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Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that bel ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Amistad
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Roxane
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This gorgeous novel is a poem. It is a love letter to black girlhood.
Will Byrnes
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Each week, sister Sonja said, Start at the beginning, her dark fingers bending around a small black notebook, pen poised. Many moments passed before I opened my mouth to speak. Each week, I began with the words I was waiting for my mother…
A forest grows in Bushwick. At 35, August, a worldly anthropologist, back in New York City to bury her father, recalls her growing up years. In Tennessee, when she was eight, her mother, was unable to cope with news of her brother’s death in Viet Nam. She per
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Emily May
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I knew I was lost inside the world, watching it and trying to understand why too often I felt like I was standing just beyond the frame—of everything.

2 1/2 stars. I liked parts of this, but after all the gushing praise the book has received, I was just kind of... underwhelmed.

Another Brooklyn is a short book split between the present, in which August has returned to Brooklyn after her father's death, and the 1970s, in which she grew up. Meeting an old friend in the present triggers childhood m
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Angela M
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars .

I read Jacqueline Woodson's profile and want to tell her what her fifth grade teacher told her about a story she wrote, "This is really good" , but it's not enough. I want to tell her how gorgeous her writing is, how I saw Brooklyn in the 1970's - that place and time through her writing as if I was there , how I kept rereading sentences because I wanted to read them again .

August returns to Brooklyn as an adult for her father's funeral and through flashbacks, reminiscences, a stream
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Brina
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Woodson is known for her award winning young adult and middle grade children's novels, most recently Brown Girl Dreaming. I saw many friends give high marks to her first adult novel, so I decided to read Another Brooklyn, a coming of age account of four girls growing up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn during the 1970s.

August has returned to Brooklyn after twenty years as an anthropologist as her father is dying of liver cancer. After his funeral, she takes the train back to his a
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Elyse
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook.....
I'm guessing 99.9% of audiobook listeners will instantly connect with the narrator's delivery.

I was fully captivated by this story - BEAUTIFULLY written!!!!!!!
.....makes me think of the relationship between YING and YANG. Neither Ying or Yang are absolute. It's also not static. It flows with time... which is how I see the context for this story.

Beauty and tragedy are interchangeable throughout. Scene after scene is so easily remembered -- that we could almost rewind an invisib
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Larry H
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was absolutely exquisite and powerfully emotional.

"Sylvia, Angela, Gigi, August. We were four girls together, amazingly beautiful and terrifyingly alone."

Another Brooklyn is a memory poem of sorts, a lamentation on lost youth and the intensity of adolescent friendships which burn with an intense heat for a period of time, only to leave behind the ashes of longing, anger, and regret.

Seeing an old friend on the subway brings August face-to-face with her memories. She remembers gro
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Cheri
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, brooklyn, 1970s

“I know now that what is tragic isn’t the moment. It is the memory.”

August returns to New York for her father’s funeral, which sends her mind spinning back to those years, so long ago.

“The green of Tennessee faded quickly into the foreign world of Brooklyn, heat rising from cement. I thought of my mother often, lifting my hand to stroke my own check, imagining her beside me, explaining this newness, the fast pace of it, the impenetrable gray of it. When my brother cried, I shushed him, telling
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Diane S ☔
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brown girl dreaming was the first book I read of Woodsons, also the first book I read in the poetry, prose style of writing in which that book was written. I found that book incredibly touching and though this book is written as a narrative, I found this one equally touching. This author has a way of expression that is recognizably hers, her words flow, almost like music on a page, beautiful music.

Another young girl, named August, but this time she leaves the South with her father and younger b
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Karen
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A woman named August returns home to Brooklyn for her fathers funeral and reflects on her family's life together with her parents and brother in Tennessee and then later on growing up as a black child/teenager in a poor part of Brooklyn after the death of her mother. August also tells us much about growing up with three other girlfriends and what life was like for all of them in the 70's. Nicely written!
PorshaJo
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming and thought this book, Another Brooklyn, had a number of similarities. Both seem to be told from this dreamy like state with a touch of poetry to them. At times, a stream of consciousness. I enjoyed them both.

Another Brooklyn tells the story of coming of age in Brooklyn, NY during a specific time. The memories of a young girl growing up and learning as she is growing. Learning about life, Brooklyn, good and evil, and disappointment. I always find a
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Julie
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson is a 2016 Amistad publication.

Extraordinary, emotional, touching and bittersweet.

Because this author has mostly written within the young adult and middle grade genres, she has never popped up on my radar. But, when I noticed this book was a National Book Award finalist, and was creating a little buzz, I decided to take a closer look.

As I have mentioned several times before, the ‘coming of age’ trope is not one of my favorites, and this book obviously fall
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Carol
Another Brooklyn is a book I will not forget.

Are you looking for a thoughtful, nuanced review? Read the review my friend, Cheri, penned. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Ron
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: real-feel, literature
This book felt so very real to me. It read like a memoir of a past remembered, the looking back on a childhood and the memories of a place that was and was not home. As a child, I felt like that after a move. Lost but also excited. I identified here, but my place was not the same. Augusts’ place is Brooklyn, such a long move with her family from Tennessee, and in more than miles alone.

It is from the present that August looks back in time to that “other” Brooklyn of the 1970’s, the Borough where
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PattyMacDotComma
4.5★
What a delicious, haunting little book. It’s not fat physically, but it’s sure full of food for thought. Although I have touched on some of the main points of the story (the challenges August faces), this isn't plot-driven, and most is shown to us early.

August and her younger brother have just buried their father, and she looks back twenty years and tells their story. She has had counselling from a therapist, who tells her everyone has suffered tragedies, as if that will ease August’s suffer
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Diane
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-fiction
This book is gorgeously written, so much that it felt more like poetry than a novel.

