Like A Tsunami

July 19, 2013 by
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July 19, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized

Sonali Deraniyagala's Wave

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

My First Coup d’Etat

June 18, 2013 by
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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

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

The Cost of Hope

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

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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

The Good Girls Revolt

January 14, 2013 by
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January 14, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized

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                      Memoirs and Coffee, one of Bernardsville Library’s book groups, will discuss Lynn Povich’s  The Good Girls Revolt, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  Copies of the book are now available and new members are invited to attend. The Good Girls Revolt recounts the story of a movement for female workers’ rights at Newsweek in the 1960’s when women were deemed suitable only for the mail … Continue reading

Zeitoun

November 21, 2012 by
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November 21, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group, will discuss Dave Eggers nonfiction, Zeitoun, on November 27th at 10:30 a.m.   Zeitoun is a deeply affecting narrative of one Syrian-American man’s nightmarish experiences in post-Katrina New Orleans.  For a review of this book, please refer to Bernardsville Library’s blog,  Book News and More. This monthly book group, facilitated by Pat Kennedy-Grant, is open to newcomers and meets in the Community Room.  Copies of the book are now available at the circulation desk.    

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

October 18, 2012 by
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October 18, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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The next book discussion to be held by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, is the narrative non-fiction selection Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo.  The author examined the lives of dwellers in Annawadi, an impoverished Mumbai settlement over a three year period as India’s economic boom gave hope, often a false hope, to these particular inhabitants.  The story of hope on the edge of despair is reflected in the … Continue reading

The Hare with Amber Eyes

September 17, 2012 by
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September 17, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, will discuss Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes on Tuesday, September 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room.  This book discussion group meets monthly and is open to new members who like to read memoirs and biographies.  The discussion is led by library staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant who has made extra copies of The Hare with Amber Eyes available at the circulation desk. Edmund de Waal’s curiosity was piqued when … Continue reading

A Life From A to Z

July 13, 2012 by
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July 13, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, July 24th at 10:30 a.m. in the library’s Community Room.  Pat Kennedy-Grant,  Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2005) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. In Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, Ms. Rosenthal has ingeniously adapted a centuries-old format for conveying knowledge into a poignant, wise, often funny, fully realized memoir.  Using mostly short entries organized from A to Z, many … Continue reading

Wildflower

June 20, 2012 by
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June 20, 2012 // Filed under Uncategorized

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Journalist Mark Seal reported on the remarkable life and violent death of naturalist Joan Root in a 2006 Vanity Fair article, but quickly realized that a magazine piece could not do justice to her story.  In 2009 he published his biography of Joan Root entitled Wildflower: an extraordinary life and untimely death in Africa. Bernardsville Library’s book group Memoirs and Coffee will discuss Wildflower at its next meeting to be held Tuesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m.  New members are invited to … Continue reading

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