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Books we're reading at the station and recommend to you.When we're not on-the-air or at our desks, we like to pick up good books. Most of us here at the station are, in fact, avid readers. In the style of NPR's "What We're Reading" (an excellent weekly guide) we, too, decided to share what we've been reading. Here's a list of books recently read by WKMS staff members, student workers and volunteers.Interested in a book on our list? Follow the Amazon link beneath the picture. A small percentage of your purchase of anything on Amazon through this link goes right to WKMS at no additional cost to you!

Good Read: Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink

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Product Description:
Growing up with his mother in Germany, Peter Debauer knows little about his father, an apparent victim of the Second World War. But when he stumbles upon a few pages from a long-lost novel, Peter embarks on a quest that leads him across Europe to the United States, chasing fragments of a story within a story and a master of disguises who may or may not exist. Homecoming is a tale of fathers and sons, men and women, war and peace. It reveals the humanity that survives the trauma of war and the ongoing possibility for redemption.

John Griffin says:
“Bernard Schlink’s newest novel, Homecoming, first appeared in English in 2008.  It is his latest work in which the protagonist tries to come to grips with his family’s past and with the extent of the family’s involvement in Germany’s National Socialist (or Nazi)  past.  Many listeners of WKMS may already be familiar with Schlink’s breakthrough novel, The Reader, which was made into a well-received motion picture.  In both novels, the young protagonist has to adjust his strong feelings of attraction to older people, whether family members or close acquaintances,  with his great repulsion to the ugly truths of their former lives.  And of course this discovery also involves determining his own identity.  In Homecoming, as with his other writings, Schlink is expecting his German readers to confront the question of their own identity  and to ponder what it means to be a German in the 21st century while still be tied to history of the 20th century.   And of course, it is likewise important for American readers to have an understanding of why other cultures behave as they do, to keep us from constantly assuming that since they seem so similar in so many respects, they must really be same. ”

John Griffin has volunteered his on-air talents on WKMS for almost 25 years. According to WKMS Program Director Mark Welch, “listeners will remember his affable announcing style and love of good music on Stateline Blues, a legacy blues program which aired Saturday nights at 7 after A Prairie Home Companion.” Griffin has served Murray State University for 32 years as faculty in the University Library and an Adjunct Instructor in the Modern Languages Department. Since 1991 he has been involved with study abroad programs and is now Resident Director for MSU’s Semester in Regensburg Germany.
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