Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. The group will discuss The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. Copies of the book are available at the library's main desk.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: In a rare feat, the pseudonymous Galbraith combines a complex and compelling sleuth and an equally well-formed and unlikely assistant with a baffling crime in his stellar debut. When office temp Robin Ellacott reports for work, she's unprepared for the shabby office or the rude greeting she receives from London PI Cormoran Strike. Soon after, John Bristow arrives and asks Strike to look into the putative suicide of his adopted, mixed-race sister, supermodel Lula Landry. Strike reluctantly agrees, even though the police have concluded a high-profile investigation. A decorated Afghan vet with an artificial lower leg, Strike begins a meticulous reinvestigation that leads him into a world of celebrities and wannabes, as well as deep into Landry's sad rollercoaster life. The methodical Strike and the curious Ellacott work their way through a host of vividly drawn suspects and witnesses toward an elegant solution. Readers will hope to see a lot more of this memorable sleuthing team.
The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be Passing Throughby Stanley Kunitz.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Daniel Schulman.
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY: Mother Jones senior editor Schulman's group portrait of the amazingly wealthy, strong-minded Koch brothers is a critical, but surprisingly nuanced tale of money and influence. Casting new light on one of America's most ambitious families, this "unauthorized" biography will disappoint Koch haters.
The Wichita-based Koch money (now totaling billions of dollars) comes from oil grown into a closely held conglomerate with a mixed environmental record. David and Charles have used their wealth to fund the libertarian Cato Institute and more recently, contribute to the Republican Party, and campaign against Obamacare and climate change. They have consequently been on the receiving end of White House enmity.
Schulman concentrates on the family's intramural battles: the central conflict begins with an ugly 1985 lawsuit for control of the family money; the four brothers have battled each other in court for decades. Frederick, Charles, and fraternal twins David and Bill--ranging in age from 74 to 82--come off as worldly, intelligent, accomplished, and difficult. This is a complex story of epic sibling rivalry, with important political dimensions.
History Book Club
The date for the next meeting of this group has been changed to
Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "History of Art in America." Discussion leader Sam Coulbourn invites you to "read a book of your choice on the history of the visual arts in the U.S. This can be about an individual artist, an art form as embraced by American artists, art as propaganda, art in advertising, modern art in America, landscape art and the environmental movement, or you can home in on the Rockport or Cape Ann art colonies. It is your call!"
Greek 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.
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: