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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn | Betty Smith
The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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My library loan expires this weekend and there are others waiting, so I finished listening ahead of schedule. I can completely see why so many readers connect to the experiences of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing, and I loved how well I felt that I got to know the characters.

Thanks @CoffeeNBooks for finally motivating me to read this book and I look forward to the rest of the discussion!

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I really enjoyed this short scene about the autograph books and the rhymes fellow students wrote to Francie. They‘re creative and amusing. Just a few weeks ago, my dad was showing me these same kind of autograph books from my grandparents‘ school days in the 1930s.

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Scochrane26 I thought these were cute, too. I had an autograph book as a kid (I guess because we didn‘t have yearbooks that young), but kids didn‘t put rhymes in it. (edited) 2d
Daisey @Scochrane26 My grandma had one with signatures from several years. It was fascinating to see. A lot of the younger kids had just signatures or short lines somehow including “remember me.” The really entertaining rhymes were mostly high school students. 1d
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I first learned about these incubators for premature babies when reading The Electric Woman and found it interesting to see them mentioned here. Again Sissy is pretty creative in her methods.

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MidnightBookGirl I loved Educated! 5d
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Lifeisasnap Can you use all your senses in this section? That i think is what makes Betty Smith‘s writing style so miraculous. It‘s a true gift to write like she did. I‘ve read a ton of books & there are a few handfuls over the last two years that i can say reach to what she did. Maybe our TV consumption has dulled our minds to not write as descriptively as so many of the classics are written. I‘m not sure, i just know my favs are all older. I‘m generalizing. 5d
Lifeisasnap Thanks for hosting!! 5d
Hooked_on_books Sissy confronting the teacher was just outstanding. I‘ve liked Sissy all the way through, but I really loved her after that scene. 5d
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janeycanuck @Hooked_on_books yeah, that was a great scene part of the book. So was the chapter about Evy and the horse! Smith is injecting such wonderful humour into this book, it would be such a heartbreak otherwise. 5d
CoffeeNBooks @Hooked_on_books @janeycanuck Yes! Those scenes were great! 5d
dariazeoli I agree with what everyone else has said. I also really loved how much the scene with the baby being hit with the rock impacted Francie. You could feel her shame in the way it was written. 5d
OriginalCyn620 I agree with you all. And yes, @janeycanuck the humor sprinkled in here and there is a welcome respite from all the sadness. 5d
catiewithac I love how tender Johnnie is in this part of the book. How he supports Francie‘s desire to change schools and cleans her arm after the vaccine. Despite his flaws, he has such a magnificent heart! 5d
CoffeeNBooks @catiewithac I agree! I think we saw a side of him that we hadn't seen before. 5d
Readswithcoffee I loved the description of the stores in the neighborhood. 5d
BarbaraJean @catiewithac Yes—I love that Johnny is a more complex character than just the drunk father who can‘t get/keep a job. The chapter where he takes the kids fishing was so heartbreaking to me. He does try so hard in some ways! And I feel like he provides the emotional support that Francie doesn‘t get from Katie. 5d
BarbaraJean @dariazeoli Yes—there‘s so much going on in that scene! Francie is struggling with her shame at not standing up for Joanna, but also with the ideas of “good” & “bad” she‘s being taught vs. her own natural sense of right & wrong. We also see that with Sissy—I love how the narrative questions the labels of good & bad, showing the contrast between “bad” women like Sissy & Joanna vs. “good” women who throw actual ROCKS at a young mother & her baby! 5d
Chab256 @catiewithac Yes, Johnny really does love his daughter despite his various character flaws. His redeeming characteristics make me that much sadder for him in many ways though... 5d
mrp27 Loving every bit of this book. The Christmas chapter really stood out, I felt like I was there and could feel the cold and smell the tree. Also loved Sissy confronting the teacher and Francie's desire to change schools. That really hit me and I hope her desire for schooling brings real change for her. 5d
Scochrane26 I‘m a little late in responding. I read most of this section today, but then had to go a few places. I really liked this section, better than the first. The humor, the scenes when Johnny is helping Francie, & her thoughts about how women treat each other were my favorite. Excited to read the next section. 5d
catiewithac @mrp27 I loved Aunt Sissy‘s improvisation, too!! Francie had no choice but to become a writer with all these characters in her life! 5d
catiewithac I only underlined one thing in this section: Johnny‘s comment to Francie about the painted lady. “‘There are very few bad people. There are just a lot of people that are unlucky.‘” We‘re all just doing our best here. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I agree with @BarbaraJean about Johnny. The fishing trip was a memorable scene for me- heartbreaking but also funny in parts. 5d
rubyslippersreads @catiewithac I think Johnny and Katie are both just doing the best they can, in different ways. 5d
Readswithcoffee I really like the way you have structured this buddy read with the questions being posted once a week instead of at the end of the month. Reading in smaller chunks lets me concentrate more on the descriptive language, the development of the characters, etc. 4d
dariazeoli @catiewithac That‘s a great line! 4d
Daisey @janeycanuck I really enjoyed the section about Eve and the horse as well. These sections of humor really are great and help balance the tougher sections. 4d
Daisey @catiewithac @BarbaraJean I agree that one of the great things about Johnnie is the complexity of his character. To me this seems a complexity that would resonate with a lot of readers. 4d
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Hooked_on_books I wanted to smack her. She doesn‘t support her daughter at all. It‘s deplorable. 5d
janeycanuck @Hooked_on_books yeah, I didn‘t love it either. There‘s that whole chunk where Katie was mulling over how her kids needed an education but that it would put them above her, etc. So I think she‘s conflicted - she wants better for her kids but also is struggling with the idea that they may lose respect for her. So I think she‘s trying to protect herself? But you‘re right - she‘s Francie‘s mother and should be supportive!! 5d
dariazeoli Katie is so frustrating. She spends so much energy protecting herself when allowing herself to support Francie in a demonstrative way would be so good for both of them! 5d
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OriginalCyn620 As a mom, I think she‘s horrible. If it had been Neeley, she would‘ve dropped everything and thrown a parade. Okay, maybe not. It‘s like she can‘t be bothered to show even the slightest bit of attention or love to her daughter. It was the same with the Christmas presents! 5d
BarbaraJean I was frustrated by her response, but I also wonder if she didn‘t understand how much it meant to Francie. I think Katie and Francie are two entirely different personalities—Katie is practical and always thinking of how they will get by (thus her not having time to read the story b/c she has to go back to work) and Francie is an observer and a dreamer. Katie even thinks at one point how they don‘t understand each other. ⤵️ 5d
BarbaraJean I think Katie is a different type of mother than Francie really needs—Katie tries her best to provide a better future for her kids in the way she knows how. But she does that in practical rather than emotional ways. Francie needs that encouragement and support, but I think those are things Katie doesn‘t really understand how to provide. 5d
Readswithcoffee Definitely no ‘Mother of the Year‘ award for Katie! Shame on her. 5d
catiewithac @janeycanuck I agree with you. When Katie has her moment of enlightenment as the Christmas tree comes upstairs, she realizes that she needs her kids to be better than herself but will also resent it. She anticipates Francie feeling ashamed of her parents. But this fear is self-fulfilling. If Katie had been capable of vulnerably and tenderness she might have a better relationship with Francie. 5d
mrp27 I'm not a parent so it's really difficult for me to understand Katie and her response. I don't get at all how she can admit loving and caring about Neely more. I get that a parent can feel differently about their children but to love one less is mind boggling. Can't she just fake it for Francie's behalf or is she just raising her up to face the harsh realities of life? 5d
rubyslippersreads I think part of it is that Katie wants to suppress any of Johnny‘s characteristics that show up in Francie, even the good ones, like dreaming and creativity. In Katie‘s eyes, those are useless and dangerous things. 5d
Scochrane26 I was irritated with Katie, too, in these scenes. But, I do think it‘s easy, especially for mothers, to get caught up in everything you have to get done & forget to stop & spend time w/ your kids. I see that today w/ mothers a lot. For Katie, she‘s trying to make sure her family has basic needs. See Maslow‘s hierarchy of needs 5d
catiewithac @Scochrane26 Are you a nurse? Nursing school beats Maslow‘s hierarchy of needs into our heads!! As much as I love Johnny, I feel for Katie, too. She married an alcoholic and has to provide everything for her family. This burden obviously hardened her in ways she could not have imagined as a young woman. 5d
Scochrane26 @catiewithac Lol, I‘m a social worker/therapist. I often work w/ low-I come fams & have found that if they‘re basic needs aren‘t met, they can‘t focus on therapy, positive attention, etc. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm I feel so sad for Francie. 5d
TheBookHippie @mrp27 my mother raised her children like this hated me loved my brother and it is mind boggling. I read this book the first time and was like AHA! 19h
