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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash. At eight years old and back at her mothers side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her ageand has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.From the Paperback edition.
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FeastOfFiction
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Mehso-so

2019 Book 54: So I may have skimmed some of this book because it just didn‘t grab my attention. I found it a little boring, although I respect Maya Angelou and the impact she made on behalf of the African American community. I‘ll stick to her poetry. ⭐️⭐️

LapReader I love her but not the book. 22h
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Sbk89
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“It was not that he pitied me
but that he felt we were in the same boat for different reasons,
and that I could understand his frustration just as he could countenance my withdrawal.”

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outlawsaturn
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Pickpick

"As I had always feared, no, known, the trials had been for nothing. (The dread of futility has been my lifelong plague.) Excitement, apprehension, release and anger had drained me of mobility. I waited for Fate, the string puller, to dictate my movements."

9/10 because not only could I not put it down, I wanted to listen to it immediately all over again.

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TCLinrow
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A huge thank you to @jenniferw88 for these awesome gifts 🤩🤩🤩
THE PILLOW IS SO SOFT 😻😻😻
The books are awesome, and I'm curious now about what an being an Aries means for my well being 🤔 and this edition of Manx Folktales is stunning! I love the illustrations in it 😍
#BasicWitchSwap @Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain

Meaw_catlady Such cool treasures! Happy Halloween! 🖤 1mo
jenniferw88 Yay glad you liked everything! 1mo
Moony Oh that one is on my tbr stack, too. 1mo
sprainedbrain Oooooh! I‘m an Aries, too, so let me know if I need that book. 😉 🖤 1mo
TCLinrow @sprainedbrain will do 🖤 1mo
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Sbk89
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I know our group was considerate enough to have us choose from the options they have provided, but the moment I signed up
the only book that stuck to my head was this one!
Even though I have a few other options in my collection, this is the one. Hehehe 😂😅🙏🏻
@Kaila-ann @REPollock @jb72
I do hope none of you have read it. Let me know.
This is my first time Participating on #lmpbc ! I can‘t wait to experience it.
Lots of love.
S.

Kaila-ann I haven‘t read this one 😊 2mo
megnews Once you read this you‘ll be compelled to read the rest of her memoirs. The whole thing is amazing! 2mo
Sbk89 @megnews I look forward 😍 2mo
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Sbk89 @Kaila-ann great! 2mo
jb72 I haven‘t read it either. 2mo
HerDarkHuntress1 There wAs a list? I feel like I‘m missing stuff!!! 2mo
REPollock I also have not read it and have meant to for years. 👍💐 2mo
Sbk89 @HerDarkHuntress1 are you part of the non-fiction group? 2mo
HerDarkHuntress1 @Sbk89 I am not in the non fiction group. But I did have one of the girls in my group email me information! So I feel a little more informed! Thank you! 2mo
Sbk89 @HerDarkHuntress1 oh okay good. Each person from the non-fiction group posted more than book to vote on. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

How have I not read this before? Angelou infuses this book with humor, sorrow, and honesty. She‘s a bit halting as an audio reader, but I loved that she sang the hymns mentioned and that she asserts at the start: “I AM Maya Angelou.”

Thanks to @squirrelbrain for suggesting this one for #Arkansas. #ReadingUSA2019

squirrelbrain Glad you liked it - I couldn‘t believe I‘d never read it before either. Thank goodness for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge..! 3mo
Librarybelle Yay...great choice! 3mo
ljuliel Good job, and thank you for the tag. 🙂 3mo
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TrishB
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#singitback #ayupaugust
A heart wrenching read.

Moony Oh I borrowed it from my library and had to read it in the next weeks too. 4mo
TrishB @Moony hope you like it 👍🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain I only read this fairly recently - I agree 💔 4mo
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megnews After I read this a couple years ago, I gobbled up the rest of her memoirs. Read most in a day or two. So good and hard to put down. 4mo
TrishB @megnews I need to read the rest too 👍🏻 4mo
youneverarrived Love her ♥️ 4mo
Cinfhen Heard this book is difficult to get through 😬 4mo
Centique This is one of my all time favourite books. Must reread it soon! @Cinfhen the bad part is awful - not drawn out for too long though if my memory is right - but then her story is ultimately so uplifting and powerful. You could definitely do it 🌟⭐️🌟 4mo
TrishB @youneverarrived an awesome lady ♥️ 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen there are some difficult parts, I think if someone is telling their own story it‘s even more difficult, but it is short and essential I think for her reflection and our understanding. An amazing lady. 4mo
Cinfhen #stacked 😢 thanks for the gentle push @Centique @TrishB ❣️❣️❣️ 4mo
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SMH86
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Oldie but goodie.
“Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do...”

