Unique selections of books from our book buyer Paul Ingram. He compiles great lists of books on varying topics.
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January 4, 2017 - 9:55am
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
“There’s a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where it’s seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to meet the sky. It grows in boarded up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly. . . survives without sun, water, and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except there are so many of them.”
So begins Betty Smith’s classic American novel of the generation of emigrants, which poured into the melting pot which was New York City at the turn of the 20th Century. Irish, Jews, Italians, Poles, each on the run from the impossible circumstances present in their own troubled countries.
Irish girl, Francie Nolan, eleven years old as the novel begins, is bright, curious, and sensitive and lives with her younger brother Neeley and her parents, Johnny, an alcoholic Irish tenor who sings in restaurants and her loving, Illiterate mother, Katie, who takes care of the family.
I read the book first when I was twelve and was captivated by what I felt was its “realism”. I remember telling my mother, “It’s just like real life.” though it was a long ways from the life I was living at the time. I’ve returned to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn several times since my first experience with “realism”, always with pleasure, often with memories of the way I used to be, the way I used to read and the meaning reading had for me in my lonely puberty.
Many of you will have read this novel as teenagers and many of you will have loved it as I have. I invite you to join our Book Group Jan 18 at Prairie Lights. 7 PM.
December 15, 2016 - 9:52am
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN
by Betty Smith
“A profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. . . .The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. . . Primarily this book is about daughter, Francie. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie’s growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.'"—New York Times
This was a favorite book of mine, when I was in my early teens. I’ve read it twice since and the reading experience has not diminished in the least. American GI’s during WWII read the
book and wept, dreaming of life in America.
Selected as one of the Books of the Century by The New York City Public Library.
January 18 at Prairie Lights. 7 PM for Prairie Lights Book Club.
November 22, 2016 - 1:21pm
Austin, Mike. FIRE ENGINE NO. 9.
Cousins, Lucy. PECK, PECK, PECK.
Laden, Nina. PEEK-A-CHOO-CHOO.
Howatt, Sandra J. SLEEPYHEADS.
POETRY, SONGS & MOTHER GOOSE
Fogliano, Julie. WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES: POEMS FOR ALL SEASONS.
Opie, Iona. MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE.
Stooop, Naoko. SING WITH ME!
Jay, Alison. TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.
Napoli, Donna. TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS.
Austin, Mike. RESCUE SQUAD NO. 9.
Beaty, Andrea. ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST.
Brown, Monica. WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO: ESPERANDO EL BIBLIOBURRO.
Burningham, John. MOTOR MILES.
Edwards, Michelle. A HAT FOR MRS. GOLDMAN: A STORY ABOUT KNITTING AND LOVE.
Ellis, Carson. DU IZ TAK?
Fleming, Denise. 5 LITTLE DUCKS.
Hirst, Daisy. THE GIRL WITH THE PARROT ON HER HEAD.
Inkpen, Mick. I WILL LOVE YOU ANYWAY.
Klassen, Jon. WE FOUND A HAT.
McAnulty, Stacy. EXCELLENT ED.
Morales, Yuyi. RUDAS NINO'S HORRENDOUS HERMANITAS.
Perkins, Lynne Rae. FRANK AND LUCKY GET SCHOOLED.
Rylant, Cynthia. LITTLE PENGUINS.
Shannon, David. DUCK ON A TRACTOR.
Sidman, Joyce. BEFORE MORNING.
Vernick, Audrey. I WON A WHAT?
Wenzel, Brendan. THEY ALL SAW A CAT.
Willems, Mo. NANETTE'S BAGUETTE.
Zagerenski, Pamela. HENRY & LEO.
TRANSITIONAL CHAPTER BOOKS
Brown, Monica. LOLA LEVINE AND THE BALLET SCHEME.
Cronin, Doreen. INTO THE WILD: YET ANOTHER MISADVENTURE.
DiCamillo, Kate. WHERE ARE YOU GOING, BABY LINCOLN?
Hale, Shannon and Dean. THE PRINCESS IN BLACK TAKES A VACATION.
Kelly, Jacqueline. SKUNKED! CALPURNIA TATE GIRL VET.
Medina, Juana. JUANA & LUCAS.
Pennypacker, Sara. WAYLON! ONE AWESOME THING.
Pilkey, Dav. DOG MAN.
Voigt, Cynthia. TEDDY & CO.
Zemke, Debora. BEA GARCIA: MY LIFE IN PICTURES.
Bryant, Jen. SIX DOTS: A STORY OF YOUNG LOUIS BRAILLE.
Fleming, Candace. PRESENTING BUFFALO BILL: THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE WILD WEST.
Levy, Debbie. I DISSENT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG MAKES HER MARK.
Stanley, Diane. ADA LOVELACE: POET OF SCIENCE: THE FIRST COMPUTER PROGRAMMER.
Sweet, Melissa. SOME WRITER: THE STORY OF E.B. WHITE.
Wood, Susan. ESQUIVEL! SPACE-AGE SOUND ARTIST.
Brown, Lisa. THE AIRPORT BOOK.
Desmond, Jenni. THE POLAR BEAR.
Fleming, Denise. GIANT SQUID.
Lewis, John. MARCH: BOOK THREE.
Schaefer, Lola M. BECAUSE OF AN ACORN.
Steptoe, Javaka. RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHELL BASQUIAT.
Valerio, Geraldo. MY BOOK OF BIRDS.
Beasley, Kate. GERTIE'S LEAP TO GREATNESS.
Bruchac, Joseph. TALKING LEAVES.
Coville, Bruce. HATCHED: THE ENCHANTED FILES.
Creech, Sharon. MOO: A NOVEL.
Erdrich, Louise. MAKOONS.
Evans, Sandra. THIS IS NOT A WEREWOLF STORY.
Holm, Jennifer. FULL OF BEANS.
Lin, Grace. WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER.
Lorenzai, Natalie Dias. A LONG PITCH HOME.
Peck, Richard. THE BEST MAN.
Reynolds, Jason. AS BRAVE AS YOU.
Stewart, Trenton Lee. THE SECRET KEEPERS.
Vickers, Elaine. LIKE MAGIC.
Anderson, Laurie Halse. ASHES: THE SEEDS OF AMERICA TRILOGY.
Bayard, Louis. LUCKY STRIKES.
Budhos, Marina. WATCHED.
Chee, Traci. THE READER: BOOK ONE OF SEA OF INK AND GOLD.
Gout, Leopoldo. GENIUS.
Hesse, Monica. GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT.
Lee, Stacey. OUTRUN THE MOON.
Niven, Jennifer. HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE.
Oppel, Kenneth. EVERY HIDDEN THING.
Prineas, Sarah. ROSE & THORN.
Quick, Matthew. EVERY EXQUISITE THING.
Schwab, Victoria. THIS SAVAGE SONG.
Stewart, Martin. RIVERKEEP.
Whaley, John. HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR.
Yoon, Nicola. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR.
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