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Barbie: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy

A visually captivating scrapbook of Barbie’s evolution that fans will enjoy.
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Sex Cells: The Fight To Overcome Bias and Discrimination in Women’s Healthcare

A thought-provoking book about women’s health care that comes with a strategic plan for improvements. The book makes an important addition to health sciences and women’s studies collections.
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In the Spell of the Barkley: Unravelling the Mystery of the World’s Toughest Ultramarathon

For fans of extreme sports and books about why some people push themselves physically and mentally to compete in them.

Gamblers, Fraudsters, Dreamers & Spies: The Outsiders Who Shaped Modern Japan

A brilliant, insightful look into the panoply of outsiders who contributed to the making of Japanese history in the modern age.

Vinyl Record Collecting for Dummies

The highly knowledgeable Thompson delivers an accessible, straightforward, and comprehensive guide to the increasingly popular hobby of record collecting. Good for general readers and vinyl collectors.

Survival Is Not Assured: The Life of Climber Jim Donini

This presentation of the climbing world’s intricacies makes the particulars of the sport comprehensible to a general audience. Donini’s story is told with literary verve and vivid sensory details. A must for sports collections.
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Out of One, Many: Ancient Greek Ways of Thought and Culture

An entertaining and witty exploration of Greek history that will introduce readers to a variety of beliefs from ancient Greece.
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Language City: The Fight To Preserve Endangered Mother Tongues in New York

An in-depth, fascinating analysis of endangered languages and efforts to preserve them in New York City. Give to readers who enjoyed John McWhorter’s Words on the Move.

Animals I Want To See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds

This powerful memoir is ultimately about keeping a family together as things begin to fall apart. It’s consistently vivid, sometimes humorous, and engaging from start to finish.

Sonia Delaunay: Living Art

While scholarly in tone with extensive footnotes, this beautifully designed book is readable and includes many handsome images. Recommended to readers who are interested in both the fine and decorative arts of the 20th century made by a remarkable artist.
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Women Artists in Midcentury America: A History in Ten Exhibitions

Scholarly in tone, this would be a good inclusion for a contemporary art history collection, with appeal for students, researchers, or anyone with a strong interest in modern art or women’s studies.
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Rock Music, Authority and Western Culture, 1964–1980

Music historians will find much to like in this fantastic resource, but the perspective is more singular than balanced.
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Divided Isles: Solomon Islands and the China Switch

Highly recommended for readers interested in diplomacy with China and international relations in general or the politics and history of the Solomon Islands in particular.
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Ageless Aging: A Woman’s Guide to Increasing Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan

This book’s strength lies in its efforts to bring together information about aging well in one easily accessible work.

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Normal Women: Nine Hundred Years of Making History

A comprehensive saga about British women and their obstacles throughout hundreds of years. Suitable for all readers.
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To the Ends of the Earth: How Ancient Explorers, Scientists, and Traders Connected the World

An up-to-date, comprehensive work on ancient exploration. Highly recommended for scholarly readers, but general readers who are interested in reading titles that reevaluate when globalization began will appreciate it as well.
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A Whole New Game: Economics, Politics, and the Transformation of the Business of Hockey in Canada

A solid and thorough look at the social and economic aspects of ice hockey and its history. It will appeal to diehard hockey fans and to readers interested in the business of sports.
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Joan Crawford in Film Noir: The Actress as Auteur

This focused study will interest readers looking for a deep dive into this specific era of Crawford’s career or surveys of the ways classic Hollywood films mingling noir and melodrama depicted women.
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A Good Bad Boy: Luke Perry and How a Generation Grew Up

A satisfying portrait of Luke Perry that’s presented as a hybrid narrative.
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All You Need Is Love: An Oral History of the Beatles

Recommended for Beatles fan and for readers who want more insight into why the group broke up.
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American Diva: Extraordinary, Unruly, Fabulous

A poetic and inspiring treatment of the diva. Best paired with a discography and a playlist of music by the profiled divas.

In the Shadow of Diagnosis: Psychiatric Power and Queer Life

This beautifully written, highly recommended book will find readers across a wide spectrum of academic fields, notably the history of science and psychiatry. But general audiences interested in seeing how professionals can correct an industry will enjoy this too.

Mind Your Gut: The Science-Based, Whole-Body Guide to Living Well with IBS

An excellent resource with evidence-based information for readers dealing with a condition that’s difficult to treat.

Total Garbage: How We Can Fix Our Waste and Heal Our World

This timely, highly recommended book makes a strong case for taking practical steps to reduce nonrenewable consumption and waste.

White Supremacy Is All Around: Notes from a Black Disabled Woman in a White World

A valuable read for all. This title not only calls out the white supremacy that continues to oppress communities of color but it also provides a prescription for real change.

