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The Empathy Exams: Essays, by Leslie Jamison

The Empathy Exams: Essays,  by Leslie Jamison | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Excerpt: "My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies."

Novelist Jamison’s first collection of essays, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, is a heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, a

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Electric Universe - David Bodanis

Electric Universe - David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

'From the author of the bestselling E=MC2, a brilliantly descriptive analysis of one of the most powerful forces that controls the universe—ELECTRICITY."

London Review Bookshop

"A superb storyteller, Bodanis weaves tales of romance, divine inspiration, and fraud through lucid accounts of scientific breakthrough."

 

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The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett

The Coming Plague, by Laurie Garrett | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague is a weighty call to action; however it is a fantastic read for anyone with the slightest interest in how infectious diseases influence our lives. "

 

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Garrett begins the story with exotic diseases including Ebola.

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23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more — turning great discoveries into great adventures.
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The Lost City of Z, by David Grann

The Lost City of Z, by David Grann | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"When he vanished, Fawcett and his party had been trying to uncover a lost civilization hidden in the Amazon, which Fawcett had named, simply, the City of Z."

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Adventure, science, mystery.

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The Bog People by P.V. Glob

The Bog People by P.V. Glob | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"One spring morning two men cutting peat in a Danish bog uncovered a well-preserved body of a man with a noose around his neck."

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He's 2,000 years old and looks as if he'll wake any moment. Engaging narrative by Danish archeologist. Excellent photos. Students I showed it to wanted to read it immediately.

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Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire, by Jerry D. Mathes

Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life On Fire, by Jerry D. Mathes | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Thumbs up and still breathing
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Jerry D. Mathes' second nonfiction book, Ahead of the Flaming Front, portrays the day-to-day life of a wildland firefighter.
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Survival.  Mathes writes about sliding down ropes into remote fires, pitching in on hand crews to build fire lines, working as a sawyer, and traveling to fill in on other crews.

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I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, by Nujood Ali | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
It’s no coincidence that Yemen is home to child brides — including Nujood Ali, who fought for and won a divorce at 10 — and terrorists.
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An easy-read, popular with girls, grade 9 through 11. Memoir narrated by Nujood. Addresses female oppression in Middle East. Girls empathize with her situation. Fast paced, dialogue, colourful setting. Inspiring, though at times heartbreaking.

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In The Garden of Beasts: Love and Terror in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson

In The Garden of Beasts: Love and Terror in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Larson writes history like a novelist. Here, the troubled tenure of an academic US ambassador and his wayward daughter offers a fresh view of Nazi Berlin."

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The Deserter's Tale by Joshua Key/ As told to Lawrence Hill

The Deserter's Tale by Joshua Key/  As told to Lawrence Hill | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

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"I know that many Americans have their minds made up about people like me. They think we are cowards who just couldn't take it. I don't blame them. I had my own mind made up about war deserters long before I set foot in Iraq. But I know right from wrong. I had a conscience by the age of six. I had to suspend it for a while in Iraq."

       “Destined to become part of the literature of the Iraq war. "

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#2 teen read.  High appeal with boys; powerful characterization, fast paced story, war memoir. Co-author Lawrence Hill, 'Book of Negroes":  www.lawrencehill.com

 

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The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, by Alexandra Fuller

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, by Alexandra Fuller | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Fuller narrates the tragically short life of Colton H. Bryant, a Wyoming roughneck in his mid-20s who in 2006 fell to his death on an oil rig...   Though the book is wonderfully poignant and poetic and reads more like a novel than biography, Fuller acknowledges that she has taken narrative liberties, "

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Fast-pace, engaging dialogue, hunting, horses, and hard work will keep the attention of boys. Despite narrative liberties in dialogue and chronology this is a book that reluctant readers will read and enjoy.

 

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Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale

Catch Me If You Can, by Frank Abagnale | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The life story—zingingly told—of a teenage imposter who once kited checks, had over $500,000 stashed away in bank accounts, and spent much of it on women and fancy cars—all before he was 21!
Leslie Whidden's insight:

#3 teen read.   Teen con artist successfully impersonates co-pilot, doctor, lawyer, professor, all before the age of 21. Always a favourite with teen readers who are tough sells.

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127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston

127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, by Aron Ralston | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In April 2003, Aron Ralston was hiking alone in the Utah wilderness when he decided to go canyon climbing. Halfway up a rock face, disaster struck.
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Adventure, survival.  Film '127 Hours' is a hook to the book.

 

 

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Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni

Climate Changed, by Philippe Squarzoni | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

The book will examine what exactly global warming and its effects are while asking whether we have the ability to stave off the dire predictions that some make.

