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Joined June 2016

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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Books I‘m starting, part 2.
Looking forward to Our Missing Hearts and Mothers, Fathers, and Others. So glorious to dither over reading order😎❣️

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Venomous Lumpsucker | Ned Beauman
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Books I‘m starting, part 1. Couldn‘t resist a title like Venomous Lumpsucker!

sarahbarnes I‘m really excited to get to Rabbit Hutch! 2d
BarbaraBB It‘s so good! @sarahbarnes 2d
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Last Friends | Jane Gardam
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Haven‘t posted; have been reading! Most recent the last 2 volumes (The Man in the Wooden Hat & Last Friends) of the Old Filth trilogy. Rashomon points of view of story for each volume - husband, wife, lover. Working on my pile of TBRs, not helped by adding new purchases! Making a dent, though.

Suet624 Wow! Amazing number of books! 3d
Tonton @Suet624 I wasn‘t keeping count or anything. Just dived in this year to escape doom-scrolling; to get off Twitter; and a lot less work. Can‘t quite believe it😎❣️ 3d
Aimeesue Jane Gardam❤️❤️❤️ 3d
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Japanese by Spring | Ishmael Reed
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Book Depository delivery today🌟So looking forward to this satiric academia parody. Hilarity will ensue!

batsy Chappie Puttbutt 😆 2w
Tonton @batsy yes! Almost Dickens in funny names 😂 2w
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Gorgeous selection of short stories, all intriguing, all intelligently crafted. Excellent debut and as for me, will pick up a hardcover copy. It‘s that good.

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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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Was in the mood for dark academia. Unreliable narrator, can see ending coming a mile away. Saving it were descriptions of NYC, the excitement of a newcomer fresh in the city, and the Cloisters itself as well as a tarot card chart appendix. Meh.

julesG Snap! 2w
sarahbarnes Great review. 😁 2w
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Diego Garcia: A Novel | Luke Williams, Natasha Soobramanien
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Woo hoo! Winner of World Fantasy Awards😎 Here‘sthe link to full list of nominees and winners: https://lithub.com/looking-for-a-good-bookish-escape-here-are-this-years-world-f...

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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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This will be so good to see!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/sandra-oh-trio-joins-hbo-the-sympat... - Sandra Oh Among Trio Joining HBO‘s ‘The Sympathizer‘

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Picked this up on Halloween; very apt. Digesting each story slowly, halfway through. It‘s brutal horror via what happens to animals, insects, interactions with humans. Not for the squeamish. If you can get past the horror, much to think about connections of all living creatures on this lonely planet spinning in the dark.

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John Rebus and crimelord Gerry Cafferty have been each other‘s nemesis for decades. Both have slipped from their heyday as time and new faces have pushed them away from the center of action. Obstinate, maverick, principled and yet close to criminal Rebus advises Shiobhan Clarke on her cases under the radar as he enters the endgame with Cafferty. Final fight for both aging lions; Rebus steps over irrevocable line. Whew. Photo: Edinburgh street shot

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Have wanted to read this for a while, and absolutely inhaled it today! Ex-time travel police now head of security at the Paradox Hotel-a luxury hotel for rich and privileged time travelers. Add 4 of the richest men vying to bid for the property, ghosts, murder, time slippages, and the heroine who willfully blocks any iota of intimacy, until she breaks. #queerlitsy

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All of us have clicked and 💕photos & videos of funny or cute animals on social media. Have we given a thought to how rare, so miraculously wonderful, and how we are so dangerously close to losing them? Brilliantly written profiles of selected animals, birds, fish, insects which, for me at any rate, were eye opening; making me curious and angry at the damage we have wrought. The author makes a case for what can possibly help: to be attentive

Tonton …to love & sustain. The book “has been an asking for your attention, and for your wonder.Because so much can still be saved. Fear and fury are galvanic, but they will not suffice alone: our competent and attentive love will have to be what fuels us. For what is the finest treasure? Life. It is everything that lives, and the earth upon which they depend: narwhal, spider, pangolin, swift, faulted and shining human.” And the beautiful golden moles (edited) 1mo
Tonton …blind to their own beauty burrowing far below the surface. 1mo
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Shakespeare and Company (Paris) | Paris, France (Bookstore)
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏 1mo
Simona Very true‼️ 1mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

New book to film adaption of A Man Called Ove but for some reason now Otto: link with trailer https://deadline.com/video/a-man-called-otto-trailer-tom-hanks/

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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Choices, choices for the weekend! I‘ve got a few door stoppers on my TBR, including tagged book, The Books of Jacob, and To Paradise. Help, can‘t decide which to read first!

Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
batsy That face! ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Puss looks so happy! 😻 2mo
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jlhammar What a sweet kitten! The Jeffers is fantastic. One of my favorite reads of the year. I own and am planning to tackle The Books of Jacob in early 2023 (it will be my first Tokarczuk). I loved A Little Life, but haven't tried Yanagihara's others yet. Hope you have a great reading weekend! 2mo
LeahBergen That little face!! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly OMG! 😻 2mo
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Neo-noir western that upends traditional white POV. A curse that will never be undone, love-in all it‘s forms-that will never quit, and standing in the center of roiling racism, class & ethnic divisions, white privilege, cultural clashes and naked land power grabs is the reluctant hero,Solitario Cisneros,with a samurai heart and pride tasked to solve a series of brutal killings. Prose controlled to just this side of purple. Oh yeah! -Art by Qende

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Running Girl | Simon Mason
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Garvie is a charming genius, the smartest in his school, but snarky and lazy with boredom.Chloe, the most beautiful but self-obsessed girl at school goes missing and is found dead- and Garvie finally has a challenge to solve. DI Singh, methodical and unpopular, is handed his first murder case. The relationship between Garvie and Singh is fraught- intuitive reasoning vs by the book but develops quite nicely. Garvie realizes he can‘t treat ..

Tonton …everything as a game or people as pawns to move about. Intriguing YA worth reading🌟 2mo
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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First encounter with magical realism was with Marquez, Allende, moving on to Toni Morrison, Murakami and Carpentier. Reviews noted magical realism elements in this story of a young woman escaping a small New Hampshire town to go to medical school but who never went to classes and returned home as her professor father was hallucinating animals and palled around wait a ghost. Emma was regarded as a healer but has lost her touch, unable to save her..

Tonton ..father or her brother recovering from opioid and heroin addiction. There‘s a Greek chorus of ghosts in the nearby cemetery, a dog named Moses , and her childhood best friend who has been missing for months. Book is magic realism lite, very cozy, and cute which is not a bad thing, just unexpected. Very funny in parts, and volumes to say on believing in people. Moses the dog does his doggy best, but who I loved most out of all the among the quirky 2mo
Tonton characters is Rasputin, the fox Emma‘s father bought for $18,000 from a fox farm in Russia. Only a few scenes but his thinking and point of view is clear and direct😂🌟💕 (edited) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! 2mo
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Cosmicomics | Italo Calvino
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“Novelists tell that piece of truth hidden at the bottom of every lie. To a psychoanalyst it is not so important whether you tell the truth or a lie because lies are as interesting, eloquent, and revealing as any claimed truth. I feel suspicious about writers who claim to tell the whole truth about themselves, about life, or about the world. I prefer to stay with the truths I find in writers who present themselves as the most bold-faced liars.”

Tonton Quote: Italo Calvino 2mo
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Why books are important in wartime; excellent article and comments. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/06/hope-matters-ukrainian-and-interna...

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Suspect | Scott Turow
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I read the author‘s memoir on 1st year law school, 1L, and of course Presumed Innocent, his big courtroom bestseller. Have to admit I had sort of consigned him in my mind as traditional legal drama writer, but damn, he is courageous! The world has changed, and he plunges into meeting it with a new heroine. Pinky is a former could have been an Olympic contender until she broke her back, got hooked on opioids and drugs, rehabbed and started work

Tonton …as a PI for a lawyer. She‘s brave, bi, and self aware of her faults and failings. Her grandfather is the hero of Presumed Innocent; advises her from a retirement home. Sex and power politics, murder, manipulating the web.. Turow does a great job, sometimes a bit shaky, but kudos! Can‘t wait for more Pinky💕 She‘s hot and direct in what she wants and how to go about it (solving the crime as well as emotionally.) (edited) 2mo
MicheleinPhilly 1L was the book that convinced me NOT to go to law school. ☺️ 2mo
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Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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Two minds on this overly long latest in the Cormoran Strike & Robin Ellacott series. They pass on helping a cartoonist beset with social media trolling only for the cartoonist to turn up dead. Much research evident and reflects author‘s own experience on social networks. Most of the clues lie in pages of chat room talk which frustratingly on Kindle is in tiny font size, and difficult to see much less read. Skipped masses of stuff but followed fine

