If you like "The Invisible Circus" by Jennifer Egan...

If you liked "The Invisible Circus" by Jennifer Egan, you may enjoy
these novels for their 1960's and 1970's settings:

"The Jane Austen Book Club" by Karen Joy Fowler

A funny and touching book about 5 women and 1 man who meet to discuss
Jane Austen's books. Over the course of six months, each member
reminisces about events from his or her life.

"Crazy in Alabama" by Mark Childress

"The world turns upside down and everything goes a little crazy in this
tale by the author of Tender about a hot, restless summer and an
unforgettable woman who looks for salvation in Hollywood."-summary from
the catalog

"Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami

"Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in
Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman,
but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best
friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the
loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures
and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into
her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a
fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman. A poignant
story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood
takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and
heroic love."-summary from the catalog

"The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis

"A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his
middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When
Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble, they
head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape
him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is
blown up."-summary from the catalog

"In Country" by Bobbie Ann Mason

"Sam, 17, is obsessed with the Vietnam War and the effect it has had on
her life: losing a father she never knew and now living with Uncle
Emmett, who seems to be suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. In
her own forthright way, she tries to sort out why and how Vietnam has
altered the lives of the vets of Hopewell, Kentucky. Her untempered
curiosity and imagination sprint off in all directions as she examines
closely the often undiscussed, but always noticed, aspects of daily
life. In this coming-of-age novel, Sam ponders many problems, among them
Emmett's crusty, salve-covered pimples, veteran Tom's inability to have
an erection and her good friend Dawn's pregnancy. Although Sam lives in
a disheveled, tawdry house, she brings a freshness of spirit to the way
she scrutinizes and revels in life. When she wants to understand living
conditions in the Vietnam jungles, she decides she has to experience it,
so spends the night beside a local swamp. A harshly realistic,
well-written look at the Vietnam War as well as the story of a young
woman maturing."-reviewed by Pam Spencer in School Library Journal.
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"World of Pies" by Karen Stolz

"In this enchanting first novel, Stolz creates a poignant and
exquisitely written episodic tale of family, food, and love set in a
small Texas town in the 1960s."-summary from the catalog

Not set in the 1960's or 1970's, but a wonderful coming-of-age story of
a young girl:

"The Member of the Wedding" by McCullers, Carson

"Rarely has emotional turbulence been so delicately conveyed," said The
New York Times of Carson McCullers's achingly real novel about Frankie
Addams, a bored twelve-year-old madly jealous of her brother's impending
marriage. Frankie was afraid of the dark and envious of the older girls.
But as F. Jasmine, in a pink dress, she looked sixteen. No longer a
child, she accepted a date with a red-haired soldier and purchased a
sophisticated gown for the wedding. F. Jasmine had plans."-summary from
the catalog

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Mary M. Buck