My Cousin Rachel

March 1, 2013 by
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Saturday Samplers, Bernardsville Library’s book group, will attempt to crack the perplexing puzzle inherent in Daphne du Maurier’s suspense novel, My Cousin Rachel, when the group meets Saturday, March 2nd, at 3:30 p.m.  Best known for her novel Rebecca, British author Daphne du Maurier also excelled at short fiction.  Her wonderful short stories, The Birds and Don’t Look Now, were made into motion pictures, as were many of her books.   Conflicting points of view and misunderstandings abound in her stories, … Continue reading

Elsewhere: A Memoir

February 19, 2013 by
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Richard Russo’s latest book, Elsewhere: A Memoir, will be featured at the next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee.  The book discussion will take place in the library on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. Winner of the Pulitizer Prize for Fiction, Richard Russo wrote Elsewhere to explore his childhood in the dreary upstate New York town of Gloversville and his conflicted, but loving, relationship with his unusual mother.  It is a memoir about about family and … Continue reading

The Good Girls Revolt

January 14, 2013 by
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January 14, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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                      Memoirs and Coffee, one of Bernardsville Library’s book groups, will discuss Lynn Povich’s  The Good Girls Revolt, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Copies of the book are now available and new members are invited to attend. The Good Girls Revolt recounts the story of a movement for female workers’ rights at Newsweek in the 1960′s when women were deemed suitable only for the mail … Continue reading

Under the Banner of Heaven

November 29, 2012 by
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Saturday Samplers, a Bernardsville Library book group, will discuss Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer at its next meeting this Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m.  New members are always welcome to attend Saturday Samplers meetings. Under the Banner of Heaven is an examination of an extremist religion born and bred in America, that of the Fundamentalist Latter-day Saints, an outgrowth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, otherwise know as the Mormon Church. Centering … Continue reading


November 21, 2012 by
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Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group, will discuss Dave Eggers nonfiction, Zeitoun, on November 27th at 10:30 a.m.   Zeitoun is a deeply affecting narrative of one Syrian-American man’s nightmarish experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans.  For a review of this book, please refer to Bernardsville Library’s blog,  Book News and More. This monthly book group, facilitated by Pat Kennedy-Grant, is open to newcomers and meets in the Community Room.  Copies of the book are now available at the circulation desk.    

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

October 18, 2012 by
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The next book discussion to be held by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, is the narrative non-fiction selection Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.  The author examined the lives of dwellers in Annawadi, an impoverished Mumbai settlement over a three year period as India’s economic boom gave hope, often a false hope, to these particular inhabitants.  The story of hope on the edge of despair is reflected in the … Continue reading

The Hare with Amber Eyes

September 17, 2012 by
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Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, will discuss Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes on Tuesday, September 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  This book discussion group meets monthly and is open to new members who like to read memoirs and biographies.  The discussion is led by library staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant who has made extra copies of The Hare with Amber Eyes available at the circulation desk. Edmund de Waal’s curiosity was piqued when … Continue reading

A Life From A to Z

July 13, 2012 by
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The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, July 24th at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s Community Room.  Pat Kennedy-Grant,  Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2005) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Ms. Rosenthal has ingeniously adapted a centuries-old format for conveying knowledge into a poignant, wise, often funny, fully realized memoir.  Using mostly short entries organized from A to Z, many … 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


June 20, 2012 by
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Journalist Mark Seal reported on the remarkable life and violent death of naturalist Joan Root in a 2006 Vanity Fair article, but quickly realized that a magazine piece could not do justice to her story.  In 2009 he published his biography of Joan Root entitled Wildflower: an extraordinary life and untimely death in Africa. Bernardsville Library’s book group Memoirs and Coffee will discuss Wildflower at its next meeting to be held Tuesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m.  New members are invited to … Continue reading

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