- All God's
Children Need Traveling Shoes, by Maya Angelou. 1986.
another personal narrative by the Black American author of I
Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Americans: A Quest for Dignity, by Patricia Justiniani. 1997
a child of immigrant parents --Filipino father and Norwegian mother--
grew up in California where miscegenation laws discriminated against
her birth and her parents' marriage
Armine von Tempski. 1946.
writer recalls growing up on the Haleakala Ranch
is in the Heart; A Personal History, by Carlos Bulosan. 1946,
confronting racism and discrimination against immigrant farm workers, a
Filipino author writes about pursuing the American dream when it
appears to be unattainable and hopeless
Matthew Polly. 2007.
A Princeton dropout spends two years
training with the legendary sect of monks who invented kung fu and Zen
And There Was Light,
by Jacques Lusseyran. 2006.
A man who was blind from the age
of 8 becomes a leader of a
French Resistance group in World War II.
Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. 1967 and
personal account of a girl and her family hiding from the Nazis during
World War II
Autobiography of Malcolm X, with the assistance of Alex
before becoming a Black Muslim (Nation of Islam faith), the Black
American activist was a drug dealer and a pimp. He was assassinated in
1965 at a young age; his life is the story of "a man whose work was
never completed, but whose message is timeless"
- Barrio Boy,
by Ernesto Galarza. 1971.
boy tells about his journey from a small village in northern Mexico to
a barrio in Sacramento, California
Diaries, by Jim Carroll. c1978, 1995.
a poet and musician looks back on his troubled high school years in New
York when, as a promising athlete, he got involved with the wrong crowd
and became addicted to drugs (Leonardo Dicaprio starred in the movie)
Anna, by Anna Michener. c1998.
the sixteen year-old author articulately and courageously tells about
the severe psychological abuse she suffered
Break, by Ping Fu. 2013.
In her autobiography, Ping Fu tells
her story as she lived it--from child soldier and political prisoner to a CEO
and "Inc." magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year.
- The Best
Cat Ever, by Cleveland Armory. 1993.
story of a man's love for Polar Bear, his adopted stray cat
- Black Elk
Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux,
as told by John G. Neihardt. 1932.
- Black Ice,
by Lorene Cary. 1993.
student becomes one of the first women and Black Americans to be
admitted to a private prep school
Like Me, by John Howard Griffen. 1976.
the author, a caucasian, temporarily "darkened his skin and set out to
discover by personal experience the night side of American life." What
he found is a shocking indictment against racism
Blood Bones and Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton.
A restaurateur shares her experiences over 20 years
through various kitchens before opening her acclaimed New York restaurant
Bob Marley: A Life,
by Garry Steckles. 2009.
look at Bob Marley’s life from his early days to his
rise as an internationally known artist, this book also touches on his
political and religious beliefs and his contributions to world music
- Body of Work: Meditations on
Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab, by Christine
A woman develops an appreciation for the human form during an anatomy
- The Book
of Puka-Puka: A Lone Trader On A South Sea Atoll, by Robert
Dean Frisbie. 1928.
from Cleveland, Ohio, Frisbie moved to a tiny Cook Islands atoll in the
Bossypants, by Tina
Tina Fey reveals all, From her youthful
days as a
vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her
halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating
off the floor.
Kings of Texas, by Domingo Martinez. 2012.
The story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the
1980's who struggle to assimilate and become “real” Amercans.
- A Boy's
Life, by Jack Davis. 1993.
the author, a West Australian-born Aborginal, recounts his childhood,
strengthened by his father's love until his father's death. In
contrast, he soon discovered the realities of Aboriginal life in white
Australia while living at the Moore River Native Settlement
- Blue Nights, by Joan Didion. 2011.
A memoir about the challenges of life, losing a child, and growing old.
Fire, by Susannah Cahalan. 2012.
tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and
the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.
the Surface, by Greg Louganis. 1995.
Olympic Gold Medalist diver reveals that he is HIV positive
Lee: Fighting Spirit, a Biography, by Bruce Thomas. 1994.
