Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Drama Discussion Group
The Drama Discussion group will meet on Monday, Aug. 4, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Aug. 17
at 1:00 p.m. The group will
discuss All Creatures Great and Small by James
. Copies of the book are available at the library's main desk.
This warm, joyous often hilarious first-person chronicle of a young animal doctor . . . shines with love of life.
The New York Times Book Review
[Herriot] is the most entertaining, most thoroughly likeable, most engaging person to have come along in a long time, an
stories he has to tell are fascinating.-
The Washington Post
James Herriot . . . is one of those rare men who know how to appreciate the ordinary . . . a natural storyteller. - The New York Times
An inspirational book . . . with all its comedy; tragedy, drama, and farce . . . works like a spring tonic: It lifts the spirits and warms the heart . . . There is no advice, no pat formula for better living. There is just Herriot, a man you cannot resist. - Chicago Tribune
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be The Tenth Parallel by Eliza Griswold.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds
The tenth parallel—the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator—is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. More than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel; so do 60 percent of the world’s 2 billion Christians. Here, in the buzzing megacities and swarming jungles of Africa and Asia, is where the two religions meet; their encounter is shaping the future of each faith, and of whole societies as well.
An award-winning investigative journalist and poet, Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the equator and the tenth parallel: in Nigeria, the Sudan, and Somalia, and in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The stories she tells in The Tenth Parallel show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. Above all, she makes clear that, for the people she writes about, one’s sense of God is shaped by one’s place on earth; along the tenth parallel, faith is geographic and demographic.
An urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power, The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion, nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to come.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, August 27, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be the history of Persia/Iran. Participants are asked to read a nonfiction book on the topic. No written reports are required. Just come on down and join the discussion!
Possible subjects include:
* Cyrus, the Achaemenids, Sassanids, or the Zoroastrians
* Conquests by Greeks, Turks and Arabs
* The Shahs
* Mohammad Mossadegh
* Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlevi
* The Islamic Revolution of 1979
* The Iran-Iraq War
The Poetry Readers will resume monthly meetings in the fall.
Rockport Book Group
The Rockport Book group's daytime session meets the first Thursday of every month, the evening group meets the second Wednesday of every month. For information on how to join this group or to start your own group, please contact Elizabeth Reed, book group coordinator by email: