A Cup of Tea

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

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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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November 11, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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

October 15, 2013 by
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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

September 30, 2013 by
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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

From the South Bronx to the Supreme Court

September 18, 2013 by
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September 18, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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

July 10, 2013 by
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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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June 18, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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

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