TheBookHippie @Scochrane26 I see this in my title one school kiddos too. 19h
TheBookHippie @janeycanuck I‘ve had parents throw away books I‘ve given their kids because they are only allowed to read at their level not higher ... 19h
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books it‘s mind boggling to me. 19h
TheBookHippie Sorry I‘ve been retreading and I love it all over again! Catching up now with these!!!! 19h
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Hooked_on_books I think and hope so. One would think winning a contest would spur her on to continue writing, encouraging her interest. Plus, seeing your piece in print—wow! 5d
Chab256 Absolutely, especially since we know ATGIB is a a semi-autobiographical novel of Betty Smith's life. 😉 5d
Lifeisasnap Absolutely! I picture Francie as Betty when she was writing this story. If she didn‘t my writing would‘ve never happened. She, Francie inspired me. 5d
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CoffeeNBooks When Betty Smith was 11, she was able to get two of her poems published in a Brooklyn newspaper. Unfortunately, her father died when she was 12, and she had to quit school to help support her family. She continued writing, and eventually won a $1500 prize for a play called Francie Nolan. She used the money to buy a typewriter, continued to dream of becoming a novelist, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was finally published in 1943 when she was 47. 5d
Hooked_on_books What a great story. I‘m really glad you shared this! 5d
janeycanuck @CoffeeNBooks that‘s a wonderful story. I didn‘t know any of that! 5d
janeycanuck There‘s a lot of foreshadowing about her father‘s death. But her mother keeps saying she wants her children to have an education. So I assume that Francie will have to leave school to help support the family when her father dies but that writing will be her primary pastime when she‘s not working. 5d
dariazeoli I do! 5d
OriginalCyn620 Oh, I hope so! Writing seems to be an outlet for her and I hope she sticks with it. 5d
OriginalCyn620 @CoffeeNBooks I didn‘t know that, but how awesome! Thanks for sharing! 😊 5d
Readswithcoffee I think she will continue because she is so proud to have won the contest. Thanks for the info on Betty Smith, @CoffeeNBooks. 5d
catiewithac I started writing diary entries when I was 12. I‘m reading Emily of New Moon right now, and her diary entries are similar. That‘s such an interesting time of life (and burgeoning self-awareness). Such a raw, terrifying time! 5d
mrp27 I would hope and think so but life can get in the way so here's to hoping Francie continues. 5d
rubyslippersreads I agree with everyone who says she will, since the book is semi-autobiographical. And after this, some of you might be interested in 5d
Scochrane26 I hope that Francie gets an opportunity to continue writing & finish school. So many kids in poverty don‘t get the opportunities. I didn‘t know anything about Betty Smith, thanks @CoffeeNBooks 5d
erzascarletbookgasm @CoffeeNBooks Great story and how admirable of Smith. 5d
Daisey I agree that she will continue. Thank you for the biographical info @CoffeeNBooks and @rubyslippersreads! 4d
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads I agree I liked that book very much! 19h
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Hooked_on_books I don‘t think it‘s so unusual for the day and age. Plus, she can‘t afford to be off work to go with them, which is still true for many parents now. And I think her kids were accustomed to being on their own a bit more, so while it was tough for them, it‘s nothing like what it would be for a kid now. 5d
Kdgordon88 While I could never have imagined doing that I think in that time and place it was normal. Had it been unusual I‘m sure it would have been commented on by the clinic staff. 5d
Lifeisasnap It definitely wasn‘t unusual to do stuff without your parents back then. My dad would go to Juliard as a 7 yr old from Brooklyn to Manhattan from a mile of walking to the subway station then onward to midtown. My grandma never feared for him. Kids then were able to play a tad and were older mentally and more independent than are a ton of kids today. My parents let me as a 12 year old with my 7 & 8 yr old sisters on the bus to downtown for shopping (edited) 5d
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CoffeeNBooks I feel like Katie wanted them to get used to the harsh realities of life, and to be able to deal with the things they might encounter, but knowing her thoughts: "Katie knew she was letting them down. But she couldn't help it... she knew she couldn't stand the ordeal" makes it seem even worse when the nurse and doctor speak so rudely to/about Francie. Katie should have been there for them. 5d
Lifeisasnap I guess it depends on where you grew up and how your parents grew up whether it seems odd or not. It‘s the old, so you raise a child or raise them to be adults for the harsh realities of living?? Just my 2 cents. 5d
Chab256 It seemed horrible to me, especially because it had less to do with her missing work and more to do with her not wanting to see them go through it. But, I did not grow up in that time or place so.... 5d
janeycanuck Given how many errands they run on their own, I don‘t think it‘s bad or unusual for them to do things without a parent. But I think Katie knew that this wasn‘t the same as an errand - and couldn‘t face taking the children herself. Not just because needles hurt but because she thought she was letting them down in even having them vaccinated. 5d
dariazeoli On the one hand, Katie couldn‘t stand the ordeal of watching her kids get their shots. On the other, she knows they live a hard, hungry life with, at times, pain. Maybe this specific example is too much to bear witness to, but it still feels cowardly. 5d
OriginalCyn620 I understand that she had to work and that Johnny is undependable, therefore they needed the money. And really, she sends them all over the neighborhood to do the shopping by themselves so it wasn‘t really surprising. I still felt bad for Francie and Neeley, though! 5d
greenreads I felt bad for Kati, because she's struggling too. But the way she handled it, explaining to Francie why they had to be vaccinated, was just clever for me. 5d
Readswithcoffee Being of the generation where we received vaccinations AT SCHOOL (no parents), it‘s not a big deal in and of itself. However, the fact that she couldn‘t bring herself to be there was rather cowardly. 5d
catiewithac I wasn‘t a fan of forcing Francie to be right-handed. 5d
NeedsMoreBooks @CoffeeNBooks agree. She should have been there with her kids. Vaccinations are scary, even for adults 😭 5d
mrp27 Agree that Katie dealt with her feelings about it in a cowardly way but also understand that it was just the way things were done at the time. I know it's not meant to be funny but it made me chuckle a bit while comparing parenting then and now. 5d
rubyslippersreads I think Katie excused her own reluctance to go with them by telling herself they might as well get used to the world being a harsh place. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Francie and Neeley have been so independent, running many errands on their own, so I‘m not shocked but agree with what @rubyslippersreads said. 5d
TheBookHippie We got them at school and it was scary but everyone was in the same boat ..as an adult I cried right along with my babies and grand baby too. I think it just was. 19h
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CoffeeNBooks I think this is such a great description of a relatively ordinary thing. I think Betty Smith does a great job of describing things so you can really imagine them, and I think she also captures Francie's perspective and way of seeing things. 5d
Hooked_on_books I think her descriptions are great. I‘d like a bit more plot, though. 5d
Lifeisasnap I love B. Smith‘s writing style! My mom read me this book as a tiny little girl at bedtime. She would let my imagination soar & if i couldn‘t see it then she would describe it even more. We were living in NY. My dad grew up in Brooklyn so it was easy for her to bring Francie & Nelly‘s world to me. After i was older we walked the streets of the poorer neighborhoods just to feel what Francie was feeling. This is a book i read every year. 🎥 is 🤩2! 5d
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Kdgordon88 I love her descriptions especially this one. It paints a perfectly clear picture. 5d
Chab256 @Lifeisasnap That is so cool! 5d
janeycanuck @Lifeisasnap aww, that‘s lovely! 5d
janeycanuck Yes, Smith‘s writing is amazing. It really adds to making Brooklyn, itself, feel like a character of the story. 5d
dariazeoli I like Smith‘s writing style. She paints a picture for the reader that‘s really immersive. 5d
OriginalCyn620 Her writing is very descriptive, almost lyrical. 5d
Readswithcoffee I really like her writing. It brings the situation to life for me. 5d
CoffeeNBooks @Lifeisasnap I'll have to watch the movie when I'm done reading the book! 5d
CoffeeNBooks @OriginalCyn620 I like that description- lyrical is a good way to describe her writing! 5d
catiewithac As rich as her descriptions are, I think Smith‘s writing is strongest in her character descriptions. The people are what keeps drawing me back in. #auntsissyforever 5d
NeedsMoreBooks @OriginalCyn620 agree that her writing is very lyrical @CoffeeNBooks her descriptions are beautiful without being too wordy 5d
mrp27 Agree with everyone here, her descriptions are beautiful and her characters are really fleshed out, faults and all. 5d
Lifeisasnap @CoffeeNBooks it‘s a really old movie so not sure if you will have to rent it off Amazon maybe check Netflix... i hope you find it. Enjoy. 5d
rubyslippersreads @CoffeeNBooks @lifeisasnap I love the movie. I think it may be available on YouTube. 5d
catiewithac Smith‘s writing style has a strong flavor of nostalgia and sadness. I haven‘t read Proust, but now I want to read Swann‘s Way. 5d
Lifeisasnap @rubyslippersreads that‘s a good place for it too be. Thanks. 5d
erzascarletbookgasm @Lifeisasnap that‘s so cool! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Her writing gives a great sense of place. I like her writing. 5d
Daisey Agreed! I love the descriptive writing about both the places and the characters. 4d
TheBookHippie I love it. It paints a very clear picture so we can out ourselves in the story. 19h
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Discussion of chapters 15-32 this afternoon. I enjoyed last week's discussion, and I appreciate all of you who are reading this with me right now!
#ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead

