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The Once and Future Witches
The Once and Future Witches | Alix E. Harrow
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In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters--James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna--join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be.
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ellarebee
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I don‘t know if anyone else feels this way about NYC in particular, but Juniper‘s comment is an absolute, constant MOOD.

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MoonWitch94
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#JoyousJanuary round-up! I am all caught up with my reading for my busy January. I decided to give up Peach Blossom Spring for this month because I am on the verge of being #overbooked and think I‘d rather read it later, not rush.

This week: Love Medicine, The Once & Future Witches, & Middlemarch

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, well done and thanks for playing along 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 2w
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BarbaraJean
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This was my IRL book club‘s pick for November—women‘s suffrage & witchery felt right for an election month. I really enjoyed this mix of fantasy, fairy tale, & alternate history, with a healthy dose of female empowerment. I loved how the sisters grew—both on their own & together as sisters—and how fierce each one was, in her own way. The writing was clever & the cast of supporting characters was wonderful as well—from love interests to villains.

BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks This was my November #DoubleSpin—one more completed! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2mo
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Mximlay
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Such an excellent book, I also really enjoyed being able to switch seamlessly between audiobook and ebook

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Cupcake12
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500 pages+ 4⭐️
It‘s 1893. No witches. Welcome the Eastwood sisters who join the suffragettes of New Salem and begin to learn the forgotten magical words that turn the womens movement into a witching movement.
The writing is this books greatest strength, traditional yet vivid. It really showcases sisterly bonds but it has issues of pacing.
Patience is needed to see the story through but is well worth it for the inspirational and empowering read

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IndoorDame
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This was an amazing read! I think reading it yesterday during the election felt especially apt and gave it more weight. This has been sitting on my kindle waiting to be read all year. I think something about the description and cover art convinced me it would be a dense read that I was never quite in the mood for, but it wasn‘t that at all. It was a fun lively story with vibrant diverse characters and a great revolutionary spirit.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking!! 3mo
Aimeesue One of my recent faves. The audiobook is brilliant, too. 3mo
BennettBookworm One of my favorites!! 3mo
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IndoorDame
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LadyCait84
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Suffragette witches, led by a trio of sisters who charmed me with their messy bonds, fierce love, and cohesive rage. Adored this one.

And as I finished it during the first hour of Dewey‘s #reversereadathon, I completed the first part of the readathon‘s Book Reports Challenge (draw a picture that shows what your book is about) with this doodle of Beatrice Belladonna Eastwood.

Scochrane26 Very cool drawing 6mo
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PuddleJumper
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Fitz is using it as a head rest 😅 Better read something else until he wakes up

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readswellwithothers
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Clocking in at just over 16 hours, this is one of the longest fiction audiobooks I've read...and it was amazing! The narration was beyond incredible. I am confident that I would have enjoyed the book even if I'd read this in print form, the story is so much more compelling and entrancing than I imagined it would be. That said, I cannot emphasize enough how it became an actual *experience* to have Gabra Zackman deliver this tale to my eager ears.

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BookwormAHN
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I loved this book. It's alternative history told like a fairy tale. Three sisters who are witches use the suffraget movement to bring witchcraft back into the world 🪶
#RoaringWolf #Gold @Roary47 @Littlewolf1
#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks
#WickedWords #New @AsYouWish
#BBRC #GrowUp #AlternativeHistory @LibrarianRyan
#TheSupernaturalYear #Witches @AkashaVampie
#Pantone2022 #Potpourri @Clwojick

Clwojick This is on my list for the year! Hope to get to it soon! ❤️ 13mo
AkashaVampie Great job sweetie!!! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
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Roary47 Interesting concept. 😊 13mo
GirlNamedJesse I loved this one! 😍 13mo
LibrarianRyan This has been on my list for a while. 13mo
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Oryx
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This was so great. Witches, feminism, suffrage, twisted fairy tales - I had so much fun with this book. I didn't expect to enjoy it so much. And I thought the writing was excellent - so visual and evocative.

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 I‘ve seen this a few times but somehow never got round to it. 13mo
sprainedbrain Perfect review. I loved this one! 13mo
Itchyfeetreader Adding this to my growing list … sounds great 13mo
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KathyWheeler
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📖 My Goodreads goal is 175 but I always make that flexible.
🤫 Quiet — I really need quiet in 2022.
📖 I‘m reading The Once and Future Witches, and I‘m enjoying it.
#thoughtfulthursday

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brittanythebookdragon
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Soooo good! A villain we can all hate. Women we can all root for. Magic we would probably all like to have! Definitely worth picking up.

