“I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.”

September 29, 2014 by
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In October, Bernardsville Public Library will host a month-long community reading event known as One Book Bernardsville.  A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson has been selected as our One Book.  To become better acquainted with the author, please view the enjoyable video posted below. Bill Bryson’s 1989 book, The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America, begins with the words “I come from Des Moines. Somebody had to.”  That opening line also kicks off this video about … Continue reading

One Book Bernardsville

June 26, 2014 by
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  Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to announce that Bill Bryson’s memoir, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, has been selected for its first “One Book Bernardsville” event to take place in October. During this month, our community of readers and area book groups are invited to participate in this shared reading experience.  The library will provide assistance for book groups wishing to participate, and copies of the book will be made available. In addition, … Continue reading

Driving With Dead People

April 29, 2013 by
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Monica Holloway’s memoir, Driving With Dead People, will be discussed on May 4th at 3:30 p.m. by Bernardsville Public Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers.  The observation that some people ought never to become parents certainly applies here as the author reveals a childhood of parental abuse and neglect that proved shocking to the people who knew her family and later read her memoir. Some of the abuse from her parents was verbal, some psychological, some physical, some violent, yet those in her hometown … Continue reading

The Life of a Newspaperman

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    Bernardsville Public Library book group, Saturday Samplers, will attend author Mark Di Ionno’s talk on Saturday, April 6th, in the Community Room of the library. The book group has just finished reading his new book, The Last Newspaperman, an acclaimed piece of historical fiction set entirely in New Jersey.  Mr. Di Ionno is an award-winning reporter for The Star-Ledger and has a lot to say about the newspaper business. The Last Newspaperman recounts the life and journalistic exploits of fictional reporter Fred Haines, … Continue reading

Elegies for the Brokenhearted

July 6, 2012 by
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            Christie Hodgen, author of Elegies for the Brokenhearted,  is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an award-winning writer. Her father (shown above with her daughter) is John Hodgen, a poet and college teacher.  A 2006 interview by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette with Christie and her father can be read here.  As John Hodgen notes, Christie has always been quite observant, and that quality stands out as a strength in her writing. Certainly … Continue reading

Trillion Dollar Shoreline, Comes With Spare Tires

May 3, 2012 by
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    Why does Manhattan turn inward onto its glittering skyscrapers and avenues of commerce when a gold coastline, a potentially magnificent waterfront, beckons from all sides?  Would its residents rush to these shorelines, partaking of promenades, water sports, and river transportation systems if accessibility were vastly improved?  New York essayist / author Phillip Lopate muses on these and many other thoughtfilled topics in his excellent 2004 publication, Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan.  Waterfront will be discussed this Saturday, May 5th, by … Continue reading

Cleopatra

April 10, 2012 by
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Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff will be the subject of Saturday Samplers next book discussion to be held this Saturday, April 14th, at 3:30 p.m.  Saturday Samplers is a Bernardsville Library book group which meets once a month in the library on a Saturday afternoon.  For more information about the book group, link to the Saturday Samplers blog. Stacy Schiff is an award-winning biographer who met with literary success early in her career.  Born in 1961, Ms. Schiff attended Williams College. … Continue reading

Dr. Seuss’s Naked Dames and Horses,Too!

March 28, 2012 by
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During the final week of the library’s Dr. Seuss display, I thought it would be interesting to “flesh out” our appreciation of this author a bit.  We’ve learned that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated many books for children, but he also produced cartoons for adults which have been collected in Dr. Seuss Goes to War and The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough. Additionally, Theodor Seuss Geisel authored the humorous storybook You’re Only Old Once! which was aimed at the aging adult … Continue reading

Seriously, Dr. Seuss

March 19, 2012 by
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                          Did you know that Dr. Seuss drew political cartoons during World War II? From 1941-1943, Theodor Seuss Geisel composed over 400 wartime editorial cartoons for the New York journal PM.  While he targeted Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, and the Japanese, his cartoons also ridiculed any notions of appeasement or American isolationism. Dr. Seuss derided Charles Lindbergh and the America First movement, and he often used an ostrich as a stand-in for these … Continue reading

Dr. Seuss!

March 6, 2012 by
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During this month of March we are celebrating Dr. Seuss. His joyful, creative output is on full view in the lobby for all to enjoy. Entitled “Dr. Seuss!,” this display combines many wonderful Seuss favorites along with lesser known books for adults and additional biographies. Audiobooks and film versions of his stories are also included. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of his first children’s book, “And … Continue reading

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