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As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen. ("Allen emphasizes that your life is completely under your control rather than in the hands of fate, luck, or external circumstances. To be successful, he says you must first be successful in your mind."

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THE GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH by Alexandra Robbins ("In schools across the country, thousands of students often feel “trapped, despairing that in today’s educational landscape, they either have to conform to the popular crowd’s arbitrary standards—forcing them to hide their true selves—or face dismissive treatment that batters relentlessly at their soul.” The author introduces what she calls “quirk theory,” the idea that outsiders thrive after high school...")

THE GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH by Alexandra Robbins | Kirkus

I Was a Child: A Memoir by Bruce Eric Kaplan ("The whole family seemed to make do, letting broken things remain that way, enduring their lives rather than particularly enjoying them. The author’s parents never had visitors to the house except for a neighboring couple on New Year’s Eve, when they would “bring out the plastic champagne glasses. I got Cheez-Its on New Year’s Eve. Cheez-Its represented total, utter wild abandon.”)

I Was a Child

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (Peter Cameron). "I've actually bought copies & given them away to total strangers--it's a rather embarrassing practice, but that is how much I want to…rouse the world into recognizing the book's sheer excellence… Acknowledging that it's awkward to be an introvert in a world of extroverts; that the teen years are usually not the best years of our lives, despite all hype to the contrary; & that it can be terrifying to reach out for the things we want."

Teenage Struggles In A Painful Post-Sept. 11 World

The Crossover (YA). "Poems that simulate on-court action, the novel's organization into 4 "quarters," their father's 10 rules of basketball, and the fully-fleshed characters and Josh's spellbinding wordplay will keep all readers riveted to find out if the brothers can mend the breach in their once iron-clad bond" —Shelf Awareness. "An accomplished author & poet, Kwame Alexander eloquently mashes up concrete poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, & a thriving family bond. The effect is poetry in motion." —Booklist

"Set in 1978 in Minnesota, The Year of Ice is a novel about 18-y.o. Kevin Doyle, who appears to be just one of the guys, playing snow football & always on the lookout for the next party. Kevin is gay, a secret he has hidden from everyone. He has a crush on fellow schoolmate: "Jon's a fox. He's got these really big eyelashes and hair that's the same color as chocolate." Brian Malloy examines what happens to a family when the fiercest loyalties are not to each other, but to one's own secrets."

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CONFESSIONS OF A FAIRY'S DAUGHTER (Alison Wearing). "A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love".

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"If you want to read a novel that dismantles the “cool girl” myth [as Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL does], it’s time you grabbed Megan Abbott’s DARE ME… Sure, being a "cool girl" sounds like a good thing — who wouldn’t want to be a cool girl? What could possibly be cooler than a pair of head cheerleaders? In Abbott’s daring (sorry, it’s true!) Dare Me, Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy get caught up in what it means to be cool, to be desired, and to suffer mightily for it."

30 Self-Help Books That Permanently Changed My Life, by Mandy Stadtmiller ("If you met me in high school or college, you would not recognize me as the self-assured chick I am today. I owe it all to these 30 books." #NewAgey

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Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. "Janet Mock offers inspiring perspective on being young, multicultural, economically challenged, and transgender in America. This memoir follows Mock’s quest for identity, from an early, unwavering conviction about her gender to a turbulent adolescence in Honolulu that saw her transitioning during high school, self-medicating with hormones at 15, and flying across the world alone for sex reassignment surgery at just 18…"

Redefining Realness | Janet Mock

THE DUFF (Kody Keplinger). 17-y.o. Bianca is cynical & loyal, and way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut & slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley. Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too…

Author Kody Keplinger

Poisoned Love, by Caitlin Rother. "Kristin Rossum had everything going for her--beauty, brains, & the start of a brilliant toxicology career. But the 24-y.o. San Diegan was torn between 3 relationships: one with her husband, who was found not breathing & covered w/red rose petals; one w/her married boss; & one w/her old friend, crystal meth. This cautionary tale illustrates how an obsession for passion & easy access to narcotics can devastate not just one life, but many others in the process."

Crash and Burn, by Michael Hassan. "What you know: On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. What you don't know: the words that burn whispered to crash right as the siege was ending, a secret that crash has never spoken of. Until now." #YA

Crash And Burn | Books | Epic Reads

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences. John Moe's letters imagine real life circumstances imposed on fictional characters from literature, films, TV shows, & pop songs. So, in addition to the tortured, homoerotic, correspondences btw Popeye & Bluto, Moe elaborates on the lost log entries of Star Trek's Captain Kirk, a Yelp-like review of Psycho's Bates Motel, Don Draper’s cocktail recipe cards, all of Jay-Z’s "99 Problems" and the complete rules of Fight Club.

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Bad Feminist (Essays). "In these funny, insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) & commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself & our society, but also one of our culture."

Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me. "It’s a star’s responsibility to make sure everyone knows who she’s fucking, who she’s not fucking and who she wishes she was fucking, the knowledge of which should make her much more fuckable in the eyes of the public, thereby increase her asking price and the likelihood that she’ll win an award. The gossip writers call this "canoodling," but any truly ambitious star sees it for what it is: strategic career advancement opp'tys secured through judicious dating."

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I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog by Diana Joseph

Brandon Skyhorse, Take This Man. "He grew up poor in a claustrophobic 1980s Echo Park home w/a Chicana mother who pretended they were Native American, a bisexual grandmother who pretended she was straight and 5 no-account stepfathers who each got out when the getting was no longer good. He & his mom loved each other to the point of claustrophobia, but she also dated men "like a chess master in the park playing 5 games at once." "She also tended to use butcher knives for conversational emphasis."

“My school & my tribe are so poor & sad that we have to study from the same dang books our parents studied from,” Arnold says. “That is absolutely the saddest thing in the world.” Enraged, Arnold beans his geometry teacher w/the book & gets suspended. The teacher, Mr. P., gives him a piece of advice: Get out. He has seen too many promising students fade year by year, beaten down by poverty and hopelessness. “The only thing you kids are being taught is how to give up,” he says. (Sherman Alexie)

"Parents in Idaho called the cops last week on junior-high student Brady Kissel when she had the nerve to help distribute a book they’d succeeded in banning from the school curriculum. The book was Sherman Alexie’s YA “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Published in 2007, it won the Nat'l Book Award & has become popular w/teens, supposedly for its universal themes of fitting in, making sense of race, & sexual discovery." (4/26/14) #BannedBooks

"What do my 30 years sitting in dank locker rooms have in common w/Sgt. Highway in Heartbreak Ridge sitting for 30 years in a dank Marine Corps barracks & w/Sigmund Freud after 30 years of sitting next to a couch? We all asked the same question about women. Because most men will spend their lifetimes being raised by, pursuing, sleeping with, living with, raising & growing old w/females, answering this question might be the most important key to happiness there is." #NBA