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Adult Books for Teens

Teens aren't restricted just to the library's Young Adult collections. If you want more, try the library's adult collections--there are books on almost any subject you can think of. Once again, there's so much available that we asked our reference librarians to pick just a few fiction and non-fiction titles teens might enjoy. Our public documents librarians even found a few interesting government publications you can look at at the Main Library.


The Yokota Officers Club: A Novel
Sarah Bird
It's 1968, and Bernie Root is rejoining her family on the military base in Okinawa after a year away at college. She's shocked at how different life seems--partly because college was so unlike the base, but also because of something that has happened to her family

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Tracy Chevalier
Competent, quiet, sixteen-year-old Griet takes work as a maid in the household of painter Johannes Vermeer. She discovers a new side of her character when she becomes fascinated with his art, but has to make difficult decisions about her future when he asks her to model for him.

Out of the Night That Covers Me
Pat DeVoto
In the 1950s South, John, an orphaned white boy, is forced into virtual slavery on his uncle's farm. His only escape is with Tuway, a black man he works with, who dreams of heading North for a new life. Readers who liked To Kill a Mockingbird will appreciate this strong, painful story.

Little Boys Come from the Stars
Emmanuel Dongala
This novel is set in a rapidly changing African country where VCRs and fetish makers exist side by side. It's narrated by Matapari, an intellectually ravenous, uncrushably optimistic boy as remarkable as the village life he describes. For American readers, an unforgettable glimpse of another world.

Gabriel's Story
David Anthony Durham
Angry over the shabby Kansas farm his stepfather has bought (though it's a lot for a black family just after the Civil War), Gabriel runs off to be a cowboy. But his slow, sickened realization of the kind of men he has joined sends him on the long trek back home in this quiet novel.

Breathing Room
Patricia Elam
The voices of three women--Moxie, her teenaged daughter, Zadi, and Moxie's friend Norma--ring true in this warm, believable, and appealing look at the lives of contemporary African American women who are experiencing a crisis in their relationships.

Summers at Castle Auburn
Sharon Shinn
A nobleman's illegitimate daughter weighs the merits of a simple life as healer against the politicking at court in this charming coming-of-age fantasy. Corie's eyes are opened to the realities of life as she tries to choose the right path for herself and the kingdom.

Prospero's Children
Jan Siegel
Her father's odd new girlfriend and the missing key to a desk are just two of the mysteries that lead sixteen-year-old Fernanda to think that there is something strange about their cottage. The key will prove to unlock much more than the desk in this first of a fantasy trilogy.


What Are the Seven Wonders of the World? And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists--Fully Explicated
Peter D'Epiro and Mary Desmond Pinkowish
031 D419 1998
Loads of lists, covering everything from "Who are the three gods of the Hindu Trinity?" to "Who were the twelve knights of the Round Table?"

What Makes Flamingos Pink? A Colorful Collection of Q & A's for the Unquenchably Curious
Bill McLain
031 M161 2001
Why do we have eyebrows? Who invented Gatorade? What Makes Flamingos Pink? has answers to questions you've never even thought of.

Hold Me Close, Let Me Go: A Mother, A Daughter, and an Adolescence Survived
Adair Lara
306.8743 L318Zl 2001
Lara writes about her difficulties with her teenage daughter Morgan and their struggle to salvage their relationship.

Summer Jobs for Students
331.115 S955 2001
This book gives details on more than 55,000 jobs in the United States and abroad. It includes employment information, pre-employment training, and contacts.

The Student's Guide to Finding a Superior Job
William A. Cohen
650.14 C6782 1993
Cohen goes through the whole process of a job search, including resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

Your First Job: For College Students--And Anyone Preparing to Enter Today's Tough Job Market
Ron Fry
650.14 F947you 1993
Fry also covers job searching, but includes advice on your first days on the job and how to get to your second job.

Famous Spaceships of Fact and Fantasy
629.47022 qF198 1996
This book guides you through descriptions and projects on real and imagined spaceships from the Saturn rocket to the Star Trek ships. Color pictures and detailed illustrations combine to assist you in constructing your favorite.

You Want a What for a Pet?!: A Guide to 12 Alternative Pets
Betsy Sikora Siino
636.0887 S579 1996
You want a pet, but not an ordinary cat or dog. Something unusual, you think: a tarantula or perhaps a hedgehog. Read about them and ten other alternative pets in this book before you decide.

Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes
Frankie Frankeny
641.5123 F829 2000
From "Amidala Challah" to "Qui-Gon Jinn-ger Snaps", this cookbook features easy to follow recipes for healthful snacks, delicious dishes and sweet treats to tempt the young cook.

Are We an "Us"? A Zits Collection Sketchbook 4
Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
741.5973 qS427a 2001
The most recent collection of cartoons from the popular comic strip "Zits," illustrated by Cincinnati Enquirer cartoonist Jim Borgman.

King for a Decade
Jean-Michel Basquiat
760.092 B316Zb 1998
Born in Brooklyn, New York, artist Jean Michel Basquiat was an important and unique figure in contemporary art. Contains interviews and illustrations from the artist's last ten years, 1978-1988.

98 Degrees
Lisa Degnen
782.42164 fN714Zd 2000
98 Degrees, the boy band with Cincinnati roots, is profiled here in this group biography filled with color photographs.

The Girls of Summer: The U.S. Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World
Jere Longman
796.334082 F469ZL 2000
This book talks about how the U.S. women's soccer team has changed the way we view women and sports. It also includes vivid descriptions of their 1999 win of the Women's World Cup and the various personalities on the team.

Summer of '98: When Homers Flew, Records Fell, and Baseball Reclaimed America
Mike Lupica
796.357097 L965 1999
Lupica, a syndicated sports columnist, writes about the famous home run chase of 1998 and how it brought him and his sons closer together.

Writing Down The Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas For Young People
Lorraine M. Dahlstrom
808.042 D131 2000
An excellent resource for inspiring journal writing, this book overflows with innovative creative writing assignments, all based on the calendar. Daily writing prompts involve a person, place or event meaningful to the date.

Essays That Worked: 50 Essays From Successful Applications To The Nation's Top Colleges
edited by Boykin Curry and Brian Kasbar
808.042 E78 1990
Divided into ten categories, the essays featured were all named as the best by college admissions officers. Advice for writing the essay and an interview with an admissions officer make this a useful guide for the harried high school senior.

First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary Authors
edited by Paul Mandelbaum
813.540809 F527 2000
Forty-two successful authors share their earliest writings. From eight-year-old Amy Tan's essay, "What the Library Means To Me," to ten-year-old Norman Mailer's adventure-fantasy, "The Martian Invasion," the manuscripts remind us that the most celebrated authors were once young writers.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W. Loewen
973 L827 1995
Lies My Teacher Told Me is an indictment of the lifeless history taught in schools.

Government Documents

O*Net Career Exploration Tools
L 37.2: OC 1/5, 1/6, 1/7
Self-administered tests and interest profiles to help those preparing to enter the workforce or continuing their education.

Substance Abuse in Popular Movies and Music
PRES 26.2: SU8
Statistical analysis of drug and alcohol abuse as depicted in the most popular movies and songs of 1996-97.

The Roswell Report: Fact vs. Fiction in the New Mexico Desert
D 301.82/7: R73
Official Air Force report on the alleged crash of an unidentified flying object (UFO) in 1947, including transcripts of eyewitness accounts.

Understanding Tax Forms: From W-4 to 1040
T 22.44/2: 21/SUPP/999/KIT
Materials designed to teach high school students the fundamentals of tax paying, with sample forms and a glossary of terms.