TheBookHippie Thanks for this what a wonderful reread I am having! 19h
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Working on catching up for #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead but widow seems more atmospheric today as our rain has switched to the yuckier sleet/snow mix. The lights have flickered and the hubs has decided to stay home to watch football instead of heading to his friends. A good day to huddle with a pile of good books, a hot beverage, and a soft blanket.

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What a wonderful and moving read, one of those books that creep up on you, I think. The time, place, and the lives of the poor immigrant families living in the tenements of pre-war Brooklyn are beautifully captured. Francie Nolan shows great depth. The book is full of real moments and the complexities of family relationships. ❤️

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TrishB A great read 👍🏻 1w
SilversReviews Loved this book. 1w
rubyslippersreads I‘d also highly recommend the old movie (I think it‘s available on YouTube). 6d
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“...a lot of people would think that these stories that you‘re making up all the time were terrible lies because they are not the truth as people see the truth. In the future...you tell exactly how it happened but write down for yourself the way you think it should have happened. *Tell* the truth and *write* the story.”

What a wonderful teacher to understand a child‘s imagination and redirect stories into writing! #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead

Freespirit Much love for this book😍 (edited) 1w
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I am enjoying all the characters, especially Francie Nolan!

Readswithcoffee This is a great book! 1w
Hollie My all time favorite book ♥️ 1w
Cathythoughts I havnt read this one ... sounds really good 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @Hollie 🙌 I‘m loving it so far! @Readswithcoffee 1w
rubyslippersreads @Cathythoughts One of my all-time favorites. 1w
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This book is just ok for me so far. But THIS! 🥰

Chab256 I am actually really liking Francie's quiet observation of everything around her. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Chab256 I think the depiction of life in the place and time is interesting, but I‘m really struggling with the lack of plot. 2w
Cinfhen It took me awhile to really appreciate this novel but I have a feeling it will sneak up on you 1w
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Soubhiville I didn‘t love this book, but this passage was possibly my favorite part. 1w
Tamra I hope it grows on you! 1w
Leftcoastzen 😀❤️❤️❤️ 1w
rubyslippersreads @Tamra I hope it grows on everyone too, because I ❤️ it so much. 😊 1w
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Starting this, need to catch up on #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead ! @CoffeeNBooks I‘ll visit your discussion posts when I get there, if it‘s alright.

