Growing up isn’t easy, but it is simple to borrow a coming-of-age story from the Lititz Public Library. Join the literary journey and follow a young character on the path to adulthood.
A Theory of Expanded Love by Caitlin Hicks
A girl from a large, devout Catholic family creates a hilarious campaign of untruths when the pope dies in 1963, and their family friend is unexpectedly on the short list to be elected the first American pontiff.
Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Fresh out of rehab, pregnant and alone, a nineteen-year-old is encouraged to have her baby but struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves.
Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
A fourteen-year-old boy, living in a family cabin on Oregon’s Mount Hood and dreaming of a future away from his family, crosses paths with a pine marten who is leaving his family and setting off on its own.
Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
A boy and his great-uncle flee domesticity for a cross-country adventure from Wisconsin to Montana.
In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
In December 1992, three groups of teenagers from different parts of the country head to the theater to see a movie version of a famed comic book and over the next two decades they become entwined by friendship, ambition, fame and tragedy.
I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy
When her father is murdered at their summer beach house, a twelve-year-old’s mother is the prime suspect until the police discover his second wife, and then his third.
The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill
Nineteen-year-old twins try to outrun the notoriety foisted upon them through association with their once-famous father.
Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
In Depression-era Mississippi, a girl escapes her abusive parents by running off with a gypsy caravan where she uncovers generations of shocking family secrets.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
A young man who was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old meets a curmudgeonly widower who teaches him that you only get one shot at life.
The Road from Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
Seen through the eyes of the youngest daughter, a family faces triumph and hardships during the Great Depression and WWII.
Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Two motherless sisters are shuttled to family in Virginia where one sister easily adjusts and makes friends and the other becomes withdrawn.
On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry
An eighty-year-old woman looks back on her life and flight from Ireland under the threat of death from the IRA, surviving heartache, the challenges of the Great Depression and multiple wars.
Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven
A young woman leaves Appalachia to pursue her dream of being a singer but discovers she wants to be a female pilot after her brother treats her to a surprise flying lesson.
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Sri Lanka boards a ship bound for England where he meets two other boys and they plunge from one adventurous discovery to another.
The Bird’s Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
Lost in memories, two sisters who live alone in the house where they grew up recount their youth and what could have been.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
A girl’s world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered that the Earth’s rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic threat to all life.
October 16, 2015