Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Memoirs & Coffee

The next meeting of Bernardsville Public Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held on Tuesday, June 24 at 10:30 am in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Manager for the library, will lead the discussion of “After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story” (2013) by Michael Hainey. [The author will not be present.]

The book is the portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets—the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists. Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door one morning with the news that his father, a hard-driving newspaper reporter only 35 years old, had been found near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. He left behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family, and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess the author throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, he set out to learn what had happened that night.

Michael Hainey was born in Chicago and lives in Manhattan.  He has been working in magazines for more than twenty-five years, as a writer and editor. Currently, he is the Deputy Editor of GQ. He has also sold fruits and vegetables; worked on a road-repair crew; washed dishes; cooked in a cafeteria; and sold men's clothes.

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

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