Sunday, January 15, 2012

Memoirs & Coffee Book Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of “The Memory Palace: A Memoir” (2011) by Mira Bartók. [The author will not be present.]

The book details the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother, a schizophrenic. Eventually, because of harassment from their mother, Ms. Bartók and her sister severed all contact with her in order to stay safe. But the situation changed when Ms. Bartók suffered a traumatic brain injury in a debilitating car accident. In her search to recover, she found her mother in a homeless shelter in Cleveland, and mothers and daughters reconciled. Furthermore, her mother’s memorabilia brought back a flood of previous memories that Ms. Bartók had thought were lost to her forever.

“The Memory Palace” is a breathtaking literary memoir about the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness among family. The book explores the connections between mother and daughter that cannot be broken no matter how much exists—or is lost—between them.

There is no charge and no sign-up is needed to join the discussion. Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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