Chinese martial artist who became an actor, shared kung fu with the
world in his movies and died a tragic early death at age 32
- The Bruce
Lee Story, by Linda Lee. 1993.
martial arts expert who died an early death
- By Royal Command: the
Official Life and Personal Reminiscences of Colonel Curtis Piehu Iaukea
at the Court of Hawaii's Rulers, by Curtis Piehu Iaukea and
Lorna Kahilpuaokalani Iaukea Watson (edited by Niklaus Schweizer).
biography of Hawaiian diplomat in the late 1800's
- A Child Call “It", by Dave Pelzer. 1995.
An account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history.
- Child of
Two Worlds: An Autobiography of a Filipino-American or Vice Versa,
by Norman Reyes. 1995
a child born of Filipino father and American mother recounts life in
Manila during World War II when Japan invaded the Philippines. The
author moved to the United States in 1953 and currently lives in Hawaii
City Kid, by Nelson
An award-winning author recounts
his experiences growing up
in an inner-city neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s
Tribute to His White
Mother, by James McBride. 2006.
The author’s mother fights racism
and poverty to raise her
Coming Back Stronger,
by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry. 2010.
After a potential career-ending
injury, Drew Brees returned
to football and shares his experiences of starting over.
- The Cruise of the Snark,
by Jack London. 2004.
humorous account of his travels with his wife to Hawaii, Tahiti, and
- The Day John Died, by Christopher Anderson. 2000.
the life and tragic death of John Kennedy, Jr., including his romances
with Daryl Hannah and Madonna, his relationships with family members,
and with his wife Carolyn.
Ziaoping, by Wendy Lubetkin. 1988.
after the death of Communist China's Mao Zedong in 1976, Deng became
These Mean Streets, by Piri Thomas. 1997
a dark-skinned Puerto Rican boy found life in Spanish Harlem (New York)
tough during the Beat era (1940-60's)
by Jack McCallum. 2012
The story of
the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team.
- Duke: A Great Hawaiian,
by Sandra Kimberley
A tribute to the
“father of modern
- Duke: The Life Story
of Hawaii's Duke Kahanamoku, by Joseph L.Brennan. 1994.
Hawaii's ambassador of aloha, swimming and surfing
Sun, Winter Moon; An Autobiographical Odyssey, by Gary
"revealing war's horrors through a child's eyes, this autobiography by
an award-winning author recounts his life in the ravaged Philippines of
World War II, discussing his alcoholic mother, his absent father, and
his burgeoning sexuality"
Would Go, by Stuart Coleman. 2002.
Eddie Aikau, a legendary big wave surfer, lost his life when trying to
save the crew on one of Hokule`a's first voyages when she floundered in
Roosevelt, by Karen McAuley. 1987.
although the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she was best
known for her work to improve conditions for blacks and women
Fashion, by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart. 2012.
This rare glimpse into the life of
the innovative fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar and the legendary editor-in-chief
of Vogue who, redefining women's sense of beauty and style, launched the
careers of such timeless beauties as Lauren Bacall and Lauren Hutton, explores
her originality, her tenacity and her inimitable sensibility.
- The Farm on Nippersink Creek, by Jim
a boy grows up on a farm in rural Illinois
- The Feast Nearby, by Robin Mather. 2011
A food journalist facing a divorce and unemployment begins a year-long project to eat healthy, local foods on $40 a week.
- Ferdinand Marcos, by Gordy Slack. 1988.
his years as President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986 were marked
by scandal and corruption
Chinese Daughter, by Jade Wong Snow. 1945.
a woman, born to poor Chinese immigrants, tells her story of growing up
in San Francisco's Chinatown
Fight of the Century:
Ali vs. Frazier March 8, 1971, by Michael Arkush. 2008.
A detailed history of Ali and
Frazier’s first fight
- The Flame
Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood, by Elspeth
an author recaptures memories of growing up in Kenya in the early
by Diane Brady. 2012.
Father Brooks, a Jesuit priest, transformed the lives of a
remarkable group of men during one of the most fraught racial periods in the
history of our country.
- From Japan to Hawaii,
My Journey, by H.S. Kawakami told through Tom Coffman, 1976.
a first generation Japanese immigrant in Hawaii describes his struggles
with the plantation system, beginning in 1912 when he landed on Kauai
Yokozuna: A Biography of Chad Rowan, by Mark Panek. c2006.
Akebono, born in Waimanolo, Hawai`i, was Japan's first foreign-born
sumotori (sumo wrestling champion)
Other Guests, by Gabriela Taylor. 2006.
shares her adventures in opening a bed and breakfast on Kauai.
