After Visiting Friends…

June 16, 2014 by
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June 16, 2014 // Filed under Blog

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New members are encouraged to join the next Memoirs and Coffee book group meeting on Tuesday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. when Michael Hainey’s memoir, After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, will be discussed.  Currently deputy editor of GQ, Hainey used his reporter’s sense of curiosity and doggedness to solve the mystery behind his father’s death.  Bob Hainey, a newspaperman at the Chicago Sun-Times, died at the age of 35 under less than clear circumstances.  His son, Michael, took up the quest to find … Continue reading

Mom & Me & Mom Memoir

May 19, 2014 by
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Memoirs & Coffee library book group will discuss Maya Angelou’s memoir entitled Mom & Me & Mom on Tuesday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Ms. Angelou writes a deeply personal memoir of the mother/daughter relationship, starting with the point when her own mother sent a very young Maya and her brother to live with a grandmother. Natural feelings of abandonment and loss become tempered by a growing sense of respect and love for her mother over the … Continue reading

She Matters

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Susanna Sonnenberg’s 2013 memoir, She Matters: A Life in Friendships, will be discussed by the library’s book group, Memoirs & Coffee, on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. The group will meet in the Community Room for their discussion led by Pat Kennedy-Grant.  Copies of the book are now available at the front desk. Publisher’s Weekly writes that Sonnenberg’s book is a “tribute to her lifelong fortress of friendship” and that “her strikingly honest depictions of tumultuous female alliances and … Continue reading

Son of a Gun

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Memoirs and Coffee book group will discuss Justin St. Germain’s memoir Son of a Gun on Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Memoirs and Coffee is one of two library book groups which meet once a month.  The other book group, Saturday Samplers, reads assorted literature, short stories and nonfiction and meets on a Saturday afternoon.  Both book groups welcome new members.  For more information about Son of a Gun, please refer to our catalog entry here.  Copies … Continue reading

The Astronaut Wives Club

February 19, 2014 by
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When the United States initiated its space program, two things were certain; men would fly the spacecrafts and their wives back home would “be” the perfect spouses that an adoring public expected.  The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel tells the personal stories of the wives of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts as these women formed a complicated bond of friendship and mutual support for over fifty years.  Library Journal notes that the author has created “an exceptional story … Continue reading

The Cooked Seed

January 23, 2014 by
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Anchee Min’s 2013 biography, The Cooked Seed, will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Memoirs and Coffee is a Bernardsville Public Library book discussion group led by staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant and is open to newcomers. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. The Cooked Seed recounts further developments in Ms. Min’s life since her debut personal narrative, Red Azalea, became a smash hit in … Continue reading

No Orthodoxy

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Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, will be discussed by Memoirs & Coffee book group on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m.  Ms. Feldman’s memoir demonstrates just how transformative an exposure to literature can be.  Raised in the repressively strict religious community of the Satmar Hasidim, this Brooklyn author was bound in marriage at age seventeen to a man she did not know, but found the courage to change her life after secretly reading forbidden … Continue reading

…On Being Stalked

October 15, 2013 by
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James Lasdun’s recent book Give Me Everything You Have: On Being Stalked will be discussed by Bernardsville Library book group Memoirs and Coffee on Tuesday, October 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room. Lasdun’s memoir recounts how a student/teacher email correspondence went terribly wrong so swiftly and destructively, leading to what he calls a campaign of “verbal terrorism” by his female student.  About Give Me Everything You Have, Publishers Weekly writes, “This subtle, compassionate take on the subject is … Continue reading

From the South Bronx to the Supreme Court

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My Beloved World, the 2013 memoir by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will be discussed by Memoirs and Coffee book group on Tuesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  The public is welcome to attend this library book group discussion, and extra copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.  Bernardsville Library also has a copy of the memoir in Spanish, Mi Mundo Adorado, which may be borrowed.  Whether you read it in Spanish or … Continue reading

Like A Tsunami

July 19, 2013 by
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Wave: a Memoir of Life After the Tsunami by Sonali Deraniyagala will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.   A survivor of the 2004 tsunami, Ms. Deraniyagala lost her children, husband, and parents as they all tried to escape from a beach resort in Sri Lanka.  The New York Times book review of Wave forewarns readers that “This book opens … Continue reading

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