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I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Erika Swyler, a graduate of New York University, is a writer and playwright whose work has appeared in literary journals and anthologies.  She was born and raised on Long Island’s North Shore.  The Book of Speculation is her first novel.


If you're an avid reader, or have one you plan to buy a gift for, take a look at this list from Jim McKeown, host of our weekly book review, Likely Stories.  Happy reading!  And, happy holidays.

As we approach the holiday season and the end of 2020, I've found some interesting titles for readers who, like me, are still self-quarantined due to COVID19.  I know I have wracked up a mighty list for getting us through to next year.  Enjoy! 

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

Anne Bogle wrote an interesting set of insights into the life of an avid reader: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life. 

 


I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry.

I have a terrific book for all the voracious consumers of literature.  The dust jacket is an opening to a rabbit hole of wonder.  Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence, is her first book. This is one of those books you cannot stop reading and will always have a copy close by your side.


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 with her family in North Devon, England. Her novel, How to find Love in a Bookshop is a wonderful story.  

 

 

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies.

A few years ago, I came by three interesting books about libraries.  In the third, Matthew Battles wrote Library: An Unquiet History.  The depth, breath, and detail of this history appeals to most bibliophiles.

 

 

Adventures of a voracious reader who works in an independent bookstore

As my readers are aware, I have a craving for novels about books, bookshelves, bookstores, and libraries.  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman is her third novel

Abbi writes, “Larchmont Boulevard is the linear heart of Larchmont Village, populated by cafés, restaurants, boutiques, artisanal stores of many kinds, and one of the few remaining independent bookstores in Los Angeles.  That’s where Nina Hill works, spinster of the parish and heroine of both her own life and the book you’re holding in your lovely hand” (4).  I feel as though I am nearly in the presence of Jane Austen.

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


Another fun excursion through the world of books and reading


A teen shoplifter finds herself before a judge and becomes friends with her library mentor.

 


Likely Stories: The Book Lovers' Anthology

Jun 18, 2015
Jim McKeown

A compendium of writing about books, reading, readers, and libraries.


Jim McKeown

An interesting excursion into the mind of a reader, writer, and inveterate “book smeller.”