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Great Reads: 'Travels With Charley' — and with Murphy

Great Reads: 'Travels With Charley' — and with Murphy

Hi there. I'm Kari Howard, and I edit the Great Reads (a.k.a. Column Ones) for the Los Angeles Times.

Two of my biggest loves are narrative journalism and music, and I'm lucky that my days are filled with both: When reading the stories, I get inspired by songs I think fit the article's theme — a soundtrack.

Here are the Great Reads (plus some lowercase great reads) of the past week, plus their soundtracks.

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