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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: The Echo Maker by Richard Powers

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Product Description:

On a winter night on a remote Nebraska road, twenty-seven-year-old Mark Schluter has a near-fatal car accident. His older sister, Karin, returns reluctantly to their hometown to nurse Mark back from a traumatic head injury. But when Mark emerges from a coma, he believes that this woman–who looks, acts, and sounds just like his sister–is really an imposter. When Karin contacts the famous cognitive neurologist Gerald Weber for help, he diagnoses Mark as having Capgras syndrome. The mysterious nature of the disease, combined with the strange circumstances surrounding Mark’s accident, threatens to change all of their lives beyond recognition. In The Echo Maker, Richard Powers proves himself to be one of our boldest and most entertaining novelists.

Kate Lochte says:

“Why do cranes return to the Platte River of Nebraska in the spring? Why does a head injury make a man think his sister is an imposter? Why does development threaten a wildlife refuge? Why does a successful cognitive neurologist lose his grip on science and family? Why does a journalist take employment as a nursing aid? Novelist Richard Powers wrote a world of flawed and aggravating people into this introspective mystery. Even though exasperating, Powers’ characters hold the reader in their dilemmas. While Powers works on solving the mystery of the truck wreck, he also seeks clarity for an enigma one might find comfort in during a personal time of anxious caring for oneself or a loved one.”

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