Let’s Go Be Revolutionaries!

May 17, 2012 by
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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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    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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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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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

Dr. Seuss’s Naked Dames and Horses,Too!

March 28, 2012 by
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During the final week of the library’s Dr. Seuss display, I thought it would be interesting to “flesh out” our appreciation of this author a bit.  We’ve learned that Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated many books for children, but he also produced cartoons for adults which have been collected in Dr. Seuss Goes to War and The Tough Coughs as He Ploughs the Dough. Additionally, Theodor Seuss Geisel authored the humorous storybook You’re Only Old Once! which was aimed at the aging adult … Continue reading

Seriously, Dr. Seuss

March 19, 2012 by
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                          Did you know that Dr. Seuss drew political cartoons during World War II? From 1941-1943, Theodor Seuss Geisel composed over 400 wartime editorial cartoons for the New York journal PM.  While he targeted Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, and the Japanese, his cartoons also ridiculed any notions of appeasement or American isolationism. Dr. Seuss derided Charles Lindbergh and the America First movement, and he often used an ostrich as a stand-in for these … Continue reading

Dr. Seuss!

March 6, 2012 by
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During this month of March we are celebrating Dr. Seuss. His joyful, creative output is on full view in the lobby for all to enjoy. Entitled “Dr. Seuss!,” this display combines many wonderful Seuss favorites along with lesser known books for adults and additional biographies. Audiobooks and film versions of his stories are also included. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, and this year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of his first children’s book, “And … Continue reading

Library Book Group Now Reading "Unbroken"

February 17, 2012 by
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Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller, Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, will be discussed by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, on Feb. 28th at 10:30 a.m.  Army Air Force pilot Louis Zamperini is the subject of Unbroken which recounts his years of torment after his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean during wartime. The author’s webpage notes that “Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and … Continue reading

Black History Month Displays at Bernardsville Library

February 2, 2012 by
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Black History Month at Bernardsville Library is being observed with book displays in both the Biography and Youth Services sections. A variety of picture books for young readers are showcased in the children’s area along with a posterboard featuring one new fact a day about Black History Month. Come by and learn a thing or two while enjoying these great kids books. Bernardsville Library’s Biography section now offers a month-long display showcasing many interesting books on the lives of notable … Continue reading

Library Book Group To Discuss The Memory Palace

January 18, 2012 by
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Mira Bartok’s memoir of family dysfunction and mental illness, The Memory Palace, will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, January 24th, at 10:30 a.m.  The Memory Palace  recounts the damaging effects her mother’s schizophrenia had on both the author and her sister.  At one point both sisters severed all contact with their mother because of her destructive behavior.  Nonetheless, Mira Bartok found a need to reconnect with her mother when she herself was recovering from a debilitating accident.  The book discussion will … Continue reading

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