Friday, October 21, 2011

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, November 5 at 3:30 pm to discuss The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry (2011) by Jon Ronson. [The author will not be present.]

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. In the book, Ronson, a bestselling journalist, investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him unexpectedly into the heart of the madness industry. He discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study and that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker. His books “Them: Adventures with Extremists” and “The Men Who Stare at Goats” were both international bestsellers. The “Men Who Stare at Goats” was released as a major motion picture in 2009, starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London.

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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