- The Girl
With The White Flag, by Tomiko Higa. 1995.
at age seven, the author was separated from her family but survived a
battle on Okinawa during World War II
Castle, by Jeannette Walls. 2006.
overcomes her dysfunctional family
- Go Ask
Alice, by anonymous. 1971.
a fifteen year old girl searches for her identity but becomes a drug
- Golda Meir,
by Karen McAuley. 1985.
for 40+ years, she actively worked to see a homeland for the Jewish
people, ultimately the State of Israel, where she served as prime
minister for 5 years
Grayson, by Lynne
A 17-year-old girl encounters a
baby whale and the
experience changes her life
- Growing Up,
by Russell Baker. 1984.
a journalist recounts his turbulent life with parents, siblings and
relatives in rural Virginia
- Hawai`i One Summer,
by Maxine Hong Kingston. 1998.
eleven essays about the author's life while living in Hawai`i and
teaching high school
- Hawaii's Incredible
Anna, by Ruth M. Tabrah. 1987.
Anna Lindsey Perry Fiske brought Anna Ranch in the Waimea/South Kohala
area out of bankruptcy and made it a thriving cattle business
- Hawk: Occupation, Skateboarder,
by Tony Hawk, 2001.
How the legendary skateboarder went from a hyperactive kid to the top
of his sport.
- A Heart For Freedom,
by Chai Ling. 2011.
"A Heart for Freedom is a tale of passion, political furor, and
spirtual awakening. An inside look at China, then and now. A love song
to a now forbidden country. And the inspirational true story of a woman
who has dedicated everything to giving people in China their chance at
Mentor Was an Albatross: the Autobiograpy of Pioneer Pilot Harriet
Quimby, by Henry Holden. 1993.
Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom. 1971.
a Christian woman who was sent to a Nazi concentration camp for helping
the Jews, relies on her faith to get through the horror
- The High Chiefess
Ruth Keelikolani, by Ruth Kristin Zambucka. 1992.
although it's debatable whether she was a direct descendant of
Kamehameha the Great, she ruled as Governess of the Big Island, and is
credited with stopping the lava from reaching Hilo in 1881
- Ho Chi
Minh, by Dana O. Loyd. 1986.
the president of communist North Vietnam was the primary force behind
the liberation of his country from foreign domination
- Holy Man: Father
Damien of Molokai, by Gavan Daws. 1984.
not only a biography of Father Damien, but also "a social history of
leprosy in the late nineteenth century"
- Honor Thy Children:
One Family's Journey to Wholeness, by Molly Funia. c1997.
the Nakatani family struggles with but accepts the deaths of their
sons--two died from AIDS and the third died from a violent encounter
I Beat the
Odds, by Michael Oher. 2011.
The football star made famous in the
hit film "The Blind Side" reflects on how far he has come from the
circumstances of his youth.
- I Know
Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. 1969.
black writer's painful youth. Also wrote All God's Children
Need Traveling Shoes
- I Married a Prince: A
Cinderella Story From Hawaii, by Myrtle King Kaapu. 1977.
the author, born in Oregon and an avid canoe paddler, met Prince David
Kaapu in Hawaii where they got married and lived
- The Illustrated West With the Night, by
Beryl Markham. c1994.
an English woman led an exciting life as a pilot in Africa in the mid
Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, by Tobias Wolff.
author tells how his service in the Vietnam War affected his growing up
and his views of America, love and family
- In Search
of Tiger: A Journey Through Golf With Tiger Woods, by Tom
covers the first 20 years of the life of Tiger Woods, a very private
but talented young professional golfer
- In the
Land of Giants: My Life in Basketball, by Tyrone "Bugsy"
Boques and David Levine.
a 1994 high school basketball player who, barely five feet tall,
overcame poverty, his size and other obstacles to become a college then
a professional player
Last of His Tribe, by Theodora Kroeber. 1964.
the last man of a California Indian tribe shares the story of how his
culture was violently wiped out
Always Something, by Gilda Radner. 1990
the popular comedienne of the early Saturday Night Live years,
describes her rise to fame, her marriage to Gene Wilder and how her
life changed when she was diagnosed with cancer
Iz: Voice of
the People, by Rick Carroll. 2006.
a Hawaiian musician who overcame obstacles and reached a worldwide
- John F.
