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Review: Another Brooklyn

August 9, 2016

Another Brooklyn

Seeing an old friend on the subway makes August recall when they were growing up in Brooklyn in the 1970s.  Her father moved August and her brother from Tennessee to Brooklyn when August was eight years old.  It took them a little while to fit into the rhythm of the city but, once they did, August found a group of friends to call her own.  While she was with her friends anything and everything felt possible and the world felt like a safe place but there was another Brooklyn out there with sexual predators and thieves.

I absolutely loved Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson!  She is truly an artist with the written word.  Her prose is sparse but each word is so well chosen, August’s story is told in a beautiful, lyrical fashion.  Woodson expertly captures the innocence and charm of youth as well as the dark, foreboding parts of the world that can lurk around the corner.

I was so caught up with Another Brooklyn from the very start and couldn’t put it down.  It’s a story that has stuck with me and I’ve thought about it a lot since I read it.  I think it would make a terrific book club pick because there’s a lot to discuss in this powerful book.  Believe me when I say, this is a book you don’t want to miss!

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2016 6:19 am

    I’m reading this now and will post a book review tomorrow,

  2. August 9, 2016 6:57 am

    You’ve convinced me! I need to read this and brown girl dreaming. Everyone has raved about her writing.

  3. August 9, 2016 7:22 am

    I’ve been wondering about this one so I’m glad to read your rave review!

  4. Sarah's Book Shelves permalink
    August 9, 2016 7:36 am

    Is this one written in verse? I shied away from it b/c I assumed it was and I’m just not a poetry person, but I’m getting the feeling this one isn’t in verse.

  5. August 9, 2016 8:10 am

    This novel is new to me, but I’m going to add it to my ‘ToRead’ list. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for your great review.

  6. August 9, 2016 8:27 am

    Glad to see your review! I loved Brown Girl Dreaming and look forward to reading this one, too.

  7. August 9, 2016 9:14 am

    This one is headed to my TBP list.

  8. August 9, 2016 10:23 am

    If you loved this book then I suspect I will too. It’s going on my list right now!

  9. August 9, 2016 10:45 am

    I can’t wait to read this. It’s on the couch, I just have 3 before it!

  10. August 9, 2016 10:48 am

    I adore wonderful prose

  11. August 9, 2016 11:16 am

    I’ll have to keep this one in mind since you loved it so much!

  12. August 9, 2016 11:31 am

    You are spot on with your review of this book. I totally agree with you : ) I absolutely loved this book!!

  13. August 9, 2016 11:56 am

    You’ve sold me, Kathy. This sounds like an amazing read. Thank you for the recommendation!

  14. August 9, 2016 12:01 pm

    I love this kind of story, and I’ve been eyeing this book recently. Thanks for sharing!

  15. August 9, 2016 1:40 pm

    So glad to hear that this one is good as well. I have been looking for this one and her Brown Girl Dreaming but my library’s copies of both books are always checked out!

  16. Rhonda. permalink
    August 9, 2016 4:18 pm

    Great review can’t wait to read it,my husband &hi grew up in Brookyn so the book title alone has my interest.

  17. August 10, 2016 11:22 am

    You just moved it up higher on my TBR list.

  18. August 10, 2016 11:42 am

    I’m so glad you liked this new one from Woodson. I just loved Brown Girl Dreaming. She’s an amazing writer.

  19. August 12, 2016 10:02 pm

    I really want to read this but still haven’t read Brown Girl Dreaming. So many books and so little time!

  20. August 14, 2016 8:13 pm

    What a glowing review! “An artist with the written word” … for this reason alone I will search out this author!

  21. bookingmama permalink
    August 15, 2016 6:26 am

    Your review makes me want to pickup this one now!!! Maybe I will read it next.

  22. August 16, 2016 3:15 pm

    Seems like a really good one. I like these kinds of books.

  23. August 24, 2016 12:38 pm

    I’m so glad you liked this one. I have it on my list to read this author.

  24. August 31, 2016 10:00 pm

    I wasn’t sure if I would like this one or not – now I’m definitely going to have to get it after reading your praises!

  25. alison permalink
    September 19, 2016 12:55 pm

    this “book” was incredible but it was way toooooo short. I normally do not check to see how many pages something is before I purchase it so I was shocked after paying $12.99 to see it was a mere 159 pages. way to short for me….this was a story that could have gone on and on. I hope for a sequel.

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