Neverwhere: London’s Alternate Reality

November 26, 2008 by
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Saturday Samplers, one of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion groups, is now reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for its next meeting on Saturday, December 6th, at 3:30 p.m. in the library. This urban fantasy takes place in “London Below” where the city’s noted underground stations comprise part of Gaiman’s alternate universe. Memorable, original characters inhabit this dark and menacing setting in which an everday Everyman from “London Above” suddenly finds himself. Forced by situations out of his control, this “normal” main … Continue reading

Comment on The Red Tent

November 2, 2008 by
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Saturday Samplers, Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, shared a number of interesting discussion points on Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent last Saturday. We compared a reading from the book of Genesis to the main character’s storyline, learning just how divurgent the two stories of Dinah actually were. We considered how people of different faiths might react to this story and whether the reader’s gender affects perceptions and appreciation of the book.Since this has been such a widely-read and popular … Continue reading

Be Careful Which Path You Take

August 14, 2008 by
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After a summer break, the Saturday Samplers book group will meet next on Saturday, September 6th, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss two exciting selections: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (fiction) Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (nonfiction) Coincidentally, both these stories take place during the summertime, and to a degree involve an activity any one of us might consider; that is, taking a walk in the woods. We, of course, wouldn’t make the same bad choices … Continue reading

Grendel Invades the Halls of Bernardsville Library!

June 5, 2008 by
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Saturday Samplers, a book discussion group meeting at Bernardsville Public Library, will take on Grendel, a masterpiece of modern fiction by John Gardner, at its next meeting this Saturday, June 7th at 3:30 p.m. John Gardner was a medievalist, college professor, mentor to many authors, and a highly noted author himself. Some of his famous works include October Light, Nickel Mountain, The Sunlight Dialogues, and his last work, Mickelsson’s Ghosts, written just before he died in a motorcycle accident while … Continue reading

ZZ Packer’s Short Stories To Be Discussed

April 26, 2008 by
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The library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, is now reading ZZ Packer’s short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. ZZ Packer’s debut collection of short fiction has won numerous awards and international acclaim and is an enjoyable, thought-provoking read. Comprised of eight stories filled with lacerating wit, insight and memorable characters, this collection should inspire an interesting discussion when Saturday Samplers meets next Saturday, May 3rd, at 3:30 p.m. Copies of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere are available at the circulation desk, and … Continue reading

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