Kennedy, by Marta Randall. c1988.
although the young president was assassinated in 1963, he left a
lasting legacy of civil rights and welfare reform
Toward Freedom: the Story of Sojourner Truth, by J. Bernard.
- Just Don’t Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness,
and Made it Down the Mountain, by Josh Sundquist. 2010.
A survivor of Ewing's sarcoma, a virulent cancer that eventually
claimed his left leg, trains to ski in the 2006 Paralympics in Turin,
- Kamehameha II:
Liholiho and the Impact of Change, by Julie Stewart William
and Suelyn Ching Tune. 2001.
the son of Kamehameha I succeeded his father to the throne in 1819.
During his era (1819-1824), the sandalwood trade depleted one of
Hawai`i's most precious plant resources to near extinction
Hussein, by Matusky and John P. Hayes. 1987.
he became the king of Jordan in 1953 at the young age of 17 and led it
into tense relationships with the United States, Israel and the United
King of the Mild Frontier: An
Ill-Advised Autobiography, by
Chris Crutcher. 2004.
author shares experiences from his childhood and
adolescence growing up in Idaho
Woman, by Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes. 1990.
young woman is one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement's
stand-off at Wounded Knee where a battle in the middle 1800's resulted
in a massive slaughter of Indians
Hall Light On, by Madeline Sharples. 2011.
shares her experience in the aftermath of her son’s suicide.
- Lee Boo
of Belau: A Prince in London, by Daniel J. Peacock, 1987.
a 1783 shipwreck on the reefs of Palau opened the door for Lee Boo, a
21 year-old prince, to return with the ship's captain to London
- Life is
So Good, by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. 2001.
A retired laborer enrolled in literacy classes and learned to read at
the age of 98. He recounts his life, which spans the entire 20th
A Photobiography, by Russell Freedman. 1987.
America's Civil War President
Little Princes: One Man’s Promise
to Bring Home the Lost
Children of Nepal, by Conor Grennan. 2011.
A man on a journey around the
world volunteers at the Little
Princes Children’s Home, which housed children rescued from a notorious
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy
Soldier, by Ishmael Beah. 2007.
The story of a child’s rights
advocate growing up in Sierra
Leone in the 1990s during a brutal and violent civil war
Carving, by David Esterly. 2012.
Recounts the story of the author's career as a woodcarver and
traces the challenging and philosophically passionate year spent replacing a
Grinling Gibbons masterpiece that was destroyed in a fire at Henry VIII's
Hampton Court Palace.
- Mango Days: A
Teenager Facing Eternity Reflects on the Beauty of Life, by
Patty Smith. 1993.
Honolulu high school student faces her own mortality after discovering
she has cancer
Manning: A Father, His Sons and a
Football Legacy, by Archie and Peyton
Manning with John Underwood, 2001.
and Peyton Manning share their family and football experiences.
Thatcher, by Bernard Garfinkel. 1990.
in 1979, she became Britain's first woman prime minister; her
leadership abilities were challenged during the British invasion of the
Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina
Luther King, by Nancy Shuker. 1985.
black civil rights activist practiced nonviolence to protest racism but
was assassinated in 1968
by Steven Rinella. 2012.
The author chronicles his lifelong relationship with nature and
hunting through the lens of ten hunts in the remotest corners of North America.
- Memoirs of a Buddhist
Woman Missionary in Hawaii, by Shigeo Kikuchi, translated by
Florence Okada. 1991.
she spent a lot of time on the Big Island in addition to the other
- Memoirs of Henry
Obookiah, A Native of Owhyhee, and a Member of the Foreign Mission
School; Who Died at Cornwall, Connecticut February 17, 1818, Aged 26
Years. by Edwin W. Dwight. 1990.
Henry Opukahaia was born on the Big Island and at 15, left Kealakekua
Bay on a trip that took him to Connecticut. He learned English, became
a Christian, and encouraged the first Christian missionaries to come to
Hawaii. His remains were recently returned to the Big Island
- Memories of Duke: the
Legend Comes to Life, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, 1890-1968, by
Sandra Hall and Greg Ambrose with a forward by Nadine Kahanamoku. c1995.
a biography of the father of modern Hawaiian surfing
Begin, by Richard Amdur. 1988.
in 1977 he was elected primer minister of Israel and began a series of
precedent setting negotiations with Egypt's Anwar Sadat which
culminated in the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty
Glass: The Adventures of Legendary Waterman Mike Doyle, by
Mike Doyle. 1993.
the former surfing champion rowed 15 miles offshore, hooked two "big
ones" then discovered he lost an oar as the wind and swell picked up.
