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Maven Books

Reviews about historical, literary, classic, and other fiction.  Miscellaneous book things.

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Swimming Lessons
Claire Fuller
Late Fame (NYRB Classics)
Alexander Starritt, Arthur Schnitzler
The Ladies’ Paradise (Les Rougon-Macquart, #11)
Brian Nelson, Émile Zola
Please Don't Call Me Human
Wang Shuo

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