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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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3 Reasons to Read: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn |

Three Reasons to Read:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

1. It’s good to get a kid’s perspective on life every now and then. And, Betty Smith gives us a glimpse of days gone by through the fresh eyes of the ever observant Francie Nolan.

2. You can’t help but chuckle, cringe, and cry along with the Nolan family. Stories told so simply, these characters could be your own relatives or neighbours — they seem so real.

3. It’s a classic for a reason. Smith’s writing style isn’t overly poetic, but she chooses her words well, and sometimes they bloom right there in the middle of the page. There are so many great lines and passages that capture a time and place and experience so precisely, it’s as if she’s setting before you a window through which you can glimpse the everyday realities of the early 1900s.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn |

Kindle-edition available here: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.←

If you’ve read it, what reasons would you give?
If you haven’t, what reasons make you want to read a book?

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Bet Mercer is a poet-photographer who writes at Gimme Some Reads and Everyday Poetry. She loves quotes, reading her favourite books over again, great conversation, laughter, trees, films, and travelling the world. Follow along with Bet on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Etsy and Google+.

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5 comments on “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”

  1. All your quotes spurred me to buy a copy for my Kindle to read on our way to and from Brazil next month! Looking forward to it!

  2. Loved this book. Honestly I think the reasons you have shared are perfect.

    • Thanks, Bethany. I’ll be sharing some of my favourite quotes later this week. Be sure to share some of yours, too!

  3. The best coming of age book I have ever read.  Every year I read this book again just to experience Brooklyn through Francie Nolan’s eyes once more.  Her family is my family.  Reading is her salvation and it has been mine too.