CoffeeNBooks Of course! Join the discussion whenever you can. 2w
Chab256 I am right with you doing the same. Last week got away from me lol! 2w
NeedsMoreBooks @CoffeeNBooks same here. Will join the discussion later 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2w
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dariazeoli One benefit of having poor retention of things I‘ve read before is experiencing this book for what feels like the first time! I‘m enjoying the backstory of Francie‘s family, and learning how they came to be who they are. (edited) 2w
Hooked_on_books To be honest, I‘m not enjoying it all that much yet. It‘s clearly more a character-study than plot-driven, which can be quite good, but it‘s spread over too many characters now, making it thin in places. I‘m sticking with it and my mind may change in the end. Hopefully! 2w
IndoorDame I‘m enjoying getting to know new characters in what feels like a very familiar setting. 2w
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Scochrane26 It‘s ok so far. I liked the family backstory, & I know there‘s not much plot. Will have to keep reading. 2w
Daisey I‘m enjoying it and I think the description is fantastic, but I‘m not completely wowed by it yet either. I‘m curious to see how it continues to develop. 2w
catiewithac I‘ve never read this book, and I‘m disappointed that it wasn‘t required reading in American lit. This seems like such a strong portrait of immigrant life and poverty. There is no plot though. I‘m surprised that the book manages to be interesting without any plot! All the details are so striking. The smell of carbolic soap after the birth. The art of buying food. Johnny‘s preparation for work as a singing waiter. The details stun me everytime! 2w
OriginalCyn620 I‘m liking it but I‘m not far enough into it to be “wowed.” Maybe as I get deeper into it, I will be! I can see already how this is a great depiction of American life...how immigrants with nothing build a life and things get a bit better with each generation. 2w
BarbaraJean Like @Daisey and @catiewithac I‘m really enjoying the description and details—especially seeing turn-of-the-century Brooklyn and the depiction of poverty/immigrant experience through Francie‘s eyes. I‘m glad to be reading this for a buddy read, to keep me reading. I‘m enjoying it but it‘s not a page-turner! (edited) 2w
catiewithac @BarbaraJean I agree. It's not compelling enough for me to read it without the push of it being a buddy read. I like it when I'm reading it, but it's definitely not a page-turner. Can anyone think of a similar book? 2w
greenreads I think this book needs a closer read. I like it so far, but sometimes, I feel the urge to linger on a chapter and savor the words. 2w
janeycanuck I‘m really enjoying this. I think I‘ll have next week‘s reading done pretty early this week. I‘m just getting sucked right in when I pick it up, the writing is beautiful and I love that Brooklyn is just as much a character as everyone else. 2w
CocoReads Despite the fact that I normally favor much more plot driven books, this has been my favorite book of all time since I was young. Maybe because it was my first “grown up” book given to me by my dad, it‘s one of his favorites too and I have such fond memories of this book-how he came to read it, the fact that he enjoyed it. If a family can have a collective favorite book, this is ours. 2w
Mynameisacolour As others have mentioned it's not super compelling but I am enjoying the portrait of everyday life it paints for these people during that time frame. This is my second attempt at the book and I'm grateful for the buddy read to keep me going as well. 2w
BarbaraJean @catiewithac I get the same feeling from Marilynne Robinson‘s Gilead—gorgeous language, but not a lot of plot. Completely different setting and theme, but similar pacing and similarly beautiful description. (A book club friend calls it the slowest book she‘s ever loved!) 2w
mrp27 I'm loving it and kicking myself for not reading it sooner. 2w
rubyslippersreads @mrp27 I envy you getting to read it for the first time. 😊 2w
mrp27 @rubyslippersreads Thanks! It's my first book of the year and I already think it's going to be my favorite. 2w
Readswithcoffee This is such a good book. 2w
NeedsMoreBooks Liking it so far. Reading it for the first time and enjoying. 2nd book of 2020. Katie and Francie are the stars in this book. Excited to read what happens to them. 2w
Chab256 Sometimes novels with very little plot development drag on for me, but I am actually enjoying the slow meandering tale of Francie's world so far. Reading this makes me feel cozy somehow. 1w
Chab256 @janeycanuck Yessss, their Brooklyn neighborhood is certainly a character in its own right. 1w
Chab256 @CocoReads That is an awesome story about your Dad and this book! 1w
Chab256 @NeedsMoreBooks This is my first time reading this as well! 1w
Yossarian I really liked the first few chapters, which felt a little like “Urban Tom Sawyer,” although it seemed a little too sugar coated. Would the Jewish boy who was told “don‘t cross this line” really play along because it‘s all a game, or would he actually be terrified that he‘d walked into an urban pogrom? (edited) 1w
Yossarian The rest is all flashback backstory, which is fine, but I‘m going to want more payoff than just “Condoms Hanging Out The Window.” 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Agree with @catiewithac about the descriptions so vivid! My first time reading it, and I‘m enjoying it. 1w
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dariazeoli I think we‘re shown that Katie‘s family is made of strong women. Mary‘s advice is already impacting Francie, who must save half her money, and continues to read Shakespeare & the Bible. It hurt when Katie realized she loves Neeley more, but I feel like that will make Francie work harder to succeed in life. 2w
Hooked_on_books I think Mary impacted Katie for sure with her persistence. I‘m just waiting for Johnny to steal the money and drink or gamble it away. It would be in character. I think Francie is already persistent, especially in how she‘s approaching the library. I think they all want to get out of poverty, but Mary never will. I don‘t think Katie will either, with Johnny weighing her down. Francie has a chance. 2w
IndoorDame I agree that Francie‘s approach to reading shows persistence. I think the examples of the women in her family and her mother‘s coolness toward her birth drive this trait in her. I was actually surprised that Katie‘s bank wasn‘t hidden from Jonny. 2w
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Scochrane26 @IndoorDame I was surprised that Johnny knew about the bank, too, & though he would have already stolen the $. 2w
Scochrane26 It seems all the women are strong—either it‘s a trait or they have to be to survive. 2w
catiewithac Omg I loved this part. It felt like something straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel. The strength of Mary‘s hope after so many set backs...wow. I was in awe of her. 2w
Daisey I really like the strength and perseverance that is shown in each of these women and think Francie will absolutely develop similarly. 2w
OriginalCyn620 @Hooked_on_books and @IndoorDame I was kinda surprised too that Katie told Johnny about the bank and also that he hasn‘t yet taken it all. I wonder if he will at some point? 🤔 2w
OriginalCyn620 I was so heartbroken when Mary told of how she lost her money twice and is trying a third time! I think Katie did get her persistence from her mother and that Francie will also follow that pattern. It‘s clear that the family is made up of strong women! 2w
greenreads I just think Mary is strong and capable because she got through those losses, because experience taught her to be stronger and more capable. But Katie... I think Katie and her sisters are strong and capable, too, but that's because their mother guided them. 2w
janeycanuck @Scochrane26 @Hooked_on_books Same. The first time they moved and Katie knew she‘d need to take a dollar from the tin, I thought it would be empty when she pried it up. 2w
CocoReads No disagreements on the strong women part. Francie is surrounded by strong women and will grow into one herself. 2w
Mynameisacolour I definitely think Katie gets her persistence from her Mom. I hope that Mary will get her property one day! 2w
mrp27 I love Mary's strength and persistence. I think she could loose her savings a fourth time and still persist. Her resilience certainly has rubbed off on both Katie and Francie. 2w
Readswithcoffee I love Katie‘s persistence and I definitely think she was influenced by her mother. Goal setting is already a quality that Francie has with her wanting to read all the books. 2w
Chab256 I think Katie was influenced by her Mother's persistence and resilience, but some of it was also born of necessity...having to survive poor and with a practically useless husband in many regards. I am sure we will see parts of both Katie and Johnny continue to develop in Francie as the novel progresses. 1w
Chab256 @IndoorDame I can't believe Johnny, as an alcoholic with limited money, has never touched the bank, but he does keep his tips for liquor. I wonder if he will later in the novel? Perhaps he has a touch more integrity than I've given him credit for. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Francie is already persistent at the young age. Katie got it from Mary too. These are strong women! 1w
rubyslippersreads @Chab256 I think Johnny tries hard, but is weak. 6d
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Hooked_on_books It certainly may have had an impact, though that isn‘t clear yet. This section is my favorite in the book so far. I love that she‘s decided to systematically work her way through the library alphabetically. I think that‘s hilarious. And of course I love her love of books—it‘s so touching. 2w
dariazeoli As a book nerd, I love that reading was instilled in Francie from birth! The scene at the library is wonderful. Later we learn that reading is something Mary gave to her younger daughters once she knew better. She herself can‘t read. Parents can always give their children something better even if they can‘t afford monetary improvements. 2w
rubyslippersreads I think the reading aloud got Francie started, but after that she discovered the real love of reading on her own. 2w
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IndoorDame I think it definitely had an impact in introducing her to a whole world of possibilities and encouraging her. I think she fell in love with the escapism offered by reading on her own. I loved all of Mary‘s advice in this section!!! But it was so much to take in all at once for such a young new mother. 2w
Scochrane26 I‘m glad mary suggested it to Katie. I‘m sure it had an impact, even though Francie says she & her bro rushed through the reading a lot. The library part was my favorite, too. One of the only times she is happy. 2w
Daisey I loved this part about the library as well, and I think the reading aloud was important but didn‘t determine her choices. I was annoyed with the librarian not taking a more active role. I was also intrigued that Marie Corelli was one of the authors mentioned. 2w
OriginalCyn620 I think Katie reading to her definitely instilled the love of reading in Francie. But when she was old enough, she just ran with and decided on her own to work her way through the library. Some things have an impact on us and some things don‘t...for example, Neeley doesn‘t seem to have a fierce love of reading. 👇🏻 2w
catiewithac That crusty librarian though! She only recommends the same 2 books to kids of a certain age. I remember being hungry for books at a young age. I only had 2 “novels” that I owned. So I read Call of the Wild and Anne of Green Gables all the time! I kind of relate. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Mary‘s advice about the reading was solid, though I personally think it doesn‘t matter what you read to kids, just that you do! She seemed hell-bent in the Bible and Shakespeare, and I loved that Sissy immediately got those books! Also the advice about saving money was great! 2w
