Every time I come across this picture on RealSimple.com, I think it must be the epitome of serenity and coziness and refuge from holiday craziness. Back in the real world, in my fireplace-less apartment, things are still pretty cozy (generally New York City speak for “small”) and serene enough. But where I really take refuge is in a good book.
For December, Real Simple Deputy Editor Amy Maclin has rounded up four novels in what she calls the “girl coming-of-age” genre. Some of them may be old friends, and you may even have read all of them before. But you haven’t read them along with the wonderfully droll and charmingly drawly Ms. Maclin. (If only you could blog in a drawl….) The poll is now open, so vote anytime up until 11:59 p.m.EST on Tuesday, November 22!
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
L’Engle brilliantly combines science fiction, fantasy, and girl power in what is widely regarded as a treasure.
The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers
McCullers captures all the awkwardness and pain of adolescence in the tale of a 12-year-old struggling to find her place in the world.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
The sweet-and-sad depiction of a young girl who must deal too soon with the realities of her life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn.
Blume’s book may be the (hilarious) standard-bearer of the genre.