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Heavy: An American Memoir | Kiese Laymon
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Bookpearl
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Resist Books you had me at hello! Resist Books launched their online store last week and I‘ve been over the moon. #resistbooks #heavy #selfcareforblackwomen

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MelKelsey
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Book 20

I listened to Heavy by Kiese Laymon. It's a memoir about weight, sexual abuse, and race written to the author's mother. While well-written, it's very emotionally disturbing and difficult to read. 3.5 stars

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Lvpthemvp

Oh my. What a book. Yes! Kiese thank you for your transparency

Nute Yes! 6mo
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ParkerFinn
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Something I think everyone needs to read. I went into these memoir knowing nothing and came out with a new perspective on what it means to find truth and tell it. It‘s heart breaking and angering at the same time. Definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time.

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andreajanel_reads
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"Unacknowledged scars accumulated in battles won often hurt more than battles lost."

My reread of this memoir is wrecking me all over again.

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youneverarrived
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LOVE this book 🖤 it‘s written and read beautifully, poetically, honestly. I went on long walks with this one just so I could listen to it. I don‘t re-read often but I would listen to this again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Using for something by a POC #nonfiction2021

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derr.liz
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"...the most abusive parts of our nation obsessively neglect yesterday while peddling in possibility. I remembered that we got here by refusing to honestly remember together. I remembered that it was easier to promise than it was to reckon or change."

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TheBookDream
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I‘m supposed to have all this done by the end of the month for various book clubs 😦

PurpleTulipGirl You don‘t need to sleep, do you? 1y
TheBookDream @PurpleTulipGirl 🤣 well, I‘m not anyways 1y
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readordierachel
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In this memoir addressed to his mother, Laymon shares the weight of being a black boy and man in the U.S., childhood trauma, romantic and familial relationships, gambling addiction, body dysmorphia, and disordered eating/exercising. It feels rare to hear a cis man openly talk about their experiences with the latter. Not an easy read but I'm glad to have read it.

vivastory Stacking. Have been looking for more memoirs by poc since reading 1y
readordierachel @vivastory That one is on my list after your review! 1y
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eccburnham
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Amazing experience on audio! Dunno how he did that. Hope this read makes me a more compassionate student and teacher. Oberlin & Vassar connections.

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nelehelen
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The sheer talent, tenacity & heart that the author exhibits in his memoir is astounding. As Laymon dissects his relationship with his body, writing, addiction & family, he explores the weight that black bodies carry and how this weight, perceived by society as dangerous & disposable, is rooted deeply in American society. Layered and complex, this memoir felt like the the truest representation of a human and of a black man living in America.

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staci.reads
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Wow. This one will stick with me a long while. A memoir that is honest and painful and lyrical all at the same time. This is my first Laymon, but How to Slowly Kill Yourself and others in America is definitely getting moved up on my list now. Highly recommend!

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Blaire
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Listening to this memoir blew me away. It was beautiful and heart-breaking. Listening to him grappling with his childhood, his relationship with his mother, his body, his career, traum andhow all of it was impacted by racism (both explicit and systemic) was so compelling. I listened to it in 2 stints. Highly recommend.

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SanjanaGhosh
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Mehso-so

65:2020

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Megabooks
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This is my first audio read and his voice turns prose into poetry! Kiese writes this to his mother about their tumultuous relationship. How they brought out the best and worst in each other. It is also about how Black bodies are used and abused in society as well as how he abused his own through weight loss and gain. A short, but very deep read. 5⭐️ #reread #audiobook

REPollock I heard him read from this two summers ago. It‘s powerful. 2y
Megabooks @REPollock so powerful. 2y
Reviewsbylola Really powerful stuff. ❤️ 2y
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Wife I really liked Heavy. Another audiobook that you might like is 2y
Megabooks @Wife I tried to listen to Hollywood Park, but I didn‘t like that he wrote it from the perspective of a child. It felt awkward to me, so I bailed, which is too bad because his story sounded interesting. 2y
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Emilymdxn
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I can‘t believe I left it so long to read this! This was so special and original and I loved how Kiese didn‘t reduce down any of the complexity in his story. He let himself and so many other people have so many layers. The writing about his body is probably what will stick with me most though. I‘ve never read such raw, profound writing about a Black man‘s relationship with his body.

