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001.9 FLO

Floyd, E. Randall. America's great unsolved mysteries. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1995.
Tales of mystery and wonder including Bigfoot, the Bermuda Triangle, Amelia Earhart's disappearance, Lizzie Borden and more.

128 LAN

Langone, John. Death is a noun; : a view of the end of life. [1st ed.]. Boston, : Little, Brown, [1972].
Discusses the biological meaning of death, attitudes of the dying, survivors, and society toward it, and such related topics as euthanasia, abortion, murder, suicide, and immortality.

133.1 AND

Anderson, Jean. The haunting of America; : ghost stories from our past. Boston, : Houghton Mifflin, 1973.
A collection of twenty-four stories about ghosts, hauntings, and poltergeists from throughout the United States and from various periods of history.

133.1 STR

Strange tales of the dark and bloody ground : authentic accounts of restless spirits, haunted honky-tonks, and eerie events in Tennessee. Nashville, Tenn. : Rutledge Hill Press, c1998.

133.8 SHE

Sheldrake, Rupert. Dogs that know when their owners are coming home : and other unexplained powers of animals. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c1999.
A scientific investigation of the unexplained powers of animals, attempting to understand why some animals know when their people are coming home; how animals are able to comfort and heal; and animal empathy, sense of direction, and premonitions.

133.9 WIL

Wills-Brandon, Carla, 1956-. One last hug before I go : the mystery and meaning of deathbed visions. Deerfield Beach, Fla. : Health Communications, c2000.

133.901 BUR

Burpo, Todd. Heaven is for real : a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back. Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2010.
Todd Burpo shares his son Colton's experiences having visions of heaven after a near-fatal illness, describing what Colton saw in heaven and the lessons he has learned about faith and love after listening to Colton's stories of his time with Jesus.

150.19 SAG

Sagan, Carl. The demon-haunted world : Science as a candle in the dark. New York : Ballantine Books, c1996.
Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies as witchcraft, faith healings, demons, and UFOs.

155.44 WRI

Wright, Lawrence, 1947-. Twins : and what they tell us about who we are. New York : J. Wiley, 1997.
Examines studies of identical twins who have lived entirely separate lives, and discusses what that research reveals about the relative contributions of heredity and environment to the makeup of individual human natures, i.e. nature versus nurture controversy.

155.5 PIP

Pipher, Mary, Ph.D. Reviving Ophelia : saving the selves of adolescent girls. New York : Ballantine, 1994.
Contains information on adolescent girls and their relationships with their mothers , fathers, divorce, drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, depression and other developmental issues. An eye-opening look at the everyday dangers of being young and female, and how adults can help.

155.9 FRY

Fry, Virginia. Part of me died, too : stories of creative survival among bereaved children and teenagers. 1st ed. New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1995.
Offers creative strategies to help teenagers and children cope with the death of loved ones.

155.9 VIN

Vincent, Erin. Grief girl : my true story. 1st pbk. ed. New York : Delacorte Press, c2007.
Author Erin Vincent describes her life after her parents were both killed in a car accident, leaving her parentless at the age of fourteen with a seventeen-year-old sister and a three-year-old brother; and gives a description of the stages of grief she experienced.

158 BOD

Bode, Janet. Trust & betrayal : real life stories of friends and enemies. New York : Delacorte Press, c1995.
Teens talk about their best friends, worst enemies, and the importance of peer acceptance. Through these "real life stories" young adults can learn how to deal with the ups and downs of fitting in, getting out, and making the right choices about friendships.

170 THI

This I believe : the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women. 1st ed. New York : Holt, 2006.
A collection of essays by Americans, including Colin Powell, Bill Gates, and John Updike, in which the authors explore their personal beliefs.

170.84 HAR

Harper, Hill, 1966-. Letters to a young sister : deFINE your destiny. New York : Gotham Books, [2009], c2008.
Hill Harper presents a series of letters offering young African-American women guidance to help them navigate the challenges of high school, covering topics such as peer pressure, sex, friendships, drugs, gangs, and relationships, and encouraging them to build self-respect and self-confidence.

