Friday, September 16, 2011

Coming of Age Stories

Growing up is no easy task as these novels demonstrate. Compare your own experiences with those depicted here--you're sure to empathize with many of these characters no matter which decade you were born into!

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

When twelve-year-old cartography genius T.S. Spivet receives a prestigious award, he leaves his quiet ranch home in Montana for Washington, D.C., and he learns more about himself and the world around him on his journey.

Goldengrove by Francine Prose

Grieving after the drowning death of her sister, thirteen-year-old Nico falls into a seductive and dangerous relationship with her sister's enigmatic boyfriend during a summer when she realizes that she has moved beyond the help of her parents.

Invisible by Paul Auster

Poet and student Adam Walker meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent, seductive girlfriend, Margot, sending Adam into a perverse triangle that leads to a shocking act of violence that will alter his life.

The Girl who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

After a family tragedy orphans her, Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I., moves into her grandmother's mostly black community in the 1980s, where she must swallow her grief and confront her identity as a biracial woman in a world thatwants to see her as either black or white.

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