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HeatherBookNerd

HeatherBookNerd

Joined May 2016

paper, audio, kindle. I love all the books
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Wang has a very unique voice that I really like. Her protagonist is a Chinese American woman with a difficult family history, making her resistant to committing to her boyfriend. She's also struggling to finish her Chemistry doctorate. As both her academic career and relationship start to crumble, she's left to sift through her memories of her childhood, her culture, and her parents' volatile marriage to find out who she is what she really wants.

Reggie Great review. If you haven‘t read it, Ling Ma‘s book, Severance, is like a great companion book to this because it deals with a 2nd generation American Asian at the end of the world also dealing with what her parents influence on her was. It was pretty good 3d
HeatherBookNerd @Reggie thanks for the rec! 3d
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Maggie O‘Farrell can do no wrong. I love everything she writes. This book is yet another triumph. You know from the beginning that things will not go well for the young Lucrezia. And yet O‘Farrell kept me completely enthralled, waiting to see what might befall the child bride of Duke Alfonso. The prose is just exquisite, the story is riveting, and the plot builds to a brilliant conclusion. So good.

squirrelbrain Great review! Hoping to start this at the weekend…. 6d
thewallflower0707 The novel is waiting for me at home 🤩 6d
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A very helpful and accessible overview of asexuality, especially for people who do not know anything about it. Also lots of interesting observations on the value society places on sex as the ultimate experience and the ways people who do not have sex are presumed less than. My only complaint is that the author was incredibly repetitive, diluting her good points by beating them to death sometimes. But worth a read.

#readharder

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Just delightful! Right up my alley with the actor life and audiobook insider stuff. And I doubt it needs to be said, but listening to this is a must because author Julia Whelan is such a fantastic narrator, and writer. All the many voices and accents really show off her skill set nicely. If you‘re an Emily Henry fan you‘ll probably love this.

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How the Word is Passed
Remarkably Bright Creatures
Tru Biz
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Cloud Cuckoo Land
The Sentence

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Price is a social psychologist and professor. He was an adult before he discovered he was autistic. Like those he describes in the book, Price could “pass” for neurotypical, masking his more noticeable autistic traits, but at great personal cost. He walks through several exercises to help autistic people unmask and find ways to live a healthier, more authentic life. This really helped me understand how I can support my autistic friends and family.

kathedron Stacking. I need this book. 4w
HeatherBookNerd @kathedron it was excellent. And recommended by a few autistic friends of mine, so I felt like that was a good endorsement 4w
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This book follows multiple immigrants that have come to work in Hollywood leading up to WWII. The perspective is interesting, but there are so many tangents off the main story that it gets a bit congested at times. But Marra‘s prose is beautiful and he is effective at creating a rich atmosphere for his characters. I highly recommend the audiobook as the different voices and accents help you follow the multiple characters and storylines.

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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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This was delightfully odd and thoroughly enjoyable. A warm-hearted story about a messy family finding their way to each other in strange ways. It has a sort of barely contained wackiness to it that really is rather charming.

tpixie Oh good! We will be reading it for @litsybookclub for our October book!! Loved her other book 1mo
HeatherBookNerd @tpixie it has that same appealing quirkiness as Rabbit Cake. Really enjoyed it! 1mo
tpixie @HeatherBookNerd awesomeness 1mo
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Acts of Violet | Margarita Montimore
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Unpopular opinion here. A total dud.

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I have autistic loved ones and one of them recommended this book to me. I‘m not too far in but this passage seems is incredibly helpful already.

Christine I didn‘t know this book was out! Can‘t wait to read it, as the mom of an autistic son and having loved 2mo
HeatherBookNerd @Christine three different autistic folks have recommended it, and it is LGBTQ inclusive as well, so I was happy to pick it up. 2mo
Christine That's so good to know. Thanks for sharing (the book and that info)! 2mo
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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Joan has such a unique voice and experience. I loved her. She and her brother are children of Chinese immigrants, having opportunities never possible for their parents in America. Once the kids reached adulthood, Joan‘s parents returned to China. Now in her mid 30s, Joan is struggling to understand her relationship with her family, her place in society as a single, childless-by-choice doctor, and what it means to be Chinese in America. Very good.

