Memoirs and Coffee Meets Tomorrow

October 24, 2011 by
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October 24, 2011 // Filed under Blog


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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September 9, 2011 // Filed under Blog

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

You’re Never Too Old To Recall Your Past

February 21, 2011 by
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Harry Bernstein, now 100 years old, wrote his first memoir in 1997 entitled The Invisible Wall: A Love Story That Broke Barriers.  Describing his impoverished youth in a working class English mill town, Bernstein recalled with vivid and painful memories the religious prejudice on his street and within his family which kept Jews and Christians apart. Not everyone was so closed-minded; however, and so a tender love story emerges from this personal history.  How this love grew and what happened to those … Continue reading

Library Book Groups Meeting Next Week

November 26, 2010 by
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November 26, 2010 // Filed under Blog

There will be two opportunities next week to join in book discussions at Bernardsville Library. Both library book groups will be meeting to discuss their respective selections, and you are welcome to participate. Memoirs and Coffee book group will be discussing Temple Grandin’s memoir, Thinking in Pictures: and other reports from my life with autism.  Dr. Grandin is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and is a noted advocate of improved lifestock handling.  She has designed numerous lifestock facilities … Continue reading

She Would Have Preferred A Letter

October 14, 2010 by
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Diana Athill starts Instead of a Letter with a reflection on her elderly grandmother’s death, noting that this woman had created a family, “a world for us,” but what of herself, asks the author, “a woman who had never had the chance, or had missed the chance, to create something like that?” So begins the author’s memoir which was first published in 1962 and reissued in 2010. Instead of a Letter recounts Diana Athill’s youth, family life in the British countryside, and an ill-fated love … Continue reading

Cod, Who Knew?

January 13, 2010 by
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January 13, 2010 // Filed under Blog

A fish that shaped world history is the subject of a fascinating book to be discussed by the library’s book group, Memoirs and Coffee. The group will discuss Mark Kurlansky’s Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World on Tuesday, January 26th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Bernardsville Public Library. The book recounts the role this once prolific fish played in driving world exploration, national economies, wars, and culinary science. Kurlansky also describes the life … Continue reading

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