Gansz, David. Millennial Scriptions. Ann Arbor, Michigan, OtherWind Press, 2000.
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-- the late Leland Hickman
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this is English, it's the author's own version. We have no real idea what this
is about; our keywords are just guesses and there is no copy on the dust jacket or
anywhere else to help explain.
The "prelude", From Truth to the Tribe, makes no more sense than any of the rest of it!
Michael Houghton, Owner
Ben Franklin Bookshop, Nyack, New York