Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Review

I am so glad I picked up A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I even loved the foreward (by Anna Quindlen). This is not a book with a heavy concentration on plot. Instead, the focus is on character, using stories to reveal their lives.

I especially related to Francie. Her love of reading and, eventually, writing spoke straight to my own little-girl-self. I had no fire escape or magic-feeling tree to hide out with, but I did use books as friends when I was growing up. Still, today, books are how I travel and how I continue my education. They are beautifully efficient teachers - both accepting and challenging to the reader.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn will be added to my list of all-time favorites, without a doubt. I got my copy off of the Borders Bargain Shelf for just one dollar. If only all of my money was so well spent. If only all bargain shelves yielded such treasures.

Heather T

* I chose it from Becky's List.


Becky said...

I'm so jealous! One dollar???? For just a wonderful, wonderful book???? I really am happy you enjoyed it. And happy that you were lucky enough to find a good bargain as well!!! I'll have to watch my bargain shelf more carefully from now on!

Booklogged said...

Thanks for bringing this book to the forefront of my thinking. My mother had an old copy of this book that I was going to read years ago. I didn't and I forgot about it. Writing it down so I won't forget. Nice review.

sally906 said...

this was a wonderful, wonderful book - I read it earlier this year and LOVED it :)