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Coming of Age Bibliography

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Coming-of-Age Fiction



Featured Memoirs


Allende, Isabel. Paula. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain. New York: Knopf, 1989.

Conway, Jill Ker. True North: A Memoir. New York: Knopf, 1994.

Conway, Jill Ker. A Woman's Education. New York: Knopf, 2001.

Fuller, Alexandra. Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood. New York: Random House, 2001.

Graham, Katherine. Personal History. New York: A. A. Knopf, 1997.

Him, Chanrithy. When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.

Markham, Beryl. West with the Night. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1942.

Min, Anchee. Red Azalea. New York: Pantheon, 1994.

O'Connor, Sandra Day, and H. Alan Day. Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest. New York: Random House, 2002.

O'Faolain, Nuala. Are You Somebody? The Accidental Memoir of A Dublin Woman. New York: Henry Holt, 1998. Reichl, Ruth. Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table. New York: Random House, 1998.

Reichl, Ruth. Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table. New York: Random House, 2001.

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More Coming-of-age Memoirs


Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 1969. (Arkansas/California)

Broker, Ignatia. Night Flying Woman: An Ojibway Narrative. St. Paul, Minn.: Minnesota Historical Society, 1983. (Minnesota)

Campbell, Maria. Halfbreed. New York: Saturday Review Press, 1973. (Canada)

Crowley, Elaine. A Dublin Girl: Growing Up in the 1930s. New York: Soho Press, Inc., 1998. (Ireland)

Dillard, Annie. An American Childhood. New York: Harper & Row, 1987. (Pennsylvania)

Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa. London: Cassell, 1937. (Kenya)

Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. New York: Modern Library, 1952. (Holland)

Frame, Janet. An Autobiography. Auckland, N.Z.: Random Century New Zealand, 1989. (New Zealand)

Grealy, Lucy. Autobiography of A Face. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994. (New York)

Huxley, Elspeth. The Flame Trees of Thika: Memories of an African Childhood. New York: W. Morrow, 1959. (Kenya)

Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Written by Herself. L. Maria Child, ed. Boston: 1861. (North Carolina)

Kaplan, Alice. French Lessons: A Memoir. Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1993. (Minneapolis, Switzerland)

Karr, Mary. Liar's Club. New York: Viking, 1995. (Louisiana)

Kaysen, Susanna. Girl, Interrupted. New York: Turtle Bay Books, 1993. (Boston)

Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. New York: Knopf, 1976. (California)

Mairs, Nancy. Remembering the Bone House: An Erotics of Place and Space. Philadelphia, Pa.: Harper & Row, 1989.

McCarthy, Mary. Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1937. (Connecticut)

Minatoya, Lydia Yuri. Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian American Odyssey. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. (Upstate New York)

Moody, Anne. Coming-of-age in Mississippi. New York: Dial Press, 1968. (Mississippi)

Piercy, Marge. Sleeping with Cats: A Memoir. New York: William Morrow, 2002. (various locations, United States)

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. London: Heinemann, 1963. (New York City)

Warren, Rhoda Bailey. Appalachian Mountain Girl. Chicago: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1999. (Kentucky)

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Coming-of-age Fiction


Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out of Carolina. New York: Dutton, 1992. (South Carolina)

Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1991. (Dominican Republic/ New York City)

Margaret Atwood. Cat's Eye. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1988. (Toronto)

Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle. Plainfield, Vt.: Daughters, Inc., 1973. (Pennsylvania)

Cather, Willa. The Song of the Lark. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1915. (Colorado)

Chase, Joan. During the Reign of the Queen of Persia: A Novel. New York: Harper & Row, 1983. (Ohio)

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. Houston, Tex.: Arte Publico Press, 1988. (New York City)

Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions. London: Women's Press, 1988. (Tanzania)

Davis, Thulani. 1959: A Novel. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992. (Virginia)

Eliot, George. The Mill on the Floss. London: W. Blackwood and Sons, 1860. (England)

Franklin, Miles. My Brilliant Career. Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1974. (Australia)

Gibbons, Kaye. Ellen Foster. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Taylor Publishing Co., 1987. (Southern US)

Kelley, Edith Summers. Weeds. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1928. (Kentucky)

Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1985. (Antigua)

Laurence, Margaret. The Diviners. New York: Knopf, 1974. (Canada)

Marshall, Paule. Brown Girl, Brownstones. Chatham, N.J.: Chatham Bookseller, 1959. (Brooklyn)

Meriwether, Louise. Daddy Was a Number Runner. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1970. (Harlem)

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye: A Novel. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. (Ohio)

Munro, Alice. Lives of Girls and Women. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1971. (Canada)

Robinson, Marilyn. Housekeeping. Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1980.

Santiago, Esmeralda. Almost A Woman. Reading, Mass.: Perseus Books, 1998. (New York City)

Shange, Ntzoke. Betsey Brown: A Novel. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985. (St. Louis)

Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1943. (New York City)

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Putnam's, 1989. (San Francisco)

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