Jon Krakauer’s, INTO THIN AIR; a climb up Mt. Everest; a sudden “rogue storm,” and eight deaths.
Arnost Lustig’s, A PRAYER FOR KATERINA HOROVITZOVA; Just before a girl is tricked into the gas chamber by the Nazis, she gets her revenge.
Jerzy Kosinski’s, THE PAINTED BIRD; an abandoned boy wanders through dangerous World War II Europe–and survives.
Anonymous’s, JAY’S JOURNAL; an intelligent, popular high school students falls in with a gaggle of bad kids, drugs, and the Occult.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s, THE FIRST FOUR YEARS; difficulties and desolation on the Prairie.