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Bringing Up Books: 11/22/63

I was very interested in knowing if this book was worth reading. Thank you for a great review.

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

This novel tells the story of Jake Epping, a divorced high school teacher, who becomes a time traveler on a mission to stop the Kennedy assassination. It begins with Jake reading and becoming attached to a story, written by a student in his adult GED night-class, about his father murdering his mother and siblings when he was a child. Soon after, Jake discovers a way to go back in time. The traumatic past story from his student becomes a present goal to amend and helps Jake unlock the rules and consequences of time travel before he attempts his main mission of preventing the assassination of Kennedy. As Jake attempts to change the future by inserting himself in past events, he realizes that “time” does not want to be changed and the stronger the difference an event makes in history, the stronger “time” fights against Jake trying to alter it.

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The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley.

Just finished a Great Book!
I just finished a great book, The Duke’s Perfect Wife, by Jennifer Ashley.  Jennifer Ashley has written a fantastic historical romance series about the Mackenzie family.  The first in the series, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, (available at your local Book Shack!) is FABULOUS.  The hero, Lord Ian, has what would today be diagnosed as Aspergers.  This adds a whole new dimension to the story.  The Duke’s Perfect Wife is Hart’s story.  Hart is the head of the family.  Now the question is what to read next… I have a TBR (To Be Read) pile that takes up an entire bookcase.

 
 

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Confessions of (Another) Book Reviewer

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(Lev Grossman writes about books here on Wednesdays. Subscribe to his RSS feed.)

My career as a book reviewer started with a cold call.

The year before, I had dropped out of graduate school rather than inflict another dissertation about Joyce and Woolf on the world. And I didn’t regret that – I don’ t think anybody will ever, ever regret that – but I did miss writing about books. Maybe, it occurred to me, if I wasn’t writing a dissertation, I could just inflict a few book reviews on the world instead. What’s the worst that could happen.

So I bought a copy of Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine that publishes a very large number of very short reviews, and called their offices, and asked for the reviews editor. This was 1997, which was probably the last moment in history when you could do something like that and…

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