Tuesday, November 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, November 27 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room.  Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of "Zeitoun” (2010) by Dave Eggers. [The author will not be present.]

The book is the true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.  It tells about Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun who run a house-painting business in New Orleans.  In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving her husband to watch over the business.  In the days following the storm, he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors.  Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, “Zeitoun” is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

The book was a New York Times Notable Book, an O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year,  and a New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year.  Andrew Ervin of The Miami Herald called it "A major achievement and [Egger's] best book yet."

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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