coming-of-age

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coming-of-age

Describing something, such as a book or film, that focuses on a character's maturation to adulthood. Her coming-of-age novel focuses on a child born into poverty who goes on to be a Harvard graduate.
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In recent years, Coming of Age Day bashes have taken on an even more serious tone as its population has aged.
The initial focus of The Almighty Johnsons involves the coming of age of Axl Johnson (Emmett Skilton), a young New Zealander who was essentially raised by his older brother Mikkel or Mike (Tim Balme) in the absence of both parents.
Coming of Age at the End of Nature distills the zeitgeist of the twenty-first century.
Jim Lester is the author of two previous coming of age novels-Fallout, which Booklist called " a fast paced, clever coming of age story, Salingeresque in spirit and The Great Pretender, which received consistently excellent reviews on Amazon.
Girls celebrate coming of age in some Native American traditions such as the Apache Sunrise Dance, a four-day ceremony that includes dancing, special clothes, and counsel for the girl from women and elders.
Bush presents Cry of the Goshawk, a novel for young adults about a young man's coming of age.
Jewish Girls Coming of Age places individual experiences within the larger story of a growing youth culture, especially when the book turns to the twentieth century.
Margaret Mead was an influential American cultural anthropologist and feminist who offered the world an unprecedented look into the cultural practices of the people of Samoa through her landmark book Coming of Age in Samoa (1928, Harper Perennial).
It is also the tale of innocence lost, coming of age under life or death circumstances, and learning to trust one's own instincts and others.
In chapter four, the author examines in considerable detail Annie Dillard's An American Childhood and Anne Moody's Coming of Age in Mississippi.
Dirda is now a Pulitzer Prize winner and editor of The Washington Post Book World, and 'An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland' is as much thank you note to the written word as it is autobiography, reports the Miami Herald.
Nierenberg interlaces his story of gospel's coming of age with plenty of foot-pounding, handclapping tunes that let out the Spirit and shake down the rafters.
Biracial kids really are coming of age for the first time now as civil rights movement babies, and they're just now old enough to even write their books," says Cindy Spiegel, co-editorial director of Penguin Putnam's Riverhead Books.
It means a coming of age story, and that is exactly what the process of dissertation is meant to be.