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11.22.63 by Stephen King

Listen to Jodi talk about it at 12 minutes into the show podcast below:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

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3 years ago

I’m with Jodi . . . this was definitely my favorite Steven King book!!

Marty Naugle
Marty Naugle
3 years ago

Thank you for being there in the morning. I retired in April, so I am not listening every day, unfortunately. I did catch the Chicken Pot Pie recipe, which I WILL be making!

I also love the BOOK CLUB!! I have read 11/22/63 twice! I read it when it first came out ( I am a huge Kennedy fan) then again before I watched the mini-series. One thing I do is compare books to movies, so I wanted it fresh to see how it was different from the book! I am reading IT next upon your recommendation!

3 years ago

Have this one in the queue to read.

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