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Summer Reading 2017: The Man in the High Castle

Find the book you want to read this summer!

Cathleen wants to read this book because...

I'm interested in reading this book because the set up is just so compelling--the story of an alternative history.  In retrospect, historical events can feel inevitable as in "good" triumphing over "evil" at the end of WW2. I like the way this story challenges those assumptions about outcome and also morality--who's "good", "evil" etc. and how people navigate oppressive forms of government. Philip K. Dick is an engaging author always, and I'm interested in seeing how this compares to the version I've watched on Amazon Prime. 

About the book

The Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick
It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
This harrowing, Hugo Award–winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

Applicable categories for the Urban Read Harder Challenge:

Up late

For fans of


  • The TV series of the same name (it is quite different than the book!)
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

About the reader

Cathleen Sheehan, English

In the past, Cathleen has recommended the following books:

  • Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
  • The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Among the Thugs by Bill Buford

About the reader

Brad Bell, Library Leader