Mynameisacolour I think it did to an extent not that Francie seemed to enjoy the content that much. Luckily it didn't have the opposite effect. & Yeah what was that Librarians problem. Shame on her. I liked how Francie resolved to make her own book by copying one word for word on a note book. Reminds me of something I would have done at that age. 2w
catiewithac @OriginalCyn620 How Sissy got the Bible is priceless! 2w
BarbaraJean I think she was definitely influenced by Katie reading to them—I love the description of how Shakespearean and Biblical phrases come out in the way she talks: “You‘re jus‘ full of soun‘ ‘n‘ furry siggaflying nothing.” 😂 It seems that sparked the love of reading for her. Like @Daisey and @catiewithac and @mynameisacolour I was so frustrated with the librarian—never even looking up and only recommending the same 2 books. Such a shame! 2w
greenreads I'm hoping that Mary learned to read, too. I like her advice about reading books and saving books. I like that she limited it to two lengthy and well-known books instead of saying "any books" since Katie probably won't know what a good book is. Best of all is Sissy getting those books. 2w
janeycanuck I think it‘s hilarious that Francie has taken her mother‘s instructions (read a page a day from these two books) to the extreme by reading a book a day, in alphabetical order. I‘m sad the librarian just recommends the same books over and over. There‘s no way the librarian doesn‘t know her by sight and I wish the librarian cared for her patrons more and was invested in their reading lives and growth. 2w
janeycanuck @catiewithac @OriginalCyn620 that was one of the highlights of the book so far for me, too! 2w
CocoReads I remember wanting to systematically read the library too after reading this. I quickly stopped and a book a day seemed very ambitious. I think being read to had an influence but you also have to fall in love with reading on your own 2w
mrp27 Mary handed Katie the keys to her children's success by giving her this advice. Love Francie's passion for the library but my favorite part was when she built her own little book nook with her candy, library book and beautiful afternoon sunshine. 2w
Readswithcoffee This embraces two things I value highly, reading to children and libraries. Reading to kids doesn‘t automatically turn them into passionate readers, but it plants the seed. I love that these poor children have access to a public library! 2w
NeedsMoreBooks I enjoyed this chapter as I am sure that we all have a similar experience at libraries and book stores. The librarian angers me but I find Francie‘s goal commendable ❤️ 2w
Chab256 I think Katie reading to Francie almost everyday as a child certainly cultivated part of her affinity for reading. I was raised by Grandma and she read to me often as a child. By four, I could read although I don't remember ever having been actually taught and I have been reading ever since. However, Neely was also read to daily and did not develop the same affinity as Francie so perhaps part of being a reader is something we are just born with. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Mary is wise in suggesting the daily reading to Katie. She understands that education is the key to improve oneself & to lift them out of poverty. Poor her, got swindled once because she couldn‘t read. I believe Katie‘s reading to the children in one way or another influenced Francie..but Francie‘s a lonely child, a dreamer, who hungers for knowledge and finds comfort in books. 1w
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Hooked_on_books I like Francie. It‘s been interesting seeing her from multiple perspectives. I like Katie as well and there‘s something about Sissy that‘s appealing. I don‘t have much handle on Neeley, though I hate the fact that Katie decided to automatically favor him for his gender. Not that uncommon, I suppose, especially then. I feel like Johnny is more of a caricature than a character at this point, but we‘ll see if that changes. 2w
dariazeoli I agree with most of what @Hooked_on_books says. It‘s heartbreaking that Katie instantly loves Neeley more and knows it. Katie know Johnny isn‘t dependable but she stays. I don‘t think this is very different than many marriages of the time, and even today. Class, gender, opportunity... They all affect our choices more than we may know. 2w
rubyslippersreads I read this book for the first time at about age 12, and thought that Katie was just plain mean. Francie is a little girl, so it‘s no wonder that she is closer to her father, because he seems so much nicer than her mother. But every time I reread the book as an adult, I feel more and more sympathy for Katie. 2w
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IndoorDame Sissy is the only character we‘ve met so far who doesn‘t seem trapped by circumstances. Even the kids seem to be in a dark place right now. I hope that changes. 2w
Scochrane26 I like Francie. I‘ve seen characters like Johnny a lot in books-the fun dad who is a mess. 2w
Daisey I like Francis a lot, and although this is the first time I‘m reading it I can see what @rubyslippersreads is saying about Katie. I also have a lot of appreciation for Mary. She really was trying to do all that she could to help her children when she was in a really tough spot herself. 2w
catiewithac Mary and Sissy are the real standouts to me. I grew up in a Catholic family that still had some of that immigrant mentality. It was important that each generation had more opportunities with regard to education. Mary‘s speech to Katie after Francie‘s birth was the strongest part of the book to me so far. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Francie and Neeley seem like typical kids, but it‘s heartbreaking that they have to collect junk to make a few pennies. That was probably very common for the time. So far, Johnny is the most annoying. He seems to think he bears no responsibility, that he can work when he feels like it and drink when he‘s not working. Man up! Although Katie isn‘t exactly Mother of the Year either...preferring her son over her daughter on the basis of gender is 👇🏻 (edited) 2w
OriginalCyn620 wrong. I like Sissy the best, probably because she‘s doing her own thing even though it‘s not acceptable for the time! I like her sass! 2w
Mynameisacolour I agree with @catiewithac In regards to the lesson that Mary is trying to pass on to Katie after Francie is born. I like both Francie and Neeley they both seem like kind children despite their circumstances. I kept finding myself a little astonished at all the errands they were responsible for. I love Sissy's spirit and how she must wants to care for everyone around her. Especially how she tended Katie after she gave birth and making the bank 🤣 2w
BarbaraJean I just love Francie. Her plan to read all the books in the library, alphabetically, one per day—😍 I also love how observant she is, all the small beauties she sees around her even when the family struggles so much to just get by. I also have a lot of sympathy for Katie—I love the description of how circumstances make her a fighter, while it kind of has the opposite effect on Johnny. Johnny is SO frustrating to me. ⤵️ 2w
BarbaraJean I guess his drinking and lack of drive to take care of his family may have been fairly common, and at the time, easily dismissed. People seem to see it as a shame but not something that could be changed. But he seems so clearly to be a self-sabotaging alcoholic, and I can‘t help but think he would really benefit from AA...! 2w
catiewithac I love the character flaws. The uncle who plays guitar despite a missing finger. The neighbor girl who wears a long glove to cover her burn marks. Johnny's compulsion to drink. Unfortunately, the events take place about 20 years too early for AA. 2w
greenreads I like Mary and Francie. I'm not sure if Johnny will have a redeemable moment, but he is mostly dead to me. There's something about the sisters - Katie, Evy, Sissy - that annoys me but I'm not sure if it's them or the men around them. I want to read more about Neely and Francie. 2w
janeycanuck I‘m enjoying all the characters so far. Francie is so sweet and so lonely - my heart goes out to her. Katie is such a strong woman, amazing given how young she was when she got married and had her babies. I want to smack Sissy and Johnny up the back of the head and ask the two of them if they know what the heck they are doing. Mary has been the biggest surprise - she seemed so hard and uncaring but then her conversation with Katie was so lovely! 2w
CocoReads Since I‘ve read the book so many times, my thoughts change with every reading. But I find the characters very well done, even with flaws. Which, actually makes them that much more realistic. Francie is always my favorite but like @rubyslippersreads , the older I get the more sympathy and admiration I have for Katie. 2w
mrp27 Loving all the characters warts and all but Sissy is a hoot. 2w
Readswithcoffee I love Francie. I like that she has goals at such a young age. Neeley seems like a good kid. Mary is likeable because she is trying to help her daughter help her grandchildren succeed. Reading/education is the key. Katie is strong. Johnny is a frustrating mess. Sissy is also a mess, but she is an endearing mess. 2w
NeedsMoreBooks I hate Johnny. This is my first time reading so I don‘t know if he becomes good. Katie, Mary, and Francie are interesting and realistic. Neely seems a small weirdo. Love Sissy! (edited) 2w
rubyslippersreads @NeedsMoreBooks Johnny is a ne‘er do well, but one thing he has going for him is that he‘s nothing like Katie‘s “devil” father. It makes me wonder if all the daughters married “no account” husbands because they were the opposite of the girls‘ own father? (edited) 1w
NeedsMoreBooks @rubyslippersreads that‘s a possibility. Johnny is much better than his father-in-law. He loves his family and that is the only thing that redeems him. 1w
Yossarian I‘m surprised by all the love for Mary. She lets all the girls drop out of school to work and then wants them to take care of her and never leave. The love seems to be based on one semi-mystical speech which is the least believable part of the Book. It read like something edited out of Leviticus for length. “Thou shalt purchase two books. One page shalt thou read of each.” 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m enjoying all the characters! Love Francie immediately-so much imagination and resilience at the young age. Neely‘s character is sort of in the background at this stage-a normal boy in the neighbourhood but very close to Francie. Katie is hardworking and sensible but I‘m sad she favours Neely over Francie. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I have mixed feelings for Johnny. He consciously drinks but still cares for his family. Mary is real interesting..love her determination of saving to own a piece of land. And poor Sissy! Lost so many children but she‘s a ray of sunshine to the Nolans. 1w
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CocoReads It‘s my favorite as well. Has been since I was about Francie‘s age. (edited) 2w
MKbookworm @CocoReads same for me. I first read it when I was 12 and reread it every year 2w
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Saturday plans. This is a very well worn copy that I got from thrift books awhile ago and I'm glad that I did. The wait list for this title is crazy at our library! Working on chapters 1-14 for tomorrow's #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynbuddyread discussion.

