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  1. The New Jim CrowMass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    In this award-winning book, civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander argues that the American criminal justice system...
  2. The Last LectureRandy Pausch
    After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, professor Randy Pausch wrote this inspirational book about achieving one's...
  3. A Long Way HomeSaroo Brierley
    In this memoir, Brierley, who was adopted by an Australian couple, describes his search for his family of origin in...
  4. Letters to a Young PoetRainer Maria Rilke
    Translated from the original German by Stephen Mitchell, this collection of letters explores the poet's craft and...
  5. Killers of the Flower MoonThe Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBIDavid Grann
    In this true crime book, David Grann investigates the murders of members of Osage Nation in the 1920s.
  6. Tracking TrashFlotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean MotionLoree Griffin Burns
    This installment of the Scientists in the Field series explores how trash circulates and accumulates in the world's...
  7. Civil DisobedienceHenry David Thoreau
    Originally published as "On the Duty of Disobedience" and based on an 1848 lecture, Thoreau's work is a civil...
  8. Brain on FireMy Month of MadnessSusannah Cahalan
    In this memoir, journalist Susannah Cahalan recounts her battle with a mysterious and terrifying neurological illness at...
  9. Free LunchRex Ogle
    In this memoir, Rex Ogle recounts his family's struggles with poverty, hunger, and violence.
  10. Ordinary HazardsA MemoirNikki Grimes
    In this memoir, told in verse, poet Nikki Grimes explores her traumatic childhood and the development of her love of...
  11. The Beloved World of Sonia SotomayorSonia Sotomayor
    In this memoir, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her childhood in the South Bronx, her education and early work as a lawyer, and...
  12. Amelia LostThe Life and Disappearance of Amelia EarhartCandace Fleming
    This biography explores the life and mysterious disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart.

Non-Fiction Vocabulary Lists:

"The Origin of Species by Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin: Essential Words

Charles Darwin expounded his theories on evolution in "The Origin of Species by Natural Selection." Learn the essential terms from his enduring work, originally published in 1859.
13 Words

"Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell

George Orwell reflects on imperialism as he recounts an incident that occurred when he was a police officer in Burma. Here are links to our lists for other works by George Orwell: 1984, Animal Farm, Politics and the English Language
30 Words

"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan

In this essay, novelist Amy traces her development as a writer by reflecting on the ways she and her mother use English differently. Here are links to our lists for The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
20 Words

"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This 19th-century transcendentalist essay argues that spending time in nature helps people resist conformity and become their truest selves. Read the full text here. Here are links to our lists for other works by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self-Reliance, The Young American
30 Words

"Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans" by Don Brown

This acclaimed nonfiction book tells the story of Hurricane Katrina in graphic form. Here is a link to our list for Unwanted by Don Brown.
40 Words

"Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell

In this essay, George Orwell explores the ways language can be used to conceal truth and encourage conformity of thought. Here are links to our lists for other works by George Orwell: Animal Farm, 1984, "Shooting an Elephant"
40 Words

"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" by Kadir Nelson

This engaging history of Negro League Baseball details the obstacles and prejudices African-American baseball players faced in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
35 Words

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