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A Librarian Browses the JFK Shelves

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, May 29, 1917 – Nov. 22, 1963

Who was he? What was his marriage to Jackie like? What if, on that fateful day in 1963, the bubble had been up? And would you travel back in time to stop his assassination if you could? 


11/22/63: a Novel
by Stephen King

On November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world. What if it never happened? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. 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 impossible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.


If Kennedy Lived: the First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy, an Alternate History
by Jeff Greenfield

When shots ring out in Dallas, TX, it’s raining, and the President’s limo has a bubble shell over the covertible. Kennedy is wounded, but not killed. This is the story of the first and second terms of a John F. Kennedy who survived his 1963 trip to Dallas and what it meant to the people and politics of the era. Synopsis by Mark, on Goodreads.


The Kennedy Half-Century: the Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy
by Larry Sabato

John F. Kennedy died almost half a century ago, yet because of his extraordinary promise and untimely death, his star still resonates strongly. On the anniversary of his assassination, celebrated political scientist and analyst Larry J. Sabato – himself a teenager in the early 1960s and inspired by JFK and his presidency – explores the fascinating and powerful influence he has had over five decades on the media, the general public, and especially on each of his nine presidential successors.


The Kennedys DVDThe Kennedys
DVD [2000]

The legendary Kennedys seemed to have it all-money, power, charm, ambition. From Joe Kennedy’s rise on Wall Street to the collapse of his last son’s presidential hopes in 1980, the compelling tale of the Kennedy dynasty still fascinates Americans. American Experience presents the first comprehensive look at one man’s elusive dream for his family and his nation, beginning in triumph and ending in tragedy.



Profiles in CourageProfiles in Courage
by John F. Kennedy, introduction by Caroline Kennedy

“This is a book about that most admirable of human virtues– courage. ‘Grace under pressure,’ Ernest Hemingway defined it. And these are the stories of the pressures experienced by eight United States Senators and the grace with which they endured them.” – John F. Kennedy



Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics : JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan
by Jeff Greenfield

Veteran CBS News reporter and commentator Greenfield speculates what would have happened if an actual failed attempt to assassinate JFK before his inauguration instead succeeded; Robert Kennedy isn’t assassinated, beats Nixon in 1968, winds down the Vietnam War, and with no Watergate scandal, the cultural changes of the 1970s are averted; and, Ford wins re-election, but in 1980 it’s Hart vs. Reagan, and Hart wins.


These Few Precious Days: the Final Year of Jack with Jackie
by Christopher Andersen

They were the original power couple: outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. This account of Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s final year together reveals details of their complex marriage, including rumored infidelities, the president’s hidden medical problems, and the tragic death of their infant son.



Top Down: a Novel of the Kennedy Assassination
by Jim Lehrer

The fictional story of a secret service agent who made the fateful decision to remove the security bubble from Kennedy’s parade car follows his struggles with suicidal feelings of guilt until a young reporter endeavors to determine the day’s outcome if the bubbletop had been in place.


In November, Central Library is displaying historical newspapers from the Kennedy years including rare editions from Texas published during the president’s 1963 visit and assassination.

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