From the South Bronx to the Supreme Court

September 18, 2013 by
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My Beloved World, the 2013 memoir by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will be discussed by Memoirs and Coffee book group on Tuesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  The public is welcome to attend this library book group discussion, and extra copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.  Bernardsville Library also has a copy of the memoir in Spanish, Mi Mundo Adorado, which may be borrowed.  Whether you read it in Spanish or … Continue reading

Like A Tsunami

July 19, 2013 by
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Wave: a Memoir of Life After the Tsunami by Sonali Deraniyagala will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.   A survivor of the 2004 tsunami, Ms. Deraniyagala lost her children, husband, and parents as they all tried to escape from a beach resort in Sri Lanka.  The New York Times book review of Wave forewarns readers that “This book opens … Continue reading

The Hare with Amber Eyes

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  Edmund de Waal’s family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, will be the topic of the next book discussion by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers.  Saturday Samplers meets Saturday, July 13th, at 3:30 p.m. in the small meeting room, and new members are encouraged to attend. The book’s title refers to one of the 264 netsuke which the author inherited after this collection of Japanese carvings was passed down through several generations of the fabulously wealthy Ephrussi family.  By … Continue reading

My First Coup d’Etat

June 18, 2013 by
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A memoir of his youth in Ghana from the current president of the nation, My First Coup d’Etat: and Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa is the next selection for Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee.  My First Coup d’Etat will be discussed on Tuesday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the library.  Memoirs and Coffee is open to new members who may borrow copies of the book at the circulation desk. Written by John Dramani Mahama, President of … Continue reading

The Snake Stone: Investigator Yashim Returns

May 28, 2013 by
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British novelist and historian Jason Goodwin has confected a truly memorable detective series featuring Yashim the eunuch, who lives in the unforgettable setting of 1830′s Istanbul. Yashim moves freely between the world of the palace – the Sultan, government functionaries, the royal harem – and the colorful and dangerous city streets crammed with spice markets, vendors, and a cross-pollination of world travellers.  Intrigue and mystery are everywhere, and Goodwin uses all the tricks in the book to keep the reader engaged. … Continue reading

Jeanette Winterson Book To Be Discussed

May 17, 2013 by
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Jeanette Winterson’s 2011 autobiography Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? will be the subject of the next book discussion at Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group.  Our catalog summary notes that Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? “Traces the author’s lifelong search for happiness as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents who raised her through practices of fierce control and paranoia, an experience that prompted her to search for her biological mother.”  Winterson’s previous book, Oranges … Continue reading

Driving With Dead People

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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 Cost of Hope

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  In the 2012 memoir The Cost of Hope, Amanda Bennett writes about life, love and death as she experienced them in her marriage to her late husband Terence Foley.  Recollections of their first meeting in China, stories of raising children and growing careers – the normal things in marriage – are counterbalanced by her story of her husband’s long-term struggle with illness and the confusing system of healthcare they encountered.  The Cost of Hope has been described as a thought-provoking, affecting memoir … 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

Winter Journal

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Winter Journal, Paul Auster’s 2012 biography, will be the subject of discussion at Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, March 26, 10:30 a.m.  Memoirs and Coffee is one of two Bernardsville Public Library book discussion groups, the other being Saturday Samplers; both groups are open to new members. Paul Auster is a master of metafiction as seen in his so-called “detective novels,” The New York Trilogy.  His references to earlier New York authors and his love of Brooklyn stand out in these … Continue reading

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