Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saturday Samplers Book Group to Meet

Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Saturday Samplers, will meet on Saturday, April 5 at 3:30 pm to discuss New York Times bestseller "Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants" (2004) by Robert Sullivan. [The author will not be present.]

The book dispenses gruesomely fascinating rat facts and strangely entertaining rat stories as Mr. Sullivan gets to know not just the beast, but its friends and foes.  He collected his material with night-vision gear, sitting in a stream-like flow of garbage.  He studied New York rats and rats in Chicago, Milwaukee, and other cities in America.  The book is funny, wise and sometimes disgusting, but always readable—a classic of nature writing.

Mr. Sullivan is also the author of "The Meadowlands," "A Whale Hunt," and most recently, "The Thoreau You Don’t Know."  He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York magazine, A Public Space, and Vogue, where he is a contributing editor.  He was born in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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 http://saturdaysamplers.blogspot.com.  No sign-up is needed to join the discussion.  Call the library at 766-0118 for more information.

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