The Cost of Hope

April 19, 2013 by
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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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                      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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

Let’s Go Be Revolutionaries!

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Deb Olin Unferth’s memoir, Revolution: the Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War, is the subject of the next Memoirs and Coffee book discussion this Tuesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the library.  Ms. Unferth “went to join the war” after falling in love with a college co-ed described as idealistic, to say the least.  The author changed faiths for him, and together they ventured off to Nicaragua to attempt to join the Sandanista Army in … Continue reading

What Memory Serves

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Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, will discuss Half a Life by Darin Strauss at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 24th, at 10:30 a.m.  Memoirs and Coffee, led by Pat Kennedy-Grant, welcomes newcomers, who may obtain copies of the book at the circulation desk.  The title of Half a Life refers in part to the author’s realization that he had lived half a lifetime longer than the teenage bicyclist he accidentally killed with his car when he was also … Continue reading

Library Book Group Now Reading "Unbroken"

February 17, 2012 by
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Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller, Unbroken: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption, will be discussed by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee, on Feb. 28th at 10:30 a.m.  Army Air Force pilot Louis Zamperini is the subject of Unbroken which recounts his years of torment after his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean during wartime. The author’s webpage notes that “Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and … Continue reading

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