ShyBookOwl Ooh. Sounds like a good rec for #alphabetgame (which is on J today!) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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A big two thumbs up for the feel-good book of the year starring an elderly Swedish woman, a struggling 30-something, and an exceptionally clever octopus. A beautiful story of the ways grief and love can mold and change us, and the ways in which connection can heal. Such a delightfully surprising web of relationships in this gem of a novel. Marin Ireland and Michael Urie are spectacular on the audiobook, so treat yourself to a listen if you can.

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The Best American Travel Writing 2021 | Padma Lakshmi, Jason Wilson
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This is a terrific collection of travel essays, many touching on how the Covid pandemic has affected travel. Covers so many different places and cultures.

#readharderchallenge

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Nicole Chung‘s memoir about being a Korean adoptee of white parents. She was raised in an entirely white area and had no connection to her Korean culture. As an adult, pregnant with her first child, she seeks out her birth parents to discover more about her history. An enlightening account of one woman‘s experience as a transracial adoptee.

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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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In 1979, an English painter and a French linguist spend one summer on a small Irish island, living among the islanders. The book explores the insidious nature of colonization and the ways one's identity is shaped -- from within and through the eyes of others. Very very good.

jlhammar Planning to start this soon. Can't wait! 2mo
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A love story about the bond between a father and daughter. Also, time travel. It‘s funny and moving and just wonderful. ❤️❤️❤️

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Seven Steeples | Sara Baume
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A very unusual book. No plot really, just the poetic documentation of the passing of seven years in an unconventional couple‘s isolated existence. Sigh and Bell have chosen to retreat with their two dogs to a life away from the ties of society. This book charts their habits, the minutiae of their days, and the nature that surrounds them. Such gorgeous prose.

HeatherBookNerd @Ruthiella I haven‘t read that one yet but plan to. I loved 3mo
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I have mixed feelings. I am on board with the feminist message in this book and I enjoyed the audio just fine. But for the most part the book is lacking any sense of nuance. The characters feel very one-dimensional and extreme, with everyone either good or bad, and very little in between. I was longing for more depth.

Caroline2 Totally agree. 👍 3mo
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This is one young man‘s experience of being black, Christian, and American. Stewart really breaks open his heart to show you his own struggles and fears. He holds no punches as he shares what it is like to live in a black body in a country built on a foundation of white supremacy. He also tells of the importance of loving his own blackness and celebrating the black community. It is a book by and for black people, but it was helpful for me to read.

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A sobering and important book.

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Heartwarming and sweet Cinderella-inspired graphic novel about a Prince who loves to wear dresses.

BookingitwithSandra Such a cute graphic novel. 3mo
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All Boys Aren't Blue | George M. Johnson
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A powerful, candid memoir of a young black queer man‘s coming of age, written specifically to help other LGBT teens not feel so alone. George Johnson grew up knowing he was different from most other boys. But he had no guidance, no language, no peers to help him understand his queer identity. He shares his story so that other gay teens will see themselves reflected in it and recognize a friend on their journey.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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Who doesn‘t love Dolly? Had to check this book out. Very entertaining and lots of fun Nashville references. A predictable premise: a pretty, feisty, resourceful heroine seeks her big break in Music City while running from her past. But it‘s a diverting, easy read with Dolly‘s fingerprints all over it.

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Mehso-so

The opening and closing essays are pretty great. Klein shares the essence of motherhood as a hero‘s journey. She talks about many of the darker, daunting moments in motherhood that mothers rarely admit and I appreciated that. But somewhere in the middle she lost me a bit and I struggled to relate at all.
So some of it is great and some of it not as much? The writing had flashes of brilliance amidst a bit too much whining. I have mixed feelings.

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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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This is speculative fiction/horror/fantasy/historical fiction (?) and very good. In his acknowledgements, the author says "Who says all the fantasies with sword-weilding heroes and heroines have to be in Middle Earth, Westeros, or even our dreams of African past?" He very effectively puts his sword-wielding heroine in Georgia in 1922 and the The Birth of a Nation-movie-inspired growth of the KKK. A chilling and quick read.

#readharder

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I Take My Coffee Black | Tyler Merritt
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Merritt shares his own story with great openness and vulnerability, inserting some historical/geographical context as his story intersects with larger themes. Got to love a man who loves theatre. Appreciate his self awareness and honesty.

