A tree grows in Brooklyn

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the twentieth century.

From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family's erratic and eccentric behavior-such as her father Johnny's taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy's habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce-no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans' life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans' daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from "junk day" on Saturdays, when the children of Francie's neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that "cuts right to the heart of life," hails the New York Times. "If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience."

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auth_author2 Burton, Kate., Dunne, Bernadette., Mattlin, Sharon., Mitchard, Jacquelyn.
author Smith, Betty, 1896-1972.
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display_description Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York. Especially in the summer of 1912. Somber, as a word, was better. But it did not apply to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Prairie was lovely and Shenandoah had a beautiful sound, but you couldn't fit those words into Brooklyn. Serene was the only word for it; especially on a Saturday afternoon in summer. Late in the afternoon the sun slanted down into the mossy yard belonging to Francie Nolan's house, and warmed the worn wooden fence. Looking at the shafted sun, Francie had that same fine feeling that came when she recalled the poem they recited in school. This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, Stand like Druids of eld. The one tree in Francie's yard was neither a pine nor a hemlock. It had pointed leaves which grew along green switches which radiated from the bough and made a tree which looked like a lot of opened green umbrellas. Some people called it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps and it was the only tree that grew out of cement. It grew lushly, but only in the tenements districts.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Bildungsromans, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile sound recordings, Brothers -- Biography, Domestic fiction, Electronic books, FICTION / Classics, FICTION / Literary, Girls -- Fiction, Girls -- Juvenile sound recordings, Girls -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction, Large type books, Poor families -- Fiction, Poor families -- Juvenile sound recordings, Poor families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction, Sound recording, Young adult audiobooks, Young adult fiction
title_display A tree grows in Brooklyn
title_full A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A tree grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith, A tree grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith ; with a foreward by Anna Quindlen, A tree grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith ; with a foreword by Anna Quindlen, A tree grows in Brooklyn / [compact disc] / Betty Smith, A tree grows in Brooklyn [compact disc] / Betty Smith, A tree grows in Brooklyn [compact disc] / by Betty Smith, A tree grows in Brooklyn [electronic resource] / Betty Smith, A tree grows in Brooklyn [large print] / Betty Smith ; with a foreward by Anna Quindlen
title_short A tree grows in Brooklyn
topic_facet Audiobooks, Brothers, Classic Literature, Electronic books, FICTION / Classics, FICTION / Literary, Fiction, Girls, Literature, Poor families