Rockport Public Library
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Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Club

with Jennifer Ruddy

We noticed newcomers to the area (and some of our regular library users) were asking about joining local book groups. In response to this need we decided to start a library book group of our own. Facilitated by long-time staff member, Jennifer Ruddy, the group met for the first time in November of 2006. We usually meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 in the Marine Room of the library. New members are always welcome.

 

Next meeting is...

Wednesday, May 7th @  6:30

 

My Antonia

The next book for discussion is

Willa Cather's My Antonia.

As always we welcome all interested readers to join us.

Call the library to reserve your copy at 236-3642.


Amsterdam Review:


Amsterdam At our most recent meeting, the Rockport Library's Wicked Good First Wednesday Book Club discussed Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan, the 1998 Booker Prize-winning novel. McEwan's work has been subject for our group two other times: first with Atonement and then, On Chesil Beach. We noted similarities between Amsterdam and On Chesil Beach, with a focus on musicians, musical composition and also the emotional isolation of characters occurs as a theme in both books.

Group members were put off by McEwan's cynicism about the human condition. One book group member said he seemed like someone whose good humor could change to a frightening side suddenly . Amsterdam gives a sense that life doesn't amount to much more than mindless existence for most, at least in McEwan's world. Morality issues occur repeatedly in the book; we felt that none of the characters to exhibited sound moral values. No one in Amsterdam was able to give or receive love; each one consistently put personal ego above all else. The character, Molly, whose funeral is the opening of the novel, seemed to be desired by most of the characters during her lifetime, and yet we could not understand why she inspired that devotion. To us, Molly, came across as having almost no moral conscience; she used everyone along the way without compunction, but they continued to think the best of her.

The professed friendship between Clive and Vernon, the two protagonists, crumbles quickly when each perceives the other's lack of morality. Their outrage and the lengths they then go to in judgement of the other fellow's behavior, seemed a bit far-fetched and members thought Amsterdam became too much of a farce in the closing chapter.

There's no question this book kept us engaged and offering our opinions; we could have gone talking longer than the time allowed. Since that's what we strive for in book group, this book was a good choice, and I suspect we'll encounter McEwan again in the future, but not right away!

Next month on May 7th, we'll meet to consider Willa Cather's, My Antonia. We always welcome interested readers to join us for a lively discussion.


Other titles we've discussed and recommend are:   

Month Title Author Call number
March 2014 Amsterdam Ian McEwan Fiction McE
February 2014 Tinkers Paul Harding  
January 2014 The Round House Louise Erdrich Fiction ERD
December 2013 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan Fiction SLO
November 2013 She's Not There Jennifer Finney Boylan  
October 2013 Wild: from lost to found Cheryl Strayed B Strayed
September 2013 Song of Achilles Madeline Miller Fiction MIL
August 2013 Where'd you go, Bernadette Maria Semple Fiction SEM
July 2013 The Intuitionist Colin Whitehead Fiction WHI
June 2013 Interventions Richard Russo Fiction RUS
May 2013 Chicken with plums Marjane Satrapi B Khan
April 2013 Angle of his repose Wallace Stegner Fiction STE
March 2013

Before You Know Kindness

Chris Bojhalian Fiction BOJ
February 2013 The Turn of the Screw Henry James  
February 2013 The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad  
January 2013 Maisie Dobbs Jacqueline Winspear Fiction DOB
December 2012 I, Robot Isaac Asimov Fiction ASI
November 2012 The Imperfectionists Tom Rachman Fiction RAC
October 2012

