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Saknicole

Saknicole

Joined May 2016

🫎 North to the future ❄️ HS English Teacher 📚 Reading in the Last Frontier 🌲 On Bookstagram I am @library_of_hobbits
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Paladin's Grace | T Kingfisher
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I meant to be done with this blanket before my son arrived, but he arrived a bit early, so I am knitting by his beside. I haven‘t read much the last month, but have made my way through a few audiobooks thanks to @Kimberlone and her hoopla hookup.

I love going back to the world from Swordheart. Also Stephen, the MC, is a knitter. 🧶🧶🧶 #craftsy #knittersoflitsy #knitting #fantasy

LeahBergen Aww! ❤️ Best wishes to you and your sweet boy! 2w
Saknicole @LeahBergen thank you! I think we will be able to leave this week! So he is super close to being ready 🎊🥳 2w
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Absolutely dazzling with sweetness and light academia. I thought Emily would annoy me in that FMC way of “ohh I‘m so bad at people that all my actions are all beyond cringe.” However, no, the juxtaposition of Emily and Bambleby is genuinely sweet, and I loved Emily more and more. I need more light hearted adventurous fantasy. Thank you, @Kimberlone , who has been recommending this since she read it. #fantasy #audiobook #fairy

Darklunarose I really loved this book. 2mo
BookmarkTavern The sequel is just as good! 💖 2mo
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Mere Wife The | Maria Dahvana Headley
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Mehso-so

I like Beowulf as much as any English teacher does and I was optimist for this adaptation. I was pretty meh the first 2/3rd and would have quit if it weren‘t a book club choice and short. The last 3rd, however, did get me going. So if you can make it that far…

Gren and Dylan were the highlight of this novel and the only non monsters in the novel.

#classicliterarureretelling #twofuckedupmoms #bookclub

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@Kimberlone and I went to see The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes for her birthday! Honestly I loved it. I thought the movie was excellently executed. I LOVE the og Hunger Games books and movies, but this film was over all a much better film.

#hungergames #booktomovie

TrishB I went with my daughter on Friday- she loved this one, I preferred the originals 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
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Keeper of Enchanted Rooms | Charlie N. Holmberg
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I am spending the evening updating my reading journal and watching The Sound of Music.

#readingjournal #journaling

Bookwormjillk Sounds like a good night! 11mo
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Unknown Beloved | Amy Harmon
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Dani & Michael‘s tension and chemistry is perfection. I wanted them together so badly. The alternating perspective is exceptionally well executed. I enjoyed both their voices. This novel is emblematice of Harmon‘s ability to beautifully encompass a time, setting, and relationship.

#amyharmon #historicfiction #historicromance #agegapromance #romantsy #greatdepression

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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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Reading during my construction wait. I live at the end of a 17 mile road, and we are currently enjoying construction season to repair. I loved Swordheart and am excited for this slim beauty.

#roadconstruction #mushrooms

Kimberlone Somehow I‘ve missed all of these posts…sending some likes! 12mo
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I found the duplicate on the shelf.

#duplicatebooks #hemingwayproblems

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Cleaning up my husband‘s workbench books. I laughed when he pointed to the Hemingway and said, “This one I have two of; I don‘t know how that happened.” 😂

#hemingwayproblems #duplicatebooks

marleed I wonder how many books I have in duplicate. I‘m sure it is more than 10 pairs! 12mo
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Anne of the Island | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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I‘m back on my Anne of Green Gables kick this summer. Currently enjoying my coffee and willing my garden to grow. I am dying for Anne to go back to Gilbert and admit her love. Wearing his lilies at her graduation was the sweetest of signs.

#summerreading #audiobooks #canadianauthor

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The Call of the Wild | Jack London
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Jack London‘s Cabin in Dawson City, YT 🇨🇦 This one was moved from down Henderson‘s Creek into Dawson. Additionally, its original logs were split with a twin cabin in Oakland, California.

Home from out road trip to Dawson. I loved learning more about the literary history of my Klondike favorites.

#yukon #klondikewriters #klondikegoldrush #roadtrip #Canada

Blueberry I've been to the Jack London State Park a number of times in Glen Ellen, CA where the ruins of the Wolf House are and where he was buried. He was only 40 yrs old when he died! He had very bad health but he sure did a lot in his short life. 13mo
Blueberry I think you just inspired me to read another of his books. 13mo
Saknicole @Blueberry yes! Always time for some London reading. I‘ve been in such the mood too. 13mo
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Robert Service‘s Cabin in Dawson City, YT 🇨🇦

Home from out road trip to Dawson. I loved learning more about the literary history of my Klondike favorites.

#yukon #klondikewriters #klondikegoldrush #roadtrip #Canada

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Bloody Rose | Nicholas Eames
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1st Wedding Anniversary road trip to Dawson City, YT, 🇨🇦

Day 1: Kenai Peninsula to Glennallen

Husband and I are listening to Bloody Rose, which is super special because he doesn‘t prefer audiobooks while driving. I‘m liking Tam but don‘t immediately love the novel as much as Kings of the Wyld. It isn‘t as laugh at out funny?

#audioroadtrip #Alaska #Canada #DawsonCity

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The Mirror of Erised wall has gotten a paint upgrade! There has been a flurry of house work happening here, but this may be my favorite addition. I love how the Mirror looks on the green! 💚👑 #homeprojects #housepainting #summerbreak #teachersoflitsy

CBee Omg 😍😍😍😍 13mo
AmyG Eautiful. 13mo
TheBookHippie Oh lovely!!!!! 13mo
Leftcoastzen So beautiful! 13mo
Kristy_K I love this! 13mo
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Hawksong | Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
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If I had read this book 20 years ago, it would be a favorite today. Unfortunately, this is my first read at 31, so it is pretty mid shapeshifter YA. Kudos on some excellent enemies to lovers vibes. Additionally, if you read a lot of fanfiction like me, you may agree that the shape shifting was underutilized.

#2000sYA #shapeshifters #YA

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John K. King Used and Rare Books | Detroit, MI (Bookstore)
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I went to see all the books at the loveliest of used bookstores in Detroit. I just wish @Kimberlone and I had more time and purse space for books, but we went right before the wedding we were in town to attend.

I bought one lovely little copy of Walden that fit in my purse.

#usedbookstore #Detroit

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Super cool giant page flipping book at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit. @Kimberlone and I took a quick trip for a wedding over Memorial Day weekend.

#HenryFordMuseum #cookbooks #sistertrip

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Seen in the Detroit Airport ✈️

#art #readinginart #detroitinstituteofart #detroitairport

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Keeper of Enchanted Rooms | Charlie N. Holmberg
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Sweet and cozy. I love historical fantasy.

#historicalfantasy #fantasy #magic #kindleunlimited

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Am I obsessed with dark academia? Yes.

#darkacademia #shakespeare #NA #teachersoflitsy

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Swordheart | T Kingfisher
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Grapes of Wrath | John Steinbeck
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Last week of school starts tomorrow! I began Grapes of Wrath with my Honors 11 class to prep for AP next year. We will get through the first third to start their summer reading. Honestly, I‘m loving it. It is probably sacrilege to admit for an English teacher but I haven‘t read it before.

#teachersoflitsy #englishteacher #americanliterature #summerbreak #modernism #dustbowl

AmyG I read this in high school and it was a struggle. I read it again 30 years later and loved it! It‘s never too late to read a great book. (edited) 14mo
Tamra I highly recommend reading this one if you can this summer. Allegedly the publisher gave Babbs‘ field notes to Steinbeck (w/o permission or acknowledgement) and her book deal was cancelled after Grapes was published. It‘s a slim volume and I loved it. 14mo
Saknicole @Tamra thanks for the rec! I‘ll definitely pick that up this summer! 14mo
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Tamra @Saknicole 👍🏾 I hope you like it! It deserves to be read for sure. 14mo
Kimberlone This is such a beautiful book. Read it for the first time in Forster‘s American Lit class! 13mo
Kimberlone My only negative about this book is that it was clearly an inspiration for one of my most hated books 13mo
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Swordheart | T Kingfisher
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This book is so good! I had seen it recommended on various book subreddits occasionally and grabbed it when it was 1.99 at some point. HILARIOUS female lead and fantastic magical sword/guardsman companion!

#fantasy #romantsy #kindle

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I adore Amy Harmon‘s work. Her historic fictions are each so special. This book is definitely in my top recommends now. I throughly enjoyed Deborah/Samson/Rob‘s journey! Also, I‘m such a sucker for Harmon‘s romantic story telling.

