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Teen Summer Reading Suggestions: Memoirs & Autobiographies

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

The 2020 Summer Reading Program theme is Imagine Your Story. Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate fairy tales, folk tales, fables, mythology, and more. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.

Memoirs & Autobiographies

Today we'll highlight favorite memoirs or autobiographies, which means that these are the real stories of real people. Whether you want to learn about the real-life journey of a scientist, an athlete or a protester, there are titles for every interest. See our favorites below. 

  • Ordinary Hazards by Nikki GrimesOrdinary Hazards book cover
    Summary: The author recounts her traumatic childhood, with a mother suffering from mental illness, unfortunate experiences in a series of foster homes, and her discovery of her love of writing, which eventually helped her overcome the hazards of her life.
  • Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson
    Summary: Shaun David Hutchinson was nineteen, depressed, gay, and considering ending it all. In this courageous and deeply honest memoir, Shaun takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.
  • Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz
    Summary: A brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder—and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side—in this powerful and inspiring memoir.
Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the links below for a pdf of more book lists. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog. Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library started June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.