Written in 1943 it has also been adapted into a play and a musical.
I am not sure why I hadn't heard of it before . . .
The clue "A ____ grows in Brooklyn" comes up many times in my crossword puzzles, so I had to take a look -
I am glad I did - so far it's wonderful and beautifully descriptive . . .
From AMAZON.com: Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men, and to a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life's squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book's humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics--and in the hearts of readers, young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter
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I am an avid reader - one book after another. Some are easy reads and go quickly, others are detailed and I savor every morsel. And there have been a few duds that I put down early on . . . they just don’t seem to be worth my while.
My current book is one I am relishing -
“An Appetite for life” by Noël Riley Fitch.
This book is an incredibly vivid biography of Chef Julia Child’s life.
I am at the place in the book (prior to her cooking days) where Julia is employed by the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in Kunming, China where she met her future husband Paul Child, who is also in the OSS.
So far two thumbs up!
Happy Birthday Julia! She would have been 99 years old today.
I just finished a wonderful book by Jennifer Grant the daughter of Cary Grant and Diane Cannon.
Cary retired on the birth of his daughter Jennifer and dedicated his life in raising her. She paints Cary as an incredible man and father. Jennifer tells of his wonderful attributes and exudes them herself as she writes this touching and sweet memoir. Not one ounce of gossip - sheer joy.
My choices have been a bust lately . . I was reading Ashley Judd's All That Is Bitter & Sweet: A Memoir - The early chapters are about her mother Naomi and the circumstances which she was born into, however later the books takes on a political bent that was not of my interest, so I put the book down.
Currently I am reading Tina Fay’s Bossy Pants. It started out funny and amusing, but her humor becomes forced and a bit obvious and it is warring on me - I will finish it, but I am looking forward to the end . . .