Freedom Book
Score: 3.5
From 41 Ratings

Freedom


  • Author : Jaycee Dugard
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-07-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501147630

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Freedom Excerpt :

"In the follow-up to ... A Stolen Life, [kidnapping survivor] Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own"--Provided by publisher.

A Stolen Life Book
Score: 3.5
From 205 Ratings

A Stolen Life


  • Author : Jaycee Dugard
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-07-12
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN 10 : 9780857207142

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A Stolen Life Excerpt :

A raw and powerful memoir of Jaycee Lee Dugard's own story of being kidnapped as an 11-year-old and held captive for over 18 years On 10 June 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in Tahoe, California. It was the last her family and friends saw of her for over eighteen years. On 26 August 2009, Dugard, her daughters, and Phillip Craig Garrido appeared in the office of her kidnapper's parole officer in California. Their unusual behaviour sparked an investigation that led to the positive identification of Jaycee Lee Dugard, living in a tent behind Garrido's home. During her time in captivity, at the age of fourteen and seventeen, she gave birth to two daughters, both fathered by Garrido. Dugard's memoir is written by the 30-year-old herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, utterly honest and unflinching narrative, Jaycee opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now, a year after being found. Garrido and his wife Nancy have since pleaded guilty to their crimes.

Shattered Innocence Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Shattered Innocence


  • Author : Robert Scott
  • Publisher : Pinnacle Books
  • Release Date : 2011-05-26
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786029204

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Shattered Innocence Excerpt :

The New York Times–bestselling account of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s remarkable escape from the sexual predator who kept her captive for eighteen years. In 1991, an eleven-year-old-girl was abducted in broad daylight. Eighteen years later, a policewoman at the University of California, Berkeley, confronted a deranged man accompanied by two young girls. During questioning the next day, the girls’ mother blurted, “I am Jaycee Lee Dugard.” Her companion was identified as Phillip Craig Garrido—a convicted drug user, rapist, and sexual predator. An astonishing story was about to unfold . . . Now, award-winning author Robert Scott brings to light previously unrevealed information about Garrido’s criminal past and manipulation of the legal system. With police and expert testimony, this book shows how Garrido managed to get out of a fifty-year prison sentence—to shatter the innocence of Jaycee Lee Dugard forever. Includes sixteen pages of photos!

The Book of Awesome Women Book
Score: 2
From 1 Ratings

The Book of Awesome Women


  • Author : Becca Anderson
  • Publisher : Mango Media Inc.
  • Release Date : 2017-07-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 341
  • ISBN 10 : 9781633535848

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The Book of Awesome Women Excerpt :

Super women. Who are some of the most awesome women in history? Sheroes: Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ? sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. Super women as female role models: From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future. Successful women: Some of the super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women: • Dian Fossey • Martina Navratilova • Sojourner Truth • Indira Ghandi • Aretha Franklin • Margaret Mead • Coretta Scott King • Georgia O'Keeffe • Jackie Joyner-Kersee • Joan Baez • Eleanor Roosevelt • Coco Chanel • Anita Hill • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai • and many more Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

The Lost Girls Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The Lost Girls


  • Author : John Glatt
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2015-04-14
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250036377

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The Lost Girls Excerpt :

New York Times bestselling crime writer John Glatt tells the true story behind the kidnappings and long-overdue rescue of three women found in a Cleveland basement. The Lost Girls tells the truly amazing story of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro, and their amazing escape in May 2013, which made headlines all over the world. The book has an exclusive interview and photographs of Ariel Castro's secret fiancé, who spent many romantic nights in his house of horror, without realizing he had bound and chained captives just a few feet away. There are also revealing interviews with several Castro family members, musician friends and several neighbors who witnessed the dramatic rescue.

Una Vida Robada Book

Una Vida Robada


  • Author : Jaycee Dugard
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-01-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451675375

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Una Vida Robada Excerpt :

The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.

My Story Book
Score: 3.5
From 26 Ratings

My Story


  • Author : Elizabeth Smart
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466835405

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My Story Excerpt :

The harrowing true story of abduction and survival from the courageous young woman who lived it—now the subject of a Lifetime original movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart. In this memoir, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime. On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Elizabeth was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life. With My Story, Elizabeth tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served. In the years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. She and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, now have two children.

