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Initial post: Dec 8, 2009 8:39:30 AM PST
My book, Remembered Childhoods, lists and describes 2,800 memoirs that focus on the first 21 years of the writers' lives--from all over the world, as long as they're written or translated into English. It's indexed by subject, author, place, title and has a list of coming-of-age themed movies, as well.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 4:02:13 PM PST
Jen Knox says:
I'll check it out. I am a memoir addict.

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 10:09:37 AM PST
How I Learned to Smoke: An American Girl in Iran

My coming of age memoir set in Iran and Lebanon in the 60's is just out. very exciting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2010 1:22:01 PM PST
Mary Terzian says:
The Immigrants' Daughter: A Private Battle to Earn the Right to Self-actualization

You should try this. Growing up in Cairo. Available on Downloadable from

Mary Terzian

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 8:28:25 PM PST
A. Cooper says:
My book Coloring Outside the Lines: A Memoir, by Aimee Cooper... about adventures experienced and lessons learned in the underground punk scene of early 80's Los Angeles. Available on Amazon, with reviews found at

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 10:03:06 PM PST
abstractionz says:
Tom Sawyer In Hell by Peter Black. A coming of age memoir.

Only 99 cents in the kindle store

Also available in paperback.

All life is a series of stories and Tom Sawyer in Hell is mine. The
narrative follows the misadventures of a naive young man who has
optimistic expectations about life that rapidly go south as he makes
his way through three colleges on two coasts, courts and jails and
small town lawyers, strip clubs, a gig as a Park Avenue doorman,
hopelessness, psychopharmacology, absurdity, and the struggle to land a corporate job.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2011 6:08:18 PM PDT
I hope you found some value and enjoyment from my book, Remembered Childhoods. Thanks for your interest!--Jeff Long

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2011 6:10:06 PM PDT
Thanks for telling me about your memoir! If my book has a second edition, I promise that it will be included.--Jeff Long

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 10:08:20 AM PDT
Check out Rock My World, it tells my story of the 5 1/2 years I spent on the road with some of the greatest rock bands of the 80's as a concert merchandiser

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2011 11:37:31 AM PDT
Dave says:
You may also be interested in my first book 'The Heart of The Sun'. The stories are of a little boy growing up in Guyana (South America) in the 70's, under the Burnham dictatorship. There are also some poetry about introspection and philosophical thoughts.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 9:30:08 AM PDT
SS says:
SS says: Check out Closet Full of Coke: A Diary of A Teenage Drug Queen it's a tragic tale of drug dealers in the 80s.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 3:44:07 PM PDT
With everything in the news today about child molesters, the Jerry Sandusky trial and the ongoing scandals within the Catholic Church, I've recently gotten a book published that you might find very topical. It will help anyone who's interested to understand how this kind of thing continues to happen. It will also give you insight into the affect this type of abuse has on someone that young. It's called "Unraveling Charlie"
If you are interested please go to my website where you can read some sample chapters.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 2:14:17 PM PDT
BulliedGirl says:
Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 7:21:47 PM PDT
Heidi says:
Hyacinth Andersen. All or Nun: Memoir of a Black Catholic Growing Up
Only 2.99 in the kindle store

Description: This memoir is a funny and frank account of what it was like for me to grow up a black Catholic in the 1970's and 1980's while attending parochial schools and dealing with various life events.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 7:12:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 16, 2012 7:13:32 PM PDT
Pulaski Shaw says:
Check out The Avocado Tree. A coming-of-age memoir told from the adult vantage point of Shon Franklin, who on a quest for forgiveness, clarity, and resolve, recounts his seemingly normal eleven year old life, gone awry, circa 1984. Just when he comes to terms with his parent's recent divorce, Shon's mother, Sharon, leaves her parental obligations in Inglewood, California behind for the fast life back in her hometown of Chicago, leaving ex-husband, Earl Jr. to raise Shon and his two young siblings. Now a seemingly motherless child, Shon must learn to cope with abandonment, family misfortune, and congenital dysfunction, all while sorting through life's formative lessons in love, sex, street ethics, and moral character.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 1:03:31 PM PDT
Free August 30th and 31st:
Lesbian Crushes and Bulimia: A Diary on How I Acquired my Eating Disorder

A true story set in 1989, nineteen year old Natasha, obsessively in love with her former school teacher Miss Williams, struggles with her infatuations with women. Having sex with boys, she earns the condemnation of gay and straight worlds. Feeling too fat to deserve romantic involvement with another girl, Natasha stops eating.

The book describes in detail Natasha's clumsy attempts at heterosexuality, the obsessive clinging to unrequited love, her embracing of sexual harassment, and her dysfunctional relationship with body image and food.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 2:03:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2013 2:06:54 PM PST
The Dream Time: An Account of a Ninth Grade Girl of the 60s

Natasha, your book sounds very interesting and unique. In my memoir I also have a strong crush on my woman teacher, more from an admiring-her standpoint. I also have a crush on my short homely art teacher, a man whom I love passionately in my daydreams! I'm only 14-15 years old. Please any who have interest in memoirs look into my book The Dream Time, which has five star reviews, even from people who don't know me!

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 11:52:12 PM PDT
My coming of age memoir was released June 1. Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison
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