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!” 

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 authored nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She was the editor of The Best American Short Stories: 2006.  She has won numerous awards, notably the PEN/Faulkner and the Orange Prize for Fiction.  She has been translated into more than 30 languages.  She co-owns Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their dog, Sparky.

The story comprises three parts: the first is the intro duction to two families and a half dozen children.  Part Two mixes all these individuals.  Finally, the last is an extensive examination of these people as the family fragments and falls apart.  I had a difficult time keeping the family’s names and relations straight.  I began to understand the makeup of the family just as Part Three re-tangled them all together.  (more)

A story of Korean women who dive in dangerous waters to gather food

A few years ago, our book club read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.  That novel told a story of the horrific practice of “foot-binding.” Several others followed along similar lines. (more)

Exhaustive tour through the libraries in the Ancient world from Gilgamesh to the Romans


Mystical story of a young girl obsessed with finding out about her father


Novel by one of the great writers of the 20th century


Heartfelt novella of a man dealing with his conscience


Exciting story of a white child kidnapped by the Kiowa tribe.


Sweeping novel of the new world open to explorers trying to make a fortune in timber.


Story of a man who tries to escape from his partner who has abandoned him


Hilarious story of a real live curmudgeon who enjoys annoying his neighbors.


Interesting novel by the great African-American poet, Langston Hughes.


Chilling story of the horror resulting from the migration of refugees from South America.


The complete collection of the greatest master of the Haiku


An examination of some early theories about the Trojan War.


Wonderful story of a teacher who operates a bit off the beaten path.


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