#bookstagram #historicfiction #amyharmon #revolutionarywar #historicalromance

Kimberlone Hoping to start soon! 1y
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The happy times are over (if indentured servitude can be called happy), and I am prepared to cry. Loving the book so far. #historicalfiction #amyharmon #americanrevolution

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Loving Deborah‘s voice so far in this novel. She is clear, and whole, and engaging. I am looking forward to her continued development!

#Amyharmon #historicalfiction #faith

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Anyone reading this one yet? Amy Harmon is my automatic buy author, so I was super excited that this was released this month. It has all my favorite preteen trope vibes of a badass girl pretending to be a boy and falling in love- ala Bloody Jack or Alanna the Lioness.

#historicfiction #crossdressingheroine

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Littered with Books | Singapore, Singapore, Singapore (Bookstore)
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Our Singapore Book Haul 📚📚📚

#singapore #springbreak

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My husband is on a Hemingway kick. He picked this up while we were books shopping in Singapore a few days ago. We have a final day of pool reading planned today.

#singapore #modernism

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I hadn‘t ever read The Hobbit so I was honestly a bit surprised but the good obsession compared to say good and evil 😂

#middleearth #marriageisbetterwhenyoureadtogether

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#Libby checkout on my Kindle. I‘m 50 pages in and liking it so far. I‘ve seen mixed reviews but the vibes are speaking to me. I love contemporary written works with those classic gothic vibes.

Has anyone read this and enjoyed it? I also loved Mexican Gothic, and Crimson Peak.

In the same vibe I was a DNF for Anatomy: A Love Story.

#gothic #auvictorian (I think?)

Kimberlone Let me know what you think! 1y
Kimberlone I‘m surprised you didn‘t finish Anatomy? Was the grave robbing make out scene not doing it for you? (edited) 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone idk what it was. I let the hold elapse multiple times after reading like half on my first borrow. I don‘t think I cared that much about her? Should I finish it? 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone I would obs be into the grave robbing make out. I just never got there. 1y
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Another year of celebrating my husband with a Hobbity birthday. We are currently watching Two towers and are resting off our luncheon. #hobbitcore #moviemarathon #birthday

Amiable What a fun idea! 1y
Kimberlone So impressed with your menu graphic!! Jake says he‘s jealous. 1y
Kimberlone Omg extended Return of the King is over 4 hours 😮 1y
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RaeLovesToRead Yes to this menu 😲💕 1y
Daisey This is a fantastic way to celebrate a birthday! 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone it‘s worth every minute. Just the added house of healing scenes 🔥 🔥 🔥 also it‘s 8:30PM and we are still going strong. 1y
Reggie Happy Birthday to your boyfriend and this is fabulous. 1y
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I had a wonderful start to the year with my reading. My favorite was the first- Sea of Tranquility. In between all this I‘ve been working in A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations for my freshman honors class.

#teachersoflitsy #january

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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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Obviously I‘m going to be dying for the next few years until the next one is released. #darlington #darkacademia

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What the Wind Knows | Amy Harmon
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Kimberlone Good review! I will eventually read this one since I have the kindle version but I‘m more interested in the hot disabled priest during war one you told me about (I think I also have that one on kindle) 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone I started rereading hot one legged priest one last night! 1y
Kimberlone @Saknicole lol love it! 1y
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Song of Myself | Walt Whitman
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My favorite section of “SoM” -the section I teach & share the most. I rejoice in Whitman‘s joy in giving himself (and us) permission to ease & loaf & begin this journey together.

I thirty-one years old in perfect health begin,
Hoping to cease not till death.

In 2023, I am taking time to enjoy & celebrate with each of the Whitman‘s 52 sections of “Song of Myself.”

#songofmyself2023 #transcendentalism #poetry

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Name of the Wind | Patrick Rothfuss
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New bookshelves are the best way to start the new year 📚

My husband built this on the 31st and we put the books up on January 1st. I‘m so in love (with the man and the shelves ❤️)

#bookshelves #shelfie #newyearsnewshelves

AmyG Just lovely! 2y
Kimberlone Turned out great! 2y
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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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I am so excited for these two books! Only 3 days until HELL BENT (ie the Gentleman Demon of Lethe) and 3 weeks until Chain of Thorns!

Is anyone else dying in anticipation?!

