Monday, June 28, 2010

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, July 10 at 3:30 pm to discuss Me Talk Pretty One Day (2000) by David Sedaris. [The author will not be present.]

Sedaris has been compared by The New Yorker magazine to Mark Twain, and this book is a collection of humorous essays that deal with the author’s unconventional life story. They include hilarious pieces, including the eponymous chapter, “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” about Sedaris’s attempts to learn French when he moved to Paris. His family is another inspiration.

Sedaris was discovered reading from his diary in a Chicago club by the radio host Ira Glass. This led to his appearance on Glass’s National Public Radio show, “The Wild Room,” and eventually led to his reading, in December 1992 on the NPR show Morning Edition, of his “SantaLand Diaries" in which he describes his stint working as a Christmas elf in SantaLand at Macy's department store. The piece was well-received and provided Sedaris with his first major break.

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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