June 2019 Book Club Pick: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Come join us in June as we continue our book club! Next up, our June book club pick is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our May book club discussion of Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. We loved hearing what everyone had to say.

If you’re just joining us, welcome! Rachael and I are so excited to have you with us. If you are looking for a community of readers, you’ve found the right place.

Not everyone has a chance to be in an in-real-life book club. So why not join with us. Let us be your community. Let’s discuss books together and make some friendships along the way.

Each month we’ll pick we think you’ll love. On the first of every month, we’ll have a post just like this one, explaining why we choose the book we did. Then, about a week later, we will post discussion questions. Hopefully, our discussion questions will prompt us to go deeper. Not just “I loved it or I hated it.”

Near the end of the month, we’ll update our discussion questions with our viewpoints, and open up the post for your comments.

Let’s read together with intention. Let’s build a community of readers and have lots of fun along the way. Come join with us!

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June 2019 Book Club Pick

Book cover for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith

A classic coming-of-age story that has enchanted readers for decades, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn chronicles young teen Francie Nolan as she grows up in the slums of Brooklyn. Covering poverty and the American dream, Betty Smith’s masterpiece points out the struggles of the poor families of the early 20th century. Yet, the enduring message of this classic book is one of hope for the future. Read more →

Find on:  Goodreads Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository

Why We Chose A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Published over 70 years ago, Betty Smith’s semi-autobiographical novel of a girl’s coming-of-age at the start of the 20th century is still widely read today.

My brother-in-law recommended A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to me, so I quickly added it to me to-read list and then forgot it just as quickly. When I saw a copy at my local thrift story, I immediately snatched it up, realizing it would be perfect for our book club.

We chose A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for our June book club pick specifically because it’s a classic. Together with the book club, we hope to explore what makes a book a classic.

What keeps a book still relevant after 70 years? What coming-of-age experiences are still applicable today, even though our world is very different? What lessons can be learn from decades ago that help us few our modern society?

Hope you join with us this month for our June book club pick. We fully expect a lively discussion. Remember rule #1 of the Pingel Sisters Book Club – you are not required to like the book we pick. Differing opinions are always welcome!

Let’s Discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Discussion is now open. Come share your thoughts on our A Tree Grows in Brooklyn discussion questions.

Coming Soon: July Book Club Pick

To give you some time to get your hands on a copy, next month Rachael will be discussing a multigenerational epic story – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

Book cover for Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A tale of a young Korean girl in Japan, this sweeping historical fiction blends in the history of Korean-Japanese relations with a rich family saga. Read more →

Find on:  Goodreads Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository

How do you feel about our June book club pick?

June 2019 Book Club Pick: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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  • Reply Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins June 5, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Oh, I *just* heard about this one on a podcast and added it to my next TBR list – what timing! And I’ve got a copy of Pachinko waiting patiently for me on my TBR shelf! You guys are NAILING these book club picks! 😉👍❤️

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