Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn

Large Print - 2016
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When August, an anthropologist who has studied the funeral traditions of different cultures, revisits her old neighborhood after her father's death, her reunion with a brother and a chance encounter with an old friend bring back a flood of childhood memories. Flashbacks depict the isolation she felt moving from rural Tennessee to New York and show how her later years were influenced by the black power movement, nearby street violence, her father's religious conversion, and her mother's haunting absence. August's memories of her Brooklyn companions--a tightly knit group of neighborhood girls--are memorable and profound. There's dancer Angela, who keeps her home life a carefully guarded secret; beautiful Gigi, who loses her innocence too young; and Sylvia, "diamonded over, brilliant," whose strict father wants her to study law. With dreams as varied as their conflicts, the young women confront dangers lurking on the streets, discover first love, and pave paths that will eventually lead them in different directions.
Publisher: ©2016
Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410494603
1410494608
Branch Call Number: F Woodson
Characteristics: 243 pages (large print) ;,23 cm

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cmlibrary_lmansfield Dec 23, 2016

As always with her work, I truly enjoyed Woodson's beautiful language in this coming of age story. Although it's about a particular time, place, and person's experience, many of the themes of girl and womanhood are universal.


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Aquanblue
Mar 29, 2018

A great coming of age book. Every girl should read this book and experience the stories of these girls' friendship. Especially in this age when mothers and daughters don't always talk about "everything"

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KingOscarOne
Mar 03, 2018

This reads like notes for a work the author never got around to completing. Generic, faceless characters and inarticulately summarized experiences seem to be waiting for real work and attention. It looks like many critics gave Woodson a pass, as if lack of detail and coherence add up to a “haunting” style.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 14, 2018

A moving, beautifully written book. Starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal.

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MelissaBee
Jan 31, 2018

" I know now that what is tragic isn't the moment. It is the memory."

Reading "Another Brooklyn" has that fleeting quality of wonder, concern, and intimacy, you might feel when protectively holding a stunned bird in your cupped hands as its heart beats wildly, reverberating throughout your whole body, before it bursts into flight and freedom, leaving you a breathless observer of a brief moment in time.

This lyrical novella will appeal to a reader who loves experiencing a book as more than a story, as its writing is poetic and reflective, a meditation almost. Indeed, some may find the book frustrating as it only offers a brief, free-form, glimpse into the tender and immediate thoughts of a young woman of color and her friends as they navigate the world of "girl" in 1970s Bushwick.

I found the book to be quite affecting, leaving me with a sense of gratitude for such an intimate portrait of becoming a woman, forged somewhere between the crush of the world and the embrace of those who love you. The tragedy may indeed be in the memory, not the moment, but so is the healing as we look back and come to understand ourselves more fully through our own stories, our own words.

A story about mothers, loss, memory, and growing up. The novel's language is poetic as is the style. Some chapters dance around, touching on different bits and pieces of the story. Eventually those bits and pieces come together to form a whole picture. At times it was difficult to follow, and as a reader I tend to prefer more linear stories. Still this story was almost musical, and very real.

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Einer2
Sep 10, 2017

I'm always drawn to books that take place in Brooklyn and this one did not disappoint. It was beautifully written. Should be a must read for young women and men.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 12, 2017

This is a beautiful book. August and her three closest friends grow up in a vibrant Brooklyn, but there is also the other Brooklyn with criminal activity, teenage pregnancies, abusive parents, troubled veterans, and assault. August’s father tries to shield her and her brother from this, by not letting them out of the apartment. Of course, eventually they have to venture out in the world. This is a beautiful, lyrical book. My only complaint is that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of the time jumps.

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Starpoem
Jun 26, 2017

What I liked: This was a quick read, and it was very poetically written. It was dream-like and impressionistic.

What I disliked: The main character did not seem to change over the course of the book--she started out sad, she ended up still sad, and she seemed determined to stay sad. The supporting characters lacked dimension and therefore seemed unrealistic.

If you are looking for a book about childhood friendships and loss, I recommend The False Friend by Myla Goldberg over Another Brooklyn.

TSCPL_Miranda May 26, 2017

I was pulled into this story immediately, and it was hard to put it down. Poetic, highly sensory writing. It transported me to 70s Brooklyn, but also felt true to my experience of growing up girl in another time and place. 4 stars instead of 5 because I wanted it to dig deeper--I finished the book with unanswered questions and didn't get a good feeling of closure.

MsDouglas_O Apr 13, 2017

This book was a great read. J. Woodson has a way of telling you a story and keeping you engaged. Loved it.

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Jan 31, 2018

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