"Books Over Coffee" Resumes at Stratford Library on Jan. 23 with Tara Westover's "Educated"

The Stratford Library has announced its selections for the Winter-Summer 2019 series of “Books Over Coffee.” The monthly book discussion program has been a popular staple at the library for over 30 years. As part of its long-range plan, the library continues to offer the latest in current titles and topics for its patrons. “Books Over Coffee” is hosted by Stratford educator and author Kathleen Faggella.

Current bestsellers and notable authors mark the selections chosen for “Books Over Coffee." Opening the series on Jan. 23 will be Tara Westover’s Educated. Selected as one of the very best memoirs of 2018, Tara Westover’s unforgettable story charts her journey as a child of survivalists denied an education until, at the age of 17, she sets out on her own to change her life. The novel is a currently a national bestseller winning praise from Vogue Magazine, which raved, “Beautiful and propulsive. Despite the singularity of [Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to
grow up?”

Other titles for the season will be the “Black History Month” selection, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones on Feb. 27, The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict (March 27), Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo (April 24), There There by Tommy Orange (May 29), and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (June 26).

“Books Over Coffee” is held in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room beginning at 12 p.m. each month. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch; coffee and tea are also served. Copies of all books are currently available for loan at the library’s Circulation Desk. The titles are also available for loan on Kindle and Nook eReaders. The discussion programs are free and open to the public.

The Stratford Library is located at 2203 Main Street in Stratford, Conn. For more information call (203) 385-4162 or visit stratfordlibrary.org.