Tonton So could have used a good edit. (Different issue: A little uncomfortable as I don‘t condone trolling in any way but disagree with Rowling‘s opinions on gender and trans issues.) In any event, offline IRL storyline equally frustrating as Cormoran is stuck on stultifying repeat of his feelings for Robin and vice versa. Feels like a holding action all round. Just fall into bed, you two! (edited) 2mo
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Book adaptation news. And here‘s the trailer for the Mayfair Witches: https://youtu.be/8uwIto8dn4U

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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1929: Baxter is a sleeping car porter, saving his tips for his dream to become a dentist. Sleep deprived, under pressure to keep his job threatened by privileged spoiled passengers, constant racism, and the absolute fear to keep his queerness undercover has him exhausted and hallucinating. The long trip across Canada is made longer with the train stalling…absolutely brilliant. Exhausted just reading his travails. Photo: 20th Century Liner.

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Years | Annie Ernaux
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Star!🌟🌟🌟
Annie Ernaux has won the Nobel Prize for Literature!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/06/annie-ernaux-wins-the-2022-nobel-p...

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Rainy Tokyo afternoon just turned fabulous with delivery of this book from the #BookDepository! It‘s the illustrated hardback edition and I‘m so happy; I read it way back when in separate volumes and was just blown away. Looking forward to re-reading. 🌟😎💕

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Well this has to be one of the best beginnings of a book on thermodynamics😂

julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
BarbaraJean Never before have the words “Now it is our turn” felt so ominous. (edited) 2mo
Tonton @BarbaraJean 😂😎 2mo
Tonton “Perhaps it would be wise to approach the subject cautiously…” 2mo
BarbaraJean @Tonton Yes, caution indeed! 😁 2mo
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Even Greater Mistakes: Stories | Charlie Jane Anders
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Great collection of funny, exhilarating and sometimes uneven (a couple of a bit too earnest) SF short stories - visions of hope during dark times. The Bookstore at the End of America and Rock Manning Goes for Broke were particular favorites for me. Best of all was Clover: which the author notes is a quasi-sequel to All the Birds in the Sky, answering the question “What happened to Berkley the cat?” 😂 🌟😂

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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Annual ritual every fall on 10/1: read The October Country.

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The author was a producer and this story takes a long hard look on the imbalance of power and at herself and the complicity It took to realize her ambition, sliding step by incremental step. I work freelance in the industry; every woman has experienced this, at some point. Brave and revealing. Photo: black cat casting call for a horror film decades ago.

jlhammar Love that photo!! 2mo
LeahBergen What a great photo! 2mo
Simona Really great photo, but poor 🐈‍⬛ … 2mo
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Cathythoughts All the skirts ! I was trying to remember recently if I ever saw my favourite aunt wearing pants , I don‘t think she ever did . 2mo
Tonton @Simona Stage moms 2mo
Tonton @Cathythoughts You needed to brave to wear slacks back then, I think. 2mo
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Murder mystery / thriller set in Savannah with convoluted Southern family relationships; great entertainment. But I have to be honest, nothing can top Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for Southern noir.

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Reading this a chapter at a time (each features a lost town or place)between books. Intriguing histories and background ( as well as feuding academics!)

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Strong Poison | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Re-read this yesterday to change pace from thrillers. Civilized and articulate in love and detection🌟❣️perfect with tea and shortbread biscuits.

CogsOfEncouragement Great series. 2mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic 💫 2mo
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The Old Man | Thomas Perry
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Sometimes I need to take a break from the newsfeed, and when I do it‘s usually to Jack Reacher; justice done with ample retribution. While waiting for the next in the series, Picked up this book and it‘s equally good for some escapist in your face action before checking back into nefarious doings in real life. Plus not one but two (!) good dogs.

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The Khan | Saima Mir
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Refreshing the palate with a reluctant but invested young Indian woman who takes over the reins of a criminal empire in London. Just goes to show if women ruled the world , things would be a lot better. Solid, entertaining, making of a Godmother.

