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By Betty Smith

ISBN-10: 0061120073

ISBN-13: 9780061120077

The liked American vintage a couple of younger girl's coming-of-age on the flip of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and relocating story packed with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with lifestyles and other people and incident. the tale of younger, delicate, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet early life within the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and encouraged thousands of readers for greater than sixty years. via turns overwhelming, elegant, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the day-by-day stories of the unforgettable Nolans are uncooked with honesty and tenderly threaded with relatives connectedness -- in a piece of literary artwork that brilliantly captures a different time and position in addition to really wealthy moments of common experience.

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Goat’s milk would have to substitute for cream. We can grow peas in the garden. I’d have to get wild onions from the woods. I don’t recognize the grain, our own tessera ration cooks down to an unattractive brown mush. Fancy rolls would mean another trade with the baker, perhaps for two or three squirrels. As for the pudding, I can’t even guess what’s in it. Days of hunting and gathering for this one meal and even then it would be a poor substitution for the Capitol version. What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button?

40 “So do you. And you’ve had more practice. Real practice,” he says. ” “Not people,” I say. ” says Gale grimly. The awful thing is that if I can forget they’re people, it will be no different at all. The Peacekeepers are back too soon and Gale asks for more time, but they’re taking him away and I start to panic. ” I cry out, clinging to his hand. “I won’t! You know I won’t! Katniss, remember I —” he says, and they yank us apart and slam the door and I’ll never know what it was he wanted me to remember.

And when they did have food, table manners were surely the last thing on their minds. Peeta’s a baker’s son. My mother taught Prim and I to eat properly, so yes, I can handle a fork and knife. But I hate Effie Trinket’s comment so much I make a point of eating the rest of my meal with my fingers. Then I wipe my hands on the tablecloth. This makes her purse her lips tightly together. 45 Now that the meal’s over, I’m fighting to keep the food down. I can see Peeta’s looking a little green, too. Neither of our stomachs is used to such rich fare.

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