She Matters

April 16, 2014 by
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April 16, 2014 // Filed under Blog

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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

March 18, 2014 by
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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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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

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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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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

No Orthodoxy

November 11, 2013 by
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Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, will be discussed by Memoirs & Coffee book group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m.  Ms. Feldman’s memoir demonstrates just how transformative an exposure to literature can be.  Raised in the repressively strict religious community of the Satmar Hasidim, this Brooklyn author was bound in marriage at age seventeen to a man she did not know, but found the courage to change her life after secretly reading forbidden … Continue reading

A Dickens of a True Story

October 28, 2013 by
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Fetid drinking water, often contaminated with human waste and life-threatening bacteria, was the only option for many Londoners in the mid-nineteenth century when cholera became a common occurrence.  Overcrowded living conditions and overflowing garbage mounds added to a recipe for health disasters, one of which struck a section of London in the 1850′s in a ferocious cholera outbreak.  The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson, recounts how this outbreak came to pass, details the microbial profile of cholera, and describes how two … Continue reading

…On Being Stalked

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James Lasdun’s recent book Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked will be discussed by Bernardsville Library book group Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Lasdun’s memoir recounts how a student/teacher email correspondence went terribly wrong so swiftly and destructively, leading to what he calls a campaign of “verbal terrorism” by his female student.  About Give Me Everything You Have, Publishers Weekly writes, “This subtle, compassionate take on the subject is … Continue reading

The Circus in Winter

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Saturday Samplers book group will discuss Cathy Day’s novel, The Circus in Winter, on Saturday, October 5, at 3:30 p.m. in the library.  Ms. Day currently teaches in the English Department of Ball State University, but at one time was an instructor at The College of New Jersey. A native of Indiana, she set her first book, The Circus in Winter, in her hometown of Peru (fictionalized as Lima, Indiana) which had an interesting history as the winter home of a … Continue reading

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