Monday, November 25, 2013

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, December 7 at 3:30 pm to discuss “A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917” (1997) by Amy Ephron.  [The author will not be present.]

The story of a love triangle, the book with its rich cast of characters is a brilliant evocation of the uncertain days of World War I.  It is a darkly romantic novel which engages the reader with its impeccable plotting and a deep sense of foreboding.  Inspired by a classic Katherine Mansfield short story, it is brought to life with its wonderful period detail of New York's drawing rooms and hat shops, and by its delightfully spare and picturesque sense of story.

A novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and film producer, Amy Ephron is the sister of Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron and Hallie Ephron. She has written six novels. "A Cup of Tea" was a national bestseller and spent 37 weeks on the LA Times bestsellers list.  Ms. Ephron won the 2005 Southern California Booksellers Association award for fiction and the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year 2005 award for "A Cup of Tea."  The book was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection.

Led by Evelyn Fischel, Saturday Samplers is a book discussion group dedicated to sampling various kinds of literature, including short stories, nonfiction, new and old novels, and even teen fiction.  Its goal is to search out interesting, noteworthy, and sometimes overlooked books.  Readers can find information about the group and about the books and authors on the reading list at  No sign-up is needed to join the discussion.  Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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