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Outdoor Pop-up Browsing

Browse new and popular items outdoors at the new library!

Outdoor PopUp Browsing
(weather permitting)

  • Saturday 10/10 from 9 am-12 pm

Tables will be set up with a collection of books, audiobooks, and movies for all ages.

AAL is continuing to follow safety guidelines provided by local, county, and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Safety guidelines

  • Facemasks are required.
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering.
  • Maintain six feet for social distancing.
  • Do not reshelve unwanted items – place items in bins after handling.
  • Area is limited to 6 people at a time.
  • If you or a member of your household is ill, do not visit the popup at this time.

Location

  • New Library!  110 W Main St, Adamstown, PA 19501

New and popular items

  • DVDs
  • Audiobooks
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Large Print
  • Teen/Juvenile Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Easy Readers/Chapters Books

We hope you enjoy this next phase of expanding library service as we continue to monitor safety recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

As usual, library curbside pickup is available 9:30-1:30.

Staff Picks: October

Jess’s Pick

Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother–a once-famous

ballerina–has passed away, leaving Kate bereft.

When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths

to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears

a striking resemblance to Kate’s mother, Kate

uncovers a mystery that may upend everything

she thought she knew.

Laura’s Pick

Every city has a soul. Some are as

ancient as myths, and others are

as new and destructive as children.

New York City? She’s got five.

 

 

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Carolyn’s Pick

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

creates a violent world, in which two

young people fall in love. It is not simply

that their families disapprove; the

Montagues and the Capulets are

engaged in a blood feud.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Martha’s Pick

In nineteenth-century China, in a

remote Hunan county, a girl named

Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired

with a laotong, “old same,” in an

emotional match that will last a lifetime.

 

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Sharon’s Pick

Since the day they said, “I do,” Peggy’s

previous “doting” lifestyle met with

her husband John’s minimalist ways

and became the backdrop for years of

adventure and a quirky sense of humor

because of their differences.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Sonya’s Pick

In the sequel to Bird Box, Malorie

has a harrowing choice to make:

to live by the rules of survival that

have served her so well, or to venture

into the darkness and reach for hope

once more.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Books about Libraries!

The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, illustrated by Chuck Groenink

What’s the best way to cure a gloomy

day? A trip to the library! Based on the

hit song by Tom Chapin and Michael

Mark, here is an affectionate, exuberant,

uproarious celebration of books, reading,

and—SHHH!—libraries!

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Bats At The Library by Brian Lies

Another inky evening’s here— The air

is cool and calm and clear.  Can it be

true? Oh, can it be?  Yes!—Bat Night

at the library!

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

 

A Library Book For Bear by Bonny Becker

Bear does not want to go to the library.

He is quite sure he already has all the

books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly

cheery Mouse, small and gray and

bright-eyed, thinks different.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

The NOT So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora

It’s Saturday, which means Oskar and

Theodore get to go to the library with

their dad! It means donuts for breakfast!

And it means endless quiet hours lost

in stories.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

In the first book in a brilliant new

fantasy series, books that aren’t finished

by their authors reside in the Library

of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is

up to the Librarian to track down

any restless characters who emerge

from those unfinished stories.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular

with most kids, and an ardent fan of

all games: board games, word games,

and particularly video games. His hero,

Luigi Lemoncello,the most notorious and

creative gamemakerin the world, just so happens

to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys

wake to find the body of a young woman in

their library. She is wearing evening dress

and heavy make-up, which is now smeared

across her cheeks.  But who is she? How did

she get there? And what is the connection with

another dead girl, who is later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron

Dewey’s Nine Lives offers nine funny, inspiring,

and heartwarming stories about cats–all told from

the perspective of “Dewey’s Mom,” librarian Vicki

Myron. The amazing felines in this book include

Dewey, of course, whose further never-before-told

adventures are shared, and several others who

Vicki found out about when their owners reached out to her.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Alice Wright marries handsome American

Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling

life in England. But small-town Kentucky

quickly proves equally claustrophobic.

So when a call goes out for a team of women

to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s

new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in

Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library

has been a meeting place for those who love

books. Until now. Now war has come, and

Alia fears that the library–along with the

thirty thousand books within it–will be destroyed forever.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Staff Picks: September

Carolyn’s Pick

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn

is dead, decapitated in the space

of a heartbeat by a hired French

executioner.  As her remains are

bundled into oblivion, Thomas

Cromwell breakfasts with the victors.