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Tooth and Claw | Jo Walton
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This is so perfect - a Trollope / Austen /Thackeray tale of manners among social climbing dragons, albeit with their unique bloody customs. Enjoyed tremendously over the weekend with a pot of Princess Anastasia Kusumi tea and biscuits!

Sophronisba I adored this book, so much fun! 2mo
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Tea with the Black Dragon | R... A. MacAvoy
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Have you ever re-read a book that you loved and found it not quite as fascinating? Remembered how much I found this fun back in the day and read it again. Very Californian fantasy but cozy compared to books by James Blaylock or Tim Powers. Older woman as heroine, which is nice, but some very cringey bits now.

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jlhammar I love this prize! I'm going to start with Invisible Child since I already own it, but they all sound so interesting. 2mo
LauraJ Great image! 2mo
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On the Cundill History Prize list! Link to all the nominees: https://lithub.com/heres-the-shortlist-for-the-2022-cundill-history-prize/ Very nice to see book on interpreters already on my tbr.

jlhammar Oooh, I didn't know about this prize. Thank you! Aftermath is very good. I'll have to check out the others. 2mo
Tonton @jlhammar You‘re welcome! Now that it‘s fall I think I‘m going to read some history 😎 2mo
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The Mirror and the Light | Hilary Mantel
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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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Get ready for 108 choices for your TBR list! Books slated for last quarter of 2022 and early 2023: https://crimereads.com/the-most-anticipated-crime-books-of-fall-2022-and-beyond/

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Old Filth | Jane Gardam
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Tragic with comic touches, impeccably written, of emotionally paralyzed judge, a relic of empire. His childhood is based on that of Rudyard Kipling and other Raj orphans. Unexpectedly moved me, looking forward to reading rest of trilogy. “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.”

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Viper Wine: A Novel | Hermione Eyre
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In the 1600‘s and our time now, some toxic things remain the same: the cult of youth and beauty for one. England in the first part of the 17th century was in exciting turmoil with alchemy and the sciences both valid paths for new discoveries: magnetic fields, logarithms, astrology, the philosopher‘s stone. Venetia Stanley is a celebrated beauty aghast at the slight changes in age- so much so she begins to use viper‘s wine- a concoction that works

Tonton ..at terrible cost. Her husband, Kenelm Digby, is obsessed with the future- new advances in science and philosophy. Both are real historical people, and their fictional story is told in a po-mo take- radio mast in the garden intermittently catching modern radio transmissions (climate change, Fukushima.) Small delights - Digby quoting Satellite of Love. All set against England sliding into civil war. It‘s all rather wonderful…but I couldn‘t stand 2mo
Tonton Venetia and Kenelm; I tried, but ended up skimming the last quarter of the book because I couldn‘t find an iota of sympathy or investment in either one. 2mo
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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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National Book Awards list! And Shutter is on it. The 2022 National Book Awards Longlist: Fiction https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-2022-national-book-awards-longli...

Leftcoastzen Love this photo! 2mo
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Every new SK book is Christmas for me;this has a mashup of a boy and his dog, a gateway between worlds, karma, fate, horror, free will, loyalty, love and loss. My dad worked for the DOD, USArmy Engineer Corps, and we grew up overseas. My dad also had a policy of living on the economy-off base-to learn life in the country of assignment. So for work and school we went through the gate-a IRL portal. Our every day lives outside IRL &a pale imitation

Tonton …of American surburbia inside. My brothers and I would frantically study MAD and Rolling Stone and dubbed US cartoons and TV shows (I Love Lucy, Twilight Zone, among them) for clues. We arrived ‘back to the world‘ having never known it except for what we could parse from what we could buy. That‘s real portals or hardcore role and speech code-switching. Charlie‘s changes in how to act, speak, gesture as he navigated adventures resonated with me. 3mo
Tonton So it‘s a huge sprawling story with Jack and the Beanstalk and other gory fairy stories as well as Howard/Burroughs,/Lovecraft reading teasers and references. Loved it! The dog is a very good girl indeed, and star turn by the God of Small Things🌟❣️😎 3mo
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Orlando | Woolf V.
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Cover of the first Japanese translation of Virginia Woolf‘s Orlando (1931, trans. Oda Masanobu).

batsy Perfect cover ♥️ 3mo
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