Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Drama Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be Peace by Aristophanes.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "elections in U.S. history".
Book Club Chair Sam Coulbourn says "
our history is chock-a-block with strange, weird and fantastic characters and events. For [the next] meeting, . . . read any book about presidential campaigns and elections, There was 1800 when Adams ran against an "Un-Christian Deist", Thomas Jefferson. There was 1828, when things got dirty-- the Adams men said Jackson was the son of a prostitute and a Mulatto, and a bigamist and an adulterer. We had Know-nothings, Mugwumps, Half-breeds and Progressives. One man, Eugene V. Debs, ran from prison and still received 900,000 votes. And then there was Watergate... and the Swiftboaters".
Please read any nonfiction book on the topic and come prepared for a lively discussion!
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on
at 2:00 p.m. The topic will be The Children Act by Ian McEwan.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital--an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
Monday Evening Book
The next meeting will be on Dec. 21, at 5:45 p.m. Topic will be announced soon.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on
Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic A Higher Form of Killing by Diana Preston.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: In six weeks during April and May 1915, as World War I escalated, Germany forever altered the way war would be fought. On April 22, at Ypres, German canisters spewed poison gas at French and Canadian soldiers in their trenches; on May 7, the German submarine U-20, without warning, torpedoed the passenger liner Lusitania, killing 1,198 civilians; and on May 31, a German Zeppelin began the first aerial bombardment of London and its inhabitants. Each of these actions violated rules of war carefully agreed at the Hague Conventions of 1898 and 1907. Though Germany's attempts to quickly win the war failed, the psychological damage caused by these attacks far outweighed the casualties. The era of weapons of mass destruction had dawned.
While each of these momentous events has been chronicled in histories of the war, celebrated historian Diana Preston links them for the first time, revealing the dramatic stories behind each through the eyes of those who were there, whether making the decisions or experiencing their effect. She places the attacks in the context of the centuries-old debate over what constitutes "just war," and shows how, in their aftermath, the other combatants felt the necessity to develop extreme weapons of their own. In our current time of terror, when weapons of mass destruction--imagined or real--are once again vilified, the story of their birth is of great relevance.