coming of age

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IT (CD Audio)

Stephen King
5
Rated by
Melody M.K.
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

An eternal entity that goes into a sort of hibernation comes back every 27 years, feeding on the fears of children and creating all sorts of chaos in the town of Derry, Maine. The book IT is divided into five parts, moving from the summer of 1958 to 1985.

An illustration of a raven with the outline of a girl overlaid.

Raven Girl

Audrey Niffenegger
3
Rated by
Sam S.
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

Raven Girl is the story of a girl-raven child produced by a lonely postman and the raven he fell in love with. It's a uniquely illustrated, dark, short novel—similar to Niffenegger's The Three Incestuous Sisters. The story opens with a postman rescuing a young raven who has fallen from her nest.

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Signal To Noise

Silvia Moreno-Garcia
4
Rated by
Jesseca B.
Friday, Mar 24, 2017

“Why can’t music be magic? Aren’t spells just words you repeat? And what are songs? Lyrics that play over and over again. The words are like a formula.”

Sing Street cover. A boy and girl walking with hands in pockets.

Sing Street

Anchor Bay Entertainment
4
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Thursday, Feb 16, 2017

It's difficult for me to remember a more joyful, smart, and pleasant coming-of-age movie made in recent years. Sing Street, shot on the streets of Dublin, is filled with vibrant costumes and colorful people and I couldn't help but feel delight as I watched the young characters come to life. During my first viewing, it was easy to make comparisons to the beloved American filmmaker John Hughes of 1980's Chicago fame because of the mutual time period.

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The Boston Girl

Anita Diamant
4
Rated by
Hannah Jane C.
Friday, Feb 3, 2017

The Boston Girl is told by 85-year-old Addie, who revisits her long life of memories during an interview given by one of her grandchildren. It’s an incredibly intimate one-sided conversation that completely ensnares the reader. This storytelling style made me feel as if Addie was my grandmother. Like other special books with superb storytelling, The Boston Girl envelopes the reader inside a bubble. While reading it, you feel like you are living the story and your real life is just an inconv

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Miller's Valley

Anna Quindlen
4
Rated by
LeeAnn B.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Miller’s Valley is a coming of age novel about Mimi Miller, a girl growing up in the 1960s in rural Pennsylvania. Mimi and her family live on the same farm their family has lived on contentedly for generations. But things in Miller's Valley are beginning to change. Mimi’s dad is a farmer, but he’s really the fix-it man for the entire town. Mimi’s mom is a nurse who still manages to be around to raise Mimi and her two brothers.

The Boston Girl

Anita Diamant
4
Rated by
Caitlin T.
Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016

The Boston Girl is a classic tale of a first generation American woman in the early 1900s trying to start a better life. Addie Baum, an ambitious and likeable Jewish woman now in her eighties, tells the story of her youth to her twenty-two year old granddaughter. Her misadventures in a world unimaginable to her family are touching and amusing, though a little too familiar. At its core, this is a historically based coming of age novel intended for adults about the search for knowledge, love and self.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders
5
Rated by
Josh N.
Monday, Mar 7, 2016

"Genre mashups," where an author takes two different genres or sub-genres--for example, romance and steampunk or hardboiled detective and science-fiction--are not exactly new, but they have become a hot topic lately.

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The End of Everything

Megan Abbott
4
Rated by
Cheryl M.
Monday, Feb 29, 2016

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott is a haunting coming-of-age story, ripe with teenage angst and suburban mystery.

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Rapture Practice

Aaron Hartzler
4
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

This is the memoir of Aaron Hartzler, a writer and actor currently living in Los Angeles. The story covers his growing up years right here in the Kansas City metro.

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