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Life After Life

Life After Life

The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of Bodily Death

by Raymond A. Moody

Paperback, 175 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 1 2001 | purchase
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  • The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of Bodily Death
  • Raymond A. Moody

Reports on and draws careful conclusions from the out-of-the-body experiences of people who, revived from clinical death or near-death, regained consciousness.

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Hallucinations

Hallucinations

by Oliver Sacks

Paperback, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published July 2 2013 | purchase
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  • Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks investigates the types, physiological sources and cultural resonances of hallucinations, tracing everything from intoxication to the manifestations of injury and illness.NPR Bestseller

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Heaven's Coast

Heaven's Coast

A Memoir

by Mark Doty

Paperback, 305 pages, HarperCollins, $14.99, published March 1 1997 | purchase
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  • Heaven's Coast
  • A Memoir
  • Mark Doty

A poet who won the National Book Critic's Circle Award shares the story of his relationship with lover Wally Roberts, who died of AIDS in 1993, recounting the effect the disease had on their lives and the aftermath of Wally's death

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Dog Years

Dog Years

A Memoir

by Mark Doty

Paperback, 267 pages, HarperCollins, $13.99, published April 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Dog Years
  • A Memoir
  • Mark Doty

Offers a memoir of the author's relationship with a pair of beloved canine companions, their life-changing impact on him and his family, and their role in how he came to understand loss and grief.

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How to Live

How to Live

Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

by Sarah Bakewell

Paperback, 399 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published September 20 2011 | purchase
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  • How to Live
  • Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
  • Sarah Bakewell

More than 400 years after his death, the words of writer and philosopher Michel Eyquem de Montaigne still ring true. In this engaging biography, Sarah Blakewell profiles the man known to many as the "first truly modern individual."NPR Bestseller

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Mrs. Nixon

Mrs. Nixon

A Novelist Imagines a Life

by Ann Beattie

Paperback, 282 pages, Scribner, $16, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Mrs. Nixon
  • A Novelist Imagines a Life
  • Ann Beattie

A literary assessment of the former First Lady from the perspective of a short story master draws on a wealth of sources to reconstruct her worldview, covering her early experiences as a community theater actress and her marriage to the 37th president.

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Portlandia

Portlandia

A Guide for Visitors

by Karey Dornetto, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel and Bill Oakley

Paperback, 192 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $16.99, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Portlandia
  • A Guide for Visitors
  • Karey Dornetto, Fred Armisen, et al

In a travel guide format similar to those by Fodor's or Lonely Planet, this companion to the quirky hit comedy show on IFC describes the humorous stores, restaurants and other landmarks as well as the unique residents who populate the city.

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Marbles

Marbles

Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me

by Ellen Forney

Paperback, 248 pages, Gotham, $20, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me
  • Ellen Forney

An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" — including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.

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Who I Am

Who I Am

A Memoir

by Pete Townshend

Hardcover, 538 pages, HarperCollins, $32.50, published October 8 2012 | purchase
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  • Who I Am
  • A Memoir
  • Pete Townshend

The rock 'n' roll legend and founding member of The Who presents a candid biography that reveals his struggles with drugs, sex and the ghosts of his troubled past, while detailing the band's meteoric rise to international fame and fortune.NPR Bestseller

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Far from the Tree

Far From The Tree

Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

by Andrew Solomon

Paperback, 962 pages, Simon & Schuster, $21.50, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Far From The Tree
  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • Andrew Solomon

The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents, and evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families.NPR Bestseller

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Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries

by Jon Ronson

Paperback, , Penguin Group USA, $16, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • The Jon Ronson Mysteries
  • Jon Ronson

In Lost at Sea, Jon Ronson — whom Daily Show host Jon Stewart once described as "an investigative satirist" — profiles such eccentricities of contemporary culture as indigo children, fans of Insane Clown Posse and practitioners of assisted suicide.

