Book of the Week: “11/22/63: A Novel” by Stephen King

This week’s book of the week is a new Stephen King novel titled 11/22/63.  (If this date doesn’t ring a bell with the 9/11 Generation, just ask your parents where they were on November 22, 1963.)

11/22/63  book cover from NPR.com

cover from NPR.com

Unlike the horror genre King is known for, 11/22/63 brings science fiction face-to-face with history.  In the novel, high school English teacher Jake Epping finds a rift in time, a rabbit hole, in the back of a local retro diner.  Longing for a simpler time, he decides to use the portal to travel back in time and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  But Epping goes back five years too early and must bide his time–and answer some questions– in 1950s America while plotting the rescue of the future President.

According to this excerpt from the New York Times’ book review:

Before Jake can alter the course of history, he has to know what actually occurred. Was it Oswald, shooting from the depository? Was it a conspiracy? Another shooter on the grassy knoll? How about George de Mohrenschildt, one persistent minor character in conspiracy thinking? They are the nightmare uncertainties of an event that has been over-examined, and never understood.

You can listen to an interview with the author on NPR!

With the anniversary of JFK’s death (and Thanksgiving travel) coming up next week, you might look for 11/22/63 at your local bookstore or request a copy via Interlibrary Loan.

If you’re craving more Kennedy, check out JFK  (DVD 3072) or catch The Kennedys (2011) , an Emmy-winning mini-series on the Reelz channel.  For an historical first-hand perspective, check out Ted Kennedy’s autobiography: True Compass: A Memoir (2009) from the Purchase College Library.

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