Megabooks Yes, such a wonderful book. Great review! 2y
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crazyspine
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His writing style is dream-like. I became attached to the author as a character and was rooting for him the whole way.

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sarahlandis
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“America seemed filled with violent people who like causing people pain but hate when those people tell them that pain hurts.“
This book was beautiful. There is a lot to process in it. Laymon flows from story to story of abuse he's faced and how his trauma manifested and always came back to the metaphor of being heavy. Being black in america is heavy, but heavy and black in america is heavy. The emotional, physical, mental trauma.. is heavy.

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Megabooks
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So there are some great deals today on BIPOC authors in the US.

Heavy I read as an audiobook, and I highly recommend! The deal today is on the Kindle ebook.

I read Elizabeth Acevedo‘s second book, so I‘m excited to go back and read her first, especially since I‘ve heard it‘s great on audio!

I also picked up the Ward both on Kindle and I added the audiobook for just $3.99. I‘m really excited to read her nonfiction.

#integrateyourshelf

MicheleinPhilly Men We Reaped is incredible. 2y
SamAnne Loved Heavy (did audio) and The Men We Reaped. 2y
allureofbeauty I really want the poet x but I don‘t have a sub to audible right now. Blah. 2y
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly @SamAnne I‘m really excited to read The Men We Reaped! I‘ve been wanting to for awhile. 2y
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TheBookHippie
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This is really good if your looking for an #intergrateyourshelf book to read

Mitch The interview on THE STACKs is amazing too - 👍🏼 2y
TheBookHippie @Mitch RIGHT?!?! I love them!! 2y
TheBookHippie @Mitch I read this when it came out but I got an email bout the kindle version so I thought I‘d share. It‘s so worth the 3 bucks! 2y
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Mitch @TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Megabooks This is a fantastic book!! 2y
TheBookHippie @Megabooks RIGHT?!?! I just think for 3 bucks it‘s really really a good deal. 2y
JamieArc The audio version is excellent. The author reads it himself. I never would have done it justice, reading it to myself. 2y
LatrelWhite 👍🏽 I also purchased it great price!😄 2y
TheBookHippie @JamieArc I‘ve got a free credit I may revisit this !!! Thanks . I didn‘t catch that! 2y
Emilymdxn I rly wanna read this one but british Amazon‘s daily deals are neeeeeever as good as in the us 😞 2y
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Librarian
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Beautifully written, difficult but important to read. Truly heavy on the mind and soul.

“I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read that lie. I wrote this to you instead.”

I‘ll be thinking about this book for a while.

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EKonrad
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An incredibly timely and valuable memoir. Laymon‘s writing is heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time. I feel privileged to have read it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BeaG I really liked this one. 2y
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cajunsyd
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One of my library hauls from the early days of COVID-19. Seems an appropriate time to start this one.

EKonrad Just started reading this too. Definitely appropriate for what‘s happening these days! 2y
cajunsyd @EKonrad 👍🏻 2y
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PapiJ
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“I wanted to write a lie. You wanted to read that lie. I wrote this to you instead”

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PMMREADS
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@kieselaymon

“Most days my body did not want to practice, but I convinced it that sitting still and writing were a path to memory.”

“We were both telling the truth.”
“We were both lying.”
“We were both telling the truth.”

“There was no wealth in our family, you told me more than once. There were only paydays.”

“We cannot live healthy lives in the present if we drown ourselves in the past.”

diovival That last line. Oof. 2y
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andioop

Some broken folk do whatever they can not to break other folk. If we‘re gone be broken, I wonder if we can be those kind of broken folk from now on. I think it‘s possible to be broken and ask for help without breaking other people.

