A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Group Read (August 1, 2012)
Aderi ao LibraryThing para poder publicar.
Este tópico está presentemente marcado como "adormecido"—a última mensagem tem mais de 90 dias. Pode acordar o tópico publicando uma resposta.
"On the day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived." A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Hmm, what an intriguing line. What kind of person would have said something like that? Perhaps this someone is like you. Perhaps you share a kinship before you've even turned a page.
Welcome to all of you who have expressed an interest in joining me (Carmenere aka Lynda) for a group read of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
The GR officially begins on August 1st but please read at your own pace and post when the urge strikes you. I only ask that should you post a comment which contains a potential spoiler and so as not to spoil the read for anyone please indicate it in this or a similar manner: SPOILER ALERT
I've posted 4 of the 21 available covers so if your cover differs feel free to share it with us.
I look forward to all comments, even if you think you've got nothing to add, chances are you do. Enjoy!
Thanks for setting this up - I'm keen. I found this at a secondhand book fair earlier this year and have heard such great things about it on LT. I'm underwater with my new teaching placement though so might be a very quiet group member, and first I have to finish Sea of Poppies and Barchester Towers!
Not sure if I can join in but I will follow along as I really want to read this book
#5 Thanks for posting the link, Mamie. Your thread is a very poplular place so it's a terrific thread to get the word out. :0)
#6 Kath, I do hope you're in!
#7 Mid-month sounds good, Mark. We'll be here when you're ready to press the release.
#8 I'm sure August will be a very busy month for you, Chelle, so stop in whenever you need a breather.
#9 Yup, Laura, as serious as a heart attack. I sometimes wish that you could call books so they'd beep like cell phones when you've misplaced them. Hope you find yours.
#10 *high fives, Cathy* good to have you aboard
#11 Great Lori, I hope you get the chance to follow along with us!
Here is a short bio of author, Betty Smith, from wikipedia:
Born on December 15, 1896 in Brooklyn, New York to German immigrants, she grew up poor in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and attended Girl's High School.1 These experiences served as the framework to her first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943).
After marrying George H. E. Smith, a fellow Brooklynite, she moved with him to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he pursued a law degree at the University of Michigan. At this time, she gave birth to two girls and waited until they were in school so she could complete her higher education. Although Smith had not finished high school, the university allowed her to enroll in classes. There she honed her skills in journalism, literature, writing, and drama, winning a prestigious Avery Hopwood Award. She was a student in the classes of Professor Kenneth Thorpe Rowe.
In 1938 she divorced her husband and moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There she married Joseph Jones in 1943, the same year in which A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was published. She teamed with George Abbott to write the book for the 1951 musical adaptation of the same name. Throughout her life, Smith worked as a dramatist, receiving many awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Fellowship and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship for her work in drama. Her other novels include Tomorrow Will Be Better (1947), Maggie-Now (1958) and Joy in the Morning (1963).
On January 17, 1972, she died from pneumonia in Shelton, Connecticut, at the age of 75.
#14 I'm glad to see you're enjoying it, fuzzi. Have you finished it?
For all TIOLI Challengers: I've created challenge #10 for August which applies to our Group Read.
Yeah, Kath! so glad you're in.
I anticipate beginning this book on Aug 1st. Can't wait to see why everyone loves it so much.
Many of you might know that a movie version of the book has been made. here's a little clip.
Thanks for the clip Lynda!
It was falling in love with the movie when I was a teenager that lead me to read the book many years ago. I really expect to love it again!
#20 Hey Kath, I've never seen the movie nor read the book so all of this is new,new,new to me. What granny says after that quote probably hit home to many of that time period, immigrants who cherished the freedoms available to them. I could easily imagine my grandparents being just has hepped up as granny.
#21 Lucky you, Donna! Your book sounds like a real treasure. How cool to read the same words and hold the same book as your mother. I'm thinking of giving it to my mom (now that her cataract has been removed) to read after I've finished it. She's from Manhattan and would probably enjoy reading of a time and place she remembers so well.
#22 Cathy, I must have been living in lala land when I was a kid. How did I miss this book AND movie!? Life with blinders on, I suppose :0}
#23 Yeah, hb'srus! It's always nice to see new people. So glad you're joining us!
#24 Yeah, Britt! Another new to me name. Glad to have you aboard!
( Have you ever heard of the show I REMEMBER MAMA? I barely do, but I loved it )
I do know that this book was one of my favorites when I was a young girl, so I am looking forward to it now.
(Thanks to all enthusiastic chatting friends looking forward to this and Mamie who gave me a link I couldn't refuse!)
Have never read this book before but have certainly heard of it - tho I have no real idea what it is about. There's one way to find out!
Will be starting this very soon :-)
For me, the book is new; I see many people here grew up with it, but I am not from the US and hadn't heard of it until quite recently...
Also, I love the quote in the first post :) I tried that for a while, reading a book a day, I was really obsessed with reading when I was a child. The one book a day thing didn't work out I'm afraid, and nowadays I have all sorts of grown-up things to do every day so I'm not able to read as much as I'd like. But it's an intriguing quote, and a really good starter, really makes me curious to see what the book is like...
"Sometimes she worried for fear the book would be lost in the library and she'd never be able to read it again. She had once started copying the book in a two-cent notebook. She wanted to own a book so badly and she thought the copying would do it. But the penciled sheets did not seem like nor smell like the library book so she had given it up, consoling herself with the vow that when she grew up, she would work hard, save money and buy every single book that she liked."
#26 Hey Kath, Glad you're looking forward to the read.
#27 Yeah, Cee's in the house, Cee's in the house!
