A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & Maggie-Now

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Maggie Now None

  • Title: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & Maggie-Now
  • Author: BettySmith
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & Maggie-Now ”

    1. This book showed me that, more than money, happiness is a good character, family and friends. The riches of life are the moments you take with you into old age.Also this is my new favorite book. it lives under my pillow until i read something else that will inspire me.

    2. A perennial favorite! I first read this book about a young girl when I was in elementary school. Written in 1943 and set in the early 1900s this story is an unique coming of age novel.The book explores the life of eleven-year-old Francie Nolan and the rest of her Irish American Family. The book gives readers a unique glimpse into the hardscrabble lives of the families living in the tenements Brooklyn circa 1919. Through Francie and her younger brother Neely, the reader experiences how the wonder [...]

    3. I need to be reminded periodically of what a masterful writer’s attention to detail, character portrayal, and replication of human kindnesses and cruelties accomplishes. Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” is an excellent example. This book is about poor people in Brooklyn living against the odds before and during World War I. It is especially about strong women – the Rommely women – Mary, the grandmother; Mary’s three daughters Sissy, Katie, and Evy; and most particularly gra [...]

    4. The name of this novel has always been in my consciousness. I think my dad must have read it when I was young. I'm so glad I finally got round to reading it myself. I found the characters to be real, flawed and likeable. Although the family know dreadful poverty, they are rich in love, imagination and resourcefulness. I'm going to miss them.

    5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is an American classic. The author writes about growing up poor in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century. The tree is a both real and a metaphor for the challenges life gave the family. Yet, had they not had those challenges, would they be who they are by the end of the story?I highly recommend reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn yearly.

    6. I love historical biographies, and this is a unique window into a transitional time in American history and the evolutions of a city. It is primarily though, about one girl and her family in Brooklyn, as they brave poverty, alcoholism and everyday trials. All the while her perspective is positive and prosaic. Very enjoyable.

    7. I have probably read this book 5 times and never tire of it. A wonderful book to give a preteen or teen grandchild.

    8. Reading this as a young adult, I loved how Francie kept a happy outlook despite all of the challenges she faced. I also remember thinking that even though it was a different time, a lot of things were still the same. In many ways I identified with Francie - I think it would be interesting to re-read this book as an adult, to see how my views about it may have changed.

    9. One of the best books I've read in recent memory. Beautifully written, characters fully developed and so interesting to see how little has changed. The story takes place a century ago, but so much of it could have been today, if you just added TV and cell phones. :)Love the protagonist, love the lessons learned, painful as many of them are.

    10. I thoroughly enjoyed this classic, especially on CD. This is the story of a young girl growing up in poverty in Brooklyn in the 1920's. The relationships between her, her father, brother, and others of that time is especially poignant. The book shows how the support of a strong Mother and her sister influenced the children's lives. I also enjoyed learning more about the 1920's.

    11. Lovely tale on what it was like to grow up poor in Brooklyn in the early 20th century; engaging and beautiful. The only problem I have is that perhaps the narrative is too chronological and could be more driven by events than the mere passage of time.

    12. I have loved this book for as long as I can remember. I read it for the 1st time when I was in 6th or 7th grade and I know there was much I did not understand @ the time but I did understand Francie - more accurately, I felt Betty Smith understood me.I wasn't a tenement girl - I grew up in a lower middle class neighborhood in a large city in the mid - west. I loved to read and dreamed of one day being a writer.I didn't read one book a day(I'm still trying to figure out how Francie did!)but I was [...]

    13. The books takes place in 1912 about a poor family named Nolan in Williamsburg Brooklyn. There is a tree named the tree of heaven.The first event is that Katie and Johnny are married. Next event is Francie and Neely start school. The third event is the fact that Johnny dies of pneumonia and alcoholism. The last event is that Katie marries McShane.The main characters are in the book is Francie Nolan ,Katie Nolan, Johnny, sissy,and Katie .She sets the tone for the novel.I do agree with their action [...]

    14. This book about a girl name francie and she is in a poor family and in the middle of the story her dad die and her mom had a baby, and it was just her brother, her mom, the baby girl and herself. I can connect this to begging for change because the girl's family was poor and her dad was a drunk and a liked to use alot of drug and left her mom. I give this book a five stars and because it had a meaning,to is the family was poor and then they became middle class because the mom marry the cop.

    15. Somehow, I reached middle age without having read this book so I am glad I remedied that situation! I admit to being surprised, though. I was expecting more of a Anne of Green Gables/Pollyanna kind of story, but this is a gritty, raw, & realistic view of growing up in poverty in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century. The Nolan family struggles with alcoholism, poor choices, and lack of resources, but they refuse to give in to despair even when things seem hopeless. It's not a perfect book [...]

    16. There is something about Smith's work that I just love. There is this simple honesty that draws me in, to the story, to the characters, to everything. I had read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn years ago, and it is still my favorite of Smith's novels. Maggie-Now was new to me, and while it wasn't my favorite, I did love the story.

    17. I love a book that can transport me to it's time period, which this book did so well. I love being challenged to research items mentioned to understand what they are. For example having to research Spats and dying of Consumption. The details were beautifully done and you feel as if you know each of the characters, there flaws and strengths, personally when you come to the end.

    18. At times, the story dragged on and on. Francie was really clueless through most of her life. I also was disappointed in the ending. I'd like to know what she finally did with her life, and see if she finally figured anything out.

    19. How could it have taken me so long to read this book? I read it after retiring, trying to save money, reading books from a local library. It was a wonderful experience, to feel and see such detail about the time when my parents grew up.

    20. A great character book. Not an adventure, or lots of movement, but well worth the read for just getting to know the people and the time era. New York from the poor persons standpoint at turn of the last century.

    21. While both these books are written really well and you really feel transported to Brooklyn during the early 20th century, I thought they were really depressing. I would probably give both books a 3.5 rating.

    22. second time to read tree grows-i have not read Maggie Now. I found the melodrama a bit much at the end in this one and alittle too easy of an ending but still some great images and an amazing feat to grow up in new york in the 1900s-how did they survive?!

    23. I have read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn numerous times. I had to read it again. The first time I read it was in fourth grade. I don't think I "got it," But I do remember liking it. But I think Betty Smith is a classic writer in her own right and I look forward to reading more of her stuff.

    24. Betty Smith has a unique way of telling a story about old Williamsburg and living in dire poverty. Francie, the story's main character, wins your heart. I would re-read this, no questions asked. It's a story that stays with you, well after the ending.

    25. This is a book I've read and reread and nowam once again reading it for my book group.I have loved it since I was 13 and my fathergave it to me and it remains one of my 10favorite novels.

    26. I read it as a teenager and again in my retirement years. Both times I loved it but with a totally different appreciation and perspective.

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