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Coming of Age

These stories tell of the tribulations of young people who grow up and grow into their adult role in society.

Little Women

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Four sisters grow up in New York during the Civil War. Each has a serious character flaw; Meg - greed, Jo - anger, Beth - crippling shyness, and Amy - selfishness. This is the story of how they overcome those flaws to become archetypal daughters, wives, and mothers.

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The Good Earth

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

This book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. It is the story of a farm family in China in times of famine, flood, and prosperity. A farmer, Wang Lung, who lives with his widowed father, marries O-Lan, the homely former slave of a wealthy household, the Hwang family. The plot involves theft, religion, and polygamy.

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My Antonia

My Antonia by Willa Cather

Jim Burden, an orphan, goes to live with his grandparents in Nebraska, and finds himself spending lots of time with Antonia, the daughter of an immigrant Bohemian family. Jim and Antonia grow up in different financial circumstances.

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

Franklin's Autobiography has received widespread praise, both for its historical value as a record of a Founding Father and for its writing style. It is often considered the first American book to be taken seriously by Europeans as literature.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

First in a series of novels about Anne Shirley, who is adopted by an elderly pair of siblings to help with farm chores on Prince Edward Island (they had asked for a boy). Anne struggles to fit in and win the love of her reluctant adoptive parents.

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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

A novel of antisocial adolescence and alienation. This book is both the most banned in America (sex, profanity, alcohol abuse) and the most taught as part of a required literature curriculum. Revealing insights into the mind of a mentally disturbed adolescent. Not suitable for children.

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Look Homeward, Angel

Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe

Wolfe's first novel, published in 1929, is slightly autobiographical, and Wolfe uses the main character, Eugene Gant, as a stand-in for himself. It shows his maturing from birth to the age of eighteen in a fictional southern town. Many of the characters of Look Homeward, Angel were strongly based on real people from Asheville, and were often not portrayed in a pleasing manner. This resulted in a certain estrangement between Wolfe and his hometown, and it is speculated that this formed some of the basis for his later work, You Can't Go Home Again.

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