Cocktail hour under the tree of forgetfulness

The Jungle Book

Alexandra Fuller

Rudyard Kipling

B. Fuller

jFiction KIP

September 2012 The Tiger's WIfe Tea Obreht Fiction OBR
August 2012 The Three Weissmanns of Westport Cathleen Schine Fiction SCH
July 2012 Swamplandia! Karen Russell Fiction RUS
June 2012 Mudbound Hilary Jordan Fiction JOR
May 2012 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins YA Fiction COL
April 2012 Birds in Fall Brad Kessler Fiction KES
March 2012 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Jonathan Safran Foer Fiction FOE
February 2012 Old Filth Jane Gardam Fiction GAR
January 2012 Land of a thousand hills Rosamond Halsey Carr 967.571 CAR
December 2011 The Lemon Table Julian Barnes Fiction BAR
November 2011 The Lotus Eaters Tatjana Soli Fiction SOL
October 2011 Miss Lonelyhearts
The Day of the Locusts
Nathaniel West Fiction WES
September 2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad Jennifer Egan Fiction VIS
August 2011 Book Group Movie Night    
July 2011 Tender is the night F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction FIT
June 2011 The Great house Nicole Krauss Fiction KRA
May 2011 Acqua Alta Donna Leon Fiction LEO
April 2011 Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet David Mitchell Fiction MIT
March 2011 Half Broke Horses Jeannette Walls Fiction WAL
February 2011 The Elephant and the Dragon Robyn Meredith 330.951.MER
January 2011 The Thirteenth Tale Diane Setterfield Fiction SET
December 2010 The Things they carried Tim O'Brien Fiction O'BR
November 2010

Memoir of your choice or

The Sharper your knife the less you cry

Kathleen Flinn 641.07.FLI
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 741.5.SAT
October 2010 All the pretty horses Cormac McCarthy Fiction MCC
September 2010 Ship Fever Andrea Barrett Fiction BAR
August 2010 Luncheon of the boating party Susan Vreeland Fiction VRE
July 2010 Song of Solomon Toni Morrison Fiction MOR
June 2010 Emma Jane Austen Fiction AUS
May 2010 Sixteen Pleasures Robert Hellenga Fiction HEL
April 2010 Cutting for stone Abraham Verghese Fiction VER
March 2010 Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat Fiction DAN
March 2010 The Farming of Bones Edwidge Danticat Fiction DAN
February 2010 The Girl with the dragon tattoo Stieg Larsson Fiction LAR
January 2010 A Short history of tractors in Ukrainian Marina Lewycka Fiction LEW
December 2009 Run Ann Patchett Fiction PAT
November 2009 Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout Fiction STR
October 2009 Stern Men Elizabeth Gilbert Fiction GIL
September 2009 Andorra Peter Cameron Fiction CAM
August 2009 The New Yorkers Cathleen Schine Fiction SCH
July 2009 A Small Island Andrea Levy Fiction LEV
June 2009 The Gathering Anne Enright Fiction ENR
May 2009 Peace like a river Leif Enger Fiction ENG
April 2009 The Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri Fiction LAH
March 2009 Loving Frank Nancy Horan Fiction HOR
February 2009 The Left hand of darkness Ursula Le Guin Fiction Le G
January 2009 The Awakening Kate Chopin Fiction CHO
December 2008 Breakfast at Tiffany's Truman Capote Fiction CAP
December 2008 The Samurai's Garden Gail Tsukiyama Fiction TSU
November 2008 Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson Fiction PET
October 2008 The Master Colm Toibin Fiction TOI
September 2008 Water for Elephants Sara Gruen Fiction GRU
August 2008 Madonnas of Leningrad Debra Dean Fiction DEA
July 2008 Black Swan Green David Mitchell Fiction MIT
June 2008 Atonement Ian McEwan Fiction MCE
May 2008 Plum Wine Angela Davis-Gardner Available in Minerva
April 2008 A chant to soothe wild elephants Jaed Coffin B.Coffin
March 2008 Don't let's go to the dogs tonight Alexandra Fuller B.Fuller

February 2008

On Chesil Beach Ian McEwan Fiction MCE
January 2008 The History of Love Nicole Krauss Fiction KRA
December 2007 The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason Fiction MAS

November 2007

The Diana Chronicles Tina Brown B.Diana
October 2007 The Language of Baklava Diane Abu-Jaber 641.5.ABU
September 2007 The House of Mirth Edith Wharton Fiction WHA
August 2007 Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini Fiction HOS
July 2007 The Road Cormac McCarthy Fiction MCC
June 2007 Broken for you Stephanie Kallos Fiction KAL
May 2007 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri Fiction LAH
April 2007 Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky Fiction NEM
March 2007  The Faith Club Ranya Idliby 201.5.IDL
February  2007  Leaving Mother Lake Yang Erche Namu 923.Namu
January 2007 Skinner's Drift Lisa Fugard Fiction FUG
December 2006 Memory Keeper's Daughter Kim Edwards Fiction Edw
November 2006 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Fiction FIT

                           
                               



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