Author: Sherry Helms
Enlisted here some popular but selected Books based on True Stories — stories that are both heartening and heart breaking; that are thought-provoking and will make the readers to take solemn pauses at various points while reading them. Take a look:
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – This is a poignant memoir of a teenage girl victim of holocaust, Anne Frank. Discovered in the attic in which Anne spent the last years of her life, this remarkable diary has become a world classic as a powerful reminder of the horrors of the holocaust in Nazis occupying Holland and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom – In this anecdote, Mitch Albom describes the fun-coated and inspiring incidents of his reunion with his old university professor, Morrie Schwartz who is in the final months of his life. This is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world. It is the story of an old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson, which must be read by everyone.
A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer – This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games -games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother’s games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave, and no longer a boy, but an “it”.
Slave: My True Story by Mende Nazer – Mende Nazer lost her childhood at age twelve, when she was sold into slavery. It all began one horrific night in 1993, when Arab raiders swept through her Nuba village, murdering the adults and rounding up thirty-one children, including Mende.
Slave is a story almost beyond belief that depicts the strength and dignity of the Nuba tribe. It recounts the savage way in which the Nuba and their ancient culture are being destroyed by a secret modern-day trade in slaves. Most of all, it is a remarkable testimony to one young woman’s unbreakable spirit and tremendous courage.
Against All Odds by Paul Connolly – Inspiring and touching, this is the success story of Paul Collony’s life started as an abandoned child in an infamous children’s home and later acquired the position of a successful businessman in his adulthood. This book demonstrates how someone with such a bad start in life can turn things around and go on to be a successful businessman with great family values.
They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch – This book takes the readers to a journey through a world of hostile strangers, abusive adults, and suspicious children. At the age of eight, the author began a three-year odyssey through a series of orphan asylums and foster homes, punctuated by episodes of living in the streets, which he eloquently recounts in this bestselling memoir. This is a heart breaking true story.
No More Tomorrows by Schapelle Corby & Kathryn Bonella – This is a heart wrenching story of an innocent woman sentenced to twenty years in a hellhole prison. An excellent true story; must-read for everyone.
It was meant to be a two-week holiday to celebrate her sister’s birthday, but for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. Arrested at Denpasar airport after marijuana was found in her luggage, she became the victim of every traveler’s darkest fear. Over four kilograms of drugs had been planted in her bag after she’d checked it in and she was forced to face the consequences of someone else’s crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are among the harshest in the world.