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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,224 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jo Ann Beard Narrator: Jo Anna Perrin Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781611200638
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The fourteen-year-old narrator of In Zanesville is a late bloomer; a sidekick, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that 'fudge' can't be said with an English accent. Luckily, she has a best friend with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood. In time, their friendship is tested - by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood. With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the overlooked often burns something radiant.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Masterfully wrought…Downright hilarious and often hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best suspenseful.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A sure-handed first novel…It’s impossible not to be charmed.”

    Washington Post

  • “An exuberant first novel…Beard has a knack for melding the funny and the sad, amplifying small moments into something big.”

    New York Times

  • “Epic and profound. These thoughtful, funny, awestruck, slightly peculiar girls are so endearing, so painfully true.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A fierce, funny, brave, and bracingly honest new novel…Every bit as poignant and powerful as The Catcher in the Rye.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A fresh comic voice and a talent for sharp familiarizing place-details.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mollycakes | 2/18/2014

    " I love coming-of-age stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glucose Johnny | 2/12/2014

    " This novel thrived in the spaces in between the narrative. This is not to say that the story itself was lacking; both typical and unexpected events constitute an engaging and heartfelt tale, told by a narrator instantly likable and relatable, regardless of age or gender. However, the asides and other narrative connective tissues, those moments not crucial to the story buy invaluable to the reading experience, that were the most memorable to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/1/2014

    " Not one of those "can't put it down" books, but I really enjoyed it. If you were growing up in a small town in the late 70's, you'll really be able to relate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy M | 1/31/2014

    " This sounded like a book that would be right up my alley, but it fell flat for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/28/2014

    " My only regret with this book - and I rarely say this - is that I read it too quickly. By the time I felt like I knew the main character, Beth, it was almost too late. Now, I can't decide if that's because I read so fast, or because Beard wrote her that way. It could be either, really - it's a coming of age novel, after all. A little bit random, a tiny bit sparkly and altogether true. True enough, anyway, that I felt like I was in the middle of my own memory. (If my life had been like her life, which it really wasn't.) Anyway. Any self respecting bookworm will love this book, and I think you should read it. Slip a note into my locker and let me know what you thought, okay? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 1/20/2014

    " Read the first 4 or so chapters and just couldnt really get into it. Dont think it was a BAD book, I just personally couldnt get into the material, which is strange for me since the story appeared to be around a teenager, which is a theme I usually gravitate towards. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Dillon | 1/15/2014

    " There seems to be a whole genre of novels about the angst of teenage girls growing up in America in the later half of the twentieth century. This was capably and sensitively written but...been there, done that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlin' Neal | 1/6/2014

    " I love this narrator, the way this book moves, the characters. It's beautifully done. One of my favorite Coming of Age novels ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " Loved this story of an unnamed lead female character who is in 9th grade and all the agony that comes with that...sister, friend, mom, dad, class...nothing is easy. Not to mention boys and school cheerleaders. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brittany | 12/9/2013

    " Didn't even finish this one... I felt like I was reading a book of short stories all stringed together, but nothing ever really happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 12/8/2013

    " One of the most beautifully written novels I've ever read about being a teenage girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Diedrich | 11/11/2013

    " This was a fun book to read. The author has an uncanny ability to get into the head of a jr. high school girl - the thoughts, dialogue and actions all rang so true to me. It's set in the 70's, but as part of the class of '82 it was still relevant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/9/2013

    " Small town teenage girl coming of age book. Made me feel 16 all over again. Shocking and funny and sad and touching. I'm so glad to be off that hormone/new experience roller coaster, but it was good to re-experience and remember how fresh life could be at that time in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cheryl | 10/14/2013

    " Man, did this take me back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Cook | 10/5/2013

    " Not a perfect book by any stretch of the imagination, but if you happened to come of age inteh 70s you will laugh with recognition of that particular era. A good story of friendship and the challenge of fitting in during those wonderful high school years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tameka | 9/15/2013

    " It was fun to visit Zanesville. It was a nice coming of age story! Good summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 1/24/2013

    " Two and a half stars, maybe. The characters were interesting, but where was the plot? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margee | 11/27/2012

    " Somber undercurrents determine the course of this coming-of-age tale, set in the Midwest. While the story is engaging, the overall tone of a young girl's experiences during a pivotal year is, by turns, exhuberant and bewildering, as author Beard makes the trials of adolescence very real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 8/28/2012

    " Though I could relate to the stories the narrator told I just didnt find it that interesting. Yes, being a teenager is hard and everyones family has issues but then what? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cass | 7/19/2012

    " I had such high expectations for this book and ended it feeling let down. Perhaps because the main characters' life experiences were so different from my own, I couldn't connect to them despite the universal truths about adolescence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gretchen Nord | 2/23/2012

    " There were several laugh-out-loud parts in this book and I thought it was fairly well written. But there wasn't enough plot or character development to keep me interested and I found myself skimming toward the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbedjfink | 7/28/2011

    " This book reminded me of my middle school life in the midwest. The book was interesting to me mainly for that reason. 3 stars does not seem like enough, but 4 might be a bit too many. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 6/3/2011

    " nancy pearl find--this is a fun book and was my first kindle purchase "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/19/2011

    " 3 1/2 wonderfully written story of a 14 year old girl growing up in Zanesville, IL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/17/2011

    " 3.5. Read this one quality of writing, and/or you're in the mood for people & place rather than plot. Cool characters/slice of '70's life/the akward nuances of adolescent female friendships/etc. In other words, not much happens, but...'tis ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 5/16/2011

    " made me laugh out loud... heavy identifying with the turmoil of adolescense in this novel. Entertaining "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 5/16/2011

    " Had to abandon this book. Just could not get into the world of the fourteen year old kids; maybe my enjoyment of teaching this age group for so many years didn't allow me to reenter their world?????? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/14/2011

    " Maybe five stars is over-generous, but I love when an author is able to give credible voice to a young teen. This was slice-of-life, humorous, poignant stuff that captures the tragedy of an alcoholic father as deftly as sister-on-sister cruelty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 5/13/2011

    " I loved this book. I'm a fan of Jo Ann Beard's "Boys of My Youth, a book of personal essays. This one is just as good. A touching, wry, insightful coming-of-age story. I couldn't put it down and at the same time I didn't want it to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/5/2011

    " I won this book on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher!! I enjoyed this book and I will recommend my three girls to read it. I reall indentified with the mom in this story. I, in fact say the stupid things that she says to her kids! I probably shouldn't admit that but there you have it. "

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About the Author
Author Jo Ann Beard

Jo Ann Beard is the author of a collection of autobiographical essays, The Boys of My Youth. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Essays, and other magazines and anthologies. She received a Whiting Foundation Award and nonfiction fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

About the Narrator

Jo Anna Perrin is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Disarming the Narcissist by Wendy T. Behary, You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin, American Freak Show by Willie Geist, and many others.