170.84 HAR

Harper, Hill, 1973-. Letters to a young brother : manifest your destiny. New York : Gotham Books, c2006.
A collection of letters written to young people that address a number of issues from predominately Hispanic and African-American men that include single parenthood, sexually transmitted diseases, the allure of materialism, and the power of words and faith.

179 GAD

Gaddis, Vincent H. Courage in crisis; : dramatic tales of heroism in the face of danger,. New York, : Hawthorn Books, [1973].

232.4 THI

Thigpen, Thomas Paul, 1954-. The passion. Washington, D.C. : Allegiance Press, c2004.
The agony in the garden -- Our Lord on trial -- The way of the cross -- "I make all things new".

301.45 GRI

Griffin, John Howard. Black like me. Boston, : Houghton Mifflin, 1961.
Reports the experiences of a white man who darkened his skin and traveled through the South as a Negro.

302.3 DEA

Dear bully : 70 authors tell their stories. 1st ed. New York : HarperTeen, [2011].
A collection of stories in which seventy authors share their experiences with and feelings about bullying, including selections from Lauren Kate, R. L. Stine, Melissa Walker, Laura Kasischke, Amy Reed, Kurtis Scaletta, Carolyn Mackler, and others.

302.5 SIM

Simmons, Rachel, 1966-. Odd girl out : the hidden culture of aggression in girls. 1st Harvest ed. Orlando : Harcourt, 2003, c2002.
Explores the issues surrounding aggression in girls, discussing why the signs of aggression are harder to recognize in girls than boys, how parents can help their daughter's deal with aggression, and the negative impact aggression can have on teenage girls' lives.

303.6 JON

Jones, Gerard. Killing monsters : why children need fantasy, super heroes, and make-believe violence. New York : Basic Books, c2002.
Examines the role of aggressive fantasies in the personal development of young people, looking at the ways in which children and teens benefit from comics, action movies, cartoons, video games, rap music, and other aspects of pop culture that are usually denounced by parents and professionals.

305.23 BOD

Bode, Janet. Beating the odds : stories of unexpected achievers. New York : F. Watts, 1991.
Profiles a series of young people who overcame seemingly impossible odds--drugs, poverty, sexual abuse--and not only survived but became successes in their own right.

305.23 ODD

Odd girl speaks out : girls write about bullies, cliques, popularity, and jealousy. 1st ed. Orlando : Harcourt, c2004.
A collection of writings in which girls discuss their own experiences of being bullied or bullying other girls.

305.5 ENR

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed. New York : Metropolitan Books, 2001.
Reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity - a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival.

305.6 GAR

Garrett, Ruth. Born Amish. Paducah, KY : Turner Publishing Company, c2004.
The early life of Ruth Irene Garrett growing in the Amish farming community of Kalona, Iowa. Learn about the expectations for girls and boys in Amish families, of social roles and understandings about courtship and marriage, about adult baptism and life of faith in the Amish Church. Include index and suggested reading lists. Photos of local Amish orders from Glasgow, Cave City, Horse Cave, and Munfordville.

306.874 LER

Lerman, Evelyn, 1925-. Teen moms : the pain and the promise. Buena Park, Calif. : Morning Glory Press, c1997.
Draws from interviews with over fifty single mothers between the ages of thirteen and twenty-three in an attempt to identify the common factors that led them into early sex and pregnancy, and discusses the issues they face as young parents.

325.73 KEN

Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald). A nation of immigrants. Rev. and enl. ed. New York, : Harper and Row, [1964].

326 LES

To be a slave. New York : Dial, c1968.
A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves about their experiences from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century.

331.89 WOO

Woolley, Bryan. We be here when the morning comes. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c1975.

338.7 CAT

Cathy, Truett. Eat mor chikin : Inspire more people : Doing business the Chick-fil-A way. Decatur, GA : Chick-fil-A, c2002.
Truett Cathy shares the business strategies and values that have helped him build his successful Chick-fil-A restaurants, and explains how they can be incorporated into other companies.

