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The Greenhorn Valley Book Club’s choice for July was “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. This American Classic treats the subject of a young girl coming of age at the turn of the century in New York. Its richly-plotted narrative following three generations in a poor but proud American family offers a portrait of urban life in the early 1900’s.

Betty Smith was born in 1896 and died in 1972. She was the daughter of German immigrants and was raised in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Her fictional novel became immediately popular and is now considered an essential part of American Literature.

Book Club members commented on how important education was to this family as the reading of the Bible and Shakespeare were an essential part of their daily routine. Two of our favorite quotes were: “It’s a good thing to learn the truth one’s self.” And, “A child must be made to believe in Heaven…a place where dreams and desires come true.”

Oprah Winfrey said that “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” counts among the ten books that have most deeply affected her life.

Our members concluded that “…the hard things we all experience over the years help to make us stronger.” Just as that Brooklyn tree wouldn’t die, we likened it to the Bristlecone Pine that lives high on our Greenhorn Mountain. We are told that the harsh alpine environment is responsible for its slow and tenacious growth, with some trees reaching more than 5,000 years of age.

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