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11/22/63: A Novel
by Stephen King

Published: 2012-07-24
Paperback : 880 pages
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Now in trade paperback, acclaimed author and Master of Horror Stephen King’s #1 bestselling time travel novel, winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and praised by USA TODAY as “extraordinary.”


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Now in trade paperback, acclaimed author and Master of Horror Stephen King’s #1 bestselling time travel novel, winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and praised by USA TODAY as “extraordinary.”


In Stephen King’s “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) and “extraordinary” (USA TODAY) #1 New York Times bestselling novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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 Jodie, 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.

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On Monday, March 25, Lee came walking up Neely Street carrying a long package wrapped in brown paper. Peering through a tiny crack in the curtains, I could see the words REGISTERED and INSURED stamped on it in big red letters. For the first time I thought he seemed furtive and nervous, actually looking around at his exterior surroundings instead of at the spooky furniture deep in his head. I knew what was in the package: a 6.5mm Carcano rifle—also known as a Mannlicher-Carcano—complete with scope, purchased from Klein’s Sporting Goods in Chicago. Five minutes after he climbed the outside stairs to the second floor, the gun Lee would use to change history was in a closet above my head. Marina took the famous pictures of him holding it just outside my living room window six days later, but I didn’t see it. That was a Sunday, and I was in Jodie. As the tenth grew closer, those weekends with Sadie had become the most important, the dearest, things in my life. ... view entire excerpt...

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Discuss the theme of “Life turns on a dime.” How does this theme play throughout the novel? How do you feel about this line? Have you experienced this in your own life?
In Chapter fifteen, Jake/George tells us why Jodie, TX is home: “Home is where you dance with others, and dancing is life.” What did you think of this? How does Jake come to think of the 1960’s and Jodie as home? What does that mean for him?
At the end of his story Jake says: “Philip Nolan was the Man Without a Country; I am the Man Without a Time Frame.” Discuss Jake’s new relationship with the past and present.
by RockinRenee (see profile) 02/10/14

What do you think would have happened if Kennedy had not been assasinated?
What do you think of the butterfly effect?
by blblanton (see profile) 04/08/13

If you could go back in time to one particular day in your life, what day would that be?
by JeanHerbranson (see profile) 08/30/12

If you could bring one thing back from 1963, what would it be?
by mcberstene (see profile) 05/22/12

If possible to go back for a day in time, what day would you choose? and why?
by alanna (see profile) 02/24/12

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by ToddRussell (see profile) 12/06/11

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Have a Sixties Party!
by RockinRenee (see profile) 02/10/14
Have guests wear sixties style clothing (watch Mad Men for inspiration.)-- Serve martinis for cocktails, Pigs in a Blanket and Chex Mix for appetizers, Jello Mold and/or Root Beer floats for dessert,-- Play a 11/22/63 playlist with music from the late fifties and early sixties: Songs Stephen King listened to were \\\"Swing in the Mood\\\" by Jive Bunny and the Master Mixers, \\\"Honky Tonk Women\\\" by Rolling Stones, \\\"C\\\'mon Everybody\\\" by Eddie Cochran, \\\"The Twist\\\" by Chubby Checker, \\\"At the Hop\\\" by Danny & the Juniors, \\\"Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay\\\" by Danny & the Juniors, \\\"Do You Wanna Dance\\\" by Bobby Freeman, \\\"In the Mood\\\" by Glenn Miller, \\\"Whole Lotta Shakin\\\' Goin\\\' On\\\" by Jerry Lee Lewis,-- Other Suggestions \\\"She Loves You\\\" by the Beatles, \\\"Love Is Strange\\\" by Mickey and Sylvia, \\\"Save the Last Dance for Me\\\" by The Drifters, \\\"That\\\'ll Be the Day\\\" by Buddy Holly and the Crickets, \\\"Time Has Come Today\\\" by The Chambers Brothers, and \\\"Time Is On My Side\\\" by The Rolling Stones

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  "11/22/63"by kayeblue55 (see profile) 01/28/15

Awesome book... everyone loved it... I highly recommend Stephen King's books (he does not always write horror novels as some might think)

  "11/22/63"by lovemykindle (see profile) 09/20/14

Awesome time travel book!

by Arentsen (see profile) 07/31/14

by hiltonjenb (see profile) 06/23/14

  "A Moving and Positive Literary Masterpiece from a Horror Master"by RockinRenee (see profile) 02/10/14

Stephen King has managed once again to surprise me. While he's written other literary novels before (like Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile), this novel is truly something special. T... (read more)

  "11/22/63"by drherzberger (see profile) 10/10/13

The book was hard to get into but once I stayed with it I was hooked. Some life lessons to be learned, even when bad things happen something good can come from it.

  "Stephen King 11/22/63"by Cindychick (see profile) 08/19/13

Out of 10 stars I give it a 7.75. He is an excellent writer. This was my first Stephen King book to read. I wish I could have read it in a shorter period of time. A little trouble keeping track of the... (read more)

  "Great book for discusssion!"by susanokc (see profile) 08/16/13

  "11/22/63"by booksamillion (see profile) 08/16/13

This was a very interesting book. it involves time travel and the opportunity to change the course of history specifically in this book the assassination of Kennedy. Lots of information and history that... (read more)

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