The Boston Girl

The Boston Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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New York Times bestseller! 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).
Publisher: 2014
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Scribner, 2014. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1854 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781439199374


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Jun 20, 2018

April 02 2015
I was expecting so much more from this novel. However, Anita Diamant seems to have glossed over the times and events that took place in Boston in the 1900s. I spent my childhood in Boston's North End in the 1950s, but I did not feel as if I were in Boston while reading this book. Ms. Diamant does not provide historical or period details or descriptions that make you experience the sights and sounds and smells that the immigrants lived through in the early 20th century. It's a pleasant, easy-to-read story that, like cotton candy, disappears as soon as it's consumed. NC

ArapahoeKathy Apr 06, 2018

85 year old Addie tells her granddaughter the story of finding her place in early twentieth century America. Our book club loved it and you will too!

Bazette May 15, 2017

Excellent Book!! I loved it! It felt like I was right there listening to her.

racing14 Aug 18, 2016

I could not put this one down. Addie's story captured my attention and I had to know how things turned out for her.
If you enjoyed reading the Orphan Train you should add this book to your list of must reads.
It would make a great book club selection, lots of interesting things to discuss.

JCLKariE Aug 17, 2016

The Boston Girl is a delightful story that I was not expecting to find so enjoyable. The characters of this novel were richly brought to life through dialogue and action. Diamant pulls you into Addie's life so effortlessly that you do not want to leave. Addie is a smart, plucky, and strong-willed girl who sees the changing role of women first-hand. The historical elements of The Boston Girl add so much to the story and it is enthralling to read about how these big events shape the lives of our characters.

Jun 21, 2016

Really enjoyed this and recommended it to everyone.

Feb 03, 2016

I found this book to be dull and instantly forgettable. The characters were one dimensional and none of them were developed to the point where you actually cared about them. Very disappointing.

Sep 15, 2015

This is an immigrant story, told much better by other authors!!
The author has thrown in several 20th century events to make the novel more authentic. It doesn't help!

M_ALCOTT Aug 30, 2015

Reading Anita Diamant's "The Boston Girl"(my first novel by this author)was like taking a stroll down memory lane with its eighty-five-year-old narrator, Addie Baum, as she recounts the early part of the twentieth century growing up in Boston(from 1915-1931)to her granddaughter, Ava. I had some laugh-out loud moments during some of Addie's recollections. Some of them involved Addie's friends, her sister Betty, and her cantankerous mother, or "Mameh"(the things that came out that woman's mouth).

Aug 15, 2015

"How did you get to be the woman you are today?"

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Apr 20, 2015

Jewish Family in Boston in the beginning of the 20th century.
Mameh, Papa, Celia, Betty and Addie. Narrated by Addie - wonderful story telling. Loved it.


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Aug 15, 2015

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