Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on July
26 at 2:00 p.m. The topic will be Prague by Arthur Phillips..
A first novel of startling scope and ambition, Prague
depicts an intentionally lost Lost Generation as it follows five American expats who come to Budapest in the early 1990s to seek their fortune--financial, romantic, and spiritual--in an exotic city newly opened to the West. They harbor the vague suspicion that their counterparts in Prague, where the atmospheric decay of post-Cold War Europe is even more cinematically perfect, have it better. Still, they hope to find adventure, inspiration, a gold rush, or history in the making.
What they actually find is a deceptively beautiful place that they often fail to understand. What does it mean to fret about your fledgling career when the man across the table was tortured by two different regimes? How does your short, uneventful life compare to the lives of those who actually resisted, fought, and died? What does your angst mean in a city still pocked with bullet holes from war and crushed rebellion?
Journalist John Price finds these questions impossible to answer yet impossible to avoid, though he tries to forget them in the din of Budapest's nightclubs, in a romance with a secretive young diplomat, at the table of an elderly cocktail pianist, and in the moody company of a young man obsessed with nostalgia. Arriving in Budapest one spring day to pursue his elusive brother, John finds himself pursuing something else entirely, something he can't quite put a name to, something that will draw him into stories much larger than himself. With humor, intelligence, masterly prose, and profound affection for both Budapest and his own characters, Arthur Phillips not only captures his contemporaries but also brilliantly renders the Hungary of past and present: the generations of failed revolutionaries and lyric poets, opportunists and profiteers, heroes and storytellers.
Drama Discussion Group
The next meeting will be Monday, July 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the library. The topic will be Philoctetes by Sophocles.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, July 29, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be the history of the American family. Please read any nonfiction book on the topic and come prepared for a lively discussion!
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY REVIEW: In a career that peaked as associate director of the CIA's overseas operations, Devine served--and survived--more than three decades with the CIA, from the Nixon to Clinton administrations. Predictably, he considers "a powerful intelligence service... an imperative of modern statecraft," believes in the effectiveness of covert action, and denounces the current tendency to politicize intelligence while condemning "White House 'dabbling'." Devine describes the CIA's thinking on covert action during his career and discusses--without excessive use of the first person singular--his worldwide implementation of those principles at the sharp end of covert war, from overseeing the missile shipments that initiated the Iran-Contra scandal to delivering the Stingers that turned the tide against the Russians in Afghanistan. He argues for long-term maintenance of a "CIA covert action component" in Afghanistan as part of a "robust U.S. mission," and hypothesizes that "most future paramilitary engagement will be reminiscent of the smaller Cold War covert action programs." Whether one agrees with Devine's particulars, the insights derived from a long and varied career make this a top-line addition to the proliferating body of "insider" memoirs from the years when the Cold War gave way to the "war on terrorism," and the rules began to change.
The next meeting of this group will be on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
in the Brenner Friends Room. The topic will be Made in Detroit
by Marge Piercy. Copies of the book will be available at the library's main desk a month before the meeting.
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