Monday, September 13, 2010

Memoirs & Coffee Book Discussion Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, September 28 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the library, will lead the discussion of A Mountain of Crumbs: A Memoir (2010) by Mary Gorokhova. [The author will not be present.]

In A Mountain of Crumbs, Gorokhova re-creates a world that both oppressed and inspired her. Readers learn about Russia in the second half of the 20th century as well as the personal story of one rebellious citizen whose love of a foreign language (English) finally transported her to a new world. The author grew up in St. Petersburg, Russian (formerly Leningrad). At the age of 24, she married an American and came to the United States with one small suitcase to start a new life. She now lives in New Jersey. Frank McCourt wrote about Gorokhova’s book, “This is a rich experience—a personal journey paralleled by huge national changes and ending in a deeply satisfying portrait of peace in America.”

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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