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Mutuality in El Barrio: Stories of the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service

Highly recommended for collections supporting sociologists, social workers, social justice research, and the study of grassroots and nonprofit organizations.
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Family, Friends and Neighbors: Stories of Murder and Betrayal

A good introductory exploration into the minds of killers who defy conventional stereotypes.

Tits Up: What Sex Workers, Milk Bankers, Plastic Surgeons, Bra Designers, and Witches Tell Us About Breasts

Required reading that expertly covers the ways in which social constructions, sexualization, and economic viability influence people’s views of bodies, their own and others’.
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Living with Our Dead: On Loss and Consolation

This book will appeal to readers interested in contemplating the relationship between life and death from an academic or psychological point of view, and those who are interested in a Jewish perspective on death and loss.
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My Mama, Cass: A Memoir

A unique perspective from the daughter of a rock star. General audiences will get a fresh glimpse into the manipulative music business, which demanded ceaseless hard work, personal sacrifices, and a determined focus on glittery celebrity.
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Inky Meditations: Learn To Create Mindful Mesmerizing Paintings with Water and Ink

Readers seeking a new dimension to painting may enjoy trying their hand at this distinctive art style. This book also makes a good choice for readers looking for a new project that requires minimal supplies and expense.
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Italian Coastal: Recipes and Stories from Where the Land Meets the Sea

Libraries with robust cookbook and lifestyle collections will want to consider this book. Readers who want to delve into regional Italian cooking will enjoy.
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Le Sud: Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Best for experienced cooks and libraries with extensive cookbook collections.
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BBQ Pit Boys Book of Real Guuud Barbecue

Fans of the BBQ Pit Boys’ videos, as well as grillers interested in trying out new techniques for classic favorites, will find plenty to chew on.
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Well Worn: Visible Mending for the Clothes You Love

A solid how-to manual for mending techniques.
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Perfectly Simple Ice Cream: 100 Recipes Anyone Can Make

You’ll scream, I’ll scream, we’ll all scream for the yummy ice cream treats offered up in this perfectly executed cookbook, which makes a superb culinary complement to The Perfect Scoop, by another Chez Panisse pastry alum, David Lebovitz’s
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The Antipodean Express: A Journey by Train from New Zealand to Spain

One man’s intriguing story about a long-planned trip across half of globe. The book may help readers plan their own dream adventures.
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Thank You, More Please: A Feminist Guide to Breaking Dumb Dating Rules and Finding Love

This is a bold book for women who are sick of feeling small and unseen and think there must be more to dating than patriarchal standards of beauty, female subservience, and desire.

Hiking the Adirondack 46 High Peaks

A clear, comprehensive, and fantastic guide that provides all the information hikers need to undertake this vigorous challenge with confidence. It’s a treat for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Adult Survivors of Emotionally Abusive Parents: How To Heal, Cultivate Emotional Resilience, and Build the Life and Love You Deserve

This title is relevant, highly necessary, healing, liberating, and transformative.
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Holistic Habits: Build Your Best Life One Small Change at a Time

Designed as a journal readers can use as a means of self-care, self-reflection, and inspiration, this collection of gentle ideas will please those looking for diary prompts. Most pages are worksheets or include spaces to add personal art and reflections.

222 Cemeteries To See Before You Die

This excellent title is chock-full of fascinating tidbits about graves, burial grounds, mausoleums, and more. It will circulate well, and general readers and serious cemetery-trekking travelers will keep it flying off of displays.
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The New Silversmith: Innovative, Sustainable Techniques for Creating Nature-Inspired Jewelry

This is a good addition for libraries that support jewelry making or metalsmithing programs. Beginners, however, may need to first start with a more basic guide, such as Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers by Elizabeth Bone.
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The Story of Upfront Carbon: How a Life of Just Enough Offers a Way Out of the Climate Crisis

An information-heavy overview of the cost of new purchases and how they affect the world. Though it’s BISAC’d as self-help, this is more of a technical book that will be beneficial to those looking to understand the pollution costs embedded in new things or seeking justification for living a simpler lifestyle.
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Watching New York: Street Style A to Z

This whimsical alphabetical journey is an homage to the people of New York City. Readers will enjoy perusing pages and pages of fashion and NYC street scenes and might even decide to emulate some of the amazing looks.
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Huggable Amigurumi: Crocheting Teddy Bears and Other Cute, Cuddly Friends

For crafters looking to make amigurumi toys big enough for a child to wrap their arms around and hug. There’s much to enjoy in this title, but libraries may want to wait and purchase the reprint.
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Homestyle Kitchen: Fresh and Timeless Comfort Food for Sharing

Reminiscent of an old-school church cookbook that features a little bit of everything, this beginner-friendly collection is best suited for home cooks looking for no-fuss, no-frills food.

