Thoughts from the ammo line

(Scott Johnson) Ammo Grrrll decries A RACKET WRIT LARGE. She writes:
A book that had a profound effect on me as a teenager was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Francie, the young protagonist, was, like me, a READER who discovers the library and it changes her life. Unlike Francie, however, we were middle-middle class, living in small towns in South Dakota and Minnesota, and Francie was starvation-level poor, living in a tenement in Brooklyn with a distant mother and a loving but hopelessly alcoholic father.
In the book, there is a neighborhood candy store, run by a fat, creepy child molester. (No, not Lena Dunham; this was in 1912.) He runs a “game” in which a little board has several covered squares with prizes behind them from penny candy to a gorgeous doll prominently displayed. The child can choose a square for a small sum, a nickel, if memory

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