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Subject: American Coming-of-Age recommendations???
Date Posted: 2/8/2009 12:59 PM ET
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Lately, I've been interested in reading American coming-of-age stories, and I was hoping that some people on here might have some good recommendations for books along those lines...

I've been trying to come up with a list, and so far I've gotten:

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  4. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
  5. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  6. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  7. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
  8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  9. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  10. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
  11. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  12. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  15. Winesburg, OH by Sherwood Anderson
  16. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong-Kingston

Can anyone think of any other great American coming-of-age stories that I should read?

Any/all recommendations would be greatly appreciated...

Last Edited on: 2/9/09 1:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/8/2009 3:45 PM ET
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What a great list!  I would add:

  1. Black Boy - Richard Wright
  2. The Little House books - Laura Ingals Wilder
  3. This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Everything Judy Blume ever wrote

I'll add more as I think of them.

Date Posted: 2/8/2009 4:54 PM ET
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Red Sky at Morning by Bradford

Summer of My German Soldier - Betty Greene

Jane Eyre - Bronte

Where the Red Fern Grows - Rawls

My Antonia - Willa Cather


Date Posted: 3/21/2009 9:43 PM ET
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the perks of being a wallflower...I'm not sure who the author is though

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 10:51 AM ET
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The Human Comedy by William Saroyan

The Pigman by Paul Zindel


Date Posted: 3/31/2009 5:45 PM ET
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King Dork by Frank Portman is fantastic!

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 9:26 PM ET
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is by Stephen Chbosky.  It really is an amazing book.

Subject: My Antonia
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 12:41 PM ET
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My Antonia by Willa Cather

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Date Posted: 4/9/2009 11:37 PM ET
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A Seperate Peace by John Knowles

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

My Side of the Mountain

Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Anything Scott Odell

Date Posted: 5/11/2009 5:26 PM ET
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*The Member of the Wedding* by Carson McCullers (Southern Gothic)

Subject: Bildungsromans
Date Posted: 5/27/2009 11:16 PM ET
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A title that jumps out I do not see on your list, by a Nobel Prize winner, one of his best books.  The Adventures Of Augie March by Saul Bellow.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:36 PM ET
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Rocket scientist Homer H. Hickam, Jr. wrote a delightful memoir of his coming of age in a coal mining town in West Virginia.  The book was called Rocket Boys, but the movie version was entitled October Sky.  So, subsequent printings of the book were called that, too.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 6:41 PM ET
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Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor

Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 8:49 PM ET
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And add a disconnected group of Hemingway's best. The Nick Adams Stories.