Fremont Area District Library

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Daytime Book Group

Meeting information for the Daytime Book Group.

Our next meeting will be on
Thursday, January 24th, at 11:30 a.m.
by the North Fireplace

Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Copies of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith will be available at the Circulation Desk prior to the meeting date.  For more information about this group, contact Susan Herrick at the Reference Desk; 231-928-0257. 

From the Back Cover:

From the moment she entered the world, Francie needed to be made of stern stuff, for the often harsh life of Williamsburg demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, sublime, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are tenderly threaded with family connectedness and raw with honesty. Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life-from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children of Francie’s neighborhood traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Betty Smith has artfully caught this sense of exciting life in a novel of childhood, replete with incredibly rich moments of universal experiences—a truly remarkable achievement for any writer.

Past Book Group Selections
December 2018 - An Outlaw's Christmas by Linda Lael Miller
October 2018 - Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
September 2018 - The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
May 2018 - Vincent and One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards
April 2018 - Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
March 2018 - The One & Only by Emily Giffin
February 2018 - Bare Bones by Bobby Bones
January 2018 - Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton
December 2017 - Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
October 2017 - Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark
September 2017 - The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
May 2017 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
April 2017 - Secrets from the Past by Barbara Taylor Bradford
March 2017 - Tempting Fate by Jane Green
February 2017 - Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
January 2017 - The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
December 2016 - Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
October 2016 - The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi
September 2016 - Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
June 2016 - The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky
May 2016 - The Lost Quilter by Jennifer Chiaverini
April 2016 - Grayson by Lynne Cox
March 2016 - Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
February 2016 - Us by David Nicholls
January 2016 - The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton