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For those wanting to learn more about new life experiences and cultures, ThriftBooks offers a number of excellent ethnic and cultural biographies. Cultural nonfiction is an absorbing way to enter into the lives and experiences of different ethnicities and cultures and gain a better understanding of their habits, histories, challenges and triumphs.

Brilliant Biographies of History's Important Figures

Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt and Black Elk is the story of Lakota healer and visionary Nicholas Black Elk and his people as they trudged through the brutal days of the late 1800s into the 20th century. Black Elk met Nihardt, a poet and writer, in 1930 and tasked him with sharing the strongly affecting story of Black Elk and the Lakota people with the world.

From the late Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel, came his phenomenal book, Night, the autobiographical story of his time spent in Nazi death camps as a teenager. In addition to an accounting of the events, the text considers those most serious questions surrounding the Holocaust, what it meant to mankind, and the legacy it left.

Autobiographies You Ought to Read

Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance explores the former President's experiences growing up with a Black African father and a white mother in America. Starting with the unexpected death of his father in a car accident, the book takes readers along on Obama's odyssey to understand his life as a member of two different and sometimes conflicting worlds.

Now on Netflix, Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman is a thrilling tale delving into the life of a young Jewish girl who has been brought up in the strict Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism and her escape from the life that trapped her in a loveless and joyless existence.

The Lives of Hidden Gems

Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks brought attention to one of the most important but long-overlooked individuals of the 20th century. The engaging story of how Henrietta Lacks' cervical cancer cells became known as HeLa, the immortal cell line, and how those cells permanently altered the course of medicine, the book also explores patient rights and ethics that are still relevant today.

Geisha of Gion, written by Rande Brown and Mineko Iwasaki, explores Iwasaki's experiences as a geisha. Trained from the age of five to be a "woman of art" and eventually beloved by world leaders and wealthy men alike, Iwasaki's decision to leave the life allowed her to finally share this fascinating portrait of an ancient lifestyle with the world.

Azar Nafsi's Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books is the account of one woman's determination to bring literature and learning to the females in her town. The catch? The setting is the strict Islamic Republic of Iran where the reading of such books was forbidden to women.

Biographies for Children

For elementary readers, the Who Was…? series is an excellent introduction to the world of biographies. These colorful and engaging books run around 100 pages and cover the lives of prominent people throughout history, as well as some who are still alive. (These are entitled, Who Is…?) Figures explored include King Tut, Sacagawea, Martin Luther King, Jr., Anne Frank, and more.

Made for middle school-aged children, Farewell to Manzanar is the harrowing story of the Wakatsuki family's experience as Japanese Americans forced to live inside a prison camp during World War II.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai is a stunning work by the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever awarded the honor. Young adult readers will be captivated by the courage and persistence of Malala and her interminable belief in the power of education.

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