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Book Discussion Group

Wed, May 29, 2013

7:00pm - 8:30pm

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A Celebration of Reading!

Read each selection & join us for a spirited discussion!

Last Wednesday of each month (except 11/20)
 at 7 pm in the Conference Room.

With staff member Michele Reinhart:

  • May 29: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Each May, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in celebrating Jewish American History Month, paying tribute to generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of our history, culture, and society. This month we will join the celebration by reading and discussing Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America.

The Plot Against America is an alternate history. In the world that Philip Roth creates, Franklin D. Roosevelt is President, but he is not re-elected in 1940, he is defeated by legendary aviator Charles A. Lindbergh.

Drawing on authentic sources, including an actual speech that Lindbergh gave in 1941 expressing isolationist, anti-Semitic views, Roth offers a version of history hinging on the "what if" of a Lindbergh administration. In Roth’s scenario, the United States never enters World War II and America’s Jews find themselves increasingly and systematically marginalized. 

Could it really happen here?

Although a work of fiction, The Plot Against America is presented as the memoir of a Jewish American man named Philip Roth. He is looking back half a century from one pivotal time in our country’s history to another. “Fear presides over these memories, a perpetual fear,” the fictional Philip Roth says. He wonders, Could it really happen here again?

Please check our online catalog for copies of the book and join us for our discussion on May 29.


With staff member Wendy Wise:

  • June 26: Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
  • July 31: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • August 28: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeffry Lindsay
  • September 25: Death in the City of Light:  The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King
  • October 30: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • November 20: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.


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