I’m a 1960s kid, and I don’t mean a flower child, I mean I was playing Slip n’ Slide and drinking Fizzies all summer in LA. Being so young in the 1960s meant being the unintended guinea pig for products I loved to eat, like chocolate Space Food[...]
The personal story shines a light like nothing else can. And what better way to see what can happen in a girl’s life across a century than to hear some from the first and last stories of Girlhood in America? I’ve selected a portion of a [...]
For the past fifteen years, I’ve celebrated Thanksgiving at my friends’ rustic cabin in Jenner, on the stunning North Coast. There’s no cell service in Jenner and no electricity at the cabin, but the big room where we saute mushrooms fo[...]
Every decade has its flavor, and in Girlhood in America the flavor of each decade between 1910 and 2010 is deliciously clear. The 1910s open the book, with a short history of the country that includes what life was like for girls under thirteen year[...]
Two thousand years ago, the Celts celebrated Samhain, their New Year, on October 31st. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. It was bel[...]
In creating Girlhood in America I discovered that life as a young girl in every decade of a century has more to teach than we could guess. Chasing a horse-drawn fire engine on a New York City street in 1915? We may have seen a black and white photo [...]
100 Years in the Life Book Series
The 100 Years in the Life series is the place to discover what life has been like in every decade of a hundred years through the personal story.
In the first book, Girlhood in America, you’ll see a century through the eyes of girls under thirteen, with 56 stories from every decade between 1910 and 2010 and from all around the country. Influencing events in each decade and fascinating pop culture highlights open every chapter/decade. The series continues with "Teenage Girls! Coming of Age Through a Century," followed by "American Women: Voices of a Changing Century" and "Romance: From Parlor Courtships to Same-Sex Marriages." A stunning century comes to life in the voices of people who were there.