Facing the challenge of getting back alive, he reflects on his life
Morning the Sun Went Down, by Darryl Babe Wilson. c1998.
a California Native American tells his story of his people, the
Achomawi and Atsugew
and Tears, by Bear Grylls. 2012.
The star of the survival series
"Man Vs. Wild" recounts his adventurous life, from his experiences
with mountaineering and martial arts to the free-fall parachuting accident in
Africa that almost left him paralyzed.
- My Freshman Year: What a
Professor Learned by Becoming a
Student, by Rebekah Nathan. 2006.
professor becomes a full-time student for a year and learns about the
challenges students face
1938-1962, by Jane Thomas. 2002.
remembers the bombing of Pearl Harbor and other changes in Hawaii over
course of 24 years.
by Julia Child with Alex Prud’homme. 2006.
captivating story of Julia Child's
years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found "her
- My Samoan
Chief, by Fay Calkins. 1962.
an American doctoral student marries a Samoan chief and describes her
new life with his family
- My Story
About Cancer by Charles B. Wolford and Faye Wolford. 1999.
a fourteen year-old battles cancer and loses but leaves behind a wealth
of inspiration, assisted by his mother
- Nahienaena, Sacred
Daughter of Hawaii, by Marjorie Sinclair. 1976.
she was born about 1815 near Keauhou, to Kamehameha I and his wife,
Keopuolani. According to Hawaiian custom, she was to marry her brother
but was banished to Maui by the missionaries to prevent this union
Necessary End, by Nick Taylor. 1994.
man mourns the aging and eventual death of his parents
and Winnie Mandela, by John Vail. 1988.
South African Nelson was jailed in 1962 for his South African
anti-apartheid actions while Winnie continued the fight; Nelson was
released in 1990
An Autobiography, by Dick Gregory. 1964.
in high school, the author "led a march against conditions in
segregated schools and set a state record in track... As a star
comedian in the early 1960s, he used biting racial satire and shunned
the stereotypes of early black comics. Prompted by Martin Luther King,
Jr., he became a civil rights and anti-war leader, running for
president in 1968 and fasting for human rights both here and abroad."
Footprints in the Sand, by Henry Nalaielua with Sally-Jo
of a man diagnosed with Hansen’s disease in 1936 who was exiled to
- North Star Over My Shoulder, by Robert N. Buck. 2002.
The life of an early aviator.
- On a Wave,
by Thad Ziolkowski. 2002.
a young boy escapes step-father troubles by hanging out at the beach
and learning to surf.
One Day It'll All Make Sense,
by Common with Adam Bradley, 2011.
Grammy Award-winning recording artist and actor shares the story of his
from his youth on Chicago's South side and rise in the hip-hop industry
movie appearances and the lessons he has learned as a son and a father.
United, by Warren St. John. 2009
The story of a young Jordanian emigre who profoundly impacted
the lives of dozens of impoverished families by creating a soccer program in
Georgia (U.S.) for young refugees from war-torn nations.
- The Pact: Three Young
Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, by Drs. Sampson
Davis, George Jenkins,
and Ramack Hunt
on the streets of Newark, N.J. form a pact to become doctors and help
other reach that goal.
My Own Canoe, by Audrey Sutherland. 1978.
solo canoe paddler braves the
rugged, isolated Molokai coastline
- Parker Ranch Paniolo:
Yutaka Kimura, by Jiro Nakano. 1992.
- Paula Deen:
It Ain’t All
About the Cookin’, by Paula Deen
with Sherry Suib Cohen. 2007.
A popular Food Network celebrity and cookbook author shares
her down-home life story
and Me, by Paul Zindel. 1991.
author recalls his teenage years in New York when he met the Pigman and
found out his secret to life
- A Place to Stand, by Jimmy Santiago
autobiography of a poet and writer who was illiterate before he went to
prison for selling drugs but used his time in a maximum security prison
to learn to read and write
Enemy: A Baseball Prodigy, World War II, and the Long Journey Home,
W. Moore. 2008.
the life of the author's
father, whose budding baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers never
after his stint as a sailor in World War II, during which he taught
German prisoners of war how to play baseball
Pre: The Story of America’s
Greatest Running Legend, Steve
Prefrontaine, by Tom Jordan. 1997.
