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
Before the first snowflakes fall, be sure to visit Bernardsville Library’s “Knit Up A Storm This Winter” display featuring our knit and crochet books. You’ll find lots of great ideas and patterns in these attractive books geared to creating the latest in handmade fashion, home decor and toys. Wander over to this display in our nonfiction section, borrow a book, and get started with your projects right now.
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!