#28 Hi there Britt, Hope you enjoy your trip to New York, via ATGIB
#29 Fuzzi, I'll probably borrow the movie from the library after I've read the book. (must check for availablity - It's an old one)
#30 That's a great quote, Mamie! If that's not love, I don't know what is!
#31 Linda, Your re-read sounds like going home to visit old friends. You're so right, there are not many books that leave that kind of feeling. Enjoy!
Thanks to all of you for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts and quotes.
It really makes for an enriching experience. Carry on :0)
I've been listening to this on audio, which has been an ideal way to experience this book. The narrator is Barbara Rosenblat, (I'm not sure I've heard her before) and she gives one of the best presentations I've heard. She nails a variety of accents and sings like an angel, when she reads Johnny's many songs. LOVE IT!
Could reading be a solution for many of our lost and lonely kids today? Sure wouldn't hurt, I'd say.
I also remember going to the library alone and spending lots of time there... do kids do that anymore? I never let my kids go alone.
I'm about half way through this book and not really sure how I feel about it yet.
#33 I saw that flower and said to myself "huh?"
OOOOO - it's a nasturtium! Wondered what they looked like. thanks for that...
Read and reviewed.
I think you'll love it.. I can't wait to see..
But I, too, alas! missed many of the classics, and just read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for the first time. Enjoy!
I am really loving this book though, it's so lovely and touching and beautiful! I've just finished the third book and am taking a break before starting on book four. It's also kind of humbling. I mean, we're all so spoiled nowadays! Many of my friends consider me to be 'poor' because I don't have money to buy anything I like and don't go on expensive holidays, but really, I have a nice appartment, with electricity and central heating and internet, and I have plenty of food at all times, and even some money left to buy luxuries such as books... So really, what do I have to complain about? Books like this make me just sit back for a moment and count my blessings, and feel happy about everything I have :)
When my dh and I had small children at home, we were so 'poor' that we could not afford a telephone. But we have many wonderful memories of those times, like taking the children to the local park, feeding the ducks, and doing other things together that cost little or no money.
#35 I agree with you, Mark, ATGiB is wonderful throughout! It's a treasure.
#36 Glad you started, Kath. I bet you're finished by now, you little roadrunner reader, you. beep beep.
#37 Glad you can relate to Francie, Britt. I think many of us recall those days.
#38 Cee! Good point. Books vs Drugs - Books are free to all and enrich your life vs drugs which are certainly not free and can and have destroyed the lives of users and family. Hands down winner for me is books, how do we get kids to see that?!
#39 Kath! See you finished the book before I finished posting! beep beep!
#40 It's a shame Bonnie that you, I and many others missed out on so many awesome books. Although I and my parents thought I was getting a complete and well rounded education in a private highschool I can see now where they certainly fell short. And...........
#41 as Kath said, anytime you can pick up the book is fine. Take as long as you like.
#42 I agree with you, fuzzi. I read a lot at the library but had little guidance as to what to choose so I chose whatever was a popular read at the time. Wasn't until I got to college that I was introduced to many of the classics.
#43 I love your comments, Britt. You said it perfectly!
#44 Certainly true, fuzzi. Those together times are priceless. The we're in this together way of life, IMO, makes for a strong family.
My favorite part of the book thus far, is in Chapter 9 when Katie asks her mother what she must do to make a different world for baby daughter. I love her mother's answers. I even put some on my wiki so I can refer to them.
I particularly liked her game with numbers. Very creative!
#47 Totally,totally agree, Kath!! yet, someone somewhere would take offense etc, etc. So perhaps I'll just insert/attach the paragraphs to baby cards and gifts.
I'm almost half way through but I hope to finish by the 15th. I've got 6 more TIOLI's to read, yikes!
I am glad I joined this one though... I am still basking in the glow from this book.
#50 Great review, Bonnie! Gutsy she was and that was just one of her attributes.
Glad you joined in and finally read this book.
Betty Smith was the author of three other books: Tomorrow Will Be Better, Maggie-Now and Joy in the Morning. Has anyone read or recommend any of these books?
I've just started Book 4. So I'm just about finished. Hanging on to Francie's every word and emotion.
#52 I remember reading Joy in the Morning long ago, I think as a teen-ager. I don't recall a lot about it, but I think I enjoyed it. Possibly because it was a bit more "realistic" about young married life than anything I'd read before? And I think it's really Francie's story continued, although I didn't pick up on that back then, and the characters' names are different. (In fact, it's possible I read Joy in the Morning before I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for the first time.)
#54 I may need to look into that too, fuzzi.
#55 Hi Elkie, glad you dropped in even though you've no time for a reread. Glad you remember it fondly.
I finished the book Monday and watched the movie version on Tuesday. It took me 1/2 an hour to figure out how to connect my old VHS player, but I succeeded. Found the movie to be good but I enjoyed the moved much more.
I'm currently writing my review and should have it posted sometime tomorrow.
I will say that as a native San Francisco Bay Arean, the only place I've ever seen in my life that I'd ever consider worth leaving California for (and that says a lot) is NYC. My grandma grew up in Queens and I've seen Manhattan on flight layovers but I've never explored Brooklyn. One of these days....
More thoughts later.
One thing I liked about this novel was Francie's sense of identity. By the end of the book, she knows who she is, even as everything about her is changing. The end of the novel leaves her on a transition point, where she has time to be nostalgic about life. This was the most touching part - it reminded me of all the changes and transitions in my life, which unlike Francie's were mostly sudden, unexpected, and with little time for nostalgic goodbyes. My other favorite parts were Francie's ruminations on writing and what it means to tell the truth, which seemed to come straight from the author's mouth. Smith has written a gem of a book that seems downright autobiographical. I'm sad to see it end.