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Tombstone

Tombstone

The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

by Yang Jisheng

Paperback, 629 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $17, published November 19 2013 | purchase
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  • The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962
  • Yang Jisheng

During The Great Leap Forward, an estimated 36 million Chinese starved to death in less than four years. The famine was among the worst the world has known — but the disaster was man-made. In Tombstone, Yang Jisheng offers an extensive account of those tragic years, drawing on a decade of undercover investigation to expose the role of Communist agricultural reform — and political violence — in exacerbating the harsh conditions. Banned in China and only recently translated into English, this history revises what once was recorded as truth.

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Don't Shoot

Don't Shoot

One Man, A Street Fellowship, And The End of Violence in Inner-City America

by David M. Kennedy

Paperback, 305 pages, Gardners Books, $22.55, published November 7 2011 | purchase
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  • Don't Shoot
  • One Man, A Street Fellowship, And The End of Violence in Inner-City America
  • David M. Kennedy

Traces the story of the "Boston Miracle" criminologist who rose from obscurity to a leading figure in the fight against gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, explaining how his methods involve large-scale interventions that promote cooperative efforts between gangs, law enforcement and communities.

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The Annotated Brothers Grimm

The Annotated Brothers Grimm

by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

Hardcover, 496 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $35, published October 15 2012 | purchase
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  • The Annotated Brothers Grimm
  • Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Children's Stories and Household Tales, this new edition includes classic stories such as "Cinderella," "Rapunzel" and "Snow White" as well as six new entries, each with annotations exploring the tales' historical and cultural context. Edited and translated by Maria Tatar, with an introduction by A. S. Byatt.

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The Swerve

The Swerve

How the World Became Modern

by Stephen Greenblatt

Paperback, 356 pages, W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., $16.95, published September 4 2012 | purchase
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  • The Swerve
  • How the World Became Modern
  • Stephen Greenblatt

A humanities professor describes the impact of the translation of the last remaining manuscript of On the Nature of Things by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers and scientists.NPR Bestseller, Literary Award Winner

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In the Garden of Beasts

In The Garden Of Beasts

Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

by Erik Larson

Paperback, 448 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • In The Garden Of Beasts
  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • Erik Larson

The best-selling author of Devil in the White City documents the efforts of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapo chief Rudolf Diels. NPR Bestseller

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Catherine the Great

Catherine The Great

Portrait Of A Woman

by Robert K. Massie

Paperback, 639 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks, $20, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Catherine The Great
  • Portrait Of A Woman
  • Robert K. Massie

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Peter the Great presents a reconstruction of the 18th century empress's life that covers such topics as her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage art collection and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.NPR Bestseller

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Bossypants

Bossypants

by Tina Fey

Paperback, 275 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published January 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Tina Fey

The breakout star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock gives a humorous account of her life, as well as behind-the-scenes stories from her hit shows.NPR Bestseller

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

by Mindy Kaling

Paperback, 222 pages, Three Rivers Press, $14, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
  • Mindy Kaling

The writer and actor best known for her role on The Office shares observations on everything from favorite male archetypes and her hatred of dieting to her relationship with her mother and the haphazard creative process of The Office's writers' room.NPR Bestseller

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Hardcover, 369 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published February 2 2010 | purchase
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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.NPR Bestseller

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Tiny Beautiful Things

Tiny Beautiful Things

Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 353 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Tiny Beautiful Things
  • Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar
  • Cheryl Strayed

A collection of advice on everything from infidelity and grief to marital boredom and financial hardships from Cheryl Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" column in the online magazine The Rumpus.NPR Bestseller

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How to Be a Woman

How To Be A Woman

by Caitlin Moran

Paperback, 320 pages, HarperCollins, $15.99, published July 17 2012 | purchase
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  • How To Be A Woman
  • Caitlin Moran

Piecing together common-sense observations with scenes from her own life, a major media personality in the U.K. sheds new light on feminism, discussing the reasons why female rights and empowerment are essential issues for both women and society itself.NPR Bestseller

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The Best American Essays 2012

The Best American Essays 2012

by David Brooks and Robert Atwan

Paperback, 310 pages, Mariner Books, $14.95, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • The Best American Essays 2012
  • David Brooks and Robert Atwan

David Brooks, acclaimed author of The Social Animal, edits the newest edition of a perennial favorite collection of essays.NPR Bestseller

