The letters poured in at record rates. In fact, there are some letters who may not have even been read yet. The original letters are kept at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, MA and take up a storage room almost on their own. The letters express the sentiment the country was feeling after JFK's death. Letters from "American Negroes" expressed gratitude and love for the late President in fighting for their rights. Mothers with disabled and mentally retarded children wrote to Jackie expressing their love and appreciation for her husband's work to make sure these groups had equal rights. Letters came in from the poor of America who felt Kennedy was their friend. Many other heartbroken Americans wrote to Jackie about what they believed was a conspiracy either by Lyndon B. Johnson, Communists, or the KKK.
November 22, 1963 is of course just one of those days. You can stop and ask most anyone who was alive then where they were, and they can tell you and then tell you the feelings they felt and kept for days afterwards. This book does a great job at allowing the reader to see a large part of the American psyche and how many were trying to cope with the loss. For many, the President's death was personal and caused them to not feel safe. And many have never recovered.
With Christmas almost here and the traveling and festivities that goes with it, I'm unsure if I'll read another book before January 1st. If not, this book is my 54th of the year which puts me at two more than my original goal and two more than I read last year. Onward!