Read an Excerpt!

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.


The Series

Girlhood in America 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.


Get Your Own Story Published!

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.



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. With stories of life from Maine to Molokai’i you’ll see remarkable changes through the decades. You’ll read about the 1920s by a young Russian Jewish immigrant in Indiana, about changes in Little Rock, Arkansas in the 1960s by an African-American girl who grew up where “no one’s a stranger unless you make them a stranger.” Terri Ann tells about being the daughter of an American GI and a Vietnamese mother in the 1970s and growing up in poor rural Georgia. And there’s so much more.

This is the juicy real-life stuff, from the times before telephones to the days toys turned digital.

Enjoy the slideshow — these are some photos from the book. Read excerpts. Have fun with the blog about a century of American life. Submit your idea for your own story for the next book in the series. If it is selected to be published, I’ll contact you with submission details or set up an interview if you prefer your story to be written for you.

Over 50 girls tell the stories of a century.

Available in print and e-book.

About Suzanne Sherman

Suzanne is a writer, professional editor, writing coach and book consultant based in Northern California and online.

Suzanne’s specialty is memoir. Since 1996 she has taught memoir at colleges and universities, privately, and online. See for more.

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Readers Say…

Linda Joy Myers

I love this book! It’s an important testimony to the lived history of decades of young girls, with the clever addition of cultural history for each era to give context for the personal stories. Informative, fun and illuminating. A treasure!

Linda Joy MyersPresident of the National Association of Memoir Writers
Susan Hagen

Brilliant! This powerful collection of personal stories weaves the American experience like I’ve never seen done before.

Susan Hagenco-author Women at Ground Zero:
Stories of Courage and Compassion
Matilda Butler

Enlightening and entertaining! Jewels.

Anne Hill

A magical tour through a rich era of history! Suzanne’s skills with storytelling vividly bring these girls to life. My young nieces and I love every one of the stories!

Anne Hillco-author of Circle Round