Thursday, February 6, 2014

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, February 25 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room.  Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of “The Astronaut Wives Club” (2013) by Lily Koppel. [The author will not be present.] 

America's Mercury Seven astronauts were selected in 1957, and, as they launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They provided one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails. They also formed bonds that lasted for over fifty years.  This book tells the wives' stories—the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.  The Chicago Tribune reviewer wrote of the book, "A fair and accomplished reporter… Lily Koppel offers a grounded, irresistible and sociable social history…Koppel does an excellent job of capturing a group portrait with enough highlights, low points, sunny spots and shadows for individual features to emerge.”

Lily Koppel is the best-selling author of "The Red Leather Diary. She has written for The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post, and Glamour.  

There is no charge, and no registration is needed to join the discussion.  Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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