Books about Maturity

  1. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life

    by Bryan Lee O'Malley
    A young man's misadventures in love, learning lessons of responsibility and maturity.

    Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's "between jobs," and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong, unless a seriously ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. The Red Badge of Courage

    by Stephen Crane
    A young soldier's journey of courage and growth during the Civil War.

    On a cold day, the fictional 304th New York Infantry Regiment awaits battle beside a river. Eighteen-year-old Private Henry Fleming, remembering his romantic reasons for enlisting as well as his ... (Wikipedia)

  3. Mad About the Boy

    by Helen Fielding
    A young woman follows her heart and learns the power of love.

    Move over, Bridget Jones’s diary: She’s back, and this time she’s texting and tweeting. . . Fourteen years after landing Mark Darcy, Bridget’s life has taken her places she never expected. But ... (Goodreads)

  4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    by Judith Viorst
    A young boy experiences a day of unfortunate events, learning to accept his feelings and move on.

    Alexander narrates the story of having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day. From the moment Alexander woke up, he noticed the bubble gum that was in his mouth when he fell asleep had now ... (Wikipedia)

  5. فئران أمي حصة

    by سعود السنعوسي
    A young girl's journey of self-discovery, navigating complexities of tradition and family.

    ما عادت الفئران تحومُ حول قفص الدجاجاتِ أسفل السِّدرة وحسب. تسلَّلت إلى البيوت. كنتُ أشمُّ رائحةً ترابية حامضة، لا أعرف مصدرها، إذا ما استلقيتُ على أرائك غرفة الجلوس. ورغم أني لم أشاهد فأرا داخل ... (Goodreads)

  6. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    by Richard Rohr
    A reflective journey exploring themes of maturity, mid-life crises, and spiritual growth.

    A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life In Falling Upward , Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that ... (Goodreads)

  7. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society

    by Eugene H. Peterson
    A guide to living a life of faith and discipleship in a world that values instant gratification. Peterson emphasizes the importance of perseverance and commitment.

    As a society, we are no less obsessed with the immediate than when Eugene Peterson first wrote this Christian classic. If anything, email and the Internet may have intensified our quest for the quick ... (Goodreads)

  8. The Pilgrim's Progress

    by John Bunyan
    A Christian allegory of a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.

    The entire book is presented as a dream sequence narrated by an omniscient narrator . The allegory's protagonist, Christian , is an everyman character, and the plot centres on his journey from his ... (Wikipedia)

  9. Gift from the Sea

    by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    Exploring the depths of the ocean, seeking solace and wisdom.

    In this inimitable, beloved classic—graceful, lucid and lyrical—Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment as she set them down ... (Goodreads)

  10. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

    by Jennifer E. Smith
    A chance encounter between two strangers leads to a whirlwind romance.

    Quirks of timing feature in this romantic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver find that true love can be unexpected. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  11. The River

    by Gary Paulsen
    A young boy's journey of self-discovery, learning to navigate the wilderness.

    Brian Robeson, a 13-year-old boy who spent 54 days surviving alone in the Canadian wilderness the previous summer, is hired by the government to again live in the woods with only two knives and ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Dept. of Speculation

    by Jenny Offill
    A woman's exploration of relationships, marriage, and motherhood amidst personal and familial struggles.

    Dept. of Speculation is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. ... (Goodreads)

  13. Back When We Were Grownups

    by Anne Tyler
    A middle-aged woman questions her life choices and identity after inheriting her deceased husband's family business.

    Tyler's 15th novel, like most of her work, is set in Baltimore, Maryland . It opens with the sentence, "Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person." The ... (Wikipedia)

  14. Ramona and Her Mother

    by Beverly Cleary
    A young girl's journey of understanding her family dynamics and learning to grow up.

    "People should not think being seven and a half years old was easy, because it wasn't." , At last, Ramona's father, Robert, has a job again, so the Quimbys host a brunch to celebrate. Ramona is ... (Wikipedia)

  15. The Darkest Minds

    by Alexandra Bracken
    Young adults with extraordinary powers fight for survival against a tyrannical government.

    When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to ... (Goodreads)

  16. The Member of the Wedding

    by Carson McCullers
    A young girl's struggles to find her identity and connection in the face of life-changing events.

    The novel takes place over a few days in late August. It tells the story of 12-year-old tomboy Frankie Addams, who feels disconnected from the world; in her words, an "unjoined person." Frankie's ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Morning Glory

    by LaVyrle Spencer
    A woman's personal journey of growth and self-discovery, bolstered by a chance encounter with an old flame.

