Good Reads

Good Reads
5:04 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Author 'Unlocks' the Mystery of Texarkana's Phantom Killer

The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders: The Story of a Town in Terror
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In the spring of 1946, "The Phantom Killer" attacked eight people around Texarkana, Texas, killing five. Three of the dead were 17 years old or younger. To this day, these serial murders remain officially unsolved. The murders were dramatized in the 1976 movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown, directed by Charles Pierce, (who happens to be buried in Dover, Tennessee.) On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Presley about this dark chapter in his hometown's history.

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Culture
3:52 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'The Hunt' For a Good Read at Friends of MCLIB Winter Book Sale

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Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host their annual book sale event this weekend, featuring a huge collection of books priced at $1 dollar and a special table of early editions, local authors and art books priced a little higher. On Sounds Good, Ann Carneal says proceeds go to library services: from books to services like children's programs and continuing education. She also offers some 'pro tips' for hunting your next good read.

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Society
3:18 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Community Read and Discussion on Caregiving This Sunday at Calloway Co. Library

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This Sunday, Calloway County Library and the Murray-Calloway Endowment for Health Care present a community read of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Constance Alexander and Sandy Linn join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the event, insight into the grant funding an effort to focus on the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through the arts and their impressions of the book.

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Education
12:42 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10 Great Books for Young Readers

The cover of "Julia's House for Lost Creatures" by Ben Hatke.
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Sometimes it's tough finding a gift for the kids in your life. Murray State University Waterfield Library's Katherine Farmer stops by Sounds Good with a list of great books to give young readers over the holidays. She says she's a fan of kids' stories, even though one might not think they appeal to older audiences. Here are her top picks, just in time for the holidays.

Good Reads
3:26 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'American Afterlife' Author on the Oddities of Death, Reads at Murray State

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Atlanta NPR station WABE's award winning news reporter and author of American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, Kate Sweeney, visits Murray State University to give a reading tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Eagle Gallery. The University of Georgia Press publication is about memorialization of death, both current and historic. Kate Lochte speaks with Sweeney on Sounds Good about the work of creative non-fiction.

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Good Reads
12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Paducah Author Collects Recipes from Kentucky & Tennessee Celebrities for Nonprofits

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Paducah author Pamela Whinnery has collected recipes from Tennessee and Kentucky celebrities and published them in two cookbooks. On Sounds Good, she explains how she went about collecting the recipes from Academy award winners, to well-known musicians, to Olympic medalists. Whinnery splits the proceeds of sales of the cookbooks with non-profits, large and small and previews the event Monday at WKCTC.

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Good Reads
4:21 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NPR's David Greene on New Book 'Midnight in Siberia'

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As his two-and-a-half year post as NPR's Moscow bureau chief came to an end, David Greene decided to chase after one final story. Together with Sergei, his translator, co-producer, and closest friend in Russia, Greene rode the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country - a 6,000 mile journey - to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Kate Lochte speaks with Greene on Sounds Good.

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Good Reads
2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of uncommon mystery reviews on Sounds Good with Arturo Pérez Reverte's 1990 mystery The Flanders Panel. It's a multi-layered, 'whodunit' thriller set in the world of art restoration and the riddles of a Renaissance-era masterpiece.

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Commentary
4:34 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Death is a Lonely Business

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One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century also dabbled in stylish noir tales of mystery and murder. Drawing inspiration from Raymon Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury penned a mystery set in a 1950s Venetian circus and the quirky detective Elmo Crumley.

On Sounds Good, Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of commentaries about "uncommon mysteries" with a review of Ray Bradbury's Death is a Lonely Business, published in 1985.

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Good Reads
2:42 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Auster's "City of Glass"

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Commentator Michael Cohen returns with another round of "Uncommon Mysteries" on Sounds Good. The first is also happens to be the first novel in The New York Trilogy, penned by Paul Auster. City of Glass, published in 1985, is considered a "soft-boiled, meta mystery" by critics, inspired by the postmodern movement in which the author himself is referenced as a character in the story. Drawing from Don Quixote, the private investigator struggles with madness, identity and reality.

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