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cathipink
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July was my most prolific reading month (ever, maybe), with 18 books read. Fave is tagged, with very close seconds to Gather Together in my Name, Made for Love, and The Trauma Cleaner (read thanks to a Litten recommendation 💗). Here's to August!

🎧 8 audio
📚 10 paper books
🥪 2 work lunch books

Pic from my Lisa Congdon 2019 calendar that lives at my desk.

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Moony
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jenniferw88
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This is also in the birthday sale! Should be good listening to this one. @Birdsong28 @Andrew65 @Ms_T @Cathythoughts

Ms_T I‘ve also been topping up my Audible library this week 👍🏻 5mo
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag! So many good books. 😬 5mo
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megnews
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Eggs Nicely done 🤗 6mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Thank you, Maya

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MallenNC
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These are all memorable books that came out in 1969. (Quite a variety!) I don't know what month they came out but it is possible that people were reading these in the #Summerof69 #SongsofSummer

OriginalCyn620 I like the cover for the tagged book! 😎 6mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 Me too! It's pretty, and I hadn't seen that version before. 6mo
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Victoria_Clyne
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All I can say is #blameitonLitsy.

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PaperbackPirate
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“‘I‘ll accept no excuse if you return a book to me that has been badly handled.‘ My imagination boggled at the punishment I would deserve if in fact I did abuse a book of Mrs. Flowers‘. Death would be too kind and brief.”
@TheReadingMermaid prompted us to share photos where we‘re caught reading banned books. This pic was taken at my local indy bookstore in 2016. Also I‘m not 6‘3”.
@RadicalReader @Clwojick
#weeklychallenge #maymadness

TheReadingMermaid That is fantastic! I love this picture so much! 😍😍😍 7mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @TheReadingMermaid for creating a prompt perfectly suited for it! 😘 7mo
TheReadingMermaid 😘😘 7mo
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RadicalReader Love this picture 7mo
Clwojick I love it! 😂😂😂 7mo
Clwojick Also, I‘m not 6‘3” 😂😂😂 7mo
JennyM Great pic!!! 7mo
PaperbackPirate @Clwojick No false advertising here! 🤣 7mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you @JennyM ! 7mo
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Caroline2
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One of my all time favourites. 😍 #blackbird #beatlemaynia

Eggs Lovely display and colours!! 7mo
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AnnHeitman
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What an impresive autobiographic novel! I'm loving it!

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Booksnob
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I‘m loving this book. Listening on audio as well and Maya‘s voice is like sweet honey. So soothing. I‘ve laughed out loud. Preach it! And been so saddened by many events in the story.

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Parvez
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Library book haul😊😊😊

readordierachel 😍😍 8mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Butterflyamore
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She would have been 91 today. Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! #nationalpoetrymonth #poetrymatters #authorbirthdays

wanderinglynn ❤️ 8mo
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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

I originally read this when I was...12?, really young and too young to get a lot. #audiobook

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britt_brooke
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I deeply regret not reading this sooner. The first of Angelou‘s seven autobiographic volumes, it covers her tumultuous formative years. Marguerite (Maya) endures racism and sexual abuse, yet finds strength in books, and subsequently, herself. She perseveres, breaking boundaries. Hearing this in her voice was absolutely breathtaking. The bits where she sang gave me literal chills.

Suet624 Oooh, I read this ages ago. I never thought to find the audio version. Thanks for the suggestion. 9mo
britt_brooke @Suet624 I really loved listening to her. ❤️ 9mo
MrBook Great review! 9mo
britt_brooke @MrBook Thank you! 9mo
cherinium I just finished this a couple days ago. I also loved hearing her sing. I'm really glad I chose to do audio for this one. 💕 9mo
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Greaseohio
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First ebook that I read on my iPad

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 9mo
lover.of.the.classics Welcome to the Litsy Family!!!🎉 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
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jillannjohn Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 9mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 9mo
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Kerrioke
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Happy #InternationalWomensDay everyone! Maya Angelou was one of my favorite authors. I still love her and it makes me sad to remember she‘s gone 😔

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 9mo
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britt_brooke
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▶️🎧 I‘m finally reading this book. I‘m listening to the audio, narrated by Angelou, and it‘s breathtaking.

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Oryx
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The social committee at my work had started a book club, I'm going to try to be good and go. I'm not very good a reading to a schedule... But this is one I've wanted to read, so a good excuse to finally do it.

Weaponxgirl I‘m terrible at sticking to assigned reading but this is well worth it. 9mo
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GripLitGrl
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Bookishthoughts Lovley 11mo
MayJasper Amazingly powerful and beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing and I love your pic. 11mo
GripLitGrl @LazyDays ☺💛 11mo
GripLitGrl @MayJasper ☺💛 11mo
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melosomelo
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Great book. Really important, also. Got some great characters and quotes. Maya Angelou was very sensitive and a true poet. 8/10.