You Don’t Have To Change To Change Everything: Six Ways To Shift Your Vantage Point, Stop Striving for Happy, and Find True Well-Being

Fans of the author, self-help books, and those interested in clinical psychology will love this book.
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Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being

As with any book that promises tools for finding purpose and meaning, this requires deep work, which sometimes feels like it was glossed over; still, the principles are sound and thought-provoking. For fans of authors like Martha Beck who are looking for additional clinically sound practices to explore.
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Somehow: Thoughts on Love

Recommended. Readers already familiar with Lamott’s nonfiction work will find comfort in her familiar touchstone topics of faith, family, and recovery viewed through the lens of love and aging. Readers new to Lamott might want to start with her earlier works such as Help Thanks Wow or Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.
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Bohème Cooking: French Vegetarian Recipes

Solomon’s easy and relaxed approach to vegetarian cooking and her stylishly formatted recipes make this a first-rate guide for U.S. cooks looking to give their vegetable dishes a bit of French je ne sais quoi.
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Dynamic Character Design: Draw Faces and Figures with Pencil, Markers, Digital Tools, and More

A colorful, well-thought-out, easy-to-follow character design guide by an excellent artist. For experienced artists or dedicated beginners looking to learn technique.
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Growing Herbs for Health, Wellness, Cooking, and Crafts: Includes 51 Culinary Herbs, 25 Recipes, and 18 Crafts

An excellent, beautifully illustrated choice for beginning herb growers seeking ideas for how to use their harvest, but it does not specify specific herbs to use for wellness.

How To ADHD: An Insider’s Guide to Working with Your Brain (Not Against It)

The inclusive language and accessible tone, along with McCabe’s knowledge and exhaustive research, make this smart and timely take on ADHD a necessity.
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Dear Black Girls: How To Be True to You

In each letter Wilson shares what she faced and how she overcame it and lets Black girls know that they too can overcome adversity. Her love for Black girls is evident, and they will benefit greatly from reading this book.

Live Natural: A Relaxed Approach to Creating Healthy Homes

Readers who want to construct a new home, remodel an existing one, or learn how to design healthier spaces in their home will find this book delightfully resourceful.
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Watercolor Your Way: Techniques, Palettes, and Projects To Fit Your Skill Level and Creative Goals

Appealing, colorful projects and a clean layout make this book a great resource for beginning watercolor painters.
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How To Train Your Dog: Transform Your Dog’s Behavior and Strengthen Your Bond Forever

Spivey’s blunt style may not suit all readers, but his book offers plenty of solid advice and compassion for both dogs and their owners.

The Unfiltered Enneagram: A Witty and Wise Guide to Self-Compassion

This is a singular and honest view of the Enneagram that plays the necessary devil’s advocate for readers wanting to better themselves. A great companion to other titles so libraries can provide a well-rounded approach to the Enneagram.

The Authentic Ukrainian Kitchen: Recipes from a Native Chef

Klopotenko’s passion for and pride in Ukrainian cuisine shine brightly in this insightful, illuminating cookbook, making it an outstanding introduction to the food and culture of this brave country.

DIY Thrift Flip: Sewing Techniques for Transforming Old Clothes into Fun, Wearable Fashions

A must-have. This amazing title will thrill readers who enjoy thrift-shopping for clothes they can upcycle. Bonus: readers can refer to this book for sustainable living and craftivism ideas.

The Lavender Companion: Enjoy the Aroma, Flavor, and Health Benefits of This Classic Herb

Providing over 40 recipes with accompanying gorgeous photographs, this is a valuable addition to collections.

Welcoming Your Puppy from Planet Dog: How To Go Beyond Training and Raise Your Best Friend

With ample advice on everything from vet visits to nail trimming, as well as recommendations for toys, supplies, and additional training resources, Callahan’s book is an excellent guide that puts puppy welfare front and center.

Forbidden Cocktails: Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood

A unique addition to the bar carts of cinephiles and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Film and cocktail enthusiasts looking for more inspiration may also enjoy Eddie Muller’s Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir.
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Vegan Candles: 21 Soy- and Plant-Based Candles for Beginners

Beautifully illustrated and clearly presented, this book is perfect for readers who want to recreate the magic of their favorite candles for a fraction of the cost, for vegans concerned about the ethics of ingredients in store-bought votives, or for scent-sensitive readers who can’t ever find just the right balance of earthy, floral, spicy, and sensual notes in store-bought candles.
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Clueless: The Official Cookbook

A solid cookbook with a lot of ’90s nostalgia.