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Oryx
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Charity shop mini haul today ❤️

squirrelbrain Great haul! 1y
Oryx @squirrelbrain figured they were both worth taking a chance on for a few pounds. 😊 1y
TrishB Lucky finds 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Nice 👍🏻 1y
Caroline2 Oh I really liked the Mars room. 👍 1y
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Cazxxx
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One witch you can laugh at. Three you can burn. But what do you do with a hundred?

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galueth28
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There's no such things as witches, but there used to be.

(Started this one today 🎃)

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Tattooedteacher
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So, I misunderstood the open date and thought it was today, but my goodness… such amazing gifts. Really can‘t wait to test out the sticker pen. I‘ve never heard of those before. The book picks are just perfect! Thank you so much @Twainy especially for diligently trying to figure out tea!💜 #hhs

wanderinglynn Fun! 🎃🧡 1y
Twainy 🎃 I had fun reading about tea. I still feel I know nothing about it. 😆 It just occurred to me that I might have been asking the wrong question. I should have asked what‘s the most common tea not what is the best. I think I started a feud between 2 coworkers with that question 😆 I had fun! I‘m not sure what I was searching for when Sticker pens came up 😂 I hope you have a Happy Halloween! 🤗 1y
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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was a book club pick, & honestly not one I would have chosen on my own, but - and this is why I love book clubs - I loved it. Harrow‘s writing is beautiful, & I found myself often wishing I owned the copy I was reading instead of it being a library book just so I could highlight her words. It was a slower read for me, so I was glad I gave myself time to really sink into it &enjoy it. Feminist suffragette witches? It‘s a yes from me.

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ShelbyA7
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Book #53: I really wanted to love this book because I love the concept - witching in 1893 x the suffrage movement x sisterhood - but it took me a while to get through. I still liked the book but there was something missing for me, maybe in the pacing or POV. Love this cover!

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AprilMae
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I call this haul "I blame my local Barnes and Noble worker who convinced me I need them"

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TheatreSpaz
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I'm really excited about this one! I've seen a TON of great reviews. And reading outside between classes is paradise.

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Skyrimir
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This book is so good! Only halfway through but I feel like it may be getting close to best book of the year for me.

Ericalambbrown I really enjoyed this one, too! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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This is a good but not great story of three sister witches at the end of the 1800s. The women‘s suffrage movement is happening while the estranged sisters find each other again and try to find their way forward. I liked the distinctiveness of each sister and watching their interplay. The audio is well done.

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BekaReid
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So this is why women's dresses lack pockets! Love it! 🤣

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em_books
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What an amazing story about magic and family and women‘s empowerment! I loved this book! 🙌🏻🖤

LoverOfLearning I LOVED Ten Thousand Doors of January!!! And his other book is on my TBR! 1y
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suvata
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This is seriously well written fairytale. In 1893, witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters―James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna―join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement.

sprainedbrain Loved this book! (edited) 2y
suvata @sprainedbrain I read it on my Kindle but now I want to by the hardcover 2y
JazzFeathers That sounds seriously awesome! 2y
suvata @JazzFeathers It really was. 2y
staci.reads My daughter just bought this one. I'll have to borrow when she's finished. 2y
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ElspethY
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Took a little bit to get going, but excellent character development, intriguing plot, and great writing! I particularly liked that all the witch spells were nursery rhymes and common songs.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 “There‘s no such thing as witches, but there used to be.”

mcctrish I really enjoyed this 2y
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amma-keep-reading
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i gravitate toward sibling stories and this i thoroughly enjoyed. it was a story and family (blood and self-made), rites of passage, growing pains, love story and the list continues.

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CleverGirl
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Idk about witchcraft but this coffee in a can business is definitely magic 🙀

tpixie Lol 😂 sisters are Magic also!!! 2y
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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Started this one last night 😍

Addison_Reads I just started this one too. 😀 2y
Enchanted_Bibliophile @Addison_Reads We're so in sync ... 😁 This is the second same book we're reading 2y
Addison_Reads @Enchanted_Bibliophile Great minds think alike. 😉 2y
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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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My #BookSpinBingo card for April. 😃

#BookSpin : The Once and Future Witches
#DoubleSpin : White Sand Vol.2

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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seigakuFIGHTo
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The plot of this was magnificent. The weaving of history, magic, and fairy tales was unexpected and perfect. A little wordy at times (especially in the first half for me) and the characters were meh to me, but so, so worth reading the whole thing. Magical.

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Skeeterisme
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Mehso-so

Hmmm...

