One of my all-time favorite books is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. There are so many golden lines like the one above that are easy to fall in love with. I read it for the first time when I found it on a shelf at Harper. I had just moved to New York and I fell hard for this coming-of-age story and the book-loving, idealistic protagonist.
Here are a few more of my favorite quotes from this book:
“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood… On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”
“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”
“Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong.”
Oh, and check out this real-life Treehouse that Grows in Brooklyn. I want.
Cool places to buy a copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn:
- By Brooklyn, a store dedicated to selling things made in Brooklyn. Located on Smith Street in Brooklyn, NY
- Scaredy Kat, a neighborhood card and gift store in Park Slope, Brooklyn
- Comfort Zone in Ocean Grove, NJ