Zeitoun

November 21, 2012 by
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November 21, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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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October 18, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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 Briny Deep

August 3, 2012 by
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August 3, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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  Neither sailors nor readers want to find themselves “in the doldrums” – languishing in a torpid state, going nowhere – yet August is a time of year when readership can be affected by the weather.  We’re halfway through a sweltering summer and exhausted by it.  We need a bit of sea spray and a cool, off-shore breeze to revive us.  We need to read some nautical tales! To find the right book for you, try Bookmarks Magazine’s reading list, … Continue reading

Chocolate: Why Stop At The First Page?

July 24, 2012 by
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July 24, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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  Admit it; you were just thinking about chocolate, weren’t you?  Now you might be able to enjoy it even more!  Publications such as The Longevity Factor: How Resveratrol and Red Wine Activate Your Longevity Genes and The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook  advocate for the gustatory pleasure and health benefits that dark chocolate potentially offers.  Now learn about it for yourself at Bernardsville Library’s “Chocolate Seminar” to be held Thursday, August 2nd, at 7 p.m. in the library. … Continue reading

Wildflower

June 20, 2012 by
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June 20, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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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

Broken For You

May 31, 2012 by
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May 31, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Saturday Samplers book group (see Saturday Samplers blog here) will discuss Broken for You at its next meeting in the library on Saturday, June 2nd, at 3:30 p.m.  Published in 2004, Broken for You is the debut novel of Seattle-based writer Stephanie Kallos. The book received numerous positive reviews, and Kallos was named Best First Novelist in 2005 by Library Journal.  Her second book, Sing Them Home, also garnered praise for its development of characters in a physical and spiritual landscape of loss and healing. … Continue reading

Let’s Go Be Revolutionaries!

May 17, 2012 by
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May 17, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Deb Olin Unferth’s memoir, Revolution: the Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, is the subject of the next Memoirs and Coffee book discussion this Tuesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the library.  Ms. Unferth “went to join the war” after falling in love with a college co-ed described as idealistic, to say the least.  The author changed faiths for him, and together they ventured off to Nicaragua to attempt to join the Sandanista Army in … Continue reading

Trillion Dollar Shoreline, Comes With Spare Tires

May 3, 2012 by
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May 3, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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    Why does Manhattan turn inward onto its glittering skyscrapers and avenues of commerce when a gold coastline, a potentially magnificent waterfront, beckons from all sides?  Would its residents rush to these shorelines, partaking of promenades, water sports, and river transportation systems if accessibility were vastly improved?  New York essayist / author Phillip Lopate muses on these and many other thoughtfilled topics in his excellent 2004 publication, Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan.  Waterfront will be discussed this Saturday, May 5th, by … Continue reading

What Memory Serves

April 19, 2012 by
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April 19, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, will discuss Half a Life by Darin Strauss at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 24th, at 10:30 a.m.  Memoirs and Coffee, led by Pat Kennedy-Grant, welcomes newcomers, who may obtain copies of the book at the circulation desk.  The title of Half a Life refers in part to the author’s realization that he had lived half a lifetime longer than the teenage bicyclist he accidentally killed with his car when he was also … Continue reading

Cleopatra

April 10, 2012 by
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April 10, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff will be the subject of Saturday Samplers next book discussion to be held this Saturday, April 14th, at 3:30 p.m.  Saturday Samplers is a Bernardsville Library book group which meets once a month in the library on a Saturday afternoon.  For more information about the book group, link to the Saturday Samplers blog. Stacy Schiff is an award-winning biographer who met with literary success early in her career.  Born in 1961, Ms. Schiff attended Williams College. … Continue reading

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