There’s nothing like reading the girls’ stories about life in every decade across a hundred years in their own words. Sample the voices of ten decades.
100 Years in the Life of an American Girl is the first book in the 100 Years in the Life series. There’s much more to come, and you can read all about it here.
Have a good story to share with 100 Years in the Life? It could be published in the next book in the series. You don’t even need to be a writer.
There’s so much to enjoy and learn about through real-life experiences, and this new series, 100 Years in the Life, is exactly that: real-life stories about different topics through time.
In this first book in the 100 Years in the Life series, over 50 women and girls tell about girlhood in every decade of a century in their own voices. Birthdates range from 1907 to 2001, with stories of life from rural Maine to the island of Molokai’i. Besides regional diversity, racial diversity is part of the book, too, and stories reveal changes and similarities through the decades. What is life like for a Jewish immigrant from Russia in Indiana in the 1920s? An African-American girlhood in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1960s has its joys and its challenges. Being a Syrian born in Oregon and attending an Islamic private school in Ann Arbor, Michigan on 9/11 gives a new understanding of being American.
What’s similar through time and what’s different? What do you remember and what can you hardly imagine?
You’ll read about the juicy real-life stuff, from the days before telephones to the times toys turned digital.
Explore the website! Enjoy the slideshow — some of the photos from the book. Read excerpts. Be entertained by the blog the blog about a century of American life. Submit your idea for your own story for the next book in the series. If your story is selected to be published, I’ll be in touch with submission details or to set up an interview if you prefer your story written for you.
Over 50 girls tell the stories of a century.
Some of what you’ll read about:
- At five years old in 1912, Mary Ann arrives too late to board the Titanic for the trip across the ocean.
- Lois goes in her dad’s Studebaker to see the first moving picture in town: The Covered Wagon.
- Shannon sneaks into the family bathroom with her new guitar in the 1950s, slicks back her hair with her dad’s Brylcreem and plays she’s Elvis, wiggling her hips and singing, “You ain’t nuthin’ but a hound dog.” One day, Mom walks in.
- At 12 years old in 1969, Victoria goes to Woodstock.
- Suitcases wait by the door at Terri Ann’s house in Saigon in 1975 until the moment her dad, an American GI, gives the word: This is it! Let’s go!
- In the 1980s, Nicole plays Pac Man — and Ms. Pac Man — at the video arcade.
- Risa is raised vegan from birth and even kids at her alternative school don’t always understand.
What’s timeless and what defines a decade? You’ll learn all about it in the pages of this book, available in print and on all e-readers.