Let’s Go Be Revolutionaries!

May 17, 2012 by
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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

April 19, 2012 by
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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

Library Book Group To Discuss The Memory Palace

January 18, 2012 by
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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

Memoirs and Coffee Meets Tomorrow

October 24, 2011 by
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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

September Library Book Groups To Meet

September 9, 2011 by
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Bernardsville Library’s two book groups will meet in September.  Saturday Samplers will discuss Elizabeth Cunningham’s novel, The Passion of Mary Magdalen, this Saturday, September 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the library. Memoirs and Coffee will discuss Townie: a memoir by Andre Dubus III on Tuesday, September 27 at 10:30 a.m.  Members of this book group are invited to read an additional novel or short story collection by the same author.  Copies of these September books are available at the circulation … Continue reading

Scientific and Literary Versions of Immortality

July 22, 2011 by
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Memoirs and Coffee, one of Bernardsville Public Library’s book groups, will discuss Rebecca Skloot’s narrative nonfiction bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, at its next meeting, Tuesday, July 26, at 10:30 a.m. Pat Kennedy-Grant will lead the discussion which is open to the public. Please meet in the library Community Room. Shown above in one of only a few extant photographs, Henrietta Lacks was a poor tobacco farmer who died in 1951 of a virulent form of cervical cancer … Continue reading

Hmmm…Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

June 27, 2011 by
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June 27, 2011 // Filed under Blog

Amy Chua’s controversial biography, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, will be discussed on Tuesday, June 28th, at 10:30 a.m. by Bernardsville Library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee. How do you think children should be reared – by nurturing or strict training?  See what the author believes and whether she was able to live up to her own standards for herself as a Chinese-American mother.  Attempting to raise her children in the Chinese way while living in a Western country just … Continue reading

Anorexia Starves the Family, Too

May 22, 2011 by
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Brave Girl Eating: a family’s struggle with anorexia by Harriet Brown will be discussed at the next meeting of Memoirs and Coffee, one of Bernardsville Public Library’s monthly book groups.  The meeting will take place in the Community Room on Tuesday, May 24th, at 10:30 a.m..  This book group is open to the public; please feel free to attend.  The discussion will be led by staff member Pat Kennedy-Grant. Harriet Brown is an assistant professor of magazine journalism at the … Continue reading

Library Book Group to Read The Good Soldiers

April 13, 2011 by
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The Good Soldiers by Pulitizer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel tells the true and harrowing story of a U.S. battalion’s deployment to an Iraqi town during the “surge.”  The author was embedded for eight months with the 2-16 soldiers out of Fort Riley and recounts their experiences in the dusty, but dangerous town of Rustamiya, outside the relative safety of Baghdad’s Green Zone. David Finkel is a Washington Post writer and knows how to report what he sees.  What he saw … Continue reading

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