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Esther’s Notebooks

Readers seeking to experience a strange, yet at its core, familiar slice of life in a country steeped in multiple cultures will enjoy the perspective provided in this collection.
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Mormon Envoy: The Diplomatic Legacy of Dr. John Milton Bernhisel

Worthen’s biography of Bernhisel is also an elegantly written history lesson. Recommended.
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The Woman Who Dared: The Life and Times of Pearl White, Queen of the Serials

Sometimes there’s too much detail, but this is a well-researched biography that covers White’s life and offers a good assessment of the silent-film industry.

Elizabeth Taylor: The Grit & Glamour of an Icon

There have been countless biographies of Elizabeth Taylor, but this one offers fascinating insight and may stand as the definitive one about the legendary actress.
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The McCartney Legacy, Vol. 1: 1969–73

Meticulously researching the topic and writing in a lively, conversational style, the coauthors have delivered the definitive work about the immediate post-Beatles times of Paul McCartney. It is likely to be too detailed for general readers but represents a treasure trove of information for Beatlemaniacs.

Last on His Feet: Jack Johnson and the Battle of the Century

Lyrical narration and powerfully evocative black-and-white illustration combine for an uncommonly propulsive, completely immersive biography.
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Frank & Marilyn: The Lives, the Loves, and the Fascinating Relationship of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe

There’s a lot of content with little substance. Billed as a largely untold story, it’s not.

Chekhov Becomes Chekhov: The Emergence of a Literary Genius

Blaisdell’s incredibly researched work is a treasure trove of insight and information for scholars and fans of Russian literature. For generations to come, it will be a staple for Chekhov studies. Highly recommended for academic libraries and Russian literature collections.

Saxophone Colossus: The Life and Music of Sonny Rollins

A memorable work that will become the standard biography of the saxophone giant and should be embraced by all jazz fans and general readers. Highly recommended.
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Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics

Strongly recommended for social science students and public collections where similar titles circulate well.
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I Am the Storm: Inspiring Stories of People Who Fight Against Overwhelming Odds

An inspirational book that is sure to be a hit with many library patrons.
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Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

Despite the captivating tale of admirable bravery, this book could have benefited from a more skilled narrator and sound engineer. An optional audio purchase for most libraries.
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Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts

Wonderful stories written by a free-spirited woman from a privileged Southern family. Her irreverent style continues to charm.
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Salty: Lessons on Eating, Drinking, and Living from Revolutionary Women

Despite the moments of slightly rocky narration, this is a captivating glimpse into the lives of nine creative, world-changing women that will appeal to both foodies and feminists.
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Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie

Known for a gritty, wry voice suited to hard-boiled characters, Ferrone adopts an irresistibly ironic delivery as brisk as a Crazy Eddie ad that’s perfectly matched to the tempo and tone of this detailed exposé. True financial crime fans will likely love it.
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Growing Up Getty: The Story of America’s Most Unconventional Dynasty

A captivating, if occasionally overawed, portrait of extraordinary wealth across multiple generations. Suggest to listeners who enjoyed Anderson Cooper’s Vanderbilt.
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Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

A solid audio that will be popular with fans of WWII stories, computer history, and the overlooked contributions of women.
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One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

Marvelous narration by the author and interludes of Stella Levi singing make this an excellent addition to public library collections.
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The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World

An intriguing, intimate look into what drove this important person’s life and shaped his opinions.
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From Junkie to Judge: One Woman’s Triumph Over Trauma and Addiction

This is a sad but ultimately uplifting story. Recommended.

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: That’s How the Light Gets In, Vol. 3

Readers’ tolerance for this book will depend on how they feel about its subject, but Cohen has an enormous amount of fans.

The Queen: Her Life

Published so soon after the queen’s death, Morton’s biography will be popular as a new generation of British royals takes the stage.
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Miss Major Speaks: The Life and Legacy of a Black Trans Revolutionary

Full of colorful language, characters, and bold statements, this book belongs in adult public library collections, alongside other amazing works on anti-racism, social justice, and activism, such as the documentary 13th and Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An Antiracist.
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The Greatest Viking: The Life of Olav Haraldsson

While some of Seward’s conjectures may leave readers unsatisfied, this is, nevertheless, a riveting, and detailed account of the life and times of an enigmatic ruler.
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The Boy Who Fell to Shore

Both sets of readers, however, will enjoy this narrative, rich with the joys and dangers of offshore seafaring, along with the tales of many who pursue that life so passionately.
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You Don’t Know What War Is: The Diary of a Young Girl from Ukraine

A firsthand account of life in a war zone, fleeing one’s home, and the way war forever alters the lives of children and families. Skalietska’s book is empathetic and sympathetic reading for adults and has strong crossover appeal for YA readers.
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His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

The authors present Floyd empathetically, but honestly, including his weaknesses and flaws. Audio transports listeners into Floyd’s world, making his story even more immediate.
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Flora Macdonald, “Pretty Young Rebel”: Her Life and Story

Fraser consults primary sources, including the Royal Archives of Windsor, to outline the true course of Macdonald’s life. Her personality shines through, which helps the reader to understand her popularity and the artistic sentiment she inspired across generations. A worthwhile contribution for any historical biography collection.
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The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe

This book will appeal to readers of early 18th-century American history, Jefferson, and Constitutional history.
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Streisand: The Mirror of Difference

This is a beautifully written examination of a star’s image and voice for fans of Streisand who want more than just biographical information. However, this book best suits an academic collection, where it will be a wonderful source for more research to come.

The Love You Save: A Memoir

While the moments of racial and gender-based violence are difficult to read, the book ultimately promotes a sense of hope and healing, designed not just to tell the story but to show readers that every act of resistance, every movement toward change can have an impact, and that no impact is too small when it saves someone.
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Prince on Prince: Interviews and Encounters

A collection of intriguing, frustrating, incisive interviews and insights into Prince’s remarkable career.
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Kennan: A Life Between Worlds

Meant as an analytical counterweight to John Lukacs’s celebrated 2009 Kennan biography, Costigliola’s book offers a respectful and critical portrayal of Kennan’s life.
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Finale: Late Conversations with Stephen Sondheim

A loose latter-day chronicle of one of theater’s irreplaceable voices; will be cherished by scholars and enthusiasts as a testament to Sondheim’s creative process and to the man himself.
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Holy Ghost: The Life and Death of Free Jazz Pioneer Albert Ayler

A flawed biography of a tantalizing subject.
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Barkley: A Biography

This book will take its place as the definitive account of Barkley’s life so far. Essential reading for all basketball fans.
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Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her

This book will appeal to readers who enjoy detailed political history books and those looking to learn a little more about the history of little discussed aspects of the Midwest.
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Jan Morris: Life from Both Sides

Recommended not just for fans of Morris but any general reader looking for an insightful biography of a pioneer who is transgender, a literary great, and who synergistically brought grace and beauty to her times.
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Bibi: My Story

This books ranks of profound importance to readers interested in the recent history of the Middle East.
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Unruly Saint: Dorothy Day’s Radical Vision and its Challenge for Our Times

This is best for readers who already have knowledge about Day and her work.
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David Bowie Rainbowman: 1967–1980

This book has been postponed and will be significantly revised when published...

Chuck Berry: An American Life

This account may become the standard biography that may appeal to general readers. Smith lauds Berry’s accomplishments in music but also characterizes him as a lonely, self-destructive, moody, and aggressively sexual man.
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Don Rickles: Merchant of Venom

A fun biography that should appeal to Don Rickles fans and those interested in the history of stand-up comedy.

The Pirate’s Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

Engaging and well-paced. While geared toward a general audience, this work is well-grounded in scholarly research and will likely appeal to many: the armchair historian and those with an interest in the golden age of piracy, colonial New York, and social and women’s histories.
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Do Let’s Have Another Drink: The Dry Wit and Fizzy Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Russell portrays the Queen Mother in a positive light and dispels rumors, but leaves out some unflattering facts; an enjoyable companion to the many other books about the British crown.
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Vigilance: The Life of William Still, Father of the Underground Railroad

Diemer rightly situates Still amid the center of the efforts against slavery and supplies an inviting narrative of the 19th-century fight between Black Americans and white supremacist oppression.

The Commanders: The Leadership Journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel

Military history buffs and those wanting to learn about leadership and management styles from three important men of the 20th century will likely eagerly consume this tremendous work.

The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson

An excellent, well-researched biography with insights, firsthand accounts, and an extensive bibliography section. Highly recommended for all interested in sports.
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Claude Rains: An Invisible Man

With extensive photographs, notes, and bibliography, this is a notable and detailed tribute to an actor who deserves to be remembered.

Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem

An informative, inspirational work by a leading political journalist; an essential purchase for public and academic libraries.

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

A scholarly book on the life, triumphs, and heartbreaks of Abraham Lincoln’s life, but general readers may enjoy it too. This is a title that will likely be a fruitful one for all levels of book discussion groups.
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Listen, World! How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman

. This engaging and well-researched biography reads like a novel and should appeal to readers interested in journalism, women’s studies, and adventure tales alike.
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C. Vann Woodward: America’s Historian

A rewarding read for scholars of Southern and 20th-century historical references in the United States.
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Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie

A compelling story, well told by Haart in a friendly and ingratiating manner.
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Anna: The Biography

This masterful audiobook, both dishy and elegant, will appeal to listeners interested in fashion, magazine journalism, and the lives and career paths of successful businesswomen. Highly recommended.
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The Double Life of Katharine Clark: The Untold Story of the Fearless Journalist Who Risked Her Life for Truth and Justice

This is a remarkable true story with a strong female lead.
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Suzuki: The Man and His Dream To Teach the Children of the World

A Suzuki biography will surely interest music educators and historians, but Hotta’s book (which encapsulates a century of Japanese history) will also appeal to general audiences seeking a musical lens on history.
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Guru to the World: The Life and Legacy of Vivekananda

Useful and perhaps even fascinating for readers interested in Hinduism or in scholarly literature on Vivekananda.

When They Tell You To Be Good

Shakur delivers an evocative, intimate, and also analytical exploration of self and various political landscapes. This beautifully written memoir is an absolute must-read.

First Among Men: George Washington and the Myth of American Masculinity

Will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in popular conceptions of Washington and American masculinity.

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Enough: A Memoir of Mistakes, Mania, and Motherhood

Zachry’s memoir (a heavy read that warrants content warnings) is valuable for its articulation and contextualization of mental health issues. Recommended for all general collections.
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The Grand Affair: John Singer Sargent in His World

A sensitive biography that fleshes out the personal life of a private artist who was a product of his time. Fisher’s work complements and expands on previous Sargent biographies, including Stanley Olson’s comprehensive 1986 book John Singer Sargent: His Portrait.
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Quilt of Souls

A testament to her grandmother and the women who made an impact on her childhood, Elmore’s text is an ideal choice for readers interested in memoir and history, plus stories about Black women, feminism, and quilting.
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Corporal Cannon: A Female Marine in Afghanistan

Highly recommended for all public libraries.
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Nightfly: The Life of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen

Utilizing a wide variety of resources and some author interviews, Jones’s book is an exemplary examination of Fagen’s music and life and will appeal to Steely Dan fans.
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Finding Karen Black: Roots Become Wings

Focused more on Bay’s journey than on her mother’s, this memoir may appeal to other adopted children searching for their roots, plus to those seeking self-realization.
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Mirror in the Sky: The Life and Music of Stevie Nicks

Nicks fans will appreciate Morrison’s care in the details of her songwriting and the song production, but the text may be a little dry and formal for readers looking to get more personal insight into Nicks, who was not interviewed for this book.

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Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain

Leerhsen’s page-turner provides a well-rounded portrait of Bourdain, acknowledging his many faults as well as his empathy, work ethic, and creativity.
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The River You Touch: Making a Life on Moving Water

A lyrical exploration of a beloved place and lifestyle steeped in the natural world, by a writer for whom quality of life supersedes the need for financial security. Will appeal to readers who relish memoirs that skillfully intertwine nature, the American West, and fishing.
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No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies: A Lyric Essay

This short read packs a great deal of heart and promise for readers. Aguon has written both an informational and philosophical book that will please readers interested in environmental and political issues.
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I Want To Die but I Want To Eat Tteokbokki: A Memoir

This is a sincere attempt at self-discovery that will resonate with young people who suffer from similar forms of depression and anxiety.