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andioop
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I do not know how to begin describing this book.
Someone said it‘s a book everyone with a mother should read. It‘s also a book everyone with a body should read.
Our bodies are not just vehicles for our sentience. They are sentient. They are us.
I am so tired after reading this.
I am not the “us” of this book. It is not for me. It is for Mary, and it is for Black mamas and babies. But, in a way, it is for all of us.

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BrownGirlReading
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This is my first book of 2020 and it was EXCEPTIONAL!!!! This memoir is poignant, real, and raw. It emotionally took me out! Released in 2019, Heavy was probably one of the best American memoirs of the year. I highly recommend it!

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needleminding
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Been listening to Heavy lately and it's amazing. I don't really love memoirs, generally, but this holds so many layers of experience, speaks with such honesty and love and genuine confusion about both. But also style, bold confidence in language, resilience, and "that Black abundance".

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rmaclean4
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What I think of this book does not matter. This book was not written for me. I found it brutal, beautiful, disturbing and poetic. In its form it reminds me of On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous. It is a letter from a son written to a single mother.

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Completely forgot to review this after finishing it last week! This was recommended to me by one of my professors and although I had heard of it I had no idea how vast this memoir was.
It's written as a (love?) letter to his mother, both a perpetrator of violence against Laymon and at the same time his only protector. Laymon explores what violence (domestic, racist, systemic) does to a non-normative, black, obese body in America.

ephemeralwaltz It is devastating and brilliant, an unknown to me and unique voice. I recommend checking out his interviews and other events on YouTube. He is critical and intricate in both his thinking and writing. A real pleasure to have read! 3y
merelybookish I just finished this too! It was really powerful. And feels like required reading, especially for people in the US! 3y
readordierachel Great review 3y
ephemeralwaltz @merelybookish very! I'm glad you liked it. @readordierachel thank you!❤️ i hope you like it if you decide to read it. 3y
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rmaclean4
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Starting this memoir today. I have read some great reviews! #NFNov #nonfictionnovember

Clwojick 1 pt. 3y
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merelybookish
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I've spent most of today in the car. Dropping off and picking up people at school, the orthodontist, and the airport. I'm pooped!
The only upside is all that driving meant I listened to about half of this memoir. It is beautiful, important, and heavy.
#TIL The name Kiese means joy.
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Blaire I‘ve heard good things about one. 3y
merelybookish @Blaire It's really good! A bit like Coates's Between the World in Me, a very honest and specific story about being black in the US. 3y
rsteve388 4 pts 3y
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merelybookish
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My #weeklyforecast. Finish a few. Start some others. Mostly trying to read for #nfnov.
@cinfhen @Clwojick @rsteve388

vivastory I hope you like (not sure that's the right word) In Cold Blood 3y
Megabooks Heavy is so good! 3y
Cinfhen Sounds like a sustainable plan!! I‘m trying to read a bit “more” for #NFNovember too 3y
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readordierachel Good plan! 3y
merelybookish @vivastory Everyone sings its praises so I'm going in with high hopes! 🤞 3y
merelybookish @Megabooks Oh my, good and heavy! 3y
merelybookish @Cinfhen We'll see! 🙂 3y
BarbaraBB In Cold Blood is sooooo good! 3y
rsteve388 1 pt 3y
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KryssyB
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Currently listening to - Heavy by Kiese Laymon

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scowler1
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A great book in many ways and quite an important work I would say, but it did get a little tedious past the halfway point and lost its impact. Brilliant writing though.

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BeaG
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Excellent memoir. Raw and real.

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thebluestocking
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As it says on the tin, this was heavy in subject matter. A memoir about Kiese‘s teen/early adult years, it deals with sexism and racism and health and abuse. I found it to be well written and insightful. The audiobook experience was superb; it‘s read by the author.

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Heavy is at the top of my stack for the Eudora Welty Writers‘ Symposium. KieseLaymon will be our keynote author, October 10-12, 2019, at Mississippi University for Women!

