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How Do You Discover Books? (Let Me Know; Maybe Win a Prize!)

If you’re anything like me, your need for books is second only to water, food and love—but how do you find your books? For some of us it’s a mysterious process, with something similar to a divining rod leading up to the right novel at the right time. Others turn to aunties and friends. I want to find out your method!

Click here to take the survey and not only will you soon see the results here , you’ll be entered to win an early hardcover copy of my new novel (releasing April 11) The Widow of Wall Street (and helping with an article for readers and writers.)

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Brooklyn Books: Part One

I came of reading age, of every age, in Brooklyn, and, like most constant readers, I am incredibly non-monogamous. One day I want to read far away: Antarctica! Mars! Nigeria!

The next day, I want to read of home—especially if it’s a home I never knew.

Ah, Brooklyn books.

Tin Wife by Joe Flaherty

But kids never think their parents were every young. Just someone to put the food on the table and the clothes on their backs. Like they were so special God gave them a maid and a butler at birth.

“What an extraordinary woman she is, this romantic mythologizer from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn who ends up making the world pay through the nose for shattering her illusions. What a vehicle she is for the author’s passionate, funny views on everything from ethnic rivalry to the women’s liberation movement as seen by working-class housewives to why the Brooklyn Dodgers fled Ebbetts Field for California.”  New York Times Book Review, 1984.

I don’t know why this wonderful book isn’t a classic of Brooklyn books. It was published posthumously when author, journalist, Joe Flaherty died at 47. It is a slice of Brooklyn (an Irish wife of an Irish cop) rarely heard from, and an example of a male author nailing a female voice.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church.

“’A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” published in 1943, was an immediate best seller, and since then has become for its devoted readers a

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