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, November 3, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Nov. 16 at 1:00 p.m. The group will discuss A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks. Copies of the book are available at the library's main desk.
- In Second World War Poland, a young prisoner closes his eyes and pictures going to bat on a sunlit English cricket ground.
- Across the yard of a Victorian poorhouse, a man is too ashamed to acknowledge the son he gave away.
- In a 19th-century French village, an old servant understands - suddenly and with awe - the meaning of the Bible story her master is reading to her.
- On a summer evening in the Catskills in 1971, a skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar and with a song that will send shivers through her listeners' skulls.
- A few years from now, in Italy, a gifted scientist discovers links between time and the human brain and between her lover's novel and his life.
Throughout the five masterpieces of fiction that make up A Possible Life, exquisitely drawn and unforgettable characters risk their bodies, hearts and minds in pursuit of the manna of human connection. Between soldier and lover, parent and child, servant and master, and artist and muse, important pleasures and pains are born of love, separations and missed opportunities. These interactions - whether successful or not - also affect the long trajectories of characters' lives.
Provocative and profound, Sebastian Faulks's dazzling new novel journeys across continents and centuries not only to entertain with superb old-fashioned storytelling but to show that occasions of understanding between humans are the one thing that defines usâand that those moments, however fluid, are the one thing that endures.
The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be And Short the Season by Maxine Kumin.
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.
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: