Wednesday, June 13, 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, June 26 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of “Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa” (2009) by renowned journalist Mark Seal. [The author will not be present.]

The book is a compelling work of narrative nonfiction in which the shocking death of Joan Root, a dedicated environmentalist, becomes a broader story of Kenya, a beautiful country in peril. Veteran journalist Mark Seal set out to investigate this gripping 2006 murder mystery and instead found an unforgettable story not only of a tragic death, but of the remarkable life that preceded it. The Los Angeles Times Magazine reviewer wrote of the book: “Full of letters and diary entries, [Wildflower]…boils over with romance and adventure. The film rights have been optioned by Julia Roberts’ production company. But don’t wait for the movie–grab this compelling story as soon as it hits store shelves.”

Mark Seal has been a journalist for more than thirty years. Currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, he has written for many major magazines and served as a collaborator on almost twenty nonfiction books. Although he has written thousands of stories, Seal says none has struck a chord with readers more than the story of the incredible life and brutal death of Joan Root, which he originally reported in the August 2006 issue of Vanity Fair. He lives in Aspen, Colorado.

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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