338.7 KAT

Katz, Jon. Geeks : how two lost boys rode the Internet out of Idaho. 1st ed. New York : Villard Books, c2000.
Tells the true story of Jesse and Eric, nineteen-year-old roommates in the small town of Caldwell, Idaho who changed their lives and built a new future for themselves with the power of the Internet.

338.7 KAT

Katz, Jon. Geeks : how two lost boys rode the Internet out of Idaho. 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed. New York : Broadway Books, 2001.
Tells the true story of Jesse and Eric, nineteen-year-old roommates in the small town of Caldwell, Idaho who changed their lives and built a new future for themselves with the power of the Internet.

345.73 JAC

Jacobs, Thomas A. They broke the law-- you be the judge : true cases of teen crime. Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Pub., c2003.
Letters from and interviews with twenty-one children and teenagers who broke the law reveal what it is like to be arrested, attend legal proceedings, and be held accountable for one's actions.

345.766 GRI

Grisham, John. The innocent man : murder and injustice in a small town. Dell mass market domestic ed. New York : Dell, 2007, c2006.
Presents a comprehensive study of the controversial murder trial involving baseball player Ron Williamson.

347.73 GOO

Goode, Stephen. The controversial court : Supreme Court influences on American life. New York : Messner, 1982.
Discusses the power of the Supreme Court and its use of judicial activism and restraint and looks at the major decisions of the Warren and Burger Courts.

355 CLI

Clinton, Catherine, 1952-. The Black soldier : 1492 to the present. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
Chronicles the military accomplishments of African Americans who fought for the independence and preservation of the United States while struggling to be treated as equals and recognized for their valor and achievement.

355 SKI

Skimin, Robert. Footprints of heroes : From the American Revolution to the War of Iraq. New York : Prometheus Books, c2005.
Contains vignettes and anecdotes about some of the most memorable heroes in American history, from Paul Revere to Pat Tillman.

355.1 MIK

Mikaelian, Allen. Medal of Honor : Profiles of America's military heroes from the Civil War to the present. 1st. ed. New York : Hyperion, c2002.
Portrays eleven recipients of the award, from each branch of the military, and examines what drove them to go so far above and beyond the call of duty.

362.1 DEF

Deford, Frank. Alex, the life of a child. New York : Viking Press, 1983.
A father tells of his daughter, born with cystic fibrosis.

362.1 FOX

Fox, Ray Errol. Angela Ambrosia. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 1979.
Recounts the struggle of a young woman to overcome leukemia and to live a normal life.

362.2 SIM

Simon, Clea. Mad House. New York : Penguin Books, 1997.
A compelling and compassionate book that is part memoir and part practical guide for coming to terms with the unique pain of living with a sibling's mental illness.

362.7 BER

Berck, Judith. No place to be : voices of homeless children. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1992.
Details the grave situation facing homeless children and their parents who live in shelters and welfare hotels.

363.3 PRI

Curry, Dayna. Prisoners of Hope : novel. New York, NY : Doubleday, 2002.

364.15 CAP

Capote, Truman, 1924-. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences. 1st Vintage International ed. New York : Vintage International, 1994, c1965.
Recreates the slaying of the Clutter family of Kansas, and the capture, trial, and execution of their murderers.

364.152 MET

Meter, William Van. Bluegrass : a true story of murder in Kentucky. 1st Free Press hardcover ed. New York : Free Press, 2009.
Examines the life and death of Melissa "Katie" Autry, who grew up in a foster home in a tiny Kentucky town, became a high school cheerleader, and was brutally murdered during her freshman year at Western Kentucky University.

371.95 AND

Anderegg, David, 1953-. Nerds : who they are and why we need more of them. New York : J.P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2007.
Introduction : the nerd dilemma or why Ashton Kutcher is your kid's worst nightmare -- The field guide to nerds or why nerds are so gay -- Math scores and economic ills or why you need to go to India to find an engineer -- Old themes and new twists or why Ichabod Crane will never get laid -- They can't help it, they're just sick or how better treatment might help cure Bill Gates -- The Seinfeld axiom or why nerds know advanced calculus but can't get to first base -- The geek squad or why you're not grateful to the guy who fixes your computer -- They're not ugly, they just need a makeover or why they think no one can see the tape on their glasses -- I'm not boring you, am I? Or what is this thing called the silmarillion? -- Welcome to my persecution or why the George Bush/Al Gore contest was a Jungian's dream -- Conclusion : the nerd you save. Examines how children learn what nerds are, explores the unique impact being labeled a nerd has on people at every stage of life, traces the history of anti-intellectualism in America, and urges people to put a stop to the stereotypical labeling of people as "nerds" before it leads to a disinterest in learning and high achievement.

