Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
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 a teen. As The New York Times 2010 review notes, "At the center of this elegant, painful, stunningly honest memoir thrums a question fundamental to what it means to be human: What do we do with what we’ve been given?" For Strauss, those pain-filled memories and present-day consequences must be thoroughly examined in the manner in which he can best deliver, as a writer.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Cleopatra: a Life, by Stacy Schiff, will be the subject of Saturday Samplers next book discussion to be held this Saturday, April 14th, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday Samplers is a Bernardsville Library book group which meets once a month in the library on a Saturday afternoon. For more information about the book group, link to the Saturday Samplers blog.
Stacy Schiff is an award-winning biographer who met with literary success early in her career. Born in 1961, Ms. Schiff attended Williams College. She subsequently worked for Simon & Schuster as a writer and editor until 1990, at which point she settled into steady work as an acclaimed biographer. Her first publication in 1994, the biography of aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, was selected as a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and her biography of Vera Nabokov won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. A well-received biography of Benjamin Franklin preceded her latest publication, Cleopatra: a Life. Learn more about Stacy Schiff or Cleopatra: a Life on the author's Web site.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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