Book club talk, auctions on October calendar

VALE – The Vale Community Book Club will discuss “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith at this Thursday’s meeting.

The group meets at 7 p.m. at the home of Carol Spears, 683 Cottage St., in Vale.

Tami Anderson will facilitate the discussion about this American classic, which traces a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the 20th century.

Francie Nolan and her family lived in the abject poverty of the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, home to uneducated first- and second-generation immigrants from Europe. They lived in one square mile marked by inadequate tenement housing, and all groups had derogatory names for the others.

Apart from the growing up experiences that children of any era can relate to – navigating parental and sibling relationships, making friends, and discovering first love – the novel also deals with . . .