Dwan's Picks

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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250217288
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Published: Tor Books - March 17th, 2020

A lovely, get-away read!  Perfect for adults looking for a followup to the Miss Peregrine series.


Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tordotcom - September 10th, 2019

Gideon the Ninth is the first book in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Locked Tomb Trilogy, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot, and Bustle!

WINNER of the 2020 Locus Award and Crawford Award


Kabu Kabu Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781607014058
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Published: Prime Books - October 15th, 2013

Kabu kabu--unregistered illegal Nigerian taxis--generally get you where you need to go. Nnedi Okorafor's Kabu Kabu, however, takes the reader to exciting, fantastic, magical, occasionally dangerous, and always imaginative locations you didn't know you needed.


Who Fears Death Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780756407285
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Published: DAW - February 4th, 2014

Now optioned as a TV series for HBO, with executive producer George R. R. Martin!

An award-winning literary author enters the world of magical realism with her World Fantasy Award-winning novel of a remarkable woman in post-apocalyptic Africa. 


Kindred Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.


The Ballad of Black Tom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765387868
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Published: Tordotcom - February 16th, 2016

One of NPR's Best Books of 2016, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the British Fantasy Award, the This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.


Lovecraft Country: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062292070
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 14th, 2017

Now an HBO® Series from J.J. Abrams (Executive Producer of Westworld), Misha Green (Creator of Underground) and Jordan Peele (Director of Get Out)


Borne: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374537654
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2018

Named one of the best books of 2017 by The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, PopSugar, Financial Times, Chicago Review of Books, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Thrillist, Book Riot, National Post (Canada), Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

“Am I a person?” Borne asked me.


The Strange Bird: A Borne Story Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780374537920
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - February 27th, 2018

The Strange Bird—from New York Times bestselling novelist Jeff VanderMeer—expands and weaves deeply into the world of his “thorough marvel”* of a novel, Borne.


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM ALEX GARLAND, STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND OSCAR ISAAC

The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).


Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374104108
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Published: FSG Originals - May 6th, 2014

After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been a series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach.


Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

It is winter in Area X, the mysterious wilderness that has defied explanation for thirty years, rebuffing expedition after expedition, refusing to reveal its secrets. As Area X expands, the agency tasked with investigating and overseeing it--the Southern Reach--has collapsed on itself in confusion.


Meddling Kids: A Novel (Blumhouse Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It's filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious.” —USA Today
 


Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399178504
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Published: Del Rey - July 10th, 2018

A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

“Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Alif the Unseen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

"G. Willow Wilson has a deft hand with myth and with magic, and the kind of smart, honest writing mind that knits together and bridges cultures and people. You should read what she writes."--Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust and American Gods


A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”


The Dog Stars (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950475
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.
 


Lisey's Story: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501138256
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Published: Scribner - June 28th, 2016

Soon to be a limited series starring Julianne Moore

The “haunting…tender, intimate book that makes an epic interior journey” (The New York Times), Lisey’s Story is a literary masterpiece—an extraordinarily moving and haunting portrait of a marriage and its aftermath.

Lisey lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five


The Illumination (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307387776
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Published: Vintage - February 21st, 2012

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, The Seattle Times, The Kansas City Star, and Philadelphia City Paper  

What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us?

 


The Brief History of the Dead (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781400095957
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Published: Vintage - January 9th, 2007

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation's most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

 


Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

"A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic


The Death of Bees: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062209856
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 22nd, 2013

A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents.

Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow's Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.


The Yellow Birds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq.

"The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss.


Winter's Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316066419
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 11th, 2007

Daniel Woodrell's modern classic is an unforgettable tale of desperation and courage that inspired the award-winning film starring Jennifer Lawrence. 

Ree Dolly's father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date.


The Devil All the Time Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307744869
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Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

Now a Netflix film starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson

A dark and riveting vision of 1960s America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. 


Lexicon: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 2014

Stick and stones break bones. Words kill.

They recruited Emily Ruff from the streets. They said it was because she's good with words.

They'll live to regret it.

They said Wil Parke survived something he shouldn't have. But he doesn't remember.

Now they're after him and he doesn't know why.

There's a word, they say. A word that kills.


The Secret History of Las Vegas: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124955
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Published: Penguin Books - January 7th, 2014

A gritty, riveting, and wholly original murder mystery from PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author and 2015 Edgar Awards winner Chris Abani


The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101983386
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2016

A dark and unexpected novel about a Dublin undertaker who finds himself on the wrong side of the Irish mob.


True Grit: A Novel Cover Image
By Charles Portis, Donna Tartt (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590204597
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Published: The Overlook Press - November 5th, 2010

Charles Portis’s true American classic novel and #1 New York Times bestseller, “an epic and a legend” (The Washington Post)
      

Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s most enduring and incomparable literary voices, and his novels have left an indelible mark on the American canon.


Perfume River Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802126955
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Published: Grove Press - August 8th, 2017

From one of America's most important writers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, comes Perfume River, an exquisite novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam war through the portrait of a single North Florida family.


Willnot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632864529
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 21st, 2016

In his celebrated career, James Sallis has created some of the most finely drawn protagonists in crime fiction, all of them thoughtful observers of the human condition: Lew Griffin, the black New Orleans private investigator; retired detective John Turner; the unnamed wheelman in Drive. Dr. Lamar Hale will now join the ranks of Sallis's finest characters.


Plainsong (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375705854
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Published: Vintage - August 22nd, 2000

National Book Award Finalist

A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.


Tell the Wolves I'm Home: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982855
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 4th, 2013

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal • O: The Oprah Magazine • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews • Booklist • School Library Journal
 


Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this "whip-smart and divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times).


Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130086
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2019

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year! 

The New York Times bestselling collection of essays from beloved poet, Mary Oliver
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A Poetry Handbook Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780156724005
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Published: Mariner Books - August 15th, 1994

With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built—meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. She talks of iambs and trochees, couplets and sonnets, and how and why this should matter to anyone writing or reading poetry.


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439156810
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Published: Scribner - July 6th, 2010

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.


Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419729669
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Published: Abrams Image - July 3rd, 2018

Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking.


Ordinary Girls: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643750828
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 16th, 2020

One of the Must-Read Books of 2019 According to O: The Oprah Magazine * Time * Bustle * Electric Literature * Publishers Weekly * The Millions * The Week * Good Housekeeping

“There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime.” —Julia Alvarez 


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Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781620404942
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 16th, 2018

Amazon’s Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2017 List

“This touching memoir of the late neurologist Oliver Sacks, by a photographer and writer with whom he fell in love near the end of his life, turns a story of death into a celebration.” —The New Yorker


Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316247757
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 26th, 2016

This National Book Award finalist is a revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann.


In Other Words Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781101911464
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

National Best Seller


The Butterfly Mosque Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802145338
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Published: Grove Press - June 7th, 2011

The Butterfly Mosque, journalist G. Willow Wilson's remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world, was praised as "an eye-opening look at a misunderstood and often polarizing faith" (Booklist) and "a tremendously heartfelt, healing crosscultural fusion" (Publishers Weekly).


Make Trouble Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206352
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 11th, 2017

From an icon of popular culture, here is inspiring advice for artists, graduates, and all who seek happiness and success on their own terms.

So what if you have talent?


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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