Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
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.
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.
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: