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Maven Books

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

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Mary Helen Washington, Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Days of Greatness
Walter Kempowski
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Yevgeny Zamyatin, Clarence Brown

A Bibliophile's Defense of Physical Books

"What does it mean when what you own is essential to who you are? In our everyday grasp of owning things, we tag it materialism, consumerism, consumption. But I trust you’ll agree that the possession of books is not identical to the possession of shoes: Someone with a thousand books is someone you want to talk to; someone with a thousand shoes is someone you suspect of belonging to the Kardashian clan. Books are not objects in the same way that shoes are objects."