the photographs, interviewing them along the way about their own journeys and perspectives. America Border Culture Dreamer presents Wendy and the students' poignant and powerful...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 305.23 EWA

1 hold on 2 copies

Summary: "FAR FROM THE TREE follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Based on Andrew Solomon's award-winning, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling non-fiction book "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Sundance Selects 2019

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2 available in Documentary DVDs, Call number: DVD DOC FAR

McCandless, Carine

Summary: "The ... story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just ... Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. Krakauer's book, Into the Wild, became an international bestseller ... and Sean Penn's ... film by the same name further skyrocketed Chris McCandless to global fame. But the...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MCCANDLESS, CARINE MCC

Pelzer, Richard B.

Summary: "Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood. From tormenting his brother David to becoming himself the focus of his mother's wrath to his ultimate liberation - here is a horrifying glimpse at what existed behind closed doors in the Pelzer home"--Container.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Time Warner Audiobooks 2005

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1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 362.76 PEL

Clinton, Chelsea

Summary: Profiles the lives of thirteen American women who have left their mark on U.S. history, including Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Margaret Chase Smith, and Oprah Winfrey.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Philomel Books 2017

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J920 CLI

Eggers, Dave

Summary: In this honest look at the literal foundation of our country, Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris investigate a seemingly small trait of America's most emblematic statue. What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Chronicle Books LLC 2017

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 973 EGG

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 973 EGG

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Juvenile, Call number: J 973 Eggers 2017

Montesanti, Gabe

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Summary: "Gabe Montesanti grew up queer in a working-class, conservative Catholic family in the Midwest, where she was taught to prioritize strength and impenetrability over vulnerability and honesty. In this emotionally, physically, and spiritually abusive environment, she developed a severe eating disorder, never learned to trust herself, and lived in constant fear. As she enters graduate school, she...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: The Dial Press 2022

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Mahmoody, Mahtob.

Summary: The author tells the story of her and her mother's escape from an abusive, fanatical Iranian father when she was six, as well as how she lived her subsequent life under the shadow of fear of her menacing father, and eventually was healed by her faith in God.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Nelson Books 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MAH

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 MAHMOODY, MAHTOB MAH

Bolander, Anne M.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Gallaudet University Press 2000

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 362.42 BOL

Drayton, Tiffanie

Summary: "After following her mother to the US at a young age to pursue economic opportunities, one woman must come to terms with the ways in which systematic racism and resultant trauma keep the American Dream inaccessible to Black people. In the early '90s, young Tiffanie Drayton and her siblings left Trinidad and Tobago to join their mother in New Jersey, where she'd been making her way as a domestic...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Viking 2022

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Stevens, Michelle

Summary: "Michelle Stevens has a photo of the exact moment her childhood was stolen from her. In it, she's only eight years old and posing for her mother's beguiling boyfriend, Gary Lundquist--an elementary school teacher, neighborhood stalwart, and brutal pedophile. Later that night, Gary locks Michelle in a cage, tortures her repeatedly, and uses her to quench his voracious and deviant sexual whims....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: G.P. Putnam's Sons 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 STEVENS, MICHELLE STE

Sullivan, Teresa

Summary: When Mikey is young, the Sullivans are a closely knit unit, all of them devoted to caring for her. But as Mikey grows older, she also grows increasingly violent. By the time she's twelve, institutionalization is the only available option--and without the shared purpose of caring for Mikey, the family begins to unravel. As her family falls apart, Teresa searches for relief and connection during...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: She Writes Press 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 920 SUL

Madden, Amy.

Summary: The author describes how she survived being abused by her stepfather and learned to let go of her anger towards her mother and herself.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Syren Book Co. 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 362.764 MAD

McCandless, Carine

Summary: In April 1992, a young man named Chris McCandless walked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he survived for more than 100 days before perishing in an abandoned bus. For over twenty years his story has captivated millions, and yet only one person knew the truth behind his remarkable journey-until now. Through a tumultuous childhood, the McCandless siblings clung to each other amidst a chaotic...

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Harper Collins Publishers 2014

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Summary: Examines immigration policy under both the Trump and Obama administrations, investigates the origins of zero tolerance, and reveals the journeys and voices of children who were separated from their parents.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2018

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in E-TV DVDs, Call number: DVD E-TV SEP

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