Freedom Facts and Firsts Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Freedom Facts and Firsts


  • Author : Jessie Carney Smith
  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Release Date : 2009-01-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9781578592609

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Freedom Facts and Firsts Excerpt :

Spanning nearly 400 years from the early abolitionists to the present, this guide book profiles more than 400 people, places, and events that have shaped the history of the black struggle for freedom. Coverage includes information on such mainstay figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, but also delves into how lesser known figures contributed to and shaped the history of civil rights. Learn how the Housewives' League of Detroit started a nationwide movement to support black businesses, helping many to survive the depression; or discover what effect sports journalist Samuel Harold Lacy had on Jackie Robinson's historic entrance into the major leagues. This comprehensive resource chronicles the breadth and passion of an entire people's quest for freedom.

The Giver Book
Score: 4
From 3,978 Ratings

The Giver


  • Author : Lois Lowry
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544340688

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The Giver Excerpt :

Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.

The politics of freedom of information Book

The politics of freedom of information


  • Author : Ben Worthy
  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-10
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781526108524

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The politics of freedom of information Excerpt :

Why do governments pass freedom of information laws? The symbolic power and force surrounding FOI makes it appealing as an electoral promise but hard to disengage from once in power. However, behind closed doors compromises and manoeuvres ensure that bold policies are seriously weakened before they reach the statute book. The politics of freedom of information examines how Tony Blair's government proposed a radical FOI law only to back down in fear of what it would do. But FOI survived, in part due to the government's reluctance to be seen to reject a law that spoke of 'freedom', 'information' and 'rights'. After comparing the British experience with the difficult development of FOI in Australia, India and the United States – and the rather different cases of Ireland and New Zealand – the book concludes by looking at how the disruptive, dynamic and democratic effects of FOI laws continue to cause controversy once in operation.

The Children of Men Book
Score: 3.5
From 110 Ratings

The Children of Men


  • Author : P. D. James
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release Date : 2012-01-11
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307367716

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The Children of Men Excerpt :

The year is 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction. Under the despotic rule of Xan Lyppiat, the Warden of England, the old are despairing and the young cruel. Theo Faren, a cousin of the Warden, lives a solitary life in this ominous atmosphere. That is, until a chance encounter with a young woman leads him into contact with a group of dissenters. Suddenly his life is changed irrevocably as he faces agonising choices which could affect the future of mankind. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Lost and Found Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Lost and Found


  • Author : John Glatt
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2010-09-28
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429951692

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Lost and Found Excerpt :

Then, in August 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido appeared on the University of California, Berkeley campus alongside two young women whose unusual behavior sparked concern among campus officials and law enforcement. That visit would pave the way for shocking discovery: that Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper... Jaycee's story was revealed: For eighteen years, she had lived in an outbuilding on the Garrido property in Antioch, CA, just two hours away from her childhood home. Kept in complete isolation, she was raped by Garrido, who fathered her two daughters. When news broke of Jaycee's discovery, there was a huge outpouring of relief across the nation. But questions remain: How did the Garridos slip past authorities? And how did Jaycee endure her captivity? This is the story of a girl-next-door who was Lost and Found.

Seeds of Freedom Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Seeds of Freedom


  • Author : Hester Bass
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781536220599

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Seeds of Freedom Excerpt :

“Unflinchingly honest and jubilantly hopeful, this is nonfiction storytelling at its best.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) Mention the civil rights era in Alabama and most people recall images of terrible violence. But for the citizens of Huntsville, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. This engaging celebration of a lesser-known chapter in American and African-American history shows how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.

The Underground Railroad Book

The Underground Railroad


  • Author : Colson Whitehead
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2018-01-30
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345804327

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The Underground Railroad Excerpt :

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The basis for the acclaimed original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. Look for Colson Whitehead’s bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

When You Reach Me Book
Score: 4
From 311 Ratings

When You Reach Me


  • Author : Rebecca Stead
  • Publisher : Wendy Lamb Books
  • Release Date : 2009-07-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375892691

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When You Reach Me Excerpt :

"Like A Wrinkle in Time (Miranda's favorite book), When You Reach Me far surpasses the usual whodunit or sci-fi adventure to become an incandescent exploration of 'life, death, and the beauty of it all.'" —The Washington Post This Newbery Medal winner that has been called "smart and mesmerizing," (The New York Times) and "superb" (The Wall Street Journal) will appeal to readers of all types, especially those who are looking for a thought-provoking mystery with a mind-blowing twist. Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone. It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it. Winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book Five Starred Reviews A Junior Library Guild Selection "Absorbing." —People "Readers ... are likely to find themselves chewing over the details of this superb and intricate tale long afterward." —The Wall Street Journal "Lovely and almost impossibly clever." —The Philadelphia Inquirer "It's easy to imagine readers studying Miranda's story as many times as she's read L'Engle's, and spending hours pondering the provocative questions it raises." —Publishers Weekly, Starred review