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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 production of KWBU in Waco, Texas.

Latest Episodes

Likely Stories: The South by Colm Tóibín

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. A recent reminder that I had neglected the works of Colm Tóibín drew me to one of only a couple of his works I had not read. The South is the story of Katherine Proctor who abandons her family in a move to Barcelona. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War. This is a thrilling story of art and exile and a search for love. Note there are several brief adult

3 MIN23 h ago
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Likely Stories: The South by Colm Tóibín

Likely Stories: The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Dame Jean Iris Murdoch is—to my way of reading—one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century. She passed away February 8, 1999. She was a British novelist and philosopher. She has written 26 spectacular novels, along with a short story, plays, philosophy, and poetry. I have so many stories about her and her works, I could fill several episodes of Likely Stories.

3 MIN1 w ago
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Likely Stories: The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch

Likely Stories: All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. After a few intense stories, I turned my eyes to an interesting novel with some romance and some danger all wrapped up in a nifty story of two women who share a bizarre tale. Sarah Jio’s ninth novel, All the Flowers in Paris will give you moments of pleasure while keeping you on edge.

3 MIN2 w ago
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Likely Stories: All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Likely Stories: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Once again, I found myself in the web of one of my favorite genres: novels set in and around a bookstore. If you think these are all copy-cat stories, you are in for a surprise. So far, all that I have read have a variety of situations, characters, and love. According to the biography in the paperback copy, Victoria Henry worked as a scriptwriter before turning to fiction. She lives

3 MIN3 w ago
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Likely Stories: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Likely Stories: Girl by Edna O’Brien

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies Josephine Edna O'Brien was born December 15, 1930. She is an Irish novelist playwright, poet, and short-story writer. The President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, cited her as "one of the great creative writers of her generation." She has penned more than 25 works of fiction. Her stories are heartfelt, poignant, and breathtaking.

3 MINJAN 23
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Likely Stories: Girl by Edna O’Brien

Likely Stories: Find Me: A Novel by André Aciman

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. A new writer I recently discovered, has led me to an amazing story of love and passion. The story revolves around three couples loosely connected by time and space, with a thinner connection by blood. André Aciman’s latest novel, Find Me, is a powerful story of the connections created by love. Find Me is a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. He has written six other novels. He lives with

3 MINJAN 16
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Likely Stories: Find Me: A Novel by André Aciman

Likely Stories: The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Louisa Treger has an amazing dual history. She started as a classical violinist, and then to a Ph.D in English. She lives in London, and this is her second novel.

3 MINJAN 9
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Likely Stories: The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

Likely Stories: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. One of my most often reviewed authors is Ian McEwan. I always learn a few things and add to my vocabulary while thoroughly enjoying his work. His latest novel is Machines Like Me. I pondered whether he likes machines or the machines like him. Answering that conundrum will require a serious exploration of the human mind.

3 MINJAN 2
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Likely Stories: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Likely Stories: Someone by Alice McDermott

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Alice McDermont was born in Brooklyn, New York and has written several novels of life among those originally living in Ireland but who immigrated to the United States, particularly to Brooklyn. She has won numerous awards and been listed as a finalist for several novels. Someone: A Novel was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. As the dust jacket reveals, Someone recounts the

3 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Likely Stories: Someone by Alice McDermott

Likely Stories: The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. According to the dust jacket, Elizabeth Ames is a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program, where she won the Hopwood Award. She has published a number of short stories. Elizabeth was born and raised in Wisconsin, and she currently lives in a Harvard dormitory with her husband, two children, and a few hundred under graduates. This is her first novel, which always draws me to

3 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Likely Stories: The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

Latest Episodes

Likely Stories: The South by Colm Tóibín

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. A recent reminder that I had neglected the works of Colm Tóibín drew me to one of only a couple of his works I had not read. The South is the story of Katherine Proctor who abandons her family in a move to Barcelona. There she meets Miguel, an anarchist veteran of the Spanish Civil War. This is a thrilling story of art and exile and a search for love. Note there are several brief adult

3 MIN23 h ago
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Likely Stories: The South by Colm Tóibín

Likely Stories: The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Dame Jean Iris Murdoch is—to my way of reading—one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century. She passed away February 8, 1999. She was a British novelist and philosopher. She has written 26 spectacular novels, along with a short story, plays, philosophy, and poetry. I have so many stories about her and her works, I could fill several episodes of Likely Stories.

3 MIN1 w ago
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Likely Stories: The Italian Girl by Iris Murdoch

Likely Stories: All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. After a few intense stories, I turned my eyes to an interesting novel with some romance and some danger all wrapped up in a nifty story of two women who share a bizarre tale. Sarah Jio’s ninth novel, All the Flowers in Paris will give you moments of pleasure while keeping you on edge.

3 MIN2 w ago
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Likely Stories: All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio

Likely Stories: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Once again, I found myself in the web of one of my favorite genres: novels set in and around a bookstore. If you think these are all copy-cat stories, you are in for a surprise. So far, all that I have read have a variety of situations, characters, and love. According to the biography in the paperback copy, Victoria Henry worked as a scriptwriter before turning to fiction. She lives

3 MIN3 w ago
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Likely Stories: How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry

Likely Stories: Girl by Edna O’Brien

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies Josephine Edna O'Brien was born December 15, 1930. She is an Irish novelist playwright, poet, and short-story writer. The President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, cited her as "one of the great creative writers of her generation." She has penned more than 25 works of fiction. Her stories are heartfelt, poignant, and breathtaking.

3 MINJAN 23
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Likely Stories: Girl by Edna O’Brien

Likely Stories: Find Me: A Novel by André Aciman

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. A new writer I recently discovered, has led me to an amazing story of love and passion. The story revolves around three couples loosely connected by time and space, with a thinner connection by blood. André Aciman’s latest novel, Find Me, is a powerful story of the connections created by love. Find Me is a sequel to Call Me by Your Name. He has written six other novels. He lives with

3 MINJAN 16
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Likely Stories: Find Me: A Novel by André Aciman

Likely Stories: The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Louisa Treger has an amazing dual history. She started as a classical violinist, and then to a Ph.D in English. She lives in London, and this is her second novel.

3 MINJAN 9
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Likely Stories: The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

Likely Stories: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. One of my most often reviewed authors is Ian McEwan. I always learn a few things and add to my vocabulary while thoroughly enjoying his work. His latest novel is Machines Like Me. I pondered whether he likes machines or the machines like him. Answering that conundrum will require a serious exploration of the human mind.

3 MINJAN 2
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Likely Stories: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

Likely Stories: Someone by Alice McDermott

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. Alice McDermont was born in Brooklyn, New York and has written several novels of life among those originally living in Ireland but who immigrated to the United States, particularly to Brooklyn. She has won numerous awards and been listed as a finalist for several novels. Someone: A Novel was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. As the dust jacket reveals, Someone recounts the

3 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Likely Stories: Someone by Alice McDermott

Likely Stories: The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames

I’m Jim McKeown , welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies. According to the dust jacket, Elizabeth Ames is a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA program, where she won the Hopwood Award. She has published a number of short stories. Elizabeth was born and raised in Wisconsin, and she currently lives in a Harvard dormitory with her husband, two children, and a few hundred under graduates. This is her first novel, which always draws me to

3 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Likely Stories: The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames
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