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, September 15, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss Medea by Euripides.
The Poetry Readers will resume monthly meetings on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be Lucifer at Starlight by Kim Addonisio.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m. The group will discuss A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. Copies of the book are available at the library's main desk.
KIRKUS REVIEWS: Lear in Iowa. In a scalding, 20th-century version of Shakespeare's tragedy, Smiley--clawing open the "ingratitude" of a monarch's elder daughters to reveal a rage that could out-tempest Lear's--once again examines the buried secret hurts within families and the deadly results when damaged egos are unleashed: "The one thing...maybe no family could tolerate was things coming out into the open."
Living under the iron order of that tyrannical, successful farmer Larry Cook, owner of 640 Iowa acres, are: daughter Rose, 34- year-old recovering cancer patient, mother of two and wife of ex-musician Pete, the perennial outsider, object of Larry's contempt; and childless Ginny, married to Tyler, an easygoing man who can betray with silence. Youngest daughter Caroline, whom motherless Rose and Ginny had raised and unfettered from Daddy, is a lawyer in Des Moines.
It's at a well-liquored neighborhood social that Daddy announces he's giving up his farm to his three daughters. "I don't know," says cool lawyer Caroline, and Daddy slams off in a fury. As Rose and Ginny and their pleased husbands prepare for a release from Daddy's overlordship, something else is released when Rose--scenting out weakness in the terrible old man--hungers for revenge at last. Nothing but Daddy's repentance will do for deeds in the past so foul that Ginny has blotted out the memory and Rose has kept her silence. Circling around Rose's sizzling path toward impossible satisfaction, with Ginny in tow, are their husbands--one blunted, one death-bound--and a self-exiled native son who will drive a wedge between the two sisters, mingling a hate and lust/love that brings one to murder. As for Daddy's angel Caroline--come back to flight for Daddy (senile? maybe), never battered by home maelstroms--he's been simply a father "no more, no less." With the Bard's peak moments--the storm, a blinding, etc.--a potent tragedy immaculate in characters, stately pace, and lowering ambiance. Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews
History Book Club
The date for the next meeting of this group has been changed to Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be "Major discoveries in medicine 1900". Participants are asked to read a nonfiction book on the topic. No written reports are required. Just come on down and join the discussion!
Possible subjects include:
* Hippocrates, Galen, Harvey, Jenner, Lister, Pasteur & many other scientists
* Ether & other anesthetics
* Development of antiseptic surgical methods
* The germ theory of disease
* Blood transfusions
* Devices such as the microscope and stethoscope
* Vaccines & vaccination procedure
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 REVIEW: 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.
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: