Life Stages - Coming of Age Print

Four jacket covers from the coming of age booklistComing of Age - that exhilarating and bittersweet time that we all pass through on the way to adulthood.  Full of challenges, joy and pain, the transition is from relative naïveté to (hopefully) maturity and understanding.  This Life Stages - Coming of Age booklist highlights a few of the many titles written on this theme, spanning most of the century.  Different eras provide different challenges - the poverty of the Depression era, heartbreak of WWII, and civil unrest of the 60s as examples.  Here's a little "did you know?" - to see more titles like this, try a subject search for bildungsromans, a word of German origin meaning "a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character."  A little-known word brought to you by the Library of Congress subject headings!