Friday, October 1, 2010

October ~ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

Our book for October is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1896-1972), published 67 years ago.  Synopsis:
Francie Nolan learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is romantic and hungry for beauty, like her father.  She is also deeply practical and in constant need of truth, like her mother.  And like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive.

6 comments:

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Time for our October book. Click on the link to read an excerpt.

Susan said...

You are on the ball, Bonnie, the first day of the month! I checked this one out last month from the library and tried to read it, but just couldn't get interested, sorry. Just wanted to let you know I will opt out this month and next, but I already have the December book in hand. Thanks for all you do!

Marylyn S said...

Hi Bonnie,
Still dont have a place to live yet but I am on my way to the San Diego library to get me a card. I really loved this book as a kid.

~Marylyn

alisonwonderland said...

I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in 2007. I couldn't believe I'd not yet it before then! My review is here.

Bonnie Jacobs said...

Hi Marylyn, it was good to see you again when you were in town recently. I met Susan three years ago, but I met Marylyn face to face about 2006. Both of them are from Georgia.

Read about the hot summer of 2007 when Susan and I met:
http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2007/08/first-face-to-face-meeting-with-old.html

If any other Book Buddies ever pass through Chattanooga, let me know and I'll meet you for lunch or tea or something.

Shirley said...

I've gotten a good start on the book. Reading it brings back lots of good memories. Parts of it I remember from my first read of it when I was in high school. Other parts of it I don't remember. It is surprising how the people and their actions don't seem dated over the years.