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Anita Diamant

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An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, told “with humor and optimism…through the eyes of an irresistible heroine” (People)—from the acclaimed author of The Red Tent.

Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood” (Los Angeles Times), follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naïve girl she once was.

Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world. “Diamant brings to life a piece of feminism’s forgotten history” (Good Housekeeping) in this “inspirational…page-turning portrait of immigrant life in the early twentieth century” (Booklist).

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Book Name The Boston Girl
Genre Historical
Language English
E-Book Size 3.9 MB

The Boston Girl (Anita Diamant) Book Reviews 2023

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Read This Novel. This novel was beautiful, heartwarming, and charming. The excellent writing makes it seem as though if you're sitting their listening to Addie tell her story. I couldn't put it down!

Missing something. This book seemed somewhat juvenile. May be better suited for a much younger audience. Honestly I am surprised it is on the NYT bestsellers list.

I couldn’t put it down!. I truly loved this book…and I could identify with so much that was written. I’ve been thinking of my own mother the whole time I was reading. Something about being Jewish is so unique — or maybe everything about being Jewish feels so different from all the things I hear going on in contemporary society. A lovely story, a moving tribute to Judiasm and being Jewish.

Wonderful story. I loved this book. It was like being in the room with the family and friends. Well written, a book I will never forget.

Feels under-cooked. Loved Red Tent so I had high expectations. This book has promise, but the pacing is odd. It feels like a pale imitation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The main character is interesting and the plot is good at first, but then she starts skipping ahead in time,and it ends abruptly. Do not recommend.

Great story. Loved it. I felt like I lived 100 years ago.

Disappointment. It read like a first draft of a wonderful novel. Felt like I was robbed. THE RED TENT was so incredible and this....was not.

The Boston Girl. I loved this book. Loved the story, all the characters, and especially all the Boston references + history

A charming, engaging story. I loved the all of the Boston references in this book. This book made me feel like I was living this character's life. One of the few books that I've read that forces you to feel something. The characters were all so engaging and this story had me captivated from the very beginning. I also love the form of how Addie tells her story. A very insightful book about what it means to grow up. This book is worth every penny. I would highly recommend this to everyone, young and old readers. If you enjoyed the red tent, this book is another great read.

The Boston Girl. What a great book! I felt like I was hearing my 90 year old mother-in-law talking to my daughter. A true treasure like Red Tent.

So, so. It definitely held my attention but not near as good as The Red Tent.

Great book.. Provocative and intriguing, the book will take you to the depths of lives of women and America in the early 20th century told by an ordinary yet extraordinary Bostonian girl. In another world I would probably not be interested in the life story of a mere fictional character but this amazing, relatable and deeply knowledgeable book changed my mind. Looking for a time-travel experience? You have come to the right place.

The Boston Girl. Loved it. I highly recommend this book!

Addie is amazing.. You find yourself quickly drawn into Addie's world. Your heart breaks when her heart breaks. You're happy when she's happy. You are angry when she's angry. Diamant has a way of looping the reader in emotionally with her characters and you are rooting for them even before you really know them. The narrator, Linda Lavin, does an excellent job of bringing Addie to life. There are times where she grumbles something or laughs and its absolutely like hearing the story of a life from a vivacious elderly woman. Excellent.

Great Read. Loved the book and the story. I bet the audio would been like listening to Addie tell her story. I thought I would read a story similar to what my grandmother and my great aunt’s lives were like and it was a much different experience. I felt like I was sitting in the room listening to an old friend tell me her story. Great fun read!!!

Disappointing. Still remembering how great The Red Tent was and looking for a new read, I downloaded this. Boring. Fluffy. Just an overall disappointing book with little substance. At the end, the reader even has to endure a nasty political swipe against Ronald Reagan which at this point is tired and trite.

Lovely. This is the second time I've read this book and so glad I did. I felt like I was visiting an old friend in Addie. It's intimately told and made me teary a few times, such a lovely account of witnessing someone learn their self worth and overcome changing times and having the courage to say, "why not, let's try this!"

Wonderful story, wonderfully written!. Such a beautiful story, keeping you captivated until the end. Interesting characters that you are rooting for and feel honored to be along for their journey. Such a great book...recommend at the highest level!

The Boston girl. I loved it. Great book

More like an outline than a book. Underwhelming at best. Slogged through it. This read like an outline, poor dialogue, no emotional chord. There were could be great characters; but, it was an incomplete sketch. The entire premise of the main character being interviewed serves no purpose whatsoever. It is just an awkward device. Not even close to being in the same league as the red tent or dog town. Do not recommend.

Not up to previous standards. The premise of the "elderly" person relating their life story to a young relative is a bit overused. The book was ok but certainly not up to The Red Tent. I felt this one was a bit "simple" almost as if Diamanté had an idea and rushed through the book.

Beautiful simple book. Wonderful characters

Great book. At first, I put it down after a few pages. But that was a mistake. I'm glad I started it up again. It was a pleasure to read - like having a good friend. You'll become part of the family. Highly recommended.

Truly lovely. I'm always fascinated by the unprecedented changes people of this age - particularly woman - experienced in their lifetimes. This tells that story so beautifully, personally and warmly. Especially fun for us Boston girls!

A great story. This is the first of hers that I have read and I really enjoyed it.

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The The Boston Girl book written by Anita Diamant was published on 09 December 2014, Tuesday in the Historical category. A total of 949 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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