Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Memoirs & Coffee Book Discussion Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 20 in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the library, will lead the discussion of The Liars’ Club: A Memoir (1995) by Mary Karr. [The author will not be present.]

When it was published in 1995, the book received rave reviews: it was a National Book Circle Award Finalist and a PEN Nonfiction Award nominee. Selected as one of the best books that year by People, Time, The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly, it quickly rose to the top of the bestseller list in 1996 when the paperback was released.

The book recounts Karr’s memories of a difficult childhood in a small East Texas town. Her alcoholic, at times psychotic mother married six times, and her father was also hard-drinking and frequently absent. Author Tobias Wolff wrote about the book, “The Liars’ Club is the vivid recollection of a childhood no one would have chosen, but such is the ferocity of Karr’s love for her family, and the gritty eloquence of her voice, that we enter her world with pleasure and leave it with regret.” The book has been credited with a dramatic revival in the literary form of memoir writing.

There is no charge to attend the book discussion, and no sign-up is needed. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.

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