The life story of the famous
runner who made his mark in the
sport that is felt decades after his death.
- Princess Kaiulani:
The Last Hope of Hawaii's Monarchy, by Kristin Zambucka.
in Courage, by John F. Kennedy. 1955.
Senator Kennedy wrote about "a handful of Americans who at crucial
moments in history had revealed a special sort of greatness"
- Queen Emma: A Woman
of Vision, by Miriam Rappolt. 1990.
life of the wife of King Kamehameha IV
Question of Freedom,
by R. Dwayne Betts. 2010.
A former honors student reflects
on his nine years in prison
after committing a carjacking at the age of sixteen.
- Rafa, by Rafael
Nadal and John Carlin, 2011.
The life journey of the tennis player from the Mediterranean island of
Mallorca, where he was coached by his uncle Toni from the age of four,
to becoming the youngest professional tennis player ever to win all
four Grand Slam titles.
- Rain of
Gold, by Victor Villasenor. 1991.
three generations of the Villasenor family are depicted in this
biography beginning in 1911 in northwest Mexico
- Red Scarf
Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution, by Ji Li Jiang.
the author, a graduate of UH Manoa, had her loyalty and love for her
family challenged by Chairman Mao's followers in China
- Red Sky
in Mourning, by Tami Oldham Ashcraft. 1998.
"The true story of a woman's courage and survival at sea." The author,
when rescued, was brought to Hilo
Nixon, by C. Peter Ripley. 1987.
impeached President who was later pardoned for the Watergate scandal
- Riders on
the Storm: My Life With Jim Morrison and the Doors, by John
the Doors' drummer shares his personal insight about the group and its
- Rise and
Walk: the Trial and Triumph of Dennis Byrd, by Dennis Byrd
with Michael D'Orso. c1993.
in a 1992 pro football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New
York Jets' defensive end becomes paralyzed after a collision with a
- The Road
From Coorain, by Jill Ker Conway. 1990.
"from the shelter of a protective family, to the lessons of tragedy and
independence, this is an indelible portrait of a harsh and beautiful
country and the inspiring story of a remarkable" woman who moved from
Australia to America to further her college education.
Roasting in Hell's Kitchen,
by Gordon Ramsey. 2006.
The famous chef tells his story
and about the influences
that shaped his culinary talent.
My Life, by Lopez Lomong. 2012.
The story of a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War who
became a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team.
- Seal Team Six, by
Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin. 2011.
For the first time ever, a Navy SEAL Team Six sniper chronicles how he
became an elite warrior and the ferocious battle that nearly cost him
- Separating Sickness,
Ma`i Ho`oka`awale , by Ted Gugelyk and Milton Bloombaum.
"Interviews with Exiled Leprosy Patients at Kalaupapa, Hawaii"
the People: A Stir Fried Journey Through China by Jen
A Chinese-American records her
years living and working in
Shanghai and Beijing, where she attended a vocational cooking school
discovered a passion for Chinese cooking and culture
Talks Back, by Shaquille O'Neal. 2001.
the 7 foot 1 inch center for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team
tells about his childhood and how his dream became a reality
Uncut, by Shaquille O’Neal with Jackie Macmullan. 2011.
this candid new autobiography, the four-time NBA champion and a
Finals MVP discusses his colorful career, NBA victories, and his
major NBA names like Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley.
Shooting Stars, by Lebron James and Buzz
superstar James and Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
"Friday Night Lights," tell this poignant, thrilling account of the
power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own
of the Shadow Catcher, by Timothy Egan. 2012.
The remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs,
following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he
struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes.
Sitting Bull, by
Bill Yenne. 2008.
remarkable story of the leader of the Lakota tribe
and the events that shaped his life, including his role at the Battle
- Six Months in the
Sandwich Islands : Among Hawaii's Palm Groves, Coral Reefs, and
Volcanoes, by Isabella L. Bird . c1998.
an English woman visited Hawai`i in the early to mid 1800's and sent
letters to her sister describing the beautiful surroundings and people
Hope Solo with Ann Killion. 2012.
