The Hare with Amber Eyes

July 10, 2013 by
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July 10, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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  Edmund de Waal’s family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, will be the topic of the next book discussion by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers.  Saturday Samplers meets Saturday, July 13th, at 3:30 p.m. in the small meeting room, and new members are encouraged to attend. The book’s title refers to one of the 264 netsuke which the author inherited after this collection of Japanese carvings was passed down through several generations of the fabulously wealthy Ephrussi family.  By … Continue reading

“Local History” Tidbits, Tales and Treasures

June 25, 2013 by
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Volunteers from Bernardsville Library’s Edwin S. Spinning Local History Room will offer the public a historical overview of Bernardsville, New Jersey, on Saturday, July 13th, from 10 a.m. to noon in the library.  Referencing old maps, newspapers, and photographs, our volunteers plan to discuss noteworthy and perhaps even odd stories about the early days of our town.  Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about notable houses, famous past residents, and lesser known, but equally fascinating tidbits from Bernardsville’s local history.  Small … Continue reading

My First Coup d’Etat

June 18, 2013 by
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June 18, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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A memoir of his youth in Ghana from the current president of the nation, My First Coup d’Etat: and Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa is the next selection for Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee.  My First Coup d’Etat will be discussed on Tuesday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the library.  Memoirs and Coffee is open to new members who may borrow copies of the book at the circulation desk. Written by John Dramani Mahama, President of … Continue reading

Library CAT at Work

June 11, 2013 by
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June 11, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Bernardsville Public Library’s Collection Advisory Team (CAT) has just produced a new roster of recommended reading for our patrons.  These books are featured on shelving within the New Fiction area and may be borrowed immediately.  A blend of fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, and romance, is currently on display there. The Collection Advisory Team consists of members of the community who are active library members willing to make suggestions for the library’s collection development.  Their collaboration with our librarians enables Bernardsville Public … Continue reading

Texting, Texting…1, 2, 3

June 3, 2013 by
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June 3, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Bernardsville Public Library has added SMS (Short Message Service) as an additional means for you to communicate with us while you’re on the go.  Now you can text us your questions and receive a text reply in turn.  No phone calls or driving necessary!  Simply follow the Text-A-Librarian instructions in the accompanying image to reach us.

The Snake Stone: Investigator Yashim Returns

May 28, 2013 by
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British novelist and historian Jason Goodwin has confected a truly memorable detective series featuring Yashim the eunuch, who lives in the unforgettable setting of 1830′s Istanbul. Yashim moves freely between the world of the palace – the Sultan, government functionaries, the royal harem – and the colorful and dangerous city streets crammed with spice markets, vendors, and a cross-pollination of world travellers.  Intrigue and mystery are everywhere, and Goodwin uses all the tricks in the book to keep the reader engaged. … Continue reading

Jeanette Winterson Book To Be Discussed

May 17, 2013 by
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Jeanette Winterson’s 2011 autobiography Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? will be the subject of the next book discussion at Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group.  Our catalog summary notes that Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? “Traces the author’s lifelong search for happiness as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents who raised her through practices of fierce control and paranoia, an experience that prompted her to search for her biological mother.”  Winterson’s previous book, Oranges … Continue reading

Keep Calm And Carry On With “All Things Downton”

May 9, 2013 by
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May 9, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Need some help to get through the off season of Downton Abbey?  Chin up, we have a new library display entitled “All Things Downton.”  As you enter the library you will be greeted by a comprehensive selection of period literature and dvds exploring 20th century British fiction and history.  Read-alikes/view-alikes to the Downton Abbey PBS series are showcased throughout the display.  Featured videos include The Cazelets, Brideshead Revisited, The Forsyte Saga, and, of course, Upstairs, Downstairs.  When not on reserve, … Continue reading

Driving With Dead People

April 29, 2013 by
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April 29, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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Monica Holloway’s memoir, Driving With Dead People, will be discussed on May 4th at 3:30 p.m. by Bernardsville Public Library’s book group, Saturday Samplers.  The observation that some people ought never to become parents certainly applies here as the author reveals a childhood of parental abuse and neglect that proved shocking to the people who knew her family and later read her memoir. Some of the abuse from her parents was verbal, some psychological, some physical, some violent, yet those in her hometown … Continue reading

The Cost of Hope

April 19, 2013 by
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April 19, 2013 // Filed under Blog

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  In the 2012 memoir The Cost of Hope, Amanda Bennett writes about life, love and death as she experienced them in her marriage to her late husband Terence Foley.  Recollections of their first meeting in China, stories of raising children and growing careers – the normal things in marriage – are counterbalanced by her story of her husband’s long-term struggle with illness and the confusing system of healthcare they encountered.  The Cost of Hope has been described as a thought-provoking, affecting memoir … Continue reading

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