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The Midwest Book Review of 'The Fourth String'

Michael Palmer - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Impressively well written with a distinctive narrative storytelling style, The Fourth String is an inherently fascinating, thoughtful, and compelling read."

Thanks to the Midwest Book Review for this fantastic assessment of Janet Pocorobba's new memoir, The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me. Check out the book at the link below and read more of the new reviews from the biography section at the Midwest Book Review website. 

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