The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth

Jewish LearningWorks' 7th Annual

A project of the Jewish Community Library

“Roth's most powerful work to date. Confounding and illuminating, enraging and discomfiting, imaginative and utterly-terrifyingly-believable.”
San Francisco Chronicle

One Bay One Book is:
A yearlong conversation reaching Bay Area adults through opportunities for lively Jewish learning. Stimulated by a selected book and its themes, the program connecting readers through discussions, events, and informal conversations.      

On the bookshelf for 2018-19: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

Philip Roth’s award-winning 2004 novel The Plot Against America is a stirring work of alternative history that imagines the victory of aviation hero and isolationist Charles Lindbergh over Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, and portrays its impact through the experiences of a working class Jewish family in Newark, New Jersey.  It is a work of literature that speaks profoundly to the challenges facing Americans today.

The Library also wishes to make this a year of considering Roth’s legacy in all its complexity, continuing an important conversation that was renewed upon Roth’s death in May 2018. There are many who embrace Roth as among the greatest of American writers, and there are many who are disturbed by the problematic treatment of women seen in some of Roth’s work—a criticism that does not pertain to The Plot Against America. These issues will be more formally addressed in the Library’s programming in the spring.

Book Groups:
If you are part of a book group, consider making The Plot Against America one of your books for discussion. To reduce barriers to participation, a limited number of book sets will be made available free of charge on a first come, first served basis by the Jewish Community Library, through our Book Club in a Box lending program. 

Join the Conversation!
More than a thousand people in seven Bay Area counties participate in One Bay One Book events each year. For information about resources, book discussions, and additional events, click here or contact us at onebayonebook@jewishlearningworks.org  or 415.567.3327 x 703.

Be a Partner: 
If you are part of an organization or institution, we hope that you will join us as we embark on the sixth year of this celebrated program. Becoming a partner allows your organization and its constituents to enjoy dynamic learning experiences and connect with the larger Jewish community.  Please contact us at onebayonebook@jewishlearningworks.org or 415.567.3327 x 703 to learn more about the program and becoming a community partner.

The Jewish Community Library is located at 1835 Ellis Street; between Scott and Pierce on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. There is free garage parking at the entrance on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy. For more information visit www.jewishcommunitylibrary.org