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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Author Barbara Ehrenreich describes how she left her normal life to live in several different cities and took different low-wage jobs to explore the difficulties faced by the working poor.

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Motherland: A Novel
When fifteen-year-old Maya returns to India for the summer, she feels a sense of alienation in the home of her birth. She and her grandmother, Ammamma, deepen their relationship after Maya suffers a serious head injury, and Maya finally learns the truth a
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In The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy Of The Whaleship Essex
by Nathaniel Philbrick
The crew members of the whaleship "Essex" face a daunting situation after their ship is rammed and sunk by a sperm whale. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the crew members attempt to survive the incredibly long journey toward South America in o
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Cover image for Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond
Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond
by Joseph Medicine Crow , Herman Viola
Picture a Crow Indian elder, his wizened eyes catching yours in the ancient flicker of firelight. His mesmerizing stories span the ages, from Custer to World War II to the 21st Century. He is the last traditional chief of his people. He is over 90 years old.
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