Did you know there’s a fabulous book festival right around the corner? If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area this Saturday and Sunday June 3 – 4, come visit me at the third annual Bay Area Book Festival, in Berkeley. On Sunday Jun[...]
The holiday always falls on a Sunday, and for many it involves a Sunday brunch for Mom. As time marches on, Mom’s story changes, though the day on the calendar stays the same. Mom may be older, she may not be well, she may have passed on. For [...]
Almost spitting with bitterness forty years after the fact, an aunt told me recently about a man she saw at a high school reunion. “He used to call me pimple on a stick!” she cried. I had to laugh. At thirteen I would have traded her my good comp[...]
Young girls are vulnerable and aware, influenced by everything around them. They can show a time period more truly than those with more knowledge can. As a memoir teacher, consultant and writing coach, I’ve seen a fascinating palette of realiti[...]
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 [...]
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[...]
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.