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Maven Books

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

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Süskind , John E. Woods
It's Up to the Women
Eleanor Roosevelt
The Lost Time Accidents: A Novel
John Wray
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, and What It Means for Your Health, the Law, and Human Nature
Lisa Feldman Barrett

Selected Stories of Sholem Aleichem

Selected Stories from Sholom Aleichem (Modern Library, 145.2) - Sholom Aleichem

I liked the writing style of these stories, and they were interesting in terms of where and who they focused on.  But a lot of the stories didn't really go anywhere and felt incomplete.  Some were more like portraits of individual characters, but without a story.  Others seemed to be heading to a climax, but then abruptly ended without any resolution.  A bit of a mixed bag, really.