Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, June 12 at 3:30 pm to discuss Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. [The author will not be present.] The subject of the book is Dr. Paul Farmer, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist and recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, who finds his calling in medical school: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the tools of modern medicine to those that need them most.

In countries like Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia, he demonstrates his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.” He gets funding from the Gates Foundation, George Soros, and help from the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and he spreads the optimism of hope. As in the Haitian proverb, “Beyond mountains there are mountains:” he solves one problem and another presents itself, but he goes on to try to solve that one too.

Author Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. Also the author of Strength in What Remains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

Led by Readers’ Services Assistant, Evelyn Fischel, Saturday Samplers is a book discussion group dedicated to sampling various kinds of literature, including short stories, nonfiction, new and old novels, and even teen fiction. Its goal is to search out interesting, noteworthy, and sometimes overlooked books. Readers can find information about the group and about the books and authors on the reading list at No sign-up is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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