    LOVE IN A STRANGER'S EYES... ELLY In town, they called her "Crazy Widow Dinsmore." But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule–she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old ... (Goodreads)

  18. The Death of Bees

    by Lisa O'Donnell
    A teenage girl and her young brother struggle to survive after their parents' mysterious disappearance.

    After Marnie discovers the dead bodies of her parents, she and her sister decide against reporting the deaths to the police and instead bury their bodies. Reporting the death would mean social ... (Wikipedia)

  19. Fruits Basket, Vol. 4

    by Natsuki Takaya
    A teenage girl's journey of self-discovery, navigating the complexities of family and relationships.

    Jealousy, rage, regret—the members of the Sohma family are no strangers to these emotions. Tohru Honda's cheerful optimism, however, is like a balm to them. Unfortunately, not every Sohma feels that ... (Barnes & Noble)

  20. Perahu Kertas

    by Dee Lestari
    A young woman's journey of self-discovery, uncovering the secrets of her past.

    Namanya Kugy. Mungil, pengkhayal, dan berantakan. Dari benaknya, mengalir untaian dongeng indah. Keenan belum pernah bertemu manusia seaneh itu. ... Namanya Keenan. Cerdas, artistik, dan penuh ... (Goodreads)

  21. Any Human Heart

    by William Boyd
    A man's life journey, chronicling his loves, losses, and adventures.

    Logan Gonzago Mountstuart, writer, was born in 1906, and died of a heart attack on October 5, 1991, aged 85. William Boyd's novel Any Human Heart is his disjointed autobiography, a massive tome ... (Goodreads)

  22. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?

    by Lorrie Moore
    A nostalgic look back at the friendship between two teenage girls and their summer working at a French theme park.

    The novel is narrated by Benoite-Marie "Berie" Carr. While vacationing in Paris with her husband, Berie recalls her adolescence in Horsehearts, New York. During the summer of 1972, Berie worked with ... (Wikipedia)

  23. The Red Pony

    by John Steinbeck
    A young boy's journey of growth and maturity, through the course of experiencing life on a ranch.

    The book's action begins when Carl Tiflin gives his son Jody a red pony colt . Overjoyed, Jody quickly agrees to all of the conditions his father places on the gift (to feed the pony, to clean his ... (Wikipedia)

  24. The Easter Parade

    by Richard Yates
    The lives of two sisters, Sarah and Emily, are chronicled over several decades as they struggle with love, family, and their own identities.

    In The Easter Parade , first published in 1976, we meet sisters Sarah and Emily Grimes when they are still the children of divorced parents. We observe the sisters over four decades, watching them ... (Goodreads)

  25. The Pigman

    by Paul Zindel
    Two teenagers bond with an elderly man and learn valuable lessons about life and friendship.

    The novel begins with an "oath" signed by John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen, two high school sophomores, who pledge that they will report only the facts about their experiences with Mr. Pignati. When ... (Wikipedia)

  26. Caramelo

    by Sandra Cisneros
    A Latina girl's story of growing up and coming to terms with her cultural identity.

    Every year, Ceyala “Lala” Reyes' family—aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers, and Lala's six older brothers—packs up three cars and, in a wild ride, drive from Chicago to the Little Grandfather and Awful ... (Barnes & Noble)

  27. That Was Then, This Is Now

    by S.E. Hinton
    Two teenage boys, lifelong friends, confront their changing relationship as they grow up.

    Does growing up have to mean growing apart? Since childhood, Bryon and Mark have been as close as brothers. Now things are changing. Bryon's growing up, spending a lot of time with girls, and ... (Goodreads)

  28. The Fate of the Tearling

    by Erika Johansen
    A young queen's quest to save her kingdom from a powerful tyrant.

    "Katniss Everdeen, you have competition."— Entertainment Weekly In the final volume of the the, New York Times, bestselling Tearling trilogy, which has captivated readers around the world, Erika ... (Barnes & Noble)

  29. Certain Girls

    by Jennifer Weiner
    A young woman's personal journey of self-discovery and familial acceptance.

    Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of Good in Bed who found her happy ending after her mother came out of the closet, her father fell out of her ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Reapers are the Angels

    by Alden Bell
    A coming-of-age journey through a post-apocalyptic world.

    Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free. For ... (Goodreads)

  31. Trickster's Queen

    by Tamora Pierce
    A young girl embarks on a quest to save her kingdom, learning to become a leader and master of her own destiny.

    Aly’s adventure continues…. No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe ... (Goodreads)

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