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Yankee Tavern | Steven Dietz
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Reading plays for a committee I‘m on. Some of these older ones are really not holding up well to a 2022 reading. Yankee Tavern, These Shining Lives, and The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 get a 👍🏼. The rest, meh.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This was just okay for me. Lots of existential pondering tied up in a time travel novel produced during the pandemic. I had difficulty connecting to it.

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True Biz | Sara Noviac
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Ate this up in two days. So good! Centers on the headmistress at the River Valley School for the Deaf and three teens at the school. Such an interesting and compelling story. Gives you a glimpse of deaf culture and the competing schools of thought around education, cochlear implants, and the necessity of language.

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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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I just discovered Maggie O‘Farrell last year and she is fast becoming a must-read author for me. This story is told from multiple perspectives of an extended family, stringing together their collective history in flashes of significant events. The prose is just beautiful and the characters are so fleshed out and vivid. The book jumps back and forth in time, filling in key bits of of the story as you go, and builds to a satisfying ending. Loved it.

Cinfhen Lovely review! 4mo
BarbaraBB Such a good book. And I love your cover! 4mo
KarenUK Loved this one too! 4mo
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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Truth about parenting older kids!

Tamra Yes! 😆 4mo
HeatherBookNerd @Tamra I know, right? 4mo
Tamra @HeatherBookNerd I envy the days when I could just sit them in once place and they couldn‘t move. 🤣🤣 4mo
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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This was alright. Just didn‘t wow me. The stories of two friends as they travel through the years - sometimes close, then drifting apart, changing, and reconnecting. Somehow it just didn‘t really come together as a whole.

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Unsettling and tense. I did sort of have an idea where this was heading, but it was an interesting trip nonetheless. A good quick creepy read.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Another slam dunk from Emily Henry. Loved the steamy tension between Nora and Charlie, the sisters storyline, the snark, the humor, the great ending. Her books are delightful. Julia Whelan‘s narration of the audiobook is superb as usual.

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Seven Days of Us | Francesca Hornak
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A perfect little vacation read. The Birches - a middle aged couple and their two adult daughters - must spend a week at home together in quarantine when their eldest, a doctor, returns home from helping to treat an epidemic overseas. As they await the all-clear, a whole lot happens in that week, bringing changes to everyone in the family. It‘s pretty lighthearted and fast paced. Very entertaining.

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Hilda Viloria is an intersex person and has been a leading activist for the last 20 years. This memoir is helpful in learning more about folks whose identities and bodies lie outside the gender binary. The author is sometimes a bit long winded and repetitive, but I so appreciate their vulnerability and openness. I was glad for the opportunity to learn more.

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Time Is a Mother | Ocean Vuong
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This collection is steeped in grief and loss and memories of the past. I am not a big poetry reader and much of it felt a bit over my head, but I‘m fairly certain the deficiency is mine and not the author‘s. Even though I struggled, there were definitely some affecting moments and I appreciate Vuong‘s unique voice.

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Volume One was so so dark. This one is quite a bit more amusing. So much fun! The audiobook is a must.

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Wide Sargasso Sea | Jean Ryhs
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I love Jane Eyre and have been meaning to read this for ages. It is fascinating to read this imagined backstory of the mad woman in the attic. And it certainly challenges you to rethink Rochester. While enthralling to a point, the prose was sometimes so ethereal and wandering that I felt a bit lost. But well worth reading.

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The Giving Tree | Shel Silverstein
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New stamps at the post office today.

AmyG I hope my PO has these! 🤞🏻 6mo
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I was looking for an anthology of diverse voices for the Read Harder Challenge and an autistic acquaintance had recommended this book. I was glad for the chance to learn more. This is a great collection of essays written by a diverse group of autistic women, nonbinary, and trans folks. Several mention the common intersection between autism and LGBT identities and how autistic women are often diagnosed later in life. Excellent book.

GingerAntics This sounds like a wonderful book. I‘m going to have to find this book. I‘m so glad someone wrote this. 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @GingerAntics I was glad to find out about it too! 6mo
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Goldenrod: Poems | Maggie Smith
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I enjoyed this collection. Would like to read more of her work.

