I think 11/22/63 [by Stephen King] is a fantastic option for any reader looking for a book they can truly get lost in. Reading it, I felt like I myself was living in the ’60s, and it is very interesting for anyone interested in the time period, or anything to do with President John F. Kennedy. It’s interestingly science fictionesque without being too much or being cheesy in the slightest.
11/22/63 means a lot to me because it was actually recommended to me when I interviewed to Lafayette. I think it really embodies the Lafayette community because of everybody’s different and overlapping interests. As a STEM major, I didn’t think I would have much in common with the history major who interviewed me, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. After answering the question of “If you could have lunch with anyone throughout history, dead or alive, who would it be?” with my favorite historical figure JFK, we had a great discussion about his presidency, and I left with a book recommendation that ended up becoming one of my favorites.
Whether you’re interested in science or history or culture or anything in between, I think 11/22/63 is a must-read. —by Madison Lebish ’23