Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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 28 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room.  Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011) by Jeanette Winterson.  [The author will not be present.]

This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness by a girl who was adopted by a family of Pentecostal evangelists and moved out at the age of sixteen.  It is the story of how the painful past the author thought she had written over and repainted returned to haunt her later life, and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother.  

Ms. Winterson studied at Oxford University.  Her debut novel, "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit," was an international bestseller.  A reviewer from The New York Times wrote of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, [It] "is raucous. It hums with a dark refulgence from its first pages. . . . Singular and electric . . . [Winterson's] life with her adoptive parents was often appalling, but it made her the writer she is."

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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