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Book Clubs

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 March 22  at 2:00 p.m. The topic An Equal Music by Vikram Seth. 
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The author of the international bestseller  A Suitable Boy returns with a powerful and deeply romantic tale of two gifted musicians. Michael Holme is a violinist, a member of the successful Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the pianist he loved and left ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Now Julia, married and the mother of a small child, unexpectedly reenters his life and the romance flares up once more.

Against the magical backdrop of Venice and Vienna, the two lovers confront the truth about themselves and their love, about the music that both unites and divides them, and about a devastating secret that Julia must finally reveal. With poetic, evocative writing and a brilliant portrait of the international music scene,  An Equal Music confirms Vikram Seth as one of the world's finest and most enticing writers.
  Greek Drama Discussion Group    
 The next meeting will be on Monday, March 23, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be The Bacchae by Euripides. 
  History Book Club
  The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "Immigration to America." Discussion leader Sam Coulbourn invites you to read a book of your choice that fits the topic. 
Poetry Group    
The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be  Thursday, March 26, at 4:00 p.m. in the Brenner Friends Room. The topic will be The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke.

         Theodore Roethke is widely regarded as among the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation. His work is characterized by its introspection, rhythm and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking, and he won the annual National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1959 for Words for the Wind and posthumously in 1965 for The Far Field. Former U.S. Poet Laureate and author James Dickey wrote of Roethke: ". . . in my opinion the greatest poet this country has yet produced." In 2012, Roethke was featured on a United States postage stamp as one of ten great 20th Century American poets.  

Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group 
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room.  The topic will be How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Stephen Johnson. 
In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes--€”from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-- ”How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species €”to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.
     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:
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