Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
The Poetry Readers will meet on
Thursday, April 17, at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room to discuss Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds. In this wise and intimate telling--which carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending--Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love's sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting; the loss of everything from her husband's smile to the set of his hip. Olds is naked before us, curious and brave and even generous toward the man who was her mate for thirty years and who now loves another woman.
Russians: The People Behind the Power by Gregory Feifer
will be the topic for the next meeting of the Current Issues Book Group on Wednesday, April 23, at 2:00 p.m.
in the Trustees Room.
From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that draws on vivid personal stories to portray the forces that have shaped the Russian character for centuries--and continue to do so today. Russians explores the seeming paradoxes of life in Russia by unraveling the nature of its people: what is it in their history, their desires, and their conception of themselves that makes them baffling to the West?
Using the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions by showing that much of what appears inexplicable is logical when seen from the inside. And he makes clear why President Putin remains popular even as the gap widens between the super-rich and the great majority of poor. Traversing the world's largest country, Feifer conducted hundreds of intimate conversations about everything from sex and vodka to Russia's complex relationship with the world. What emerges is a rare portrait of a unique land of extremes whose forbidding geography, merciless climate, and crushing corruption has nevertheless produced some of the world's greatest art and some of its most remarkable scientific advances.
Sunday Book Chat
The Book Chat will meet on April 27 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss Housekeeping: a novel by Marilynne Robinson.
A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck, and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. It is a town "chastened by an outsized landscape and extravagant weather, and chastened again by an awareness that the whole of human history had occurred elsewhere." Ruth and Lucille's struggle toward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience.
The History Book Club will meet on
Wednesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Read any nonfiction book about religion in America from 1620 to 1900. Chairman Sam says, "Don't worry about offending someone with what you choose to read--religion often offends someone. This is history, not a political correctness lesson. Read about Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, Unitarians, Jews, Mormons, Friends, Shakers, Atheists, or read about conflicts or interactions--your choice!"
Drama Discussion Group
The first meeting of our new Drama Discussion group will take place on Monday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be the classic Greek tragedy Antigone by Sophocles. Sarah Clark, a teacher, actress, playwright and director. Copies of the play will be available at the circulation desk.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org