In Another Brooklyn Jacqueline Woodson has created a beautiful wisp of a story, one built on memories and the gaps in between. We meet August, a woman who thinks back on her childhood in 1970s Brooklyn after bumping into an old friend. August's father has just died, and she finds herself thinking of the past. August remembers the group of girls she admired and eventually became friends with. She remembers being
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Marilyn C.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly moving book written with beautiful, lyrical prose, Another Brooklyn follows four friends as they come of age in the 1970's. You cannot help but see yourself, or even one of your own friends, in the lives of these girls as they deal with some of life's hardest lessons; loss of a loved one, first love, insecurities about growing up, and eventually growing apart. Jacqueline Woodson's words are honest and almost painful to read at times, but written with a poetic style that flows so sm ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars! I devoured this book in one sitting! This is the first book I have read by Jacqueline Woodson and it definitely won't be my last - I absolutely loved her writing style - very unique! I was completely absorbed in the journey through adolescence of the four main girls - August, Sylvia, Angela and Gigi. I felt their emotions as if I was there with them in the stories August narrated. Though quite dark at times, I found myself rooting for the girls to stick together and persevere. A quick, ...more
Dianne
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2017
No one else writes like Jacqueline Woodson. A dreamy hybrid of poetry and literature - if you admired "Brown Girl Dreaming," this is for you. Hauntingly lovely.
Britany
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I devoured and loved Brown Girl Dreaming, so I knew I would have to read whatever Ms. Woodson published next. For me, this one didn't land quite so well.

Told in tiny paragraphs almost vignettes that were hard to place together as the novel progressed. Snippets of time and experiences shared with the reader developed this book almost circumventing the point. I think for me, this was over my head and I just didn't "get it". It was a great effort, but didn't quite work for me. The writing was flui
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Michael
This is a lyrical account of a black girl’s disruptive transplantation from Tennessee to New York at age 11 in the 1970s and her struggle to find her way. August’s father brought them back to his origins after her mother lost her mind when her brother died in Vietnam. She can’t understand why her mother was left behind. The blooming, buzzing life in the street out the window calls to her, but her father only slowly trusts her to go out and play with the other kids. She finds her way into a life- ...more
Maxwell
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
While beautifully written and told (the audiobook narrator does a phenomenal job), Another Brooklyn lacked the emotional intensity I expected. August, our main character, recounts her story—that of a young girl coming of age in 1970's Brooklyn. The novel reads like a memory, and memory is a major theme of August's life. From the memories she makes with her best girl friends Angela, Sylvia and Gigi, to the memories of her old life in Tennessee which she forces herself to forget. It has some beaut ...more
Mariah
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I love this author! She does the best children's books and covers uncomfortable topics really well! was really excited to read this book by her! I had it on hold forever and finally got it :)

Again, she did a fabulous job covering more uncomfortable topics. This time the topics were young girls being exposed to growing up without parents, lack of education, seeing others on drugs, being talked into sexual acts and more. She did this all smoothly within only 177 pages. Shes amazing!

My goal is to r
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Marie
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brooklyn, race, death
Exquisite! Such a beautifully written piece of work, that it felt like poetry, both in the flow and the content. It has an ethereal dreamy quality and is full of rich metaphors.

I have been struggling with my review of this book, because whatever I seem to write doesn’t really do the book justice. It is such a unique beautiful piece of writing. The story begins with August, the narrator, returning by train to visit her dying father. She catches a glimpse of Sylvia, a childhood friend and memories
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Carmen
We had blades inside our kneesocks and were growing our nails long. We were learning to walk the Brooklyn streets as though we had always belonged to them - our voices loud, our laughter even louder.

But Brooklyn had longer nails and sharper blades. Any strung-out soldier or ashy-kneed, hungry child could have told us this.


So. This wasn't bad. But I didn't enjoy Brown Girl Dreaming and I didn't enjoy this. I just don't like Woodson's writing style, in which a short novel is just like a long poem.
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Ron Charles
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jacqueline Woodson, one of the most celebrated young adult authors in the country, has always challenged her adolescent readers — and older readers, too. In books such as “Brown Girl Dreaming,” her memoir in verse, which won a National Book Award, or “Miracle’s Boys,” which won a Coretta Scott King Award, Woodson explores class, race and death with unflinching honesty and emotional depth.

So, in a way, it feels a little artificial to note that her new book, “Another Brooklyn,” is her first novel
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
"We had blades inside our kneesocks and were growing our nails long. We were learning to walk the Brooklyn streets as though we had always belonged to them - our voices loud, our laughter even louder. But Brooklyn had longer nails and sharper blades. Any strung-out soldier or ashy-kneed, hungry child could have told us this."

Brooklyn girlish childhoods, navigating the many different types of people, losing innocence, etc. This very short book was beautiful in audio.
Lori
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time I have read Woodson and I'm amazed at her ability to say so much with so few words. Beautifully lyrical in it's delivery.
Lata
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in this story was lovely and heartbreaking and scary and funny and sad. I've never read anything by Jacqueline Woodson before, though I knew she had written books for kids. In this story, her central character is adult August, who looks back to her childhood in Brooklyn after the death of her father in the novel's opening. She, her father and younger brother are newly arrived in Brooklyn from Tennessee when August was 8 years old. August kept telling her younger brother that their mo ...more
Helene Jeppesen
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book didn't do that much for me. It was way too short and fragmented for my taste, and while it was interesting to read about these four friends growing up in Brooklyn, I read the novel in under 2 hours and didn't feel like I got to know these characters very well at all.
"Another Brooklyn" is told from August's point of view whose family moves to Brooklyn after her mother starts hearing voices. August quickly becomes friends with three other very different and interesting girls, and I'm su
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