A Treatise on Shelling Beans


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December 2013

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ISBN: 9781935744900 // eISBN: 9780914671015

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  1. Julie Smith June 19, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Both Stone Upon Stone and A Treatise on the Shelling of Beans are two of the most spell-binding books I have ever read! I was enthralled with the opening paragraphs of Stone… and used the next two days to revel in its descriptions, characters, humor, horror. A Treatise… had me with JUST the title! I automatically assumed that it would be as enjoyable a read as Stone; I was NOT wrong! The narrator slips easily from one topic to another and along the way, the reader adjusts to the fog.
    Both books are so well created–the heft, the cover art, tooth of the paper–such care is greatly appreciated when holding these two beauties.
    My major concern is WHY Wieslaw Mysliwski has not won the Nobel Prize for Literature–YET?
    Thank you for the care you took in making these masterpieces accessible with thoughtfulness from start to finish.


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