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Larchmont Temple Book Group

Welcome to a new year of the Larchmont Temple Book Group. All congregants and the occasional guest are welcome – as long as you have read the book! We meet in the Library at 7:45 and refreshments are served. No RSVPs are necessary. Contact Nancy Goodman ( or 914 833-9234 for more information. 

If you would like to select a book and lead a session, please let Nancy know and she will coordinate.  

The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth

Date: October 23, 2019    Time: 7:45 PM     Leader: John Delehanty

When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize–winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family — and for a million such families all over the country — during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.

Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin

Date: November 14, 2019    Time:  7:45 PM     Leader: Nancy Goodman

Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour—a maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust—must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present. In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life—days bright with music, family, rowing on the Seine—Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist a third his age.

Tue, October 15 2019 16 Tishrei 5780