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 will be on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Investigative reporter for The Guardian and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald, provides an in-depth look into the NSA scandal that has triggered a national debate over national security and information privacy. With further revelations from documents entrusted to Glenn Greenwald by Edward Snowden himself, this book explores the extraordinary cooperation between private industry and the NSA, and the far-reaching consequences of the government's surveillance program, both domestically and abroad.
The next meeting 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.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: A treasure trove of new poems by one of our most sought-after poets: poems that range from descriptions of the Detroit of her childhood to her current life on Cape Cod, from deep appreciations of the natural world to elegies for lost friends and relationships, from a vision of her Jewish heritage to a hard-hitting take on today's political ironies.
In her trademark style, combining the sublime with the gritty, Marge Piercy describes the night she was born: "the sky burned red / over Detroit and sirens sharpened their knives. / The elms made tents of solace over grimy / streets and alley cats purred me to sleep." She writes in graphic, unflinching language about the poor, banished now by politicians because they are no longer "real people like corporations." There are elegies for her peer group of poets, gone now, whose work she cherishes but from whom she cannot help but want more. There are laments for the suicide of dolphins and for her beloved cats, as she remembers "exactly how I loved each." She continues to celebrate Jewish holidays in compellingly original ways and sings praises of her marriage and the small pleasures of daily life.
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on September 20
at 2:00 p.m. The topic will be The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early 19th century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.
Kidd's sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.
As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women's rights movements.
Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful's cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.
This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.
Greek Drama Discussion Group The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the library. The topic will be The Heracleidae by Euripides.
Heracleidae (Heracles' Children) is an Athenian tragedy that was first performed c. 430 BC. It follows the children of Heracles as they seek protection from Eurystheus, who was responsible for many of Hercules' troubles. To prevent the children of Heracles from taking revenge on him, Eurystheus sought to kill them. They flee under the protection of Iolaus, Heracles' close friend and nephew.
Monday Evening Book Group The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 21, at 5:45 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the library. The topic will be announced soon. History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be charismatic leaders in history. What were the keys to Hitler’s, Churchill's, Mussolini's, FDR's successes? Keen perception of public moods? Oratory abilities? Character, firm ideology? Connecting to the people? How did they deploy their charisma? How could Napoleon manipulate the masses without TV ads? Why were people so receptive to a madman in Germany? Intriguing and recurring questions.
Please read any nonfiction book on the topic and come prepared for a lively discussion!
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