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Shipwreck at the bottom of the worldShipwreck at the bottom of the world
by Armstrong, Jennifer
J 919.8904 ARMDescribes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.


The Perilous Journey of the Donner PartyThe Perilous Journey of the Donner Party
by Calabro, Marian
J 979.403 CAL

Uses materials from letters and diaries written by survivors of the Donner Party to relate the experiences of that ill-fated group as they endured horrific circumstances on their way to California in 1846-47.


Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of BurialCorpses, Coffins, and Crypts: A History of Burial
by Colman, Penny 
YA 393.09 COL

  • Documents the burial process throughout the centuries and in different cultures.


Getting Away with Murder : The True Story of the Emmett Till Case Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
by Crowe, Chris 
364.1523 CRO

    • Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.


Bodies From the AshBodies from the Ash
by Deem, James M.

In ancient times, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived in the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing more than a mountain. But Vesuvius was a volcano. And on the morning of August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within 24 hours, the entire city of Pompeii and many of its citizens had been utterly annihilated.


Guinea Pig Scientists : Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and MedicineGuinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine
by Dendy, Leslie A.
J 616.027 DEN

Stories of ten men and women, from the 1770s to the present, who devoted their lives, and sometimes risked them, to answer some of the big questions in science and medicine.


Stick Figure : A Diary of my Former SelfStick Figure: A Diary of my Former Self
by Gottlieb, Lori 
616.8526 GOT

After happening upon the diary she kept when she was eleven years old, Gottlieb was moved to publish this chronicle of her struggle with anorexia nearly 20 years after she wrote it.


Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster
by Krakauer, Jon 
YA 796.522 KRA

Journalist Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for this epic account of the May 1996 disaster.


The Fire that will not Die The Fire that will not Die
by Michele McBride

With medical science now making great advances in treating burn victims using synthetic skin grafts, this book brings home the deep physical and psychological scars that stay with a burn vicitm for life.


Something out of Nothing: Marie Curie and RadiumSomething out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium
by Carla Killough McClafferty

Meet Manya Sklodowska, better known today as Marie Curie the co-discoverer of radium, who became the first woman awarded the Nobel prize for her work on the discovery. Learn what life was like for Marie, and the effect her discovery had on the world.


An American Plague : The true and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793An American Plague: The true and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
by Murphy, Jim
J 614.541 MUR

It’s 1793, and there’s an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city’s residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name–yellow fever–but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown, and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation’s birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.


Blizzard! : The Storm that Changed AmericaBlizzard!: The Storm that Changed America
by Murphy, Jim 
J 974.7104 MUR

Presents a history, based on personal accounts and newspaper articles, of the massive snow storm that hit the Northeast in 1888, focusing on the events in New York City.


Left for Dead : A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS IndianapolisLeft for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis
by Nelson, Peter
YA 940.5459 NEL

Recalls the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis at the end of World War II, the navy cover-up and unfair court martial of the ship’s captain, and how a young boy helped the survivors set the record straight 55 years later.


Hidden Evidence : 40 True Crimes and how Forensic Science Helped Solve themHidden Evidence: 40 True Crimes and How Forensic Science Helped Solve Them
by Owen, David
363.25 OWE

The author uses 40 famous crimes to explain how forensic sciences has developed over time, how sophisticated it has become, and how science has helped to solve the crime. Written by an expert and thoroughly researched, it is intended for a trade audience.


The Hot ZoneThe Hot Zone
by Preston, Richard 
614.57 PRE

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus.  The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.


AliveAlive: The Story of the Andes Survivors
by Read, Piers Paul
982.6 REA

True story about how a group of people who survived an airplane crash in the Andes had toresort to cannibalism in order to stay alive.



Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human CadaversStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Roach, Mary
611 ROA

An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For 2,000 years, cadavers, some willingly, some unwittingly have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They’ve tested France’s first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.