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Alpine circus: a skier’s exotic adventures at the snowy edge of the world

Call #: 921 FINKEL, Finkel, Michael.

Professional skier and sports columnist Michael Finkel shares stories of his ten years of skiing experiences across six continents, and dozens of countries, telling of skiing Mount Killimanjaro, flying off an Olympic ski jump, and making a first-ever run down an remote Alaskan peak.

Always running: La Vida Loca, gang days in L.A.

Call #: 921 Rodriguez,   Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954-

The author recounts his growing up in poverty in Los Angeles, his encounters with racism in school and on the streets, and his struggle to overcome prejudice, drugs, and violence.

Blue rage, black redemption: a memoir

Call #: 921 Williams,   Williams, Stanley Tookie, 1953-2005.

A memoir recounting the author's involvement and role as the co-founder of the Crips gang in the United States.

Dead lucky: life after death on Mount Everest

Call #: 921 Hall,   Hall, Lincoln, 1955-2012.

Lincoln Hall describes the events that led up to his arrival at Mount Everest's "death zone" and discusses how he reached the mountain's summit after being pronounced dead the night before.

The good son: the life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

Call #: 921 Mancini,   Kriegel, Mark.

Presents a biography of Ray Mancini, charting his boxing career and spotlighting his determination to succeed. Reveals how a match with Duk Koo Kim in 1982, which resulted in Kim's death, ended up bringing his career to an end and examines where the Mancini and Kim families are today.

The hot zone

Call #: 614.5 Pre,        Preston, Richard

Tells the dramatic story of U.S. Army scientists and soldiers who worked to stop the outbreak of a deadly and extremely contagious virus in 1989.

In the hot zone: one man, one year, twenty wars

Call #: 921 Sites,         Sites, Kevin.

A memoir of journalist Kevin Sites' year covering the world's hottest conflicts. From Somalia in September, 2005, to the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the summer of 2006, Sites reports on the experience of war by those on all sides and those caught in the middle.

Into the wild

Call #: 917.98 Kra,   Krakauer, Jon.

Tells the story of Chris McCandless, a twenty-four-year-old who walked into the Alaskan wilderness on an idealistic journey and was found dead of starvation four months later. Attempts to discover what led the young man to that point.

Into thick air: biking to the bellybutton of six continents

 Call #: 921 Malusa,   Malusa, Jim

Botanist and writer Jim Malusa describes his journeys over six continents traveling by bicycle, mostly alone, to the lowest point on each continent. Describes his challenges when meeting unusual people, being attacked by dogs and kids throwing rocks, and taking the pathway of Moses to the Red Sea. Also contains information about the cultures, landscapes, and the unique wild life in each region.

Into thin air: a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

Call #: 796.52 KRA,   Krakauer, Jon.

A first-hand account of the deadliest mountain-climbing event on Mount Everest in May of 1996 by journalist and author, Jon Krakauer. Describes the difficulties and hardships of low temperature and high winds, wrong turns while climbing, and a blend of tragedy with heroism.

Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: how a gang of geeks beat the odds and stormed  Las Vegas

Call #: 921 Finkel,   Kushner, David

Chronicles the success of Jon Finkel, a New Jersey "geek" who earned a fortune for his expert card-playing skills and became a pop culture legend known as Jonny Magic. Describes how Finkel's obsession with the trading-card game called "Magic: The Gathering" made him a world champion, and follows Finkel and his card-counting blackjack team as they earn millions in Las Vegas and go on to win the World Series of Poker.

Lady Q: the rise and fall of a Latin queen

Call #: 921 Rodriguez,  Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963- Published 2008

Traces Sonia Rodriguez's development into the Latin Queen gang leader known as "Lady Q" and details the events that led her to realize that she must change her life if she means to save herself and her children.

Life in prison

Call #: 921 WILLIAMS,          Williams, Stanley Tookie

The author, imprisoned on Death Row since 1981, describes life in prison, warning young readers not to make the mistakes he made.

Like any normal day: a story of devotion

Call #: 921 Miley,   Kram, Mark, Jr.

Buddy Miley, a star quarterback for his high school football team, suffered a shattered vertebrae in a game and became broken and bedridden. After twenty-three years of searching for a cure, enduring the tragedy of his life, and watching his former sweetheart marry another and move away, he and his devoted brother boarded a plane that took Buddy to Dr. Jack Kevorkian where the journey they'd begun as boys ended.

Lone survivor: the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10

Call #: 958.104 Lut,   Luttrell, Marcus.

Marcus Luttrell, fire team leader and sole survivor of Operation Redwing, reflects on his struggle to survive in the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border after firefight killed his teammates and wounded Luttrell.

Monster: the autobiography of an L.A. gang member

Call #: 921 Sha,   Shakur, Sanyika

L.A. Crip gang member Kody Scott recounts his life from the time he joined at eleven years old to being in solitary confinement at San Quentin.

My bloody life: the making of a Latin King

Call #: 921 Sanchez,   Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963- Published 2000

The author describes his life growing up as a gang member in Chicago.

No easy day: the firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden : the autobiography of a Navy SEAL

Call #: 921 Owen   Owen, Mark.

Mark Owen, a code name for one of the SEAL Team Six members, offers in his own words the stories of the missions he has been on, including play-by-play reportage on the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

Once a King, always a King: the unmaking of a Latin King

Call #: 921 Sanchez   Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963- Published 2003

The author describes his struggle to separate himself from the Latin Kings, detailing his initial break with the Chicago gang, and telling how he was drawn back into the criminal life, and how his time in prison allowed him the chance to prepare himself for life outside the gang.

SEAL target Geronimo: the inside story of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden

Call #: 363.325 Pfa   Pfarrer, Chuck.

Chronicles the process by which Osama bin Laden's pursuers hunted down the terrorist mastermind before finally locating and killing him on May 2, 2011. Contains never-before-revealed details about the mission to strike bin Laden's stronghold.

Where men win glory: the odyssey of Pat Tillman

 Call #: 921 Tillman   Krakauer, Jon.

Draws on personal journals, letters, interviews with his wife, friends, and fellow soldiers to explore the events surrounding ex-football player Pat Tillman's death in the Afghan War.

Wherever I wind up: my quest for truth, authenticity and the perfect knuckleball

Call #: 921 Dickey   Dickey, R. A. (Robert Allen)

Pitcher R.A. Dickey offers his own words on his life story and how he overcame medical difficulties to become one of the best pitchers in the MLB.


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