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"The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamant

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Book: The Boston Girl

Author: Anita Diamant

Recommended by Forest and South Manager Sue

“How did you get to be the woman you are today?” This question was posed to Boston Girl, Addie Baum in 1985 by her beloved granddaughter, Ava. So begins the tale of a young girl born at the turn of the century in the North End of Boston. A daughter of Russian immigrants, Addie resolves to make a life for herself as a true American woman. She dreams of finishing high school, attending college and, of course, finding true love. 

Anita Diamant brings to life the many roles Addie portrayed through her fascinating and long life. I felt Addie’s frustration of craving independence as a young girl with traditional, Jewish immigrant parents. I sympathized with her perseverance as a working girl struggling to support herself and family. And she played many other roles as well — that of friend, sister, wife, mother, and last, proud grandmother. 

For an added bonus, I recommend downloading the audio version or checking out this title on CD as read by Linda Lavin. She did a superb job giving Addie a true voice — just enough Boston accent and just the right chutzpah. 

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