This is not a book review, only an explanation of how I became aware of Betty Smith’s famous magnum opus titled A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Mark Bauerlein wrote The Dumbest Generation where the Emory English professor details how social media has reduced the writing and reading skills/interests of the current generation.
Bauerlein reveals that A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was the third most popular book in 1946. This ranking was produced by a poll considered more reputable than the Gallup and was conducted prior to ownership of televisions by the masses.
The tree in the book title has been declared invasive in NYC. It grew through cement and probably symbolized the tenacity required to survive and stay sane amidst alcoholism, pedophilia, poverty, and abject life in the tenements.
Finally, the book led me to draw the conclusion that poor people are actually generally less depressed than rich people. Why? Poor people are too busy surviving to get despondent. Each paycheck buoys them for another fun filled Saturday night and another month with a roof over their head.