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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith | Literature & Fiction
Registered by vivdripper of Quincy, Massachusetts USA on 1/28/2004
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Heaven-Ali): travelling


11 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by vivdripper from Quincy, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, January 28, 2004

10 out of 10

I loved this book. A great coming of age story set at the turn of the centrury. 


Journal Entry 2 by vivdripper from Quincy, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, March 11, 2004

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Here is the shipping order for this bookring. Please PM the next person on the list for their address.

RoryG- Finland
Tho-Portugal
George-Und-CO- Germany
lesezeichen- Germany
Brewster13-Canada
Czerk-Minnesota, USA
andersor-California, USA
cheli-garza-Texas, USA
Snowmyst- W.Virginia, USA
Vivdripper-Massachusetts, USA 


Journal Entry 3 by vivdripper from Quincy, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, March 13, 2004

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This book was shipped off today to RoryG in Finland. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 4 by RoryG from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, March 23, 2004

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Just received this one today. Looking forward to reading it. I'll keep you posted. 


Journal Entry 5 by RoryG from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, April 03, 2004

10 out of 10

I totally loved this book. I should've been studying but just couldn't put it down. I think I have to get my own copy. And I wouldn't have even known that this kind of book exist without bookcrossing! :)

I'll send this off to Tho. 


Journal Entry 6 by tho on Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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Received today - must finish another bookting first, but will start reading this soon ... 


Journal Entry 7 by tho on Sunday, May 16, 2004

9 out of 10

Finished last night ... I started reading it last week and then I couldn't put it down. The story of the Nolan family is touching, and beautifully written. The narrative is vivid, and all the time while reading this I could almost picture Francie and the Brooklyn setting so clearly on my mind ... I'll get my own copy as well one of these days ;-)
Thanks vivdripper for organising this wonderful bookring.

Will be mailed to George-Und-Co tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 8 by Georg-und-Co from Griesheim, Hessen Germany on Saturday, May 22, 2004

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Was in the letterbox this morning. Will read it next.

8. August 2004
I began reading and left the book. I think I have to read more in English like Francie.
Finally I took the book with me on our holidays in Berlin and there I hat the time to read it. It's wonderful and there is much autobiografical of the author herself I think.
Thank you to Vivdripper for sharing this book. 


Journal Entry 9 by Georg-und-Co at on Sunday, August 08, 2004

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Released on Sunday, August 08, 2004 at Postamt in Griesheim, Sent to another BookCrosser Controlled Releases.

Sent to lesezeichen. Have fun. 


Journal Entry 10 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Thursday, August 12, 2004

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Finally! I was so looking forward to reading this book, that I only hope that my expectations are not set too high. Thanks everybody! 


Journal Entry 11 by lesezeichen from Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, August 18, 2004

9 out of 10

A wonderful book!
Great characters, great writing, great subject. It reminded me a little bit of 'Angela's Ashes', 'Little Women' and 'To kill a nightingale'. Francie Nolan is an admirable heroine, I admire the way she makes her way in life in spite of the unfavourable circumstances, just as the title suggests. And I agree with Tho that the setting and the period are brought to life magnificently.

Thank you, vivdripper, for making me discover this gem (I hadn't heard about the book before you started your ring). Really one of my favourite BC discoveries.

The book goes out to brewster in the next days. I envy all those in the list who still are to discover this novel! It won't be long before I get a copy of my own:-)

Edit 19.08.: Sent 


Journal Entry 12 by brewster13 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, August 26, 2004

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Just received in the mail today. I have several books ahead of this one, but am hoping to get to it and get it read within 6 weeks.

Thanks for sharing vivdripper - I've been looking foward to reading this one b/c of all of the positive reviews! And thanks lesezeichen for the postcard!!

UPDATE Oct 1: I started to read this a couple of days ago ... Will post again when completed. 


Journal Entry 13 by brewster13 from Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, October 07, 2004

8 out of 10

To be honest, I found this book to be a bit slow off the start, but as I read more and more I enjoyed it more and more. I think that's because at the beginning the tone of the book was shaped so much by the poverty that the Nolan's were living with little view towards the future or happiness. But then Johnny does a great thing - he gets Francie into a different school, thus exposing her to a different world, and Francie realizes that there's more to life than what she can see from the fire escape. From that point on the book's tone changes from one of resignation and defeat, to courage, ambition, and empowerment. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Francie first facing the world, and then succeeding in that world. Her intelligence was well beyond her years, and the insights she gained through her love of reading and intense observations served her well as Francie and her family overcame the many challenges they faced.

