Likely Stories So many books, so little time! Jim McKeown hosts this weekly review of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and biographies. Jim is a lifelong voracious reader who learned to read by the "rule of 50." If he's not engaged in the characters, the prose, or the plot by page 50, he puts in a book mark and returns it to the shelf. Likely Stories is a three and a half minute module that we think you'll give "FIVE STARS!"
Likely Stories

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So many books, so little time! Jim McKeown hosts this weekly review of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and biographies. Jim is a lifelong voracious reader who learned to read by the "rule of 50." If he's not engaged in the characters, the prose, or the plot by page 50, he puts in a book mark and returns it to the shelf. Likely Stories is a three and a half minute module that we think you'll give "FIVE STARS!"

Most Recent Episodes

Likely Stories: Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin

Heart-breaking story of a man desperate to reunite with his deceased wife. I'm Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Over the course of my reading life, I have been fortunate enough to gather a small number of books which deeply affected me and drove me to tears. For example, A Little Life by Yonagihara, The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, and Iris Murdoch: A Life by Peter Conradi to name a few. I now have a fourth to add to my list:

Likely Stories: Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier

Hysterically funny French satire of life in a small village in France.

Likely Stories: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Fantastic and thrilling story of a young child abandoned by her family in a hidden marsh.

Likely Stories: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Another in a series of Swedish novels, which are quite funny I'm Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Fredrik Backman is one funny writer. He is a Swedish columnist, blogger, and writer. He is the author of A Man Called Ove , My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry, Beartown , and Us Against You . His novels offer the reader many, many hours of laughter and tears. Britt-Marie Is Here is my latest read by Backman. Britt

Likely Stories: A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Anne Beattie

Students at a prestigious academy come under the influence of a charismatic professor I'm Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. One of my earliest of my obsessions with an individual writer was Ann Beattie. Two things about her drew me to her works. The first was the fact she had published—simultaneously—a collection of short stories and a novel. The novel was Chilly Scenes of Winter and the short story collection was

Likely Stories: Haunting Paris by Mamta Chaudhry

Eerie story of a woman searching for clues to her husband's intentions. I'm Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. An eerie coincidence led me to Mamta Chaudhry's novel, Haunting Paris. As I read, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned in a horrible conflagration. I have traveled to Paris a number of times, and the cathedral on the river Seine was always an important stop. Chaudhry's fiction, poetry, and feature articles have been

Likely Stories: Calypso by David Sedaris

Surprisingly funny personal stories of the comic writer. Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Every family has stories of unusual and funny uncles, nephews, aunts, and siblings. David Sedaris is no exception. Calypso— is no exception. His brand of humor takes a few pages to absorb, but once "bitten," he will infect your funny bone for good. David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor.

Likely Stories: The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

Story of a couple in England who face the unravelling of their marriage. I'm Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. I always look forward to reading the first novel of a new, young writer. Hellen Cullen wrote her debut novel while in an English novel writing program. She has an MA in theater studies from the University College Dublin. She also has a journalism and broadcasting background. Born in Ireland, she currently lives in

Likely Stories: The River by Peter Heller

Another amazing adventure with surprises, treachery, and suspense by Peter Heller I'm Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Peter Heller is a relatively new writer, and The River is his fourth novel. Of the three I have read, I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and the thrills. Peter Heller has an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop in poetry and fiction. He lives in Denver Colorado. Jack and Wynn are college buddies who decided

Likely Stories: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

A tangled story of two families, intertwined by divorce and marriage I'm Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Numerous individuals have urged me to read something by Ann Patchett. But I could not uncover some special character or an interesting idea to grab onto. I decided to forgo my Rule of 50 as a test of the efficacy of that rule. Commonwealth is Patchett's tenth novel. According to the dust jacket, Ann Patchett has

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