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SealedWithInk
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I knew that this was a well known classic but before reading it I didn't know why. Now I now why. This book in her autobiographical series (another thing I didn't realise till I started reading this) tells of her childhood, one that at times was extremely hard. I would really recommend it. I look forward to reading the rest of her autobiographies.

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Tiffanywrites2

“There‘s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

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ElishaLovesBooks
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My school #bookstack. Sometimes I wish I could read instead of teach!

JoScho Just sometimes? 😂 12mo
ElishaLovesBooks @JoScho You caught me!! 😂😂 I would rather read all the time!!💕 12mo
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ReviewsMayVary
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Caroline2
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One of my all time favourites!!! 😍
#birdofparadise
#winterwonderland

Centique The BEST! 🙌🙌 12mo
Cinfhen MUST read this but not sure I‘m emotionally ready 😪 12mo
TrishB A wonderful, heart wrenching read 💕 12mo
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Caroline2 @Cinfhen it‘s so good! The beautiful writing and all wonderful characters carry you through it so it never feels too depressing! 👍🏻 12mo
Centique @Cinfhen I second @Caroline2 ! More inspiring than anything. 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique @Caroline2 eventually it will be read 😁 12mo
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hwestfall
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Pickpick

I loved it.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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I had a great and busy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁today but didn‘t crack either one of these books open even once. I‘ve started both- they are great- but I think I might be in a bit of a rut. They are also super heavy topics and I might just need something lighter. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Hopefully I‘ll get some reading time this weekend.

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hwestfall
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I can't believe I haven't read any Maya Angelou before. This book is a delight so far.

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hilded
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My last thai dinner in a while coupled with a re-read of the interesting biography of Maya Angelou.

#booksandfood
#1001books
#vacayreading

Samplergal I‘m listening to this atm. So good. I‘d never read it before. 13mo
hilded I agree, it‘s excellent. Although some parts are really tough to read. I have only read this one, so want to read the rest of her biographies as well at some point @Samplergal 13mo
batsy So very good, but I agree—difficult to read, in parts. 13mo
Reviewsbylola That looks so delicious!! 13mo
hilded It was 😋 @Reviewsbylola 13mo
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Krysta
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Pickpick

I really liked this one and am embarrassed to say it took me this long to read it. It is unflinchingly honest and sad and hopeful all at the same time.

I read it this morning outdoors, and was struck with the difference between my experience reading it and Maya Angelou's living it.

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GripLitGrl
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megnews
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#SundaySurvey
1. Christmas books in December
2. Tagged
3. Morning
4. Right

alisonrose Thanks for playing!! 1y
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megnews
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#Tuesdaytidbits
1. Biography- more along the lines of memoir, favorite tagged
2. Neither-football if I have to because baseball is too slow. On the other hand the Indians are a million times better than the Browns so...
3. Ernest Hemingway
4. Tacos definitely

JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 1y
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spinesvines
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

Re-reading a #BannedBook!

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #bannedbooksweek #iknowwhythecagedbirdsings #mayaangelou #wocwriters #rereading #sundayfunday

CoffeeNBooks I love Maya Angelou. I discovered this book in high school, and proceeded to read everything she wrote. 1y
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LoverofLit
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Congrats! @LaurenReads That's an amazing milestone. I tagged one of the most influential NF books I've read. It was hard to choose as there are some really amazing ones out there! #hundredgrand

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HOTPock3tt
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I have some catching up to do on Litsy!! 😅

1) I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou 💔 💔 💔
2) Apparently I haven‘t read any books by an author with a first name OR last name starting with i 🤷🏽‍♀️ gotta change that!!
3) Inception! 💕 (wow, this movie!! 😎)
4) ice cream, but of course! 🙃
#ManicMonday #Letteri @JoScho

Texreader Not even Isabel Allende? 1y
HOTPock3tt @Texreader Unfortunately no 😪 1y
JoScho 💛💛💛 1y
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wanderinglynn
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Danielle, you are awesome! This #myfavoritebookswap package is amazing! I love everything! ❤️ You really outdid yourself. Thank you so much! I hope you love your package as much. 💜

LoverofLit Holy cow! I love all these books...and candy! 😅😍 1y
Ddzmini I‘m so happy you like them, they are some of my favorite books and of course the chocolate is always needed when reading. Once again sorry about the delay in the package and yes I really really loved my package as well 😋📖📚🎁 1y
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Gina
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Feeling not worthy enough. You are in good company, Maya Angelou and Einstein experience this as well.

https://www.facebook.com/TEDEducation/videos/1797353593652392/

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