A touching and moving story -- thank you so much vivdripper for this bookring! I never would have read this book without you, and it is a truly lovely book. I will send this copy on to Czersk this afternoon. Thanks again!! 


Journal Entry 14 by Czersk from Roscoe, Minnesota USA on Monday, October 18, 2004

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IT'S HERE! Will read as soon as I am able. 


Journal Entry 15 by Czersk from Roscoe, Minnesota USA on Thursday, November 18, 2004

10 out of 10

I Cannot Express In Words How Much I Loved This Book, although I'm going to try anyway. I took my time reading it. I felt that it was not meant to be rushed, and I wanted to savor it. To me, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the New Yorker version of To Kill A Mockingbird-- the voice of a young girl learning about herself, her family and the world around her is such a strong factor in both books. I guess that that is the type of book I like, since both of these are in my Top 5. As I was reading, I found excerpts everywhere that I Need to copy down. Francie's story is so inspiring, especially since I see so much of my self in her. She, I think, will be a literary role model for me. I would do well if I turned out like Francie Nolan. I love this book. I love it. I love it. I'm buying copies-- many of them.

Off to andersor. 


Journal Entry 16 by andersor from San Francisco, California USA on Tuesday, November 30, 2004

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Arrived in today's mail. I'll try to get to it ASAP. 


Journal Entry 17 by andersor from San Francisco, California USA on Thursday, January 13, 2005

10 out of 10

What an enjoyable book! Definitely 'heartwarming' and one I will share with family and friends!
I will send this to cheli-garza as soon as I get the address.
Thanks for sharing 


Journal Entry 18 by andersor from San Francisco, California USA on Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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Sending to cheli-garza today. 


Journal Entry 19 by cheli-garza from Dallas, Texas USA on Thursday, January 27, 2005

10 out of 10

Received in the mail today. I've been peeking throughout the book (I didn't mean to, but it kept calling me...) & it looks really good. Will read asap & then send on. :)

2-4-2005: I just finished it this morning. This is such a wonderful book!! I tried to take it slow and savor it, which I did for the first couple of days, but then last night I stayed up late and just read and read! Will be sent on to next person asap. Thank you, vivdripper, for sharing this beautiful story. Spoiler alert: My only regret is that it doesn't tell what ends up happening to Francie after Michigan & if she decides that Ben is a good guy. Towards the very end, she seemed a bit ambivalent, because she wanted to be "needed". Hopefully she'll come to her senses! 


Journal Entry 20 by vivdripper from Quincy, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 11, 2005

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This book arrived safe and sound today. It's so nice to have it back! Many thanks to all who participated in this ring. I'm glad you all enjoyed it. 


Journal Entry 21 by vivdripper from Quincy, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, September 01, 2005

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This is going out on another mini-ring by request. Here is the shipping order:


thewhitelion-UK
heaven-ali-UK
hellie-UK
lastmango-Canada

Please journal and let us know what you think! Happy reading to all.
 


Journal Entry 22 by TheWhiteLion from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, September 09, 2005

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Received the book today. Am looking forward to reading it - it's received so many interesting journal comments before! 


Journal Entry 23 by TheWhiteLion from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, September 26, 2005

5 out of 10

I'm feeling like the odd-one-out today as I'm writing this journal entry. I was so looking forward to reading the book after reading all the wonderful journal entries, but I was left feeling disappointed that the book didn't meet my expectations. It is a beautiful story of a poor family living in Brooklyn, but I never really associated with the characters. Also, there were some irks in the book that bothered me - there were a few characters that were briefly introduced and then never heard of again, and Francie (the main character) had some thoughts and did some things that were totally unlike any 13 or 14 year old I've ever met or could imagine.

I learned from another bookcrosser that I don't have to love the books that everyone else loves, weird as that makes one feel. Am sure the rest of the readers on this bookring will enjoy the book though, judging by the previous positive comments. Will check back on the journal entry in the future to read their comments. Many thanks to vivdripper for letting me read the book!

Am mailing the book off to heaven-ali today. Enjoy!
 


Journal Entry 24 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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Arrived safely today, looks like a good read, will get to it next. Thanks too for the lovely postcard. 


Journal Entry 25 by Heaven-Ali from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, October 07, 2005

9 out of 10

What a wonderful book. I loved it! Francie is such a memorable, remarkable character, as is her Mother Kate. I loved the character of Sissy too, what a wonderful woman! Brooklyn is brought to life, and its characters and their lives are fascinating. Thanks for sharing I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this.

Posted to Hellie on 10th Oct. 


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