Discuss books with fellow lit lovers in the community! We meet the second Thursday of every month at 1:30pm at the Argenta Library. The library can place a hold on the monthly selections for you if you wish. We also try to keep a few spare copies at each circulation desk.
We’re always open to new members – join at any time! If you can’t make it in person to the book club discussion, click here to rate this month’s book!
Discussion Thursday, February 9 at 1:30 pm in Argenta
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny candy connoisseur and adroit observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. She grows up with a sweet, tragic father, a severely realistic mother and an aunt who gives her love too freely–to men and a brother who will always be the favored child. Francie learns early the meaning of hunger and the value of a penny. She is her father’s child–romantic and hungry for beauty. But she is her mother’s child, too–deeply practical and in constant need of truth. Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith’s poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published more than 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life’s squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book’s humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics–and in the hearts of readers, young and old.
Past discussion selections:
January 2023: When Winter Comes by V.A. Shannon — Our Rating: 4.0
December 8 2022: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave — Our Rating 3.28
November 2022: Little by Edward Carey — Our Rating: 3.2 October 2022: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck — Our Rating: 3.83 September 2022: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam — Our Rating: 3.11
August 2022:The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson — Our Rating: 4.23
July 2022: Luncheon Of The Boating Party by Susan Vreeland — Our Rating: 3.21
June 2022: The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand — Our Rating: 2.36
May 2022: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier — Our Rating: 3.78
April 2022: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig — Our Rating: 3.20
March 2022: The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd — Our Rating: 3.45
February 2022: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee — Our Rating: 4.31
January 2022: Flight Of The Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown — Our Rating: 4.32
Interested in participating? Let us know!
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Each month the Book Discussion Group rates the book that we have read on a scale from 1-5.