Growing Bulbs in the Natural Garden

This gorgeous book expertly gives both experienced and novice gardeners the tools and inspiration they need to start or enhance their gardens.
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Squeegee Art Revolution: Scrape Your Way to Amazing Abstract Art

Artists and crafters of all skill levels will be intrigued by the surprising effects that this simple technique can create. The projects’ minimal, easy-to-acquire supplies provide a low barrier for entry as well.
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Open: Living with an Expansive Mind in a Distracted World

Those experiencing social media fatigue, abuse, or addiction can greatly benefit from this book. Highly recommended.
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MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact

A friendly, practical guide filled with excellent advice, this book makes the ups and downs in professional life seem manageable. An excellent addition to career self-help collections.
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The Vibrant Hong Kong Table: 88 Iconic Vegan Recipes from Dim Sum to Late-Night Snacks

Wonderfully designed and illustrated, this is a delightful culinary tour, offering creative vegan twists on traditional Hong Kong foods that readers will be excited to devour.
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Essential Knit Sweaters: Patterns for Every Sweater You Ever Wanted To Wear Every Day

For knitters who already have general knowledge about standard terms for this craft form. Readers interested in understanding how and why different construction elements are employed will especially enjoy this title.

Cook Simply, Live Fully: Flexible, Flavorful Recipes for Any Mood

Newly minted and old-hand cooks alike will find Fahr’s joy in cooking and life to be both infectious and inspiring.
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Start Here: Draw: 50 Ways To Be an Artist Without Trying

Filled with valuable takeaways. This book shines in the way it teaches readers how to draw projects for friends or keepsakes for the home.
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Dreamy Anime Hair: 30+ Cute & Easy Styles from the World’s Most Beloved Anime Characters

Despite the scanty information on terminology, hair dying, and maintenance, Yan’s fans and lovers of anime will find much to like in this guide to anime hairstyles.
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Sweet Home Macrame: A Beginner’s Guide to Macrame

A must purchase for macramé collections. Beginners will love this.

Wonderful World of Amigurumi: 15 Adorable Amigurumi Creations

Atypical, cute designs and precise instructions make this title a standout.
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Sleep Well, Take Risks, Squish the Peas: Secrets from the Science of Toddlers for a Happier, More Successful Way of Life

This is an interesting and well-reasoned approach to help readers slow down, relearn how to relax, and shed any notions of what it means to be an adult.
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The Wild Mississippi: A State-by-State Guide to the River’s Natural Wonders

A sweeping introduction and valuable resource about the Mississippi River that shows and tells its importance in American ecosystems and the U.S. economy. Readers interested in environmental studies and travel will appreciate this title.
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Koreaworld

Home chefs will enjoy taking the journey from Buddhist temples to Michelin-starred kitchens, along with the recipes that explore the playful energy of fusion cooking and the essentials of Korean culinary traditions.
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How To Train Your Human: A Cat’s Guide

This is a funny, witty title that would be a good addition to the humor section of a library as well as the pet care section.
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The Only Constant: A Guide to Embracing Change and Leading an Authentic Life

This insightful book is recommended for readers trying to manage or face any type of change.
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Pizza Night: Deliciously Doable Recipes for Pizza and Salad

Stafford turns Friday pizza night into a culinary adventure with fresh ingredients, unique flavors, and endless combinations for menu fun.

Making Fairy Garden Accessories: 22 Enchanting Projects for Your Backyard

A delightful and highly recommended book that offers crafts projects that turn outdoor spaces into something magical. Gardeners may gravitate toward this book as well.
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Elise’s Home Kitchen: Eat Dessert First

Thomas’s debut cookbook is a simple yet satisfying collection of recipes tailor-made for fans of the Cookie Co. franchise.
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Draw Like an Artist: 100 Lessons To Create Anime and Manga Characters

Great for beginners and intermediate artists and for fans of anime, manga, and the web series High Hopes, Low Rolls. Best for readers who prefer visual over written instructions.
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Your Big Leap Year: A Year To Manifest Your Next-Level Life…Starting Today!

This title would pair well with journaling. Once readers absorb the concepts of upper-limit problems and genius, they will find this work is an approachable guide to attitude and habit improvements.
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My Crocheted Home: Hand-Made Baskets, Pillows, Throws, Wall Hangings, Placemats, and More

For experienced crocheters who are looking for something to create for their homes.
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10-Minute Strength Training Exercises for Seniors: Exercises and Routines to Build Muscle, Balance, and Stamina

An indispensable strength training guide for adults interested in reducing injury risks, building strong bonds, and developing habits that enhance their longevity in seamless ways.
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The Missing Peace: Rewire Your Brain, Reduce Anxiety, and Recreate Your Life

With short chapters and some valuable tools, this title isn’t a substitute for therapy, but it does build a sense of community by chipping away at the stigma surrounding anxiety in ways that may appeal to readers who need a little extra support.
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