GingerAntics I‘m guessing this isn‘t Maggie Smith the actress. 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @GingerAntics no it‘s not 😂 6mo
GingerAntics @HeatherBookNerd darn. I had this mental image of the Reverend Mother from Sister Act or Professor McGonnagall writing poetry or something. 🤣😂🤣 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @GingerAntics that would be amusing 6mo
GingerAntics @HeatherBookNerd EXACTLY!!! that‘s why I was so excited at first. I suppose this poor Maggie gets that a lot, though. 6mo
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Goldenrod: Poems | Maggie Smith
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A bit of poetry and truth this evening

GingerAntics That is amazingly truthful. 6mo
Ruthiella So true. 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @GingerAntics @Ruthiella she‘s hits it right on the nose a couple of times in this collection 6mo
GingerAntics @HeatherBookNerd even if she‘s not *that* Maggie Smith, I think I‘m going to have to check out this book. 6mo
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I have never been much of a romance reader, but I think Emily Henry hits just the right balance for me. Characters that are appealing and smart but also messy. Stories that have a sense of humor, aren‘t too sticky-sweet, a bit steamy, and not completely ridiculous. Looking forward to her next one. Julia Whelan is the perfect narrator for Henry‘s books. Loved the audiobook.

Chelsea.Poole Great review!! I can‘t handle sickly-sweet or ridiculous sex scenes. I mean, I‘m totally fine with it being on the page but if it‘s out of this world unrealistic it totally ruins the book for me. I‘ll have to give hers a try. Thanks! 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @Chelsea.Poole I definitely recommend! 6mo
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Home, Im Darling | Laura Wade
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Been reading some plays lately. Some are good. Some are decidedly not.

sarahbellum I‘ve also been reading/listening to a lot of plays and have had similar mixed results. My most recent favorite is M. Butterfly. It sent me down some interesting Wikipedia rabbit holes since it‘s based on a true story of espionage 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @sarahbellum m Butterfly is a fantastic play. I saw it on Broadway with John Lithgow and bd Wong back the the late 80s. There was a revival a few years back. I wondered if they had edited the script for that. I loved the play! 6mo
sarahbellum @HeatherBookNerd oh how awesome! I listened to a recording of that revival. So good! 6mo
EvieBee Stage Door! 6mo
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Stone fruit | Lee Lai
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A queer couple are going through difficult times, bringing them to a point of decision about their future together. And while the difficulties continue, they both find growth personally, and in their relationships with their sisters. Sad, but ends with a promise of better days ahead.

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This is just not my thing. I think I lack the abundance of imagination required to really enjoy the fantasy genre. Mostly I was just confused a lot and trying to figure out what god was related to what god and who was trying to kill who. The writing is good, the world building is cool, and I know Jemisin is a groundbreaking author. So for those reasons, I‘m glad I gave this a try.

JGadz11 You put words to exactly how I feel whenever I try fantasy - thank you!🙏🏼 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @JGadz11 fantasy is tough for me. But I think the limitations are mine! 6mo
JGadz11 @HeatherBookNerd that‘s what drew me, your comment about possibly lacking the imagination to fully appreciate them! I‘ve tried, but always in the back of my mind, I‘m thinking🤔a lot of the time. And your comment about keeping track of characters and relationships is spot on - possibly a side effect of the created worlds in the genre.🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @JGadz11 there do seem to be some common tropes, rules, common “God behaviors” and such that fantasy folks seem to know, but I am at a loss 😂 6mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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A spare yet affecting story. The book starts out with a collection of swimmers at a particular pool - their habits, motivations, routines. An incident disrupts life for all the swimmers, throwing them all into new orbits. And then the story homes in on Alice, one of the elderly pool dwellers, as she gets swallowed up in her growing dementia. It is a great novel, a unique existential exploration of mortality and meaning.

charl08 I loved the part about the pool: made me want to go back. 6mo
britt_brooke Nice review! I‘m reading this for book club now and it‘s hitting me hard, but it‘s really good. Alice‘s stage of dementia is nearly identical to what my sweet 80 year old grandma has been experiencing the last couple of years. 😔 6mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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OMG this was a total delight. The feel-good sci-fi book I never knew I needed. What a crazy, imaginative, thrilling ride.

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