The Greatest American "Coming of age, Arizona" Books of All Time

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Coming of age

The "Coming of age" category of books typically refers to stories that explore the transition from adolescence to adulthood. These books often focus on the challenges and experiences that young people face as they navigate the complexities of growing up, including issues such as identity, relationships, sexuality, and personal growth. Coming of age stories can be set in any time period or cultural context, and may feature protagonists of any gender, race, or background. Overall, the genre offers readers a glimpse into the universal struggles and triumphs of youth, and the process of becoming a fully realized adult.

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  1. 1. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

    The novel follows the journey of a young woman from rural Kentucky who, on her drive west to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, is unexpectedly entrusted with a three-year-old Native American girl. The protagonist settles in Tucson, Arizona, where she builds a non-traditional family with a group of resilient and unconventional women. The narrative explores themes of love, friendship, and the power of the human spirit while tackling issues of social injustice and immigration.

    The 986th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Yes Is Better Than No by Byrd Baylor

    Set in the American Southwest, the novel explores the lives of impoverished Native American families living on the edge of a white man's town. Through the lens of a young girl from the Papago (Tohono O'odham) tribe, the story delves into themes of cultural identity, resilience, and the struggle between traditional ways and the encroaching modern world. The narrative poignantly captures the challenges faced by the community as they navigate poverty, discrimination, and the complexities of adapting to a world that often seems to value material wealth over spiritual richness. The title reflects the optimism and the spirit of affirmation that the characters must embrace to find joy and meaning in their difficult circumstances.

    The 3764th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

    The novel follows the story of Codi Noline, a woman who returns to her hometown of Grace, Arizona to help her aging father. As she reconnects with her community and navigates her complicated relationship with her sister Hallie, who has disappeared in Nicaragua, Codi grapples with feelings of displacement and a lack of identity. The story explores themes of memory, heritage, love, and environmental conservation as Codi learns to find her place in the world and protect the land she calls home.

    The 6885th Greatest Book of All Time

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