TrishB My daughter! Waiting for Hellbent. We are then going to see the author talk about it in a couple of weeks. (edited) 2y
Saknicole @TrishB that is so awesome! I have been loving all her instaposts teasing the book. 2y
Kimberlone You know I‘m more than happy excited for Chain of Thorns, but I‘ll be trying to get both from Libby 2y
Saknicole @Kimberlone I have both preordered from B&N so I can always bring you my copies later if the loans are too long of a wait! 2y
Kimberlone @Saknicole i might have to take you up on that if the wait is too long (esp. for chain of thorns!) 2y
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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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2022 was an excellent year of reading! Ninth House was my favorite of the year. #2022reading #goodreads

Deblovestoread Well done!🎉 2y
Kimberlone 50 books, great job! Do you track the books you reread for teaching? 2y
Saknicole @Kimberlone yes, I definitely track most of my rereads with students. I spend so much time rereading those classics! 2y
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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31 years old today. I spent the day, as one friend referred to it, enjoying a very 30s birthday. My husband made me breakfast, I have been reading Sea of Tranquility, and we planned out a new bookshelf with track shelving in our living room. Perfection. Thank you all for sharing your books and joy with me this year.
#birthday #thirtysomething

LeahBergen Happy Birthday! ❤️📚❤️📚 2y
rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂! 2y
Amiable That sounds like a perfect birthday to me (although I‘m in my 50s 😀). Happy birthday to you! 2y
jlhammar Sounds lovely. Happy Birthday! 2y
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Did anyone else enjoy the Barnes & Nobel 50% off all hardcovers sale? My husband and I were in Anchorage and luckily caught the sale after returning from visiting his family for Christmas. #barnesandnoble #cookbooks

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Under the Pendulum Sun | Jeannette Ng
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Cathy Helstone travels to her elusive brother Laon who has been a missionary in Elphame for 3 yrs. There is a religious mystery throughout & tension in the close relationship of Cathy & Laon. Cathy‘s love for Laon guides her throughout. The last 3rd of the book wanders but wraps up the religious mystery.

It is a unique gothic masterpiece- extensive biblical allusions, theology, sin, & taboo romantic partners.

#gothic #elphame #historicfantasy

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Does anyone else think that the husband is the stupidest man on earth? This modern story is proving to me for the 1 millionth time why I hate modern story lines in historic novels.

GreenGrl87 OMG YESSSSSS!!!!! An absolute flipping tool! 2y
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Reading this with my Honors 9 students for the first time. Should I be ashamed to admit that I‘ve never actually read it before? With my regular 9 students we are watching the Muppet Christmas Carol- same thing right? 🎄#Dickens #classics #teachersoflitsy #christmas

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I cast on a new knitting project- a red, white, and blue cowl for my mother in law. I‘m about a third done with this novel. I like it, but it also violates my big annoyance which is a dual timeline for historic fiction. I can almost always live without the modern story. In this case I do care for Caroline, but still… #knittersoflitsy #craftersoflitsy #knitting #audiobook

Catsandbooks Pretty! 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Over all I recommend this book for some light hearted romantic fantasy, especially the well produced audio. I love some angst, so the ending has me ramped up for starting the next book in the series.

Pros:
-Great audible narration
-Bad ass assassin protagonist with a heart of gold
-A male lead with love on his sleeve

Cons
-motivations feel cartoony at times (like over the top villainy or goodness)

#audiobook #fantasy #audible

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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Introduction by Carl F. Hovde has some great phrasing to consider for this reread. #mobydick #teachersoflitsy

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Banned Book Club | Kim Hyun Sook
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Great read for Banned Books Week. This is my first Alaska Battle of the Books read for the year. It was quick with some major impact in the brief story. I also appreciated learning about the South Korean political struggles. I had no idea about any of the political violence and fascism so recently in their past. #Bannedbooksweek #alaskabatleofthebooks #battleofthebooks #graphicnovels #bannedbooks #teachersoflitsy

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Banned Books Week Bulletin Board! All my classes do a Banned Books activity. Last year, a set of books was withheld from Seward HS library without any oversight from the Curriculum Review Committee after the assistant superintendent decided that the titles were too controversial. Titles included: “I Am A Feminist,” “We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide,” and others regarding LGBTQA representation. Censorship happens near and far.

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