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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In this gloriously learned page-turner, both biography and intellectual history, Harvard Shakespearean scholar Greenblatt (Will in the World) turns his attention to the front end of the Renaissance as...
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Idea of atoms emerged 2500 years ago!? How does that happen? Outstanding read.

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Do You Believe in Magic: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine, by Paul Offit

Do You Believe in Magic: the sense and nonsense of alternative medicine, by Paul Offit | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Here’s an odd thing. There is a group of people who advocate the silly idea that you can cure all ills by stuffing yourself with expensive pills, made by large and unscrupulous Pharma companies..."

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Added to our CNf collection 'Do You Believe in Magic' by @DrPaulOffit to combat "we have chosen not to know" pg 89. Very readable, layman's terms, lots of anecdotes of snake-oil salesmen, big-Pharma profiteering, and media pushing.

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Added to our CNf collection 'Do You Believe in Magic' by @DrPaulOffit to combat "we have chosen not to know" pg 89

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High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering Myself, by Carl Hart

High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience, and Discovering Myself, by Carl Hart | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Carl Hart argues persuasively that drug abuse is a symptom of a sick society rather than the cause, says Rachel Seifert "By telling his own life story, Hart gives us a fascinating insight into the cultural mores of his community, growing up on the streets, and the racism he has faced throughout his life. Now a distinguished scientist, "
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THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW by Wade Davis

THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW by Wade Davis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Zombi?   "In 1982 Wade Davis accepted a delicate assignment to investigate two documented zombi cases in Haiti. Both zombis had officially been declared dead and had been buried. Then they had both unexpectedly reappeared, years later, in their familiar communities, half living, their mental capacities considerably altered. " http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol14no4/revserpent.html

 

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Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness, by Neil Swidey | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"History of the “giant, stinking cesspool” of Boston Harbor...  focuses on construction of its business end: the world’s longest dead-end tunnel, which travels 9.5 miles though bedrock, ending in 55 vertical pipes that diffuse effluent far out to sea.

 

In hindsight, disaster (death) was inevitable, Swidey describes the years of bitterness and litigation that followed "

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FIRE, by Sebastian Junger

FIRE, by Sebastian Junger | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

KIRKUS REVIEWRun-for-cover writing from scary places, by Junger (A Perfect Storm, 1997), a man with an appetite for the ragged edge of life and the ability to write about it with restrained power. Deeply affecting stories of a ruthless world, natural and man-made, that will leave you stunned and distraught.

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The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Despite being a work of historical nonfiction, Devil in the White City is capable of leaving readers with mouths open and hairs on end; the book reads like good fiction, replete with foreshadowing, suspense, and enthralling characters. 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and America’s first serial killer."

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Wounded, by Emily Mayhew

Wounded, by Emily Mayhew | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
GrrlScientist: Written by a historian and shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, Wounded traces a soldier's journey from injury on the battlefield to recovery in Britain, documenting how modifications during the Great War forever changed how medical care is provided to front-line soldiers today
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Book Excerpt : "Basically, literary journalism is an experimental hybrid that serves two masters; it must be factually accurate and it must be written with attention to literary style and technique."

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Lost Girls : An Unsolved American Mystery, by Robert Kolker

Lost Girls : An Unsolved American Mystery, by Robert Kolker | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In mid-December 2010, the Suffolk County police discovered the bodies of four women, each wrapped in burlap, on a desolate, bramble-covered stretch of sand called Gilgo Beach. The corpses were later identified as those of four prostitutes,"

Leslie Whidden's insight:

True Crime. Students have read the review and recommend we buy. Already a line-up to read our copy as soon as it arrives.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo: Interview

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by  Katherine Boo: Interview | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

" So it was important to me to keep the perspective as much as possible [of] what the people in the slum saw and understood or were impressed and moved or weirded out by in this wealthier part of the city."

 

 

 

 

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Most novel-like nonfiction I've read so far. Outstanding, gripping, heart wrenching.  Social issues: poverty, corruption in Mumbai.

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Newjack: Beyond the Stereotype of the Brutal Guard | Alaska Justice Forum

Newjack: Beyond the Stereotype of the Brutal Guard | Alaska Justice Forum | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"NEW JACK: GUARDING SING SING gives an inside look at the work of correctional guards. Its author, Ted Conover, spent a year working as a "newjack" — the inmate term for a newly-minted New York correctional officer — in New York's Sing Sing prison.

John Riley is an assistant professor with the Justice Center.

 

Leslie Whidden's insight:

Issue: Maximum security prisons. Riveting read. Immersion journalism, at once memoir and adventure.

 

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