Rockport Public Library hosts the following book clubs. We would be happy to have you join us.
Sunday Book Chat
The next meeting of the Book Chat will be on Jan. 25 at 1:15 p.m. Topic will be Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: One of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.
A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.
rrent Issues Political Book Discussion Group
This group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be Poor Economics: a Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo. Winner of the 2011 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year Award
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the world's poor. But much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, harmful misperceptions at worst.
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low.
This important book illuminates how the poor live, and offers all of us an opportunity to think of a world beyond poverty.
Rockport Book Group
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, Jan. 28.
The topic will be "The History of the Future - How Writers Imagined the Future in the Past and How They are Still Doing It". Discussion leader Sam Coulbourn invites you to read a book of your choice that fits the topic.
Drama Discussion Group
The Drama Discussion group will meet on Monday, Feb. 9, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be Iphigeneia at Aulis by Euripides. Copies will be available at the Main Desk.
Poetry Group The next meeting of the Poetry Readers will be on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4:00 p.m. Topic will be Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia. Gioia is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and currently serves as the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California.
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