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Hunter S. Thompson Gets Confronted by The Hell’s Angels

Hunter S. Thompson Gets Confronted by The Hell’s Angels | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In 1965, the editor of The Nation asked Hunter S. Thompson to write a story about the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, as they're officially known.
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Thompson appeared on a very tense CBC interview with the treasurer for the Hell's Angels who charged that the book is "60% cheap trash". Thompson is popular with students for 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' - this title is for Thompson lovers.

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Wild, by Cheryl Strayed

Wild, by Cheryl Strayed | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
When she had no one and nothing left, Cheryl Strayed traveled the Pacific Crest Trail alone, writing about the experience years later in “Wild.”
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Survival stories with female heroes are few and far between. Must buy.

 

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Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Dave Eggers's account of one man's ordeal at the hands of US military officials in the wake of hurricane Katrina is a grim indictment of the Bush regime, says Valerie Martin
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Energy and Climate Change: Some Good Reads

Energy and Climate Change: Some Good Reads | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"A friend recently asked me for book recommendations on energy and climate change. “I want books” they stressed, “not policy briefing papers or essays or scientific reports. Something to curl up on the sofa with, something that digests and explains the issues and spins a few good yarns along the way.

A GOOD READ.”

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I haven't read these... they're on my ever-growing list of 'to-be-read'. Summer promises of a lawn chair and a good book.

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Bright-sided, by Barbara Ehrenreich - Welcome to Cancerland

Bright-sided, by Barbara Ehrenreich - Welcome to Cancerland | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

 "I will put my faith in science, even if this means that the dumb old body is about to be transmogrified into an evil clown -- puking, trembling, swelling, surrendering significant parts, and oozing postsurgical fluids."

 

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Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, Bait and Switch, This Land Is Their Land, Dancing In The Streets, Blood Rites and more.

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'In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote - DNA results could change narrative

'In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote - DNA results could change narrative | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Should Florida officials connect the two [cold blooded killers] to an unsolved case perhaps even colder and bloodier than what Capote depicted, their burial sites in Lansing could draw new flocks of true-crime tourists."

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The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age, by Robert Weintraub

The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age, by Robert Weintraub | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Weintraub recounts tales of the fascinating events and bigger-than-life characters of major league baseball's epic 1946 season, the first post-WWII season "

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A fast-paced narrative full of big name players who left the game to join the war effort.

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Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day, by Stephan Talty

Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day, by Stephan Talty | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The Nazis rated him their best spy in England; the Brits said he was the greatest secret agent of the war. Meet Juan Pujol, the spy who helped save the D-Day invasion—and who was entirely self-made."

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The Great Escape: A Canadian Story | Ted Barris

The Great Escape: A Canadian Story | Ted Barris | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, bestselling author Ted Barris recounts this nearly mythical escape operation through the voices of those involved, many of whom trained in Canada, served in RCAF bomber and fighter squadrons, were shot down over Europe, imprisoned at Stalag Luft III, and ultimately became co-conspirators in the actual Great Escape."

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Issue: War prisoners, escape. Students are surprised to learn that Canadian airmen were main players in a story that Hollywood made famous.

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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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‘The True American,’ by Anand Giridharadas

‘The True American,’ by Anand Giridharadas | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Competing visions of the American dream collide in this account of a post-9/11 hate crime and its unlikely reverberations.

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Excerpt from NYT review:

" Bhuiyan, Stroman. Extremes along the continuum of American identity,    The one, an immigrant, comes to embody some of the best of our nation’s values,      The other, born and raised in Texas, defined by the narrow creed of his love for motorcycles and guns and naked women,     Which of these men is the “true American” of the title? "

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The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century, by Joel F. Harrington

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century, by Joel F. Harrington | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"German executioner Frantz Schmidt was employed between 1578 and 1618 as the official executioner (and torturer) of the prosperous German city of Nuremberg. His career is used to paint a ghastly portrait of life in the sixteenth century. "

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Book opens with 19 year old Frantz learning his father's trade. On this particular day it is 'beheading by sword' using local stray dogs for practice. 

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In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Bryson's lively take (on Australia) is a welcome recess from packaged, staid guides. The author draws readers in campfire-style, relating wacky anecdotes and random facts gathered on multiple trips down under, all the while lightening the statistics with infusions of whimsical humor."

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Another of the books we librarians have on our summer reading list.

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Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland by Matthew Brzezinski

Isaac's Army: A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland by Matthew Brzezinski | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Brzezinski's narrative account follows "a group of dedicated young Jews—some barely out of their teens—whose individual acts of defiance helped rewrite the ending of World War II.  A history within a history of those who were resourceful -- and lucky -- enough to escape."

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"When you're at a party, do you suddenly feel the desperate urge to escape somewhere quiet such as a toilet cubicle and just sit there? Until I read Quiet, I thought it was just me."

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This is a 'can't put it down' read.

 

 

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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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RUSA’s 2013 Notable Books List : outstanding nonfiction

RUSA’s 2013 Notable Books List : outstanding nonfiction | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Excellent CNF recommendations including Behind the Beautiful Forevers, QUIET, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, ...

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Passionate Minds: The Great Enlightenment Love Affair, by David Bodanis

Passionate Minds: The Great Enlightenment Love Affair, by David Bodanis | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Émilie du Châtelet, wrote Voltaire, "was a great man whose only fault was being a woman". Du Châtelet has paid the penalty for being a woman twice over. "

 

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A brilliant woman of science who lived in the 18th C. David Bodanis is author of E=MC2.

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Account Rendered, by Melita Maschmann

Account Rendered, by Melita Maschmann | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Few perpetrators seek out their victims, let alone write books about them. Melita Maschmann, a former Nazi, published just such a book…
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THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD by Justin Hocking

THE GREAT FLOODGATES OF THE WONDERWORLD by Justin Hocking | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In lesser hands, a narrative steeped in obsessions with Moby-Dick and surfing and skateboarding would strain to make connections, especially when it’s also a coming-of-age, rite-of-passage memoir by a 30-something author "

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Hocking is a surfer, skateboarder and writer. Perfect.

Interview: http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/03/justin_hocking_on_surfing_trau.php

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The Massey Murder, by Charlotte Gray

The Massey Murder, by Charlotte Gray | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"This book ... is a work of history, albeit with a strong narrative bent. “I imagine but I do not invent,” Gray writes in her preface ... This pledge of allegiance to the borders between fiction and non-fiction, is refreshing."

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The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The Accidental Billionaires is a dramatic, narrative account based on dozens of interviews, hundreds of sources, and thousands of pages of documents, including records from several court proceedings."

 

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Issue: social media

 

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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..."

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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. 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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Illustration from @pigsell

Illustration from @pigsell | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
insects for a nonfiction book
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I just need to post this illustration. It's the best.

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