A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Author: Betty Smith

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061803022

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

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A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century. From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences—a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Play based on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn": Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn.

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Play based on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn": Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men, and to a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published ... --Emilie Coulter at Amazon.com.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This movie features Francie Nolan, a young girl, who vows to make it big in life, with the help of her devoted mother and alcoholic father.

Author: Jacob Rowlands

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This movie features Francie Nolan, a young girl, who vows to make it big in life, with the help of her devoted mother and alcoholic father.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident. The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the daily experiences of the unforgettable Nolans are raw with honesty and tenderly threaded with family connectedness -- in a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as incredibly rich moments of universal experience. Amazon.com Review Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother, and an aunt who gives her love too freely--to men, and to a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father's child--romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother's child, too--deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life's squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book's humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics--and in the hearts of readers, young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter Review “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.” (New York Times ) “One of the most dearly beloved and one of the finest books of our day.” (Orville Prescott ) “One of the books of the Century.” (New York Public Library )

CliffsNotes on Smith s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

This study guide carefully walks you through Francie's journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each book of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Betty Smith.

Author: Sheri Metzger

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544184319

Category: Study Aids

Page: 72

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. CliffsNotes on Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you explore life in early 20th-century Brooklyn as you follow the maturation of Francie Nolan and her family, which includes a hard-drinking father and the economic cost associated with that. But no matter the struggles that Francie encounters on her way to becoming an independent woman, her tenacity in creating the best life for herself that she can is inescapable. Ultimately her determination to succeed is like the tree that grows in the courtyard where Francie grows up, a tree called the Tree of Heaven, which always grows, regardless of whether or not it is watered, and which symbolizes the strength to survive, just as Francie survives. This study guide carefully walks you through Francie's journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each book of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Betty Smith. Other features that help you study include: An overview of the novel A list of characters, including analyses of major characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Analyses of major themes and symbols A glossary of important terms and phrases from the novel Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Etc A Novel

Author: Betty Smith (Joint Author of "Folk Stuff.".)

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Betty Smith Life of the Author of a Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" captured the imagination of readers in 1943. In the first published biography of Smith, the real-life stories behind the heroes in her novel are told.

Author: Valerie Raleigh Yow

Publisher: Independent Author

ISBN: 9780982720707

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" captured the imagination of readers in 1943. In the first published biography of Smith, the real-life stories behind the heroes in her novel are told.

CliffsNotes On Smith s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Author: Sheri Karmiol

Publisher: Cliff Notes

ISBN: 0470414723

Category: Study Aids

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. In CliffsNotes on Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you explore life in early 20th-century Brooklyn as you follow the maturation of Francie Nolan and her family, which includes a hard-drinking father and the economic cost associated with that. But no matter the struggles that Francie encounters on her way to becoming an independent woman, her tenacity in creating the best life for herself that she can is inescapable. Ultimately her determination to succeed is like the tree that grows in the courtyard where Francie grows up, a tree called the Tree of Heaven, which always grows, regardless of whether or not it is watered, and which symbolizes the strength to survive, just as Francie survives. This study guide carefully walks you through Francie’s journey by providing summaries and critical analyses of each book of the novel. You'll also explore the life and background of the author, Betty Smith. Other features that help you study include An overview of the novel A list of characters, including analyses of major characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters Analyses of major themes and symbols A glossary of important terms and phrases from the novel Classic literature or modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A young girl in a shabby neighborhood lives with dreams in an innocent time before the war.

Author: Betty Smith

Publisher: Turtleback

ISBN: 9781417681419

Category: Fiction

Page: 493

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A young girl from an impoverished family comes of age in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th-century.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Author: Tess Slesinger

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Category: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Author: Mary B. Collins

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Literature Discovery Guide

Author: Sharayah Hooper

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A Study Guide for Betty Smith s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

One of the first reviews of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was published in the journal
Social Forces, published by the University of North Carolina Department of
Sociology in 1943. This is a journal with a focus on social research, which
suggests ...

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410361128

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 26

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A Study Guide for Betty Smith's "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Betty Smith on Fame and Money

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

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Tomorrow Will Be Better

Tomorrow Will Be Better tells the story of Margy Shannon, a shy but joyfully optimistic young woman just out of school who lives with her parents and witnesses how a lifetime of hard work, poverty, and pain has worn them down.

Author: Betty Smith

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062988697

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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"A rediscovered treasure." — Maureen Corrigan, Washington Post From Betty Smith, author of the beloved classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, comes a poignant story of love, marriage, poverty, and hope set in 1920s Brooklyn. Tomorrow Will Be Better tells the story of Margy Shannon, a shy but joyfully optimistic young woman just out of school who lives with her parents and witnesses how a lifetime of hard work, poverty, and pain has worn them down. Her mother's resentment toward being a housewife and her father's inability to express his emotions result in a tense home life where Margy has no voice. Unable to speak up against her overbearing mother, Margy takes refuge in her dreams of a better life. Her goals are simple—to find a husband, have children, and live in a nice home—one where her children will never know the terror of want or the need to hide from quarreling parents. When she meets Frankie Malone, she thinks her dreams might be fulfilled, but a devastating loss rattles her to her core and challenges her life-long optimism. As she struggles to come to terms with the unexpected path her life has taken, Margy must decide whether to accept things as they are or move firmly in the direction of what she truly wants. Rich with the flavor of its Brooklyn background, and filled with the joys and heartbreak of family life, Tomorrow Will Be Better is told with a simplicity, tenderness, and warmhearted humor that only Betty Smith could write.

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A Tzvi Grows in Brooklyn

The title of this book refers to the novel and movie, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Like the famous novel, A Tzvi Grows in Brooklyn is a memoir about growing up in Brooklyn in the middle of the twentieth century.

Author: Herbert ROSEMAN

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ISBN: 9781708181475

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The title of this book refers to the novel and movie, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Like the famous novel, A Tzvi Grows in Brooklyn is a memoir about growing up in Brooklyn in the middle of the twentieth century. But there is a major difference in the two books. Because its protagonist must cope with extreme abuse and poverty, the tone of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is sober, while A Tzvi Grows in Brooklyn is a lighthearted, funny, uplifting story of a more typical coming-of-age.But who or what is Tzvi? Tzvi is the Hebrew name of the author of the memoir. The book is about an average boy living in the 1940s, growing up in a cramped apartment with an extended family of quirky individuals and living with often bewildering events. His challenge is to cope with his family and to make the necessary changes in himself to fit into the world comfortably.The story begins at the turn of the century in both Brooklyn and Vilna Russia. We are introduced to the struggles of Tzvi's immigrant grandparents and parents to establish themselves in America. After an unusual courtship, Tzvi's parents marry at the outset of the Depression. The family, now including Tsvi and his sister, move to a two-room apartment they share with an aunt and cousin. The three children in the apartment have several comical adventures with animals that affect the adults in unanticipated ways. Tzvi enters the New York City school system and must deal with diverse characters including a teacher who is a communist, a singing dental hygienist and a science teacher who especially dislikes him. His skills in managing these relationships are unpolished, and lead to entertaining misunderstandings.Growing up in Brooklyn, Tzvi is an ardent fan of the Dodgers, especially Jackie Robinson, and has a dream to play shortstop for the team. Tzvi's athletic ability is not nearly sufficient for this ambition, but it takes him several years to grasp the reality intellectually and emotionally.The book also provides interesting historical background that contextualizes Tzvi's adventures. Readers of a Tzvi Grows in Brooklyn may gain insight to their personal coming of age by comparing their experiences with Tzvi's.