Bookwormjillk Really? How did this book get so popular all of the sudden? 2w
Mynameisacolour @Bookwormjillk I'm not sure. I went to borrow it as an ebook and there was a long wait and 0 on shelf with another long wait. 🤔 I'm a little bummed because we are doing a cabin fever reading challenge where If you read 10 books that you checkout between now and the end of march you get a cool mug and I wanted this one to count but oh well. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
Trashcanman Love this book and hate it the same time. Painful read, hits close to home. 2w
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Starting these two for buddy reads!
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Christinak I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn!!!!! 2w
TheBookHippie ❤️ 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻 2w
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First up in 2020. My first buddy read! Who else is in?
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Scochrane26 Me, but I haven‘t started yet. 2w
Readswithcoffee I‘m going to try to get it together...SOON!😂 2w
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CocoReads Me but I‘ve read it several times and I‘m in and out tomorrow but I‘ve just dusted off my copy and since I‘ve finished my book group book, I‘m going to start working on it 2w
Chab256 I am finally caught up. How are you guys doing? @Readswithcoffee @Scochrane26 @CocoReads 7d
CocoReads I‘m only on chapter 11 but since I‘ve read it so many times I‘m not too worried about catching up. Plus it‘s been a busy week but I‘m off the weekend so I‘m hoping to get so@e good reading in tomorrow 7d
Scochrane26 @Chab256 I haven‘t read much this week, so I‘ll have to catch up before Sunday. 7d
Readswithcoffee @Chab256 I‘m keeping up, mostly. I have just a bit to read today. 6d
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Count me in!! One of my goals this year is to finish all the books I have received through Litsy via exchanges/giveaways/penpals. This is one of the books I received in my very first Litsy exchange. #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead

