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'My Year of Dirt and Water' reviewed by the Asian Review of Books

Michael Palmer - Monday, October 29, 2018

We are pleased to share that the Asian Review of Books has shared their review of Tracy Franz's My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan  Read More

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