378.1 ALB

Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie : An old man, a young man and life's greatest lessons. New York : Doubleday, 1997.
The story of a special relationship between a dying teacher and a former student and one final lesson: how to live.

379.2 HAS

Haskins, James, 1941-. Separate, but not equal : the dream and the struggle. New York : Scholastic, 1998.
Contains information about: affirmative action; African-Americans; "all deliberate speed"; Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka; school desegregation and busing; Central High School of Little Rock, Arkansas; civil rights movement; Civil Rights Act of 1964; U.S. Constitution and segregation; amendments to the U.S. Constitution; desegregation; discrimination; William Lloyd Garrison; Fourteenth Amendment; Thurgood Marshall; Montgomery (Alabama) bus boycott; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Melba Patillo; Plessy v. Ferguson; segregation; separate-but-equal doctrine; slavery and education; Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); Martin Luther King, Jr.; U.S. Supreme Court; Voting Rights Act of 1965; Booker T. Washington. A history of African-American education, tracing the struggles of African-Americans for equal education rights from colonial times through the late twentieth century.

393 MUR

Murphy, Edwin. After the Funeral : The Posthumous Adventures of Famous Corpses. Barnes & Noble, Inc. : 1998.
Heads, Hearts, and Bodies. Graced with thiry-two illustrations, a bibliography, and an index, "After the Funeral" picks up where conventional biographies leave off-and probes the bizarre, ghastly, surprising, and at times ridiculous circumstances that befell many of the well-known after they were laid to rest.

520 SOB

Sobel, Dava. Galileo's Daughter : A historical memoir of science, faith, and love. New York : Penguin Books, c2000.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 376-382) and index. Chronicles the life of Galileo Galilei, focusing on his relationship with his eldest child Virginia, and explaining how she helped influence her father's work.

551.21 THO

Thompson, Dick. Volcano cowboys : the rocky evolution of a dangerous science. New York : St. Martin's, 2000.
Presents a history of the science of volcanology, describing how much has been learned in the twenty years since Mount St. Helens erupted.

611 ROA

Roach, Mary. Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers. 1st ed. New York : W. W. Norton, c2003.
Explores how human cadavers have been used throughout history, discussing how the use of dead bodies has benefited every aspect of human existence.

614 EVA

Evans, Colin. The casebook of forensic detection : how science solved 100 of the world's most baffling crimes. New York : Wiley, 1996.

616.85 GIN

Ginsberg, Blaze, 1987-. Episodes : my life as I see it. 1st ed. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2009.
Presents an episodic memoir, based on the format of the Internet Movie Database, of Blaze Ginsberg, a high functioning autistic teenager, in which he covers family holidays, crushes on celebrities, and other aspects of daily life.

796.323 FEI

Feinstein, John. A march to madness : the view from the floor in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Boston : Little, Brown & Co., 1999.
Behind the scenes of the ACC through the 1996-1997 basketball season.

796.323 FEI

Feinstein, John. A season on the brink : a year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers. Fireside ed. New York : Fireside, 1989.
A chronicle of the 1985-86 season following the Indiana Hoosiers and their coach, Bob Knight through practice sessions, strategy sessions, private talks between Knight and his players, and mid-game huddles on the sidelines.

796.323 JAC

Jackson, Phil. The last season : A team in search of its soul. New York : Penguin Group, c2004.
"Updated with a new chapter"--Cover. Phil Jackson presents his own story of his 2003-2004 season with the Los Angeles Lakers complete with the signing of Hall-of-Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton, the scandal involving Kobe Bryant, and his expectations and challenges as head coach for the California team.

796.323 SUM

Summitt, Pat.
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