Monday, May 7, 2012

Memoirs & Coffee Book Group to Meet

The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of “Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War” (2011) by Deb Olin Unferth. [The author will not be present.]

The book is a coming of age story of the year she ran away from college with her boyfriend and followed him to Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas. It was 1987, and despite their earnest commitment to the cause, the couple found themselves unwanted, unhelpful, and unprepared as they traveled around Central America looking for “revolution jobs.” They ran out of money and grew disillusioned. Years later, she went back to Nicaragua to make sense of the whole experience.

Ms. Unferth is the author of the story collection “Minor Robberies” and the novel “Vacation,” winner of the 2009 Cabell First Novelist Award and a New York Times Book Review Critics’ Choice. She has won two Pushcart Prizes and a 2009 Creative Capital grant for Innovative Literature. She teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.

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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