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Multi-Cultural Lives

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AN AMERICAN SECRETARY, HER ROYAL DESTINY, AND THE INSPIRING STORY OF HOW SHE CHANGED AN AFRICAN VILLAGE

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 02/12/2013

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74281-0

The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.

King Peggy
chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, no high...

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Written by FABIO GEDA

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/12/2012

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74382-4

What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?

In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often punishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft...

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Written by EDWIDGE DANTICAT

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 09/09/2008

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-1-400-03430-7

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
Finalist for the National Book Awards


From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her “second father,” when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new country, adjusting to...

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
Written by MARJANE SATRAPI

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 10/30/2007

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71483-2

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming—both sweet and terrible; and,...

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Written by DAVE EGGERS

Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 10/09/2007

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-38590-1

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

What Is the What
is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children—the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. When he finally is resettled in the United States, he finds a life full of...

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A MEMOIR
Written by WANGARI MAATHAI

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 09/04/2007

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27520-2

Winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai...

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ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY TO RECLAIM HER LIFE AND COUNTRY

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 04/10/2007

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97528-4

The moving, inspiring memoir of one of the great women of our times, Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize and advocate for the oppressed, whose spirit has remained strong in the face of political persecution and despite the challenges she has faced raising a family while pursuing her work.

Best known in this country as the lawyer working tirelessly on behalf of Canadian photojournalist, Zara Kazemi – raped, tortured and murdered in Iran – Dr. Ebadi offers us a vivid picture of...

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THE HIDDEN ASSAULT ON OUR CIVIL RIGHTS
Written by KENJI YOSHINO

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 02/20/2007

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-76021-1

Winner, 2006 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Award
Winner,
Selected for common reading at:
Washington University
Pomona College
University of North Carolina
Virginia Commonwealth University
Western Connecticut State University
2006 Myers Outstanding Book Award

In this remarkable and elegant work, acclaimed Yale Law School professor Kenji Yoshino fuses legal manifesto and poetic memoir to call for a redefinition of civil rights in our law and culture.

Everyone covers. To...

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MY LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE
Written by ANGELA NISSEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Villard

On Sale: 01/30/2006

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-48114-6

“Love has no color,” insist Angela Nissel’s parents, but does it have a clue? In this candid, funny, and poignant memoir, Angela recounts growing up biracial in Philadelphia–moving back and forth between black inner-city schools and white prep schools–where her racial ambiguity and doomed attempts to blend in dog her teen years. Once in college, Angela experiments with black activism (hoping to find clarity in extremism), capitalizes on her “exotic” look at a strip club, and ends up with a...

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A GIRLHOOD CAUGHT IN REVOLUTIONARY IRAN
Written by ROYA HAKAKIAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 06/28/2005

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom

This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Roya Hakakian was raised in a Jewish family in Tehran, daughter of an esteemed poet, in a household that hummed with intellectual life. As a young girl she dreamed of becoming a...

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A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP IRANIAN IN AMERICA
Written by FIROOZEH DUMAS

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 01/13/2004

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-96837-8

Winner, 2008 Spirit of America Award (National Council for the Social Studies)
Finalist, Thurber Prize for American Humor
Finalist, PEN/USA Award in Creative Non-Fiction
Finalist: Audie Award for best recording of a memoir, 2005

Selected for Common Reading
Abilene Christian University
Albuquerque Academy's Year-long Project
Bunker Hill Community College
Gallaudet University
Salisbury University, Maryland
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Cal State...

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A MEMOIR IN BOOKS
Written by AZAR NAFISI

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

On Sale: 12/30/2003

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-812-97106-4

Winner, 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction

"This book transcends categorization of memoir, literary criticism or social history, though it is superb in all three."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature. They were all former students whom she had taught at university. Some came from conservative and religious...

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GROWING UP BETWEEN CULTURES - A MEMOIR OF AN INDIAN JEWISH CHILDHOOD
Written by CARMIT DELMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: One World

On Sale: 09/30/2003

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-44594-0

**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

Contributing her own unique story to the growing genre of bi-cultural narratives (which includes Marie Arana’s critically-acclaimed American Chica) Carmit Delman has written a coming-of-age memoir that explores the life of an Indian Jewish girl. Delman grew up in Israel and New York City as a member of two distinctly different cultures, each having its own traditions, mores, values, and customs....

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TWO WORLDS, ONE CHILDHOOD
Written by MARIE ARANA

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback

On Sale: 05/28/2002

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-31963-8

***2001 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NOMINEE - NON-FICTION***

***LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOKS OF 2001 - NON-FICTION***

Now in Paperback.

Written in the tradition of Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez, this is an informative and resonant portrait of a child coming to terms with her bicultural identity. American Chica explores the issues and difficulties that confronted a child trying to find her way in the United States as a hybrid Hispanic American. Throughout, Marie Arana provides an unforgettable...

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