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DAY 8: 11/22/63

I promised at least a few “just for fun” titles and this is one of them. I am not a horror fan and I have not read a Stephen King book in twenty years, but as the accolades poured in for this book, I just had to find out what was causing all of the excitement. So I read it. Now, I can’t stop talking about it. It was my favorite fiction read of the year and it got me interested in many topics related to the 1960s…as you will see tomorrow in my Day 8 recommendation!

Book cover for 11/22/63
11/22/63: A Novel

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jolie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

In Stephen King’s “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.