LitPicks Book Reviews—October 2013

Theme—The Kennedy Assasination: 50 years
Consider devoting the month of November to that fateful day in Dallas 50 years ago. The shooting of the President creates a schism in time and in our national psyche: before, an era of seeming innocence; after, an era of cynicism and social upheaval.
.. And the other dividing line: those who lived through it vs. those yet to be born.
 
Labels: A Lighter Touch

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Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, 2012
336 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
October, 2013
This may be the ideal primer for those too young to have lived through the JFK assassination or fallen under the spell of the Kennedy aura. The fact that our country remains fascinated—50 years later—with the man and his legacy is fascinating in and of itself.

Still more fascinating is that a commentator with Bill O'Reilly's conservative stripes would write such a glowing account of Kennedy, a Democrat—whom he admits he finds, well...fascinating.

 

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11/22/63
Stephen King, 2011
880 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
October, 2013
It's long, 880 pages—the author takes his time in this book—which means you might as well just settle in. And unless it's a fast-paced thriller you're after, you won't be disapointed.

Fans know King as a master of horror. But in 11/22/63 he shows his chops across a range of genres—realism, historical fiction, romance, suspense, philosophy, and speculative fiction (i.e., time travel)—and, no surprise, he's good at all of it.

 
Labels: Great Works

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Conspiracy
Anthony Summers, 1980
640 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
October, 2013

For those who love murder mysteries, Conspiracy is one of the all-time greats. It's the unsolved story of who killed President John F. Kennedy—and it is not a work of fiction.

I first learned of Conspiracy in 1980. Robert MacNeil, then co-anchor of the PBS news show, was so shaken after reading it that he devoted an entire news program to its contents—an unheard of precedent. I happened to be watching that evening.

 

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