50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
My grandmother gave it to me, and it is one of my mother’s favorites also. The story connects all three of us and I cannot
wait to share it with my daughter, who is now 6. —Jen Harrison
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was my first real adult read, in sixth grade. Was recommended by my mom. —Carol Watts Jolly
I couldn’t put it down. —Margaret Miller
I was 9 when I first read this book, and I was captivated [by] Francie Nolan’s struggles and achievements. —Alice Geissler
Really magical. —Sandy Kerce Rittenhouse
Have lost count of how many times I’ve read this book. —Wanda Davidson Bunn
I revisit Francie, Kate, and Neeley every few years. I have my mom’s first-edition copy from 1942. —Renata R. Brandau
The first time that I felt totally inside another person’s life. —Hope Whitehead
A classic coming-of-age story when I was coming-of-age! —Diane Gross
To buy: $18, amazon.com.
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