JamieArc If you have time, the audiobook of Heavy is really well-read. I believe the author does it himself, and he reads it so rhythmically, I couldn‘t imagine myself getting it right while reading. 3y
Kdunkelberg Good to know. I‘m not a fan of audio books, but when the author reads it‘s another experience. Of course anyone can come hear him live and ask questions at the Symposium. I‘ve had that experience before with him, so I can hear his voice as I read. It does make a difference. (edited) 3y
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Kdunkelberg
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Heavy is on the top of my stack for the Eudora Welty Writers‘ Symposium. Kiser Laymon will be our keynote author, October 10-12, 2019, at Mississippi University for Women.

Kdunkelberg Other books: Biloxi by Mary Miller, Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson, Brides in the Sky by Cary Holladay, Green Target by Tina Barr, The Bones of Winter Birds by Ann Fisher-Wirth, dark // thing by Ashley M. Jones, Devonte Travels the Sorry Route by T. J. Anderson III, When You Learn the Alphabet by Kendra Allen, Who Killed Buster Sparkle be John W. Bateman, and Gumbo Life by Ken Wells. 3y
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ElectricKatyLand
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I listened to this one on audiobook and had to pause, rewind, and take a moment to let the words sink in multiple times each chapter. Laymon is a beautiful writer and this book flayed me. If you want to grapple with identity, race, abuse, family dynamics, truth/lies, trust and just about anything else, let Laymon guide you. Can't recommend highly enough.

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rkeo
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Heavy is the perfect title for this memoir. That's the only word I can even think to describe it, for it was heavy in so many different ways. I was torn between feeling like I was supposed to read his story and feeling I didn't have the right to do so.

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SamAnne There is a great list of 50 top memoirs from the past 50 years at the NYT book section. Really great list and I added to my TBR list. Heavy is the most recently published book on the NYT list. 3y
Well-ReadNeck @SamAnne yes, came out last month or so, I believe. Lots of perennial favorites on that list. 3y
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Jas16
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This audiobook took me much longer than usual to get through because I just wasn‘t in the mood for something so raw and intense. I am really glad I stuck with it because it an incredibly powerful memoir and there is no scar that Laymon does not reopen and examine on these pages.

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Wife
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A brilliant man with a brilliant mother...this book isn‘t written in prose, but almost sounds like it when read by the author. I‘m drawn to memoirs and this one is unlike anything I‘ve read before. Addiction, eating disorder, absent father, absent mother, loving grandmother, discipline, lack of discipline, racism, persistence, education, relationships, and honest feelings about all of it. 4/5⭐️s #BFC

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SamAnne
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Wow. One of the most powerful memoirs I‘ve read in a long time. Brutally honest and the writing so unexpected. The audio version is fantastic.

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Billypar
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The title is a good descriptor of the subject matter of this memoir. Laymon captures the complicated relationship with his mother in rich detail via the dialogue. The same love and concern in how she pushes her son to achieve mixes with the pattern of abuse. The author's tone makes the depth of feeling for his mother clear, and it reminded me how easy it is for an outsider to preach cutting ties with an abuser than for the family member to do so.

Christine Loved this book, and your review is so true. 3y
Suet624 Great review. 3y
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HardcoverHearts
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I have so many thoughts about this book. So many that I needed to talk it out. See the discussion here: https://youtu.be/ZDP3tV56Kos

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masofia
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This is an incredible account of Kiese Laymon‘s life and the amazing amount of adversity that he‘s experienced. There are so many layers to the interpersonal conflicts, personal insecurities, and societal commentaries. It‘s riveting and difficult to witness.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Theaelizabet I‘ve been hearing and reading so much about this. He did a really interesting interview with the NYT Book Review podcast. 3y
MsLeah8417 @Theaelizabet I was fortunate enough to attend one of his reading/signing events for the release of Heavy in paperback. He was amazing. 3y
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