Tera66 I was so excited for this, but I've seen alot of "meh" reviews. Too bad, the cover is great. 2y
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Catsandbooks
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Thank you so much Allison for the wonderful #BookCupidSwap goodies!! I love everything! I can't wait to read this book! And I already broke into the sea salt caramel chocolate 😂 sooo good! 😍
Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day! 💖

Thanks for hosting Brooke! ❤️

LiteraryinLawrence My pleasure! Happy Valentine‘s Day! 2y
candority So much chocolate! 🍫😋 Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 2y
Chrissyreadit I‘m listening to this book now and I love it!!! I look forward to seeing what you think of it. 2y
Catsandbooks @Chrissyreadit Hooray! I'll probably save it for spooky season, but who knows since I'm a total mood reader. 2y
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KatieDid927
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Unpopular opinion time! I was disappointed with this one. The story dragged for me, making it really tedious to get through to the point that I almost bailed. The characters were so tied to their tropes that they didn‘t develop beyond them enough for me to care, especially when their decision making was implausibly bad. The story was all over the place in general. There are better witchy books out there.

EclecticBookLover Reading this now. I'm intrigued and there are things that I like, but its slow going. 2y
KatieDid927 @EclecticBookLover Yeah that was my experience mid-read as well. Once I finished I wasn‘t impressed overall, but perhaps you‘ll like it more than I did! 2y
wanderinglynn I only got through a couple of chapters before I set it aside. I was listening to the audiobook and thought maybe it would be better in paper. But seeing your review, maybe not. 2y
KatieDid927 @wanderinglynn Yeah I don‘t think the format is the issue. It also seems I‘m not the only one to feel this way as I agree wholeheartedly with the 2 and 3 star reviews on Goodreads. 2y
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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a beautiful story of sisterhood and girl power. I loved seeing them trying to make witchcraft a thing and women being powerful. The villain of the story was well done too. I liked the tales and spells that were thrown into the story. The only thing I was not a fan of was the slowness of the story. Overall it was good and I recommend it.
#bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy #littens #bookreview #review

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Ericalambbrown
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I finally finished this one on this rainy Saturday night. It started slow for me, but I wound up liking it more that I thought I would when I was half way through. I‘m glad I stuck with it. And now I kinda want to know what happens to the characters after the book ended.

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KatieDid927
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1. Tagged!

2. The stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Breathtakingly brilliant and the only adaptation I‘ve experienced that was better than the book.

3. Harry Potter! I saw the first two movies as a teenager before finally reading the books.

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

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ErraticElle
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An incredibly well-written, magical story that is ridiculously creative. Characters with distinct personalities, well-demonstrated flaws, & individualized motivations. Even supporting characters had dynamic development. The world-building was amazing with little historical nods & Easter eggs throughout the narrative, making it immensely fun to read. Despite the fact that it is a lengthy read, not a bit of the plot felt wasted. Beautiful & amazing.

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mcctrish
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I loved loved LOVED this book. Even more than I loved The 10,000 doors of January. Alix E. Harrow can really craft a magical story with just enough realism to make it so that you want it to be true.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I loved this book about witches and magic but more about women and sisters. I especially loved that the middle sister (out of three, like I am) was not evil.

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Q84
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Crazeedi My daughter gave me this book! 2y
Q84 @Crazeedi 💝😆 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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mcctrish
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Starting this

bookgem I love the work they put into this audiobook! So good. 2y
mcctrish @bookgem I know!!!! It‘s amazing. I was actually second guessing myself getting it as audio because I have 10,000 doors in hardcover and you know how one can have book obsessive tendencies 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ but the audio is so cool 2y
bookgem I agree 😂 2y
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bookwrm526
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I loved this story! This was my #Audiobook for #LitsyBooked2021. I enjoyed the author‘s other book as well, but this one was excellent. I loved all of the references to historic events and people, and the ending could not have been more perfect! @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Yay!!! Adorable friend 😻 2y
bookwrm526 @Cinfhen Thanks, he was being a ham lol 2y
Gissy Ahhh so cute in that pose 😻❤️❤️❤️! 2y
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Twainy
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🎧📚 Illumicrate Book!

Witches no longer exist in New Salem. They‘ve all been burned.

It‘s 1893 during the woman‘s Suffragette movement which is about to be impacted by the 3 Eastwood sisters (James Juniper, Agnes, Beatrice ... maiden, mother, crone) who intend to make it the Witches suffragette movement.

Juniper = my favorite & Gideon = evil antagonist. Started slow. I liked the interspersed fairy tales & nursery rhymes. I enjoyed it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Skeeterisme Just started this today! 2y
Twainy @Skeeterisme well I can only say that if you liked The 10K Doors of January then you may also like this one. Same prose. It was a slow start for me but I‘m not a fan of this type of book (adult witches) and I enjoyed it. I hope you like it. 😊 2y
Skeeterisme @Twainy 🤞🤞🤞 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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"She didn't think throwing down the tyranny of man would take so many meetings, but apparently it does."

???

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