wanderinglynn I love that book! ❤️ 2w
CoffeeNBooks Great! Glad you're joining us! 2w
CocoReads That‘s my favorite book ever! 2w
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I‘m excited to get started on this one for the #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead. I can confirm that it‘s been on my TBR shelf since July 2016, because I found my Powell‘s receipt tucked between the pages while I was flagging each weekly section!

Ruthiella I like keeping my receipts in books for that very reason! It‘s like a time machine.😀 2w
BarbaraJean @Ruthiella Yes! And also a handy bookmark! 2w
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#ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead starts this week! Our first discussion will be on Sunday!

erinreads I love this book so so so so much! I reread it at the end of the year last year or else I‘d totally be joining in on this buddy read. 3w
Bklover I really want to reread this- I may try to fit it and participate in this one. 2w
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Thought I‘d share for those of you participating in @CoffeeNBooks #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead! The Kindle version is on sale today!

Tamra I was going to post this too! Great Readers think alike. 😊 (edited) 3w
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#Strand #bookhaul #NYC #MerryChristmas
My son & I went a little wild Christmas shopping at the Strand last Saturday. Such fun & a beautiful day to be in the City.

Leftcoastzen Wow! I love that place! Need to get back to NYC! 3w
Crazeedi Awww I have dreamed of going to the Strand, maybe someday 3w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The Strand is heaven! Looks like you had a lovely day! 3w
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Texreader The Strand is awesome!! 3w
kspenmoll @Crazeedi I think last time I was at the Strand was 15 yrs ago, seriously. Seemed to-have other reasons to be in NYC when visiting. I live close enough to do a day trip. 3w
kspenmoll @Leftcoastzen We had such fun, plus it was all dressed up for the holidays! 3w
kspenmoll @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled We did have a wonderful day! Spent lots of time at the Strand & toured Theodore Roosevelt‘s childhood home, a National Historic Site. That was great too. 3w
kspenmoll @Texreader It had been so long since I had been there that it felt like a new experience. 3w
ValerieAndBooks What a wonderful day ❤️! 3w
kspenmoll @ValerieAndBooks We are planning a spring trip to the Tenement Museum; maybe summer tour Public Library. ❤️ 3w
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Remember that #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead starts next week!

CoffeeNBooks @Lunaglassart Do you want to read this with us? You just read the scheduled sections each week, and I'll post discussion questions on Sundays. 4w
Lunaglassart @CoffeeNBooks - I will. It has been decades since I first read it. Thanks. 💚 4w
ShelleyBooksie Do the discussions take place here on Litsy? 4w
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CoffeeNBooks @ShelleyBooksie Yes- I'll post the discussion questions on Litsy on Sundays, and people can comment on the questions whenever it's convenient. 4w
CoffeeNBooks @Lunaglassart Great! Glad you're joining us! 4w
rubyslippersreads I would love to join in. This is one of my favorite books. Has @goodbyefrancie seen this? 😊 3w
goodbyefrancie @rubyslippersreads I had no idea...but I'll gladly join in! My favorite! Thanks for the tag. 3w
janeycanuck Ooh, I forgot I wanted to do this, I need to get my hands on a copy ASAP! 3w
kspenmoll Joining in! 3w
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I love this book and I‘m so glad I got around to re-reading it this month. #elfies #WinterGames #tbrread

(I‘m also counting this as my ugly cover for BINGO because I hate that price sticker.)

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Repost for @CoffeeNBooks :
All are welcome to join us in January for #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead!

#readalongs2020

TheHeartlandBookFairy I loved this book and often wished there was a sequel! Enjoy everyone ☺️ 1mo
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Join @CoffeeNBooks for this buddy read in January!! This one has been on my shelf at forever!!

#Atreegtowsinbrooklynbuddyread
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CoffeeNBooks Thanks for reposting! 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks you‘re welcome!! I hope 2020 slows down so that I can read more!! 😍 1mo
Aims42 One of my favorite books☺️ 1mo
Chab256 This has been on my TBR forever...I would like to join! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Harper, what time will the discussion be scheduled? @CoffeeNBooks (edited) 1mo
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I am reposting this even if nobody asked 🤣 I am an evangelist for this book.

@CoffeeNBooks is hosting #ATreeGrowsInBrooklynBuddyRead and if you haven't read this book I encourage you to give it a try. I'm going to try to fit it onto my overflowing plate too.

CoffeeNBooks Thanks for reposting! 😊 1mo
Sace @CoffeeNBooks you're welcome! This is one of my all time favorites. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @Sace I've had this book for so long, but I've never read it, so I'm really looking forward to it! 1mo
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Sace @CoffeeNBooks I hope you like it! 🤞 1mo
Daisey @Sace @CoffeeNBooks I‘ve never read this either although it‘s been on my list for a while. I‘m hoping I can make time to join in. 1mo
Sace @Daisey if I don't read it I'm at least going to lurk in the discussion 🤣 1mo
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Sace Ohhhh.... I don't think I'll be able to resist this... 1mo
megnews I just read this in May. My favorite book. I don‘t think I can read it next month but I‘d love to join your discussion if that‘s ok. 1mo
Mynameisacolour Count me in🤚 I've been meaning to read this one for awhile now 1mo
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OriginalCyn620 I‘m in! I‘ve been meaning to read this for ages, plus, it will knock off a couple of categories for the Popsugar 2020 challenge! 😊 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo!!! I had this book forever!! 1mo
Rissreads Ooooo yeah! I'm in! Thanks for the tag x 1mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop have you read this book yet? 1mo
Rissreads @clarissap83 @Stephsays170692 is this a book you are interested in reading? 1mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads No, but I somehow have on my virtual stack 😂. 1mo
clarissap83 @Rissreads Yes! This has been on my TBR list for ages. 1mo
Rissreads @clarissap83 @MrsMalaprop So are you going to join in with this buddy read in January? 1mo
TheBookHippie I can‘t wait to reread this with you all!!! 1mo
Rissreads @TheBookHippie I love buddy reads! 💜 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s been on my tbr for some time. Count me in! 1mo
BarbaraJean Ooooh, this has been on my TBR forever! I‘m in! 1mo
AmyG Such a great book. If I didn‘t just move...I‘d be all over this. Enjoy everyone who reads this. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Rissreads same!!!! I have 4 in January !! 1mo
Bklover I‘m going to try to join in for this one. I read it decades ago and recently bought a copy for a reread. 1mo
mrp27 Ohhh this is perfect, it will finally push me to read it! 1mo
Kdgordon88 Yay! I can‘t wait to reread this gem. 1mo
IndoorDame I‘m looking forward to this one!!! 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you for the reminder ❣️ 1mo
janeycanuck I‘ve been meaning to read this for years! Count me in. 1mo
CafeMom Great book. Enjoy. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I have a copy and may join if I get myself together. Thanks for hosting! 1mo
catiewithac Thanks for hosting! I'm going to give it a go! First readalong :) 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @catiewithac Great! Glad you're joining us! 1mo
Soubhiville @Eyelit maybe you‘ll want to join in? 4w
Rissreads I'm sorry but I am not going to be able to read this book in January with you all. I've realised I've over committed to what I can actually read and achieve. I have 2 book club books I have to read and another book I need to read before I hear the author speak about it. Hopefully I will get to it soon! 2w
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#unpopularopinion but I didn‘t love this one 😬. There were things about it I liked. Such as Francie‘s love of reading and the description of realizing that she could read. But I think my main issue was with the family dynamic. I‘ve read a lot of books lately with terrible parents and alcoholism. So maybe it‘s a case of timing and I‘d enjoy it more another time.

