Jeanette Winterson Book To Be Discussed

May 17, 2013 // Filed under Uncategorized


Jeanette Winterson’s 2011 autobiography Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? will be the subject of the next book discussion at Memoirs and Coffee, a Bernardsville Library book group.  Our catalog summary notes that Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? “Traces the author’s lifelong search for happiness as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents who raised her through practices of fierce control and paranoia, an experience that prompted her to search for her biological mother.”  Winterson’s previous book, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, explored her loveless childhood in England and her adoptive mother’s evangelical mania, which led the author to a persistent search for self-understanding and emotional resolution.  Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a further examination of how her childhood determined her adult struggle to feel happiness and love. Memoirs and Coffee will meet on Tuesday, May 28th, at 10:30 a.m., and copies of this book are available at the circulation desk for anyone who would like to attend.

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