Sharon’s Pick

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired

librarian in Florida, is shelving books

one morning when her eyes lock on a

photograph in a magazine lying open

nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a

book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—

The Book of Lost Names.

Martha’s Pick

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-

year-old in 1943–aware of the war but

distanced from its reach. Then her

father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two

decades, is suddenly arrested on

suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer.

Jess’s Pick

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon

performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum

and Bailey Circus’s big top caught fire.

The tent had been waterproofed with a

mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in

seconds it was burning out of control, and

more than 8,000 people were trapped inside.

Eric’s Pick

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure

hunter in another life, but now she’s

washed up. She makes her living faking

salvage legends and selling them to the

highest bidder, but this time she might

have stumbled on something real–a famous

warship, capable of untold destruction.

Sonya’s Pick

Julie is missing, and the missing

don’t often return. But Elise knows

Julie better than anyone, and she

feels in her bones that her best

friend is out there, and that one

day she’ll come back.

Laura’s Pick

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves

between two worlds: the poor neighborhood

where she lives and the fancy prep school

she attends. The balance between these

worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses

the shooting of her childhood best friend

Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

New Curbside Pickup Hours

Beginning August 24, 2020, AAL began offering expanded curbside pickup hours.

New Curbside Pickup Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

We want to keep patrons and staff safe, so please follow the steps below.  Pickup will be arranged by appointment only, following social distancing guidelines.  We are looking forward to serving  you!

  1.  Starting July 6th, you are able to place the items you want on hold online through the catalog.
  2. You can also continue to place holds by calling the Circulation Department at (717) 484-4200, completing the online Adult or Youth Book Match form, or emailing info@adamstown.lib.pa.us.  Make sure to include your name, phone number, and library card number.  5 items per patron can be held per day.
  3. If you place your holds online, a librarian will call you to set up an appointment to pick up your items.
  4. If you call in your order, your appointment will be scheduled at that time.  Please note that this service is only available when staff are on duty.
  5. The library staff will prepare your items and check them out to your library card.
  6. When you arrive at the library, pull up to the side of the building.  Call us again at (484) 755-9143 to let us know you are here.  If you do not have a cell phone, please ring the doorbell to let us know you have arrived, and someone will meet you with your items.
  7. Please stay in your car.  Pop your trunk so a staff member can deliver your items.
  8. If you have any questions, please call the library.

Thank you for choosing AAL!

Need help picking a book?  Check out our blog.

Curbside Service Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I pick up holds now?
    • Yes, we are currently offering curbside service.
  • When can I pick up my holds?
    • Curbside service is being offered Monday through Thursday 9:30am-7:30pm, Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm. Once you confirm your appointment time, visit the library and call the library to let us know you’re here.
  • Can I return items when I pick up?
    • We are now accepting returns 24 hours a day. Please use the book drop for all returns. The book drop is open 24 hours a day. All items will be quarantined for several days and will still show as checked out on your account for up to a week after you return them. You will not accrue fines while items are quarantined. Do not renew any items you’ve returned to the library, as renewing your returned items may incorrectly place a fine on your account.
  • Do I need my library card?
    • Yes.  Please call the library if you have any questions or issues with your card.
  • What if I don’t have a library card?
  • Can I talk to a library staff member?
  • Can a librarian help me with OverDrive/computer questions?
    • Yes, please call the library for your ereader and technology questions.
  • Can I print something?
  • Can you fax something for me? Can I use the computer?
    • Due to the CDC’s recommended social distancing policy, we are unable to provide these services.

The Best Pandemic Books

Whether you’re looking to escape our real-world worries, or you want to deep dive into pandemics in history, these are our recommendations.

Fiction

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. So she barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve.

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer.

When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses suddenly on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemic.

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up.

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise.  Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America.

Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows.

Nonfiction

1793, Philadelphia. The nation’s capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . . (ages 10+)

At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.

BEAT THE FLU is a comprehensive guide to build your immune system to prevent and, if necessary, treat the flu.

The author looks at the origins of the disease and traces its terrible march through Europe from the Italian cities to Scandinavia.

Miss Roxanne’s Picks: Ocean Animals

Summer is great time to read about the ocean and the animals that live in it.  Here are some great books that we have at the Adamstown Area Library!

Click the picture to find the book in the catalog.

A story about a fish who thinks he has to grumpy!  A new friend shows him that he can be friendly.

The story of a fish with beautiful shiny scales who learns to share.

