The book I've read over and over, and passed along...but of course, I keep my vintage copy.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
"From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood...On the day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived." Chapter 22, pg. 164
"A new tree had grown from the stump and its trunk had grown along the ground until it reached a place where there were no wash lines above it. Then it had started to grow towards the sky again. Annie, the fir tree, that the Nolans had cherished with waterings and manurings, had long since sickened and died. But this tree in the yard - this tree that men chopped down...this tree that they built a bonfire around, trying to burn up its stump - this tree had lived!" Chapter 56, pg. 483 book quote source
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'This could be a whole life,' she thought. 'You work eight hours a day covering wires to buy food and to pay for a place to sleep that you can keep living to come back to cover more wires. Some people are born and kept living just to come to this...May be she'd never have more education than she had at that moment. Maybe all her life she'd have to cover wires." Chapter 43, pg. 358 book quotes source
"She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered 'different.' She did not suffer too much." Chapter 20, pg. 160 book
"She was made up of all of these good and these bad things...She was the books she read in the library...Part of her life was made from the tree growing rankly in the yard. She was the bitter quarrels she had with her brother whom she loved dearly. She was Katie's secret, despairing weeping. She was the shame of her father staggering home drunk...She was all of these things and of something more...It was something that had been born into her and her only." Chapter 8, pg. 71 book quote source
"Maybe that decision was her great mistake. She should have waited until some man came along who felt that way about her. Then her children would not have gone hungry; she would not have had to scrub floors for their living and her memory of him would have remained a shining thing. But she wanted Johnny Nolan and no one else and she set out to get him." Chapter 7, pg. 56book quotes source
"Those were the Rommely women: Many, the mother, Evy, Sissy, and Katie, her , and Francie, who would grow up to be a Rommely woman even though her name was Nolan. They were all , frail creatures with wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices...But they were made out of thin invisible steel." Chapter 7, pg. 68 quotes source
"Frances stood numb. There was no feeling of surprise or grief. There was no feeling of anything. What mama just said had no book quote source
." Chapter 36, pg. 277
In the future, when something comes up, you tell exactly how it happened but write down for yourself the way you it should have happened. Tell the truth and write the story. Then you won't get mixed up. It was the best advice Francie every got." Chapter 26, pg. 196 book source quotes
And the movie is old, I don't care. Well maybe it's because I like old things.It's as good as the book. Every time I watch it, I still love it so.
If you take the 6 minutes to watch this clip, you'll learn why it's named, "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn." But more than just that, it's a glimpse into the magic this movie.
"And Francie, pausing in her sweeping to listen, tried to put everything together and tried to understand a world spinning in confusion. And it seemed to her that the whole world changed in between the time that Laurie was born and graduation day." Chapter 41, pg. 342 book quote source