Here are two noteworthy pieces of fiction that you may have missed. Both books present wonderful reading experiences and deserve your notice. Kevin Holohan’s caustic and witty book, The Brothers’ Lot, delivers a swift kick to the crumbling moral decay of Irish Catholic brotherhoods and church schools in this debut novel. Holohan’s story will leave you angered, but also bemused that there could be anything laughable about the corrupted world of the “Brothers of Godly Coercion for Boys of Meager Means.” … Continue reading
Here’s a very enjoyable new sports memoir entitled Rafa about the tennis champion Rafael Nadal. Co-authored with John Carlin who works for El Pais, the Spanish language newspaper, this is a well written book which clearly distinguishes Nadal’s voice from Carlin’s as chapters alternate between the two. Nadal’s opening chapter introduces us to the tennis player’s state of mind, always a battleground against his own thoughts, as Nadal prepares to face off against Roger Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final. Nadal … Continue reading
Bernardsville Library book group, Memoirs and Coffee, will discuss The Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil at its next meeting on Tuesday, October 25th, at 10:30 a.m. Memoirs and Coffee is the library’s open-invitation book discussion group dedicated to reading memoirs. Staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant is the coordinator for this group, which meets monthly in the Community Room. New members are always welcomed. Author Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan in 2001 as a humanitarian aid volunteer, but … Continue reading
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bernardsville Library has marked the occasion with an extensive and interesting display of books on the topic. You’ll find first-hand accounts from survivors, information on newer therapies, plus accounts from families and friends who have supported women through their diagnoses and treatment. Novels as well as teen and children’s books are also included in the display. Please stop by the library rotunda to see what it’s all about.
Robert Sabuda is a very talented man with a pair of scissors and an X-Acto knife! Just ask your children; no doubt they have enjoyed looking at some of his beautiful, 3-D pop-up books. Bernardsville Library currently has 15 Sabuda books which are popular with parents as well as children. In the October 1st edition of The Wall Street Journal there is an interesting article about how this paper artist (“illusionist” as he calls himself) transforms stories into 3-dimensional formats that will … Continue reading
Kathryn Stockett’s first novel, The Help, has bloomed into a mega-hit regardless of criticism for its historical inaccuracies and racial insensitivity. One blog in particular, “A Critical Review of the novel The Help,” is just loaded with interesting critical commentary. Nonetheless, many readers seem to adore it for the dialogue and punchy characters inhabiting a story the author thought would never be published. In fact, according to Stockett, the manuscript was rejected by 60 literary agents before hitting pay dirt in 2009. Since … Continue reading
Celebrate the right to read; stop by our display of historically banned and challenged books to highlight the annual observation of Banned Books Week. You might be surprised at what you see there. Would you expect to see James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl among these books? How about The Lorax by Dr. Seuss? Banned or challenged books by Truman Capote, Isabel Allende, Ray Bradbury, John Irving and other authors are on display and available for check out. … Continue reading
Stumped for a book to read and no time to browse? Stop by the lobby display of Bernardsville Library Staff Picks loaded with items for all kinds of readers, including children. There are many biographies, cookbooks, movies, music cds, audiobooks, fiction, nonfiction, and picture books from which to chose. See what the staff recommends and share your suggestions, too. It’s one-stop shopping, library style!
Bernardsville Library’s two book groups will meet in September. Saturday Samplers will discuss Elizabeth Cunningham’s novel, The Passion of Mary Magdalen, this Saturday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the library. Memoirs and Coffee will discuss Townie: a memoir by Andre Dubus III on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m. Members of this book group are invited to read an additional novel or short story collection by the same author. Copies of these September books are available at the circulation … Continue reading
Bernardsville Library “50 Book Challenge” for 2011 has reached the half-way mark, and participants recently shared some of their reading suggestions. Ape House by Sara Gruen is a standout among the 50 Book members. One reader proclaimed Ape House to be the best book she’s read this year and found it “astonishing, gripping, upsetting and triumphant.” She notes that the author “explores the colorful eccentricities of humans and animals through their interactions with each other, leaving us questioning which is the more humane.” Another book, Ransom, by Australian … Continue reading