A memoir by
the charismatic, outspoken U.S. Women’s soccer team goaltender.
- Soul on
Ice, by Eldridge Cleaver. 1968.
autobiographical essays by a black Civil Rights activist
- Soul Surfer, by
Bethany Hamilton, 2006.
A young surfer recovers from a shark attack.
Messages From the Future, by Hank Wesselman. 2000.
an anthropologist's dreams lead him on a quest to find out what
knowledge Nainoa, a Hawaiian Kahuna, has to teach him about myticism
Stealing the Wave:
The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo, by Andy
The story of a decades long
rivalry between two of the
world's best known "big wave" surfers
Steve Jobs, by
Walter Isaacson, 2011.
story of the creative entrepreneur who revolutionized several
industries and changed the way the world uses
- The Story of James
Dole, by Richard Dole and Elizabeth Dole Porteus. 1990.
the "pineapple king" builds his business from his Wahiawa plantation
- The Story
of My Life, by Helen Keller. 1976.
"blind and deaf at two, Helen Keller's story of courage and
determination and her remarkable relationship with her beloved teacher
Ann Sullivan is an inspiring one for any generation"
Surf is Where You
Find It, by Gerry Lopez. 2008.
A collection of stories based on
a surfer's observations and
Summer: Growing up With and Without My Dad, by Bebe Moore
African American girl lives in the North but spends summers with her
paraplegic father in the South
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of
a Long-Distance Swimmer, by
Lynn Cox. 2004.
A long distance swimmer recounts
her major swims,
challenges, and triumphs
Boy's Life: A Memoir, by Tobias Wolff. 1989.
a stepfather's abusive relationship destroys his stepson's identity
- This is
My Word (Ngay Janijirr Ngank), by Magdalene Williams. 1999.
stories about the culture and lives of the Nyulnyul people, Aboriginal
Australians in the Beagle Bay area, are told by an older woman who
learned from her elders
Life, by Vicki Forman. 2009.
struggles of a family after the premature birth of twins.
- Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges. 1999.
this 6 year old girl was one of the first black children to enter an
all white elementary school, making history in the 1960's as
segregation became illegal
- Through My
Eyes, by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker, 2011.
One of the best quarterbacks in the history of college football traces
his path to success, discussing his childhood as the son of Christian
missionaries and how his faith combined with his drive to succeed have
made him the person he is today.
The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness, as
told to Robert Specht. 1977.
a 19 year old woman begins her Alaska teaching career in 1927
- Touching My Father’s Soul, by Jamling Norgay. 2002.
climbing leader for the IMAX film expedition on Mount Everest, details
the ill-fated 1996 summer climbing season (made famous by Jon
Krakauer's Into Thin Air) and his own spriritual journey.
- Tsunami Man: Learning
About Killer Waves With Walter Dudley, by Anthony Fredericks.
a personal account of a UHH professor made famous by his research on
Laura Hillenbrand. 2010.
Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Lt.
Louis Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope,
resolve, and humor.
- Wasted: A
Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, by Marya Hornbacher. 1998.
the author "describes in shocking detail her lifelong quest to starve
herself to death, to force her short, athletic body to fade away"
- When I
Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago. 1998.
the author's childhood begins on the island of Puerto Rico but abruptly
changes when the family moves to New York.
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life
of Vince Lombardi, by
David Maraniss. 1999.
The life experiences of the
football great from his
childhood in New York to coaching the Green Bay Packers.
Ours, by Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson with Jackie
of two players who were dead
set on besting one another in an
electric era of
Why I Fight,
by BJ Penn. 2010.
Penn, one of the most successful and feared
fighters in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship, tells his story-- the story of a kid
Hawaii who loved to fight.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl
A memoir of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman
reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again
Churchill, by Judith Rodgers. 1986.
although not a strong student in his early years, he became an
important 20th century British statesman; during his second term as
prime minister, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953
- Woman Warrior:
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston.
author tells how her Chinese heritage affected her while growing up in
- Yamsi: A
year in the life of a wilderness ranch, by Dayton Hyde. 1996.
the author's love of animals and appreciation of the environment
contributes to his revolutionary ideas and practices about cattle
ranching in South Central Oregon.
by Marcus Samuelsson, 2012.
Ethiopian boy is taught a love of cooking by his Swedish grandmother and grows
up to become a world-renowned chef.