Child 44

March 30, 2011 by
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Bernardsville Library book group, Saturday Samplers, will be discussing Tom Rob Smith’s exciting crime thriller Child 44 at its next meeting this Saturday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m.  Look here for a new posting coming shortly about the author and the book. Saturday Samplers is an open-invitation book group which reads a varied selection of works, including nonfiction, fiction, short fiction and teen novels.  Library staff member Evelyn Fischel leads the group and writes a blog, Saturday Samplers, on which you can access more information … Continue reading

Library Book Groups Meeting Next Week

November 26, 2010 by
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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

Madame X in Literature and X-Rays

November 8, 2010 by
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As a follow-up to the Saturday Samplers book group discussion of  Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis, here are a few points of interest that we learned. The original version of the painting, Portrait de Mme ***, which caused such a stir at the Paris Salon of 1884, was captured in only one black and white photograph, seen above. The pose of Madame Gautreau with her jeweled strap seductively slipping off her shoulder brought notoriety … Continue reading

A Freudian Slip of the Strap?

November 3, 2010 by
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Saturday Samplers, a Bernardsville Library book group, will discuss Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X by Deborah Davis on Saturday, November 6, at 3:30 p.m. in the library.  Strapless tells the fascinating story behind John Singer Sargent’s famous portrait of Mme. Gautreau. This life-size oil painting caused an absolute sensation at the Paris Salon of 1884.  Exhibited alongside hundreds of paintings by renowned and aspiring artists, Portrait de Mme ***, as Madame X  singularly attracted the disdain of both … Continue reading

Interpreter of Maladies To Be Discussed

October 1, 2010 by
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Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet Saturday, October 2 at 3:30 pm to discuss Interpreter of Maladies: Stories (1999) by Jhumpa Lahiri. This debut collection of short stories published in 1999 won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2000 as well as the PEN/Hemingway Award and several other writing prizes.  Jhumpa Lahiri has continued to make a literary name for herself with subsequent publications of The Namesake (2003) and Unaccustomed Earth (2008.) Read more about Jhumpa Lahiri on the Saturday Samplers … Continue reading

Stieg Larsson and the Millenium Series

March 4, 2010 by
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Bernardsville Public Library finds the published works of Stieg Larsson to be wildly popular beginning with his first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  In fact, Larsson’s books are international sensations.  By one estimation of worldwide sales in 2008, Larsson ranked only second behind Kahled Hosseini (The Kite Runner.)  The library book group, Saturday Samplers, will discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at its meeting this Saturday, March 6th, 3:30 p.m., and I initially wrote the following author profile for them, but I think others … Continue reading

Histories You Can Love

July 13, 2009 by
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Bernardsville Public Library’s Saturday Samplers book group loved discussing Case Histories by Kate Atkinson at our July 11, 2009, meeting. We enjoyed the way the author tweaked the normal detective genre, giving us a sympathetic detective (lacking in the normal star quality) who must contend as much with issues in his own life as with the oddball cases that come his way. Set in modern-day England, there is no pretense of class or airs, and everybody is found to have … Continue reading

Don’t Blink Or You’ll Miss It…It Happens Tomorrow

June 5, 2009 by
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Saturday Samplers book group will meet tomorrow afternoon, 3:30 p.m., at Bernardsville Public Library to discuss Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink. Author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell has made decision making the focus of Blink. He specifically investigates whether instantaneous judgments might be more reliable than well-reasoned decisions in some cases, but not in others.Why is it that some people can instantly read a situation accurately while others are taken in by extraneous details which divert them from … Continue reading

Upcoming Selections for Bernardsville Library’s Book Groups

April 8, 2009 by
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Copies of the next selections for Bernardsville Public Library’s two book discussion groups are now available at the circulation desk. Memoirs & Coffee will read Doris Lessing’s Alfred & Emily which chronicles her parent’s unhappy relationship following World War I. Lessing adds a twist to the story by giving a speculative account of what her parents’ lives might have been like if they had not married. Alfred & Emily will be discussed on Tuesday, April 28th, at 10:30 a.m.Saturday Samplers … Continue reading

About Neil Gaiman

December 6, 2008 by
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photo source – Kimberly Butler, 2005 Neil Gaiman will be the featured author at this month’s meeting of Saturday Samplers, a Bernardsville Public Library book discussion group, taking place today at 3:30 p.m. The book group will be discussing Neverwhere, which the author turned into a novel after first writing the story as a screenplay for the BBC. Gaiman started his writing career in England as a comic book writer who developed a world-renowned graphic novel series, The Sandman, based … Continue reading

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