2006-12-07 / About Town

Book group takes up classic 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn'

The Afternoon Book Discussion at the Jamestown library continues on Dec. 12, the second Tuesday of the month, from 1 to 2 p.m. with the book "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith.

A review in the New York Times said, "A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life. . . . If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience. . . . It is a poignant and deeply understanding story of childhood and family relationships. The Nolan's lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. . . . Their daughter Francie and their son Neely knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.""

The last book discussion in this series will be on Soheir Khashoggi's "Mirage,"Jan. 9. The group will also be choosing books for future discussions in both February and March.

Books for the discussions may be obtained through the Jamestown library by placing holds on one of the many copies in the state available through the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network or CLAN. These meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the library at 423-7280.

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