Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
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.
Drama Discussion Group
The next meeting will be Monday, April 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the library. The topic will be The Trojan Women by Euripides.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m.
The topic will be the history of American music. Group leader Sam Coulbourn says, "The topic covers the richness of America's musical life. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, with wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. Participants can read about the growth and influence of popular music, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional music."
The topic of the April 30 meeting of the Poetry Readers will be Belmont by Stephen Burt. The group will meet in the Brenner Friends Room at 4:00 p.m.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: In Belmont
, poet Stephen Burt maps out the joys and the limits of the life he has chosen, the life that chose him, examining and reimagining parenthood, marriage, adulthood, and suburbia alongside a brace of wild or pretty alternatives: the impossible life of a girl raised by cats, the disappointed lives of would-be rock stars, and the real life to which he returns, with his family, in the town that gives the book its name, driving home in an ode-worthy silver Subaru. Can a life be invented the way a poem can? What does it mean for a precocious child, or a responsible grownup, to depict the world we want? With wit, beauty, tenderness, and virtuosity, these poems define the precarious end of extended adolescence, and then ask what stands beyond.
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on May 17 at 2:00 p.m. The topic will be Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
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: email@example.com