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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  Smith
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May 27, 2009

really liked it
Read in June, 2009

This is one of those books that stays with you. It was so fun to listen to. I was almost in tears from laughing during the part that explains how the neighbor weaned her child and papa took them all fishing in a boat. I loved all the characters and I thought Betty Smith did a great job of making you love the people in Francie's life. It's hard to narrow it down, but I think this is my favorite quote from the book, "She was made up of all of these good and these bad things...She was the books she read in the library...Part of her life was made from the tree growing rankly in the yard. She was the bitter quarrels she had with her brother whom she loved dearly. She was Katie's secret, despairing weeping. She was the shame of her father staggering home drunk...She was all of these things and of something more...It was something that had been born into her and her only." I believe we are all like that. Changed by the people around us, composed of the good and bad things all around us, but also unique and unchangeable in some ways because of the spirit in us that is ours and ours alone.
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Jill Loved your review, Meghan. I agree with you. It is a book that stays with you, and I enjoyed re-reading your quote. There were so many good ones in the book, it's hard to narrow it down to just one!

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