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Striving and Conquering

Updated: June 17, 2016

Robach, Amy,
Call Number: 616.99449 R628

A riveting memoir by the Good Morning America anchor on her battle with breast cancer, in which she speaks candidly about how her illness impacted her family life and her marriage, tapped into her deepest fears and strengths, and transformed her in ways she never could have imagined.

Miller, Kelsey,
Call Number: 613.2 M648

A memoir that chronicles an overweight young woman’s journey into self-loathing and disordered eating--and out of it. 

Gladwell, Malcolm, 1963-
Call Number: 174 G543-1

A fascinating look at underdogs and misfits who succeed, and why.

Kwok, Jean.

The moving tale of a Chinese immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and a world only half understood, who endures many hardships but ultimately triumphs in her new life in America. Based on the author's own experiences!

Mellon, Tamara, 1967-
Call Number: 746.52 M527

A candid business narrative and memoir from the founder of Jimmy Choo, who fought hostile takeover attempts with integrity and strength.  A must-read for entrepreneurs, fashionistas, and anyone who loves a juicy true story about money, power, high heels, and overcoming adversity.

King, Poppy.
Call Number: 658 K535

A business memoir by the founder of Poppy Lipsticks takes you on her extraordinary journey through the world of business and teaches you how to be more entrepreneurial in your own life.

Copeland, Misty.
Call Number: 793.324 C782

Misty Copeland overcame the odds of a dysfunctional home, racism, and a late start with ballet lessons to became a star and soloist with American Ballet Theatre.  No matter what the odds, obstacles or pain, in life and in ballet, her autobiography conveys her indomitable spirit and passion for dance.

Betts, Kate, 1964-
Call Number: 746.84 B565

The inspiring memoir of an American girl who moved to Paris and struggled to work her way up in the publishing industry, ultimately becoming the editor of  Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Cumming, Alan, 1965-
Call Number: 812.092 C9712

A searing memoir of a childhood living with his abusive father and how he rose above his difficult past to become the talented and beloved star he is today.

Seabrook, John,
Call Number: 780.7 S438

A fascinating look at how professional songwriters and music producers create hits.

Manning, Lauren.
Call Number: 322.420973 M283

A partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, Manning was burned over 80 percent of her body during the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on 9/11. Here she recalls 10 long years of recovery while detailing the early experiences that taught her the will to survive.

Hanagarne, Josh, 1977-
Call Number: 020.92 H233

An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette's found salvation in books and weight-lifting--and became a librarian.

Rhimes, Shonda,
Call Number: 809.295092 R473

The creator of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" details the one-year experiment with saying "yes" that transformed her life.

Day, Felicia, 1979-
Call Number: 812.092 D2735

The inspiring story of a former lonely homeschooled girl who, with great perseverance, overcame her isolated childhood to become one of the most influential creators in new media, becoming an Internet star producing her own web series and owning her own production company.