The Family Outing: A Memoir

A stunning memoir and contemporary exploration of the diversity of family dynamics and coming-out narratives.
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The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire

A meticulously detailed account of the rise and fall of a mercantile dynasty that will appeal to casual history buffs and academics alike.
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Control Freak: My Epic Adventure Making Video Games

Readers will appreciate Bleszinski’s nostalgic journey through millennial-era gaming and pop culture.

An Unplanned Life: A Memoir

Thomas’s extraordinary life, lived in service to community, equality, and basic human rights, will inspire readers to accept the mantle of bettering society.

Until Further Notice: A Year in Pandemic Time

Recommended for all collections.

The White Mosque

Essential for public, academic, and school libraries.

Sinkhole: A Legacy of a Suicide

Recommend to readers navigating grief, loss, and the aftermath of suicide.

In the Lions’ Den: The Penn State Scandal and a Rush to Judgment

A compulsively readable memoir about one of the most inflammatory recent scandals in higher education.
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Citizen Justice: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas—Public Advocate and Conservation Champion

Will appeal to anyone interested in environmental issues, the Supreme Court, or Douglas.
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I’m Glad My Mom Died

For those who enjoy candid celebrity memoirs and stories about overcoming the odds.

Putin

Short has written a remarkable biography, rich in facts and details, of Putin’s life and career. This book will appeal to readers with an interest in Russia, world history, biographies of world leaders, and current events.
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Inventor of the Future: The Visionary Life of Buckminster Fuller

This dense biography is best for readers seeking a deep understanding of a countercultural icon of futurist thinking that has impacted many modern tech industry leaders.
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Proving Ground: The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer

A compelling account of an underappreciated group of pioneering women.
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Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

A high-quality addition and a must-listen for even casual fans of the robust “comedic memoir” genre of audiobooks.

Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life

A marvelous, massive biography of a beloved filmmaker.
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Keith Haring Journals

Unlike The Andy Warhol Diaries, which is gossipy fun but rarely introspective, Haring’s journal is beautifully written, thoughtful, and filled with passionate opinions and very personal details.

Happy People Are Annoying

Peck’s memoir is an irresistible and delightful mix of candor and comedy.
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Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman

Worsley’s thoughtful and generous contribution to the Christie biographical canon will be welcomed and enjoyed by Agatha Christie fans.
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As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy

This is a good recommendation for those who like to read about family dynasties, the mid-century modern New York art world, or people who have a lasting fifteen minutes of fame.
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Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe

Maraniss’s book is the most comprehensive Thorpe biography to date (being nearly 200 well-cited pages longer than Kate Buford’s 2010 biography Native American Son). Beyond bringing Thorpe to life, Maraniss also delves heavily into issues of race and culture.
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Both Sides of the Fire Line: Memoir of a Transgender Firefighter

A deeply personal account of a unique life and the bravery it takes to be the person one is meant to be.

Hysterical: A Memoir

Disruptive, tender, and beautiful, this book is a reversal of women’s apologies and a demand for more.

Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter’s Reflections on Belonging

Bee’s memoir is experimental in form but will appeal to a variety of reader, challenging singular beliefs of what it means to be a daughter, sister, lover, wife, lawyer, and mother.
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The Time Left Between Us

DeFonzo worked for more than a decade to preserve Del’s past and the historical context. Hers is a deeply personal venture but also one of significant importance now and for all future generations to learn from. Recommended to readers of World War II nonfiction, history, and family memoirs.

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

An essential read for Jewish history and memoir fans. Stella is a compelling character for anyone to meet.

I’m Not Broken: A Memoir

A raw, emotional memoir filled with highs and lows. The inspirational ending gives readers hope when Leon uses his self-will and determination to change and accept the love from those around him.
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In Search of Mary Seacole

Rappaport digs deeply into often spotty and confusing records to uncover the life of a nurse who became salvation for soldiers fighting in Crimea.
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The Analyst: A Daughter’s Memoir

This memoir looks into the past of medical research and provides some context as to how far the field has come today. Anyone interested in the history of mental health care and genetic diseases would find this memoir fascinating.

No One Crosses the Wolf

A gripping, brutally honest memoir that deals with some heavy themes but will leave readers feeling hopeful and reflective by the end. Readers who enjoy examining the human spirit will be drawn to this book.
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