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I Could Pee on This

I Could Pee On This

And Other Poems By Cats

by Francesco Marciuliano

Hardcover, 111 pages, Chronicle Books, $12.95, published August 15 2012 | purchase
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  • I Could Pee On This
  • And Other Poems By Cats
  • Francesco Marciuliano

Francesco Marciuliano, author of the comic strip Sally Forth, gives voice to the thoughts and feelings of cats in this collection of poems attributed to felines.NPR Bestseller

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Wild

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Cheryl Strayed

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — and she would do it alone.NPR Bestseller

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America Again

America Again

Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't

by Stephen Colbert

Hardcover, 240 pages, Grand Central Publishing, $28.99, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't
  • Stephen Colbert

The political satirist, comedian and host of The Colbert Report puts his signature humorous spin on health care, the economy and food, promising that this book will single-handedly fix an America that is broken and has lost its way.NPR Bestseller

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Waging Heavy Peace

Waging Heavy Peace

A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

Paperback, 502 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Waging Heavy Peace
  • A Hippie Dream
  • Neil Young

Neil Young presents the story of his career against a backdrop of 40 years of history. He discusses such topics as his collaborations with fellow artists, his creative process and his activist work with Farm Aid and The Bridge School.NPR Bestseller

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

by Deb Perelman

Hardcover, 321 pages, Knopf, $35, published October 30 2012 | purchase
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  • The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
  • Deb Perelman

The award-winning blogger for Smitten Kitchen presents a long-awaited first cookbook of 100 new and favorite recipes — from Mushroom Bourguignon and Pancetta to Buttered Popcorn Cookies and Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake — in a volume that features adapted options for busy home cooks.NPR Bestseller

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Killing Lincoln

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 324 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $28, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Killing Lincoln
  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.NPR Bestseller

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

by Timothy Egan

Paperback, 370 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.95, published August 6 2013 | purchase
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  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher
  • The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
  • Timothy Egan

Timothy Egan recounts the pioneering photographer Edward Curtis' life-risking effort to document the disappearing North American Indian nation, offering insight into the danger and resolve behind his venture, his elevation to an impassioned advocate and the posthumous discovery of his achievements.NPR Bestseller

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Elsewhere

Elsewhere

A Memoir

by Richard Russo

Paperback, 246 pages, Random House Inc, $15, published July 30 2013 | purchase
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  • Elsewhere
  • A Memoir
  • Richard Russo

Richard Russo delivers an upbeat, personal account of his youth and the 1950s upstate New York town his family struggled to escape. He recounts the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.NPR Bestseller

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The Signal and the Noise

The Signal And The Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't

by Nate Silver

Hardcover, 534 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published September 27 2012 | purchase
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  • The Signal And The Noise
  • Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don't
  • Nate Silver

The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.NPR Bestseller

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How Music Works

How Music Works

by David Byrne

Paperback, 352 pages, Pgw, $20, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • How Music Works
  • David Byrne

David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.NPR Bestseller

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Iron Curtain

The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

by Anne Applebaum

Paperback, 640 pages, Random House Inc, $17.95, published August 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Iron Curtain
  • The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
  • Anne Applebaum

Before the Soviet bloc went bust, its network of regimes created an atmosphere of paranoia and brutality that affected millions. Anne Applebaum explores the domino effect of communism in the wake of World War II.

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The Second Nuclear Age

The Second Nuclear Age

Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics

by Paul Bracken

Hardcover, 306 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $29, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • The Second Nuclear Age
  • Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics
  • Paul Bracken

In this thought-provoking and agenda-setting book, the author, drawing on his years of experience analyzing defense strategy, makes a strong case that the U.S. needs to pay renewed attention to nuclear weapons and how their presence will transform the way crises develop and escalate.

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It's Even Worse Than It Looks

It's Even Worse Than It Looks

How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics Of Extremism

by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Hardcover, 226 pages, Perseus Books Group, $26, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks
  • How The American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics Of Extremism
  • Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

Two leading experts on Congress outline recommendations for ending obstructionist tactics and artificial barriers to compromise, suggesting specific institutional restructuring measures while calling on the public and media to work with government to correct problems rather than perpetuating acerbic campaign cycles.

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