“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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June 26, 2014 // Filed under Blog

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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

After Visiting Friends…

June 16, 2014 by
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New members are encouraged to join the next Memoirs and Coffee book group meeting on Tuesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. when Michael Hainey’s memoir, After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, will be discussed.  Currently deputy editor of GQ, Hainey used his reporter’s sense of curiosity and doggedness to solve the mystery behind his father’s death.  Bob Hainey, a newspaperman at the Chicago Sun-Times, died at the age of 35 under less than clear circumstances.  His son, Michael, took up the quest to find … Continue reading

Mom & Me & Mom Memoir

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Memoirs & Coffee library book group will discuss Maya Angelou’s memoir entitled Mom & Me & Mom on Tuesday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Ms. Angelou writes a deeply personal memoir of the mother/daughter relationship, starting with the point when her own mother sent a very young Maya and her brother to live with a grandmother. Natural feelings of abandonment and loss become tempered by a growing sense of respect and love for her mother over the … Continue reading

She Matters

April 16, 2014 by
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Susanna Sonnenberg’s 2013 memoir, She Matters: A Life in Friendships, will be discussed by the library’s book group, Memoirs & Coffee, on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. The group will meet in the Community Room for their discussion led by Pat Kennedy-Grant.  Copies of the book are now available at the front desk. Publisher’s Weekly writes that Sonnenberg’s book is a “tribute to her lifelong fortress of friendship” and that “her strikingly honest depictions of tumultuous female alliances and … Continue reading

Son of a Gun

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Memoirs and Coffee book group will discuss Justin St. Germain’s memoir Son of a Gun on Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Memoirs and Coffee is one of two library book groups which meet once a month.  The other book group, Saturday Samplers, reads assorted literature, short stories and nonfiction and meets on a Saturday afternoon.  Both book groups welcome new members.  For more information about Son of a Gun, please refer to our catalog entry here.  Copies … Continue reading

The Astronaut Wives Club

February 19, 2014 by
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February 19, 2014 // Filed under Blog

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When the United States initiated its space program, two things were certain; men would fly the spacecrafts and their wives back home would “be” the perfect spouses that an adoring public expected.  The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel tells the personal stories of the wives of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts as these women formed a complicated bond of friendship and mutual support for over fifty years.  Library Journal notes that the author has created “an exceptional story … Continue reading

Two Books, One Discussion

January 29, 2014 by
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Members of Saturday Samplers, a Bernardsville Library book discussion group, are currently reading two works of fiction by author Julie Otsuka for their upcoming meeting on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 3:30 p.m.  Ms. Otsuka’s first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, will be discussed in tandem with her more recent book, The Buddha in the Attic, published in 2012.  Both novels describe significant aspects of the Japanese-American experience.  The Buddha in the Attic presents the point of view of Japanese … Continue reading

The Cooked Seed

January 23, 2014 by
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January 23, 2014 // Filed under Blog

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Anchee Min’s 2013 biography, The Cooked Seed, will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Memoirs and Coffee is a Bernardsville Public Library book discussion group led by staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant and is open to newcomers. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. The Cooked Seed recounts further developments in Ms. Min’s life since her debut personal narrative, Red Azalea, became a smash hit in … Continue reading

A Cup of Tea

November 27, 2013 by
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November 27, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Saturday Samplers will discuss Amy Ephron’s novella, A Cup of Tea, on Dec. 7th at 3:30 p.m. in the library.  Copies of the book are available to borrow, and new members are encouraged to attend meetings of this library book discussion group. Ms. Ephron based her book on a short story of the same title published in 1922 by Katherine Mansfield.  Beginning with the same premise as Mansfield’s story, A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron takes the characters in an … Continue reading

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