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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Books Four and Five

Dear Bookies, I didn’t remember much of Books Four and Five from the time I read them at age 11. The first reading was all about the period details, like petticoats and Jewish rye. But this time around, I’d call Four and Five by far my favorite parts of the book. I do love seeing Francie (who’s still a kid! You forget it until […]

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Book Three

Dear Bookies: Yesterday, December 15, would have been Francie Nolan’s 110th birthday. Oh, Francie, what would you think today of your beloved Williamsburg, where the old Sicilian bakery is now a comic-book shop? I wonder. So much has happened in the course of Book Three that I can’t even do justice to it all, which makes me wish this book […]

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Book Two

Dear Bookies: Okay, first, an open letter to my mother: I’m a grown woman now, and I’m ready to hear the truth. Did you tear Book Two out of my childhood copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? Because I don’t remember anything about sex-crazed “hoyden” Sissy, married at 14. Or how Mary Rommely “humbly submitted” to her husband’s “brutal […]

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Book One

Hi, Bookies! I hope Book One flew by for you the way it did for me. It’s easy to see why A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was such a phenomenal best-seller when it was published in 1943—3 million copies sold in the first two years. According to professor Carol Siri Johnson, the publisher literally could not print enough copies because […]

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I Get to Announce Our December Book!

Hi, everybody! I’m Amy Maclin, a deputy editor here at Real Simple, and I’ll be leading the book club next month. (I’ve never been in a book club, real or virtual, so I’m pretty tickled about it.) The winner of December’s poll is … A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which overtook the other three coming-of-age novels in our contest by […]

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