Soubhiville Chosen for my bookclub‘s Dec topic of #bannedbooks 1mo
greenreads If it's the timing, will you read this sometime again then? 1mo
Soubhiville @greenreads not likely. Too many books in the world that I haven‘t read. And my rereads are books I adored the first time. 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Love the cross stitch picture, though! 1mo
Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks thanks! @Hooked_on_books made it for me last year 😊. I love it too! 1mo
greenreads @Soubhiville Oh, that's true. Thanks! 1mo
Hooked_on_books 🤦🏼‍♀️ I didn‘t even notice it when I saw your post. It looks great! 1mo
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MKbookworm
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Time for my annual reread. Francie is a kindred spirit. I‘ve felt connected to her since I first read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn over 20 years ago when I was 12. I try to reread it every December. #favoritebook

CherylRussell Cool tradition! 1mo
rubyslippersreads One of my very favorites too. 😊 3w
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Did some work on the #ChristmasTreeScavengerHunt and the #ChristmasLightScavengerHunt today on my audiowalk!

I love this book, and even though it‘s not a Christmas book I love to read/listen to it in December because of a couple of wonderful Christmas scenes.

#WinterGames #Elfies

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CarolynM
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I can see why this book is so beloved. I didn't think I was going to like it at first, but it wasn't long before it worked its magic on me. Has any one else read both this and The Harp in the South? I was struck by the similarities. I wonder if Ruth Park got a copy from a US serviceman in Sydney at the end of the war. #LMPBC #GroupZ

LapReader I‘ve read Harp in the South but it‘s so long ago I can‘t compare. 1mo
Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 1mo
Freespirit I also saw why it was much loved ❤️ 1mo
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CarolynM @LapReader Obviously different things happen in the 2 stories, but the basic premise is so similar - a young girl growing up in a poor Irish Catholic immigrant family, just substitute Surry Hills for Brooklyn. 1mo
CarolynM @Tamra It really is a lovely book. 1mo
CarolynM @Freespirit An excellent choice for LMPBC. I loved everyone's comments. I'll try to get it in the post back to you on Monday. 1mo
CarolynM @TrishB I'm so glad I have the copy of this you sent me. I would have had to go out and buy one, so thank you again 😘 1mo
TrishB @CarolynM another Litsy book making its way round the world as this was originally sent to me by @Cinfhen 1mo
Cinfhen One of the beautiful things about Litsy @TrishB @CarolynM our books get to travel the world even if we can‘t 😉😂💕 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen exactly 😘 1mo
Centique So glad it worked it‘s magic on you. I read it probably 20 years ago so I‘m happy to know it‘s as good as I remember! 1mo
Centique And the preloved books parcel from you arrived yesterday! It was a thrill I tell you - I‘d almost ordered Convenience Store Woman online the other day because I‘d forgotten! Thank you so much! 😘 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Hope you enjoy them. A Tree... really is lovely. You might like 1mo
Centique @CarolynM I will add it to my TBR! Also I had a brain hiccup yesterday. Mailed you a couple of little Christmassy things and left the card behind - will get back to the Post Office and send it seperately. Doh! 🤪 1mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ll have to read The Harp in the South, since I ❤️ Tree so much. 3w
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kspenmoll
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#DearDecember #treesinthetitle
Not holidayish but one of my favorite books that I read when young ( my mom‘s edition). Also loved Joy in the Morning.

Eggs A classic for sure👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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JenFowler What a pretty picture! This is one of my favorite books. ❤ 2mo
MrsBuell @JenFowler Thank you! I'm trying to savor it! I'm only on page 77 and I am enjoying it! 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Definitely bumped up the TBR for 2020!
#classicyouhaventread #gratefulreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻💗 2mo
Cortg So good! 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin I haven‘t read this one either, but it‘s on my list!📚 2mo
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ravenlee I love this book! 2mo
Hoopiefoot One of my all-time favorites 💗 2mo
megnews So good 2mo
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#GratefulReads #BeenOnYourTBRTooLong This has been on my bookshelf for years, and I'm not sure why I've never read it. I'm going to put it on my 2020 TBR list!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Mine too!!! Maybe a good buddy read?? 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Same! Love the buddy read idea! 2mo
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ravenlee I love this book. It was assigned by a great teacher at exactly the right age, and I‘ve been forever grateful. 2mo
Scochrane26 This has been on my tbr, too, for a few yrs. 2mo
megnews 💜💜💜💜💜I LOVE this book. Read it this year for the first time. Absolutely love it. One of few I plan to reread. 2mo
Soubhiville I plan to read this soon too! 2mo
TheBookHippie One of my all time favorite books. If you all decide to read it or reread it let me know! 2mo
CafeMom This is a great book. 2mo
Tamra Please do!!! 💜 2mo
Kdgordon88 I read it for the first time at the beginning of the year and would love to read it again. 2mo
Leigh58 There are some books you‘d like to read again for the first time‘ to recapture the deep abiding pleasure they offered 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 @Scochrane26 @Soubhiville @TheBookHippie @Kdgordon88 I'm so excited to plan a buddy read of this! If you're interested, let me know if January, February, or March works best for you. 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks Any works for me I‘ve no set schedule for 2020 that‘s too in-depth! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoffeeNBooks anytime!! I‘ll squeeze it in with whatever else we are reading!! ❤️❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Yay! Any of those months work for me! 🤗 (edited) 2mo
Kdgordon88 Any of those work for me. Can't wait. 2mo
Scochrane26 @CoffeeNBooks any of those months work for me, too. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Scochrane26 @Kdgordon88 @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie Let's plan to read this in January- now that everyone has said how great it is, I'm ready to start reading it! 😁 I'll put together a reading schedule and let everyone know. 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks SOUNDS WONDERFUL!!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Sounds good to me @CoffeeNBooks! I‘ll add it to my January TBR now! 2mo
Kdgordon88 Yay!! 2mo
Cafelicien My highly school English teacher gave me this book to read as the whole class was reading something else that I had already previously read. It‘s one of my least friend books. It‘s been years since I read it, maybe I‘ll try it again. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Cafelicien You're welcome to join us in January if you decide to reread it! 2mo
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