Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be The Tenth Parallel by Eliza Griswold.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds. The tenth parallel—the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator—is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. More than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel; so do 60 percent of the world’s 2 billion Christians. Here, in the buzzing megacities and swarming jungles of Africa and Asia, is where the two religions meet; their encounter is shaping the future of each faith, and of whole societies as well.
An award-winning investigative journalist and poet, Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the equator and the tenth parallel: in Nigeria, the Sudan, and Somalia, and in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The stories she tells in The Tenth Parallel show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. Above all, she makes clear that, for the people she writes about, one’s sense of God is shaped by one’s place on earth; along the tenth parallel, faith is geographic and demographic.
An urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power, The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion, nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to come.
History Book Club
The date for the next meeting of this group has been changed to
Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be the history of Persia/Iran. 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:
* Cyrus, the Achaemenids, Sassanids, or the Zoroastrians
* Conquests by Greeks, Turks and Arabs
* The Shahs
* Mohammad Mossadegh
* Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlevi
* The Islamic Revolution of 1979
* The Iran-Iraq War
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
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: