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, December 1, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss The Eumenides by Aeschylus.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Dec. 3; there will be no meeting in November.
The December topic will be "The Development of Public Education Around the World." Discussion leader Sam Coulbourn invites you to read a book of your choice on public education. You can read about noted educators, Supreme Court cases such as Plessy v. Ferguson or Brown v. Board of Education, education reformers such as Horace Mann, or any other subjects that fit the topic.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
This group is not meeting in November; its next meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding.
In The Real North Korea, Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque police state. After providing an accessible history of the nation, he turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks, and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place. He argues that North Korea is not irrational, and nothing shows this better than its continuing survival against all odds. A living political fossil, it clings to existence in the face of limited resources and a zombie economy, manipulating great powers despite its weakness. Its leaders are not ideological zealots or madmen, but perhaps the best practitioners of Machiavellian politics that can be found in the modern world. Even though they preside over a failed state, they have successfully used diplomacy-including nuclear threats-to extract support from other nations. But while the people in charge have been ruthless and successful in holding on to power, Lankov goes on to argue that this cannot continue forever, since the old system is slowly falling apart. In the long run, with or without reform, the regime is unsustainable. Lankov contends that reforms, if attempted, will trigger a dramatic implosion of the regime. They will not prolong its existence.
Based on vast expertise, this book reveals how average North Koreans live, how their leaders rule, and how both survive.
Sunday Book Chat The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Dec. 14 at 1:00 p.m. The group will discuss The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Copies of the book are available at the library's main desk.
Stephen Crane’s immortal masterpiece about the nightmare of war was first published in 1895 and brought its young author immediate international fame. Set during the Civil War, it tells of the brutal disillusionment of a young recruit who had dreamed of the thrill and glory of war, only to find himself fleeing the horror of a battlefield. Shame over his cowardice drives him to seek to redeem himself by being wounded—earning what he calls the “red badge of courage.” Praised for its psychological insight and its intense and unprecedented realism in portraying the experience of men under fire, The Red Badge of Courage
has been a beloved bestseller for more than a century.
Rockport Book Group Poetry Group The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be Lovers of the Lost by Wesley McNair.
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: