Coming of age books can be iffy. "A Day No Pigs Would Die" is a sweet book that gives you a look into the life of a young boy growing up as a Shaker. I had an image of Jethro Bowdean (sp?) from the Beverly Hillbillys show as I heard the thoughts and conversation of young Robert Peck. Since Robert Peck is also the author of the book it is probably autobiographical, although written as a novel. You will delight in his stories of life on the farm, even as you agonize with the harsh realities of that same life. A young boy or young man would find this book a good read - and perhaps learn a thing or two about what it means to take on the responsibilities of manhood.