A non-fiction book with beautiful pictures of animals.

Another non-fiction book with beautiful illustrations of sea animals.

The story of a father seahorse carrying the eggs and different sea creatures he meets before his babies are born.

An ocean animal for every letter of the alphabet!

Laptop & Printing Services

Adamstown Area Library is offering limited laptop and printing services via curbside service starting July 13th.

Curbside services are available Monday through Thursday from 9:30AM-7PM, Friday from 9:30AM-4PM, and Saturday 9:30AM-1PM.

Laptop Services

To schedule a 1-hour appointment for laptop services, call the library at 717-484-4200.  This is a no-contact service, so laptops can be picked up at the table in the vestibule.  Laptops are available for use in your car, using the library’s parking lot wifi.  We ask that you leave car keys or a valid photo ID as a deposit while you use the laptop.

Printing Services

Curbside printing is a free service, for up to 10 pages of black and white printing.  Additional printing will be 10¢/page.  We are unable to provide change.

If printing from the library’s laptop, print as normal.  Staff will bring out your documents with your deposit item.

If printing from your own device, submit your request via email to info@adamstown.lib.pa.us.  Please include

  • full name
  • library card number
  • attached documents for printing

in the email.  AAL staff will print the documents exactly as they are attached to the email.  Staff will not make changes or edits to submissions and items will not be reprinted.  Patrons will receive an email when printed materials are available for pick up.

Privacy Disclaimer:  documents submitted through email may be viewed by library staff.  If your documents contain sensitive or confidential information, please consider using our laptop services or a retail location for printing.

Conversations About Race

Looking for a way to talk to your family and friends about race?  Or need to learn and process your own thoughts?  Here are our book and movie picks for all ages.

Adults Recs

From award-winning poet Saeed Jones, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir written at the crossroads of sex, race, and power.

Exposes the new generation of whiteness thriving at the expense and borrowed ingenuity of black people—and explores how this intensifies racial inequality.

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma.  Then, one by one, they began to be killed off.  A true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child.

When he was a boy in Henning, Tennessee, Alex Haley’s grandmother used to tell him stories about their family—stories that went back to her grandparents, and their grandparents, down through the generations all the way to a man she called “the African.”

The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong.

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American.

In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.

Born in the town of Sighet, Transylvania, Elie Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald.

Light in August, a novel that contrasts stark tragedy with hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, which features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, a lonely outcast haunted by visions of Confederate glory; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.

YA Reads

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement.

If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

When Momma and Dad decide it’s time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons set out on a trip like no other. They’re heading South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history.

Middle School Picks

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek–two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town’s maximum security prison, everything changes.

An ordinary girl living extraordinary events. Her family, Love, characterizes her comfortable, secure world in Bradford Corners, TN. Until Uncle Pace is murdered by the KKK.

The journal of Biddy Owens, a batboy for the Birmingham Black Barons, one of the best teams in the Negro Leagues, describes some of the greatest ball players of the game as Biddy’s story covers the games, road trips, racial segregation, and day-to-day life in Birmingham.

For Kids

A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids.

 

Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman hears these words from God one summer night and decides to leave her husband and family behind and escape.

A stirring collection of poems and spirituals, accompanied by stunning collage illustrations, recollects the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Méndez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.

Discover the true story of how in 1944, Coach John McLendon orchestrated a secret game between the best players from a white college and his team from the North Carolina College of Negroes.

With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers.

Movies

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

A gentle Jamaican woman reunited with her husband in post-World War II London encounters both racism and homesickness as she adjusts to her new life.

Biography & Memoir

Check out our list of some outstanding biographies and memoirs.

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now.

The incredible true story of the women who fought America’s Undark danger.

The memoir of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–and willing to fight to the end.

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

The never-before-told story of one woman’s heroism that changed the course of the Second World War.

Ulysses S. Grant’s life has typically been misunderstood.  A biographer at the height of his powers, Chernow has produced a portrait of Grant that is a masterpiece, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands.

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson.

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom.  Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties.

Jessica tells of growing up in 1980s Texas where she was sexually abused by the daughter of a family friend, and of unsuccessfully auditioning for the Mickey Mouse Club at age 13 with Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling before going on to sign a record deal with Columbia and marrying 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey.

Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and This Is Going to Hurt intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis.

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.

Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero), covering everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

Mitch Albom’s most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

In his only official autobiography, music icon Elton John writes about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman.