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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings | Maya Angelou
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local powhitetrash. At eight years old and back at her mothers side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her ageand has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.From the Paperback edition.
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underground_bks
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BANNED BOOK WEEK RECOMMENDATION! Some books feel like an honor to read. In his review, James Baldwin referred to the “luminous dignity”—and that‘s the perfect description—with which Maya Angelou writes about her joyous, heartbreaking childhood growing up as a Black girl, experiencing racism and rape, yes, but also love, laughter, literature, maturity, misadventure, and coming into her own, in and out of the small Southern town of Stamps, Arkansas.

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Dramatictara
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Amazing read and much respect to the author for sharing her story and excellent literary work!

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Erica5
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A book and a beer. Trying to distract myself from beginning the 2022/23 school year tomorrow.

kspenmoll So soon? Hopefully you get out earlier than we do in CT. 2mo
Erica5 @kspenmoll our students start the 22nd, but I go back for classroom set up and school year prep. Setting my alarm is brutal 😭😂 2mo
HellyStiletto See you in a little while! 😭 2mo
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catsuit_mango
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Heat wave food, and a re-read before reading the other Maya Angelou biographical books.

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Maggie4483
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Finished my June #DoubleSpin. This book (and really everything Dr. Angelou wrote) is so quotable. I just love her so much.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Maggie4483
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“When I was three and Bailey four, we arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed-“To Whom It May Concern”-that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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CRR
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My first book by Maya Angelou. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I have been greatly benefited by her story and style. This book tells her childhood story. I think she has quite a few more autobiographies. I would like to read them too.

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candority
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I forgot to post my #BookSpinBingo list yesterday, but here it is! My #Bookspin is the tagged book, and my #DoubleSpin is Sabrina! Happy May, everyone 🌸💐🌷

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Love your choices! Betty 😭 5mo
candority @Chelsea.Poole I can‘t wait to read Betty! 💕 5mo
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Eggs
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The tagged is the book for which she is most remembered 🦜

#WeRemember #MayaAngelou @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

AllDebooks Absolute legend x 5mo
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Kitta
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Lots of emotions reading this. I‘m interested in her other books now.

I found the chapters about religion hard to read, not that they are difficult or anything, I just found my mind wandering and it was hard to concentrate.

So I‘d give it a 4/5 ⭐️

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Kitta
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Currently reading on the train on the way home from Rhode Island.

I‘m finding it a bit difficult to concentrate on this book, maybe it‘s because I don‘t usually read non-fiction, maybe I‘m just not in the right headspace. I‘m just over 50% of the way through so I‘m persevering.

Bren912 I am finding the same thing. 4mo
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Kitta
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Just starting this, finally, after years of having it on my kindle.

Found an amazing coffee shop called “Sin” which had an amazing selection of baked goods.

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KristiAhlers
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Oh how I love reading anything this amazing human wrote. My heart is so sad we no longer have her wisdom and her words to guide us. This book should be read by everyone. #weremember @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Agreed 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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I just don't know enough about Maya Angelou; this was a good start. The first in a series of 7(!) autobios, this covers from her first memories to early adulthood. Despite all odds being against her, I believe the key to her success was strong & consistent parenting from her grandmother, even tho that only came in spurts. I call this more autobio than memoir; someone retelling stories, not searching for deep meaning.
#AuthorAMonth
@Soubhiville

TH3F4LC0N I just read this myself last month! Pretty good read I thought. Her life was pretty interesting. 🙂 7mo
DrexEdit @TH3F4LC0N I enjoyed it. I'm always curious about really smart people and how they come to do the things that they have done. Ms. Angelou seems to have had a drive for knowledge at a very young age. I don't know if I can read all 7 books though! 😀 7mo
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“When I was three and Bailey four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed--“To Whom it May Concern“--that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson.“

Can you even imagine? 😳

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

EvieBee Wow… 7mo
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tdrosebud
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I read 2 books by Maya Angelou for #authoramonth. Celebrations was poems that were a part of celebrations such as a presidential inauguration. This was actually my first time reading Caged Bird. I had no idea it was autobiographical, and thinking of what she endured in her young life breaks my heart. It makes her journey to success so much more impressive. I'm so glad I finally read it. @Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! 7mo
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Books_and_cwtches
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I'm about halfway through this incredible read. Haunting and beautifully written.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Read for #AuthorAMonth & (coincidentally) #roll100 Feb.

The first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography covers her childhood and adolescence, growing up in the American South in the 1930s and 40s and is at times devastating to read. I found this to be an illuminating work and would like to read more of her writings.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Melismatic
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💖 wish I had read this in high school

#AuthorAMonth

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mom2bugnbee
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Mehso-so

*sigh* Unpopular opinion coming. I didn't love this like I wanted to. I'm not against reading difficult memoirs - I've read many that I've given higher star ratings. This just wasn't for me. I do, however, understand & appreciate what Maya Angelou has meant to literature & particularly POC, especially in 1969, when such things were rarely written.

⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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MeganAnn
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Also finished this title for #authoramonth

I listened to part of this on audio read by the author and read the rest as an ebook, both formats borrowed from the library via Libby. I‘m glad I finally read this and Angelou is a gifted writer. I enjoyed it, but I think I still like her “Mom & Me & Mom” a bit better which I read a few years ago. Some of that may simply be timing and/or format as I read that in hardcover, my preferred format.

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tjwill
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This memoir spanned through Angelou‘s formative years and told about many of the hardships she had to work through. Some of it is hard to read (tw: sexual assault, rape), but she skillfully explains in retrospect how she was impacted by her experiences. I listened to the audiobook; I love listening to her tell her own stories. #AuthorAMonth

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Texreader
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To understand a person, I think understanding the person‘s thoughts and experiences growing up are critical. I‘ve learned so much about Maya Angelou but also, I suspect, the same can be said of the vast majority of poor young black girls raised in the south (as Oprah confirmed in her foreword). It was brutally honest and eye-opening. I understand why it‘s a classic. I‘m so glad I finally read it after being so long on my tbr list. #authoramonth

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TH3F4LC0N
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So this was a pretty good book! I‘ve never read any of Maya Angelou‘s poetry, but her autobiography was very interesting and well written. For my full thoughts, see my YouTube review here:

https://youtu.be/tqCNrYDjlCY

Good book! ☺️

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Texreader
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Three hours waiting for surgery was not wasted! Three hours of this book! I couldn‘t do much of anything in recovery (this photo) but dang I loved these things on my legs for circulation. Do they sell these??

(TW TMI) I‘m now short a left thyroid and a large benign cyst that was pressing into my vocal cords. So I‘ll have a very rough voice for a few weeks. But I‘m well enough to post, at least while the pain meds are working!

#authoramonth

DGRachel Glad the pain meds are working and you were able to get some reading done before surgery! 8mo
BookNAround Heal fast and well! 8mo
Texreader @DGRachel Yes double good news. It sure helps to have a book handy to fend off nervousness and wondering why it was taking so long. Thanks! 8mo
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Texreader @BookNAround Thanks!! 8mo
Dragon Glad your surgery went smoothly today. Take care , wishing you a speedy recovery 💐 8mo
JamieArc A smooth recovery to you. I remember loving those legs compressor things after my surgery too. 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin Wishing you a super speedy recovery! And lots of reading time. 😉 8mo
Cortg Sending good vibes for a speedy recovery! 8mo
Soubhiville Sending wishes for a swift healing process. Take good care. 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence Virtual hugs to you for a quick recovery! 8mo
wanderinglynn Sending healing energy and positive vibes for a speedy recovery. 💚 8mo
Lcsmcat I hope your recovery is swift and uncomplicated. 8mo
marleed Oh, I‘m sending positive energy for a speedy recovery your way! 8mo
Roary47 I hope you have a quick and restful recovery. Hopefully, all you need to do is read and sleep! 💛 8mo
RealLifeReading Take care 8mo
Jas16 Wishing you a speedy recovery 💐 8mo
Librarybelle Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️ 8mo
mrp27 Take care 💐 8mo
MaureenMc Best wishes for healing and a quick recovery! 8mo
Catsandbooks So glad everything went well dear friend! Sending love for a quick recovery!! 💕 8mo
julesG Virtual hugs and speedy recovery! Those leg huggers look very futuristic. 8mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope you have a speedy recovery! ❤️‍🩹 8mo
Texreader @DaveGreen7777 Thank you! 🤗 8mo
LeahBergen Best wishes for a speedy recovery! ❤️❤️ (edited) 8mo
MaleficentBookDragon 🤗 wishing you a speedy recovery. 8mo
Bookzombie Hoping for a speedy recovery! 💗 8mo
Nute Just saw the post today. I hope that your recovery was swift, Karen. I am thinking of you and sending hugs and best wishes. Take Care! 7mo
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Texreader
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I am going to have surgery on Friday. This surgeon doesn‘t require I stay the night in the hospital (yay), so instead he will keep me under observation for 5-6 hours. I am trying to decide what are my best reading options when I groggily wake up from anesthesia: the tagged book for #authoramonth, Elephant for #readingafrica2022 #SouthAfrica, or Silence for #foodandlit #Argentina. I think I‘ll just have all 3 on hand.

JamieArc Wishes for a smooth recovery 🙏🏼 8mo
KathyWheeler Good luck with your surgery! I‘d have them all on hand too. 😊 8mo
Texreader @JamieArc @KathyWheeler Thanks. I‘ve got a serious case of the nerves about this. I appreciate all the well wishes and prayers. And i am loving my elephant book. 8mo
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Jas16 Hoping it all goes smoothly! 8mo
Ruthiella I wish you a speedy recovery. ❤️ 8mo
TrishB Hope all goes well ❤️ 8mo
squirrelbrain Hope it all goes OK for you. 8mo
Librarybelle Hope all goes well! ❤️ 8mo
KathyWheeler @Texreader That elephant book looks good. I‘ve added it to my tbr. 8mo
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Maggie4483
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Spending my evening with Maya and Maya. ❤️ 📚 😻

AlaMich What a sweet face!😻 8mo
Julsmarshall 😻 8mo
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Texreader
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“In Stamps the segregation was so complete most Black children didn‘t really, absolutely know what white looked like. Other than that they were different, to be dreaded, and in that dread was included the hostility of the powerless against the powerful, the poor against the rich, the worker against the work for and the ragged against the world dressed.

“I remember never believing that whites were really real.”

Texreader I started this tonight for #authoramonth 8mo
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Texreader
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Long on my tbr list it‘s perfect timing to read for #authoramonth. @Soubhiville

freeatlast1137 It will break your heart at times, but definitely worthwhile. 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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So this is a first: pages 115-146 are just missing. Not torn out, just missing. And not misnumbered- there is an entire part of the book missing. 🙄

TrishB Oh no ☹️ 8mo
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megnews Oh my gosh. That‘s so weird! 8mo
Bookwomble 🤯🤬 8mo
5feet.of.fury What the heck! 8mo
DrexEdit The binding machine missed a signature. You're missing 32 pages or one signature. It is kind of a rare issue but it does happen. Because it's a manufacturing default you should be able to exchange the book. 8mo
DrexEdit You might find a signature repeated later in the book. That would be why no one noticed the book was 32 pages shorter than the rest of the print run! 😜 8mo
LiteraryinLawrence No! That‘s so interesting though @DrexEdit . I didn‘t know that! 8mo
Leftcoastzen That is upsetting! I had a signature missing from a Trollope title , since it was from a set printed in the 1920s,Couldn‘t return It. 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @DrexEdit Oh wow- I had no idea! 8mo
ozma.of.oz Oh no! 8mo
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IndoorDame
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Beautiful and powerful. It‘s easy to see why this became an instant classic. I‘m very glad she ended up on our #AuthorAMonth list this year.

#Nonfiction2022 #Free #PopSugar2022 #ABookWithAQuoteFromYourFavoriteAuthorOnItsAmazonPage @Soubhiville @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Soubhiville Me too! 8mo
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“When I was three and Bailey four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed – ‘To Whom It May Concern‘ – that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas, c/o Mrs. Annie Henderson.”

#FirstlineFridays

Such a powerful start ! Excited to read this for #AuthorAMonth Thank you @Soubhiville 💐☺️

Soubhiville ❤️ that is a big start! 8mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Finally. Thanks to #Authoramonth2022 & @Soubhiville for "forcing" me to read her.

And, no, I am NOT increasing the speed of the audiobook.

AmyG Same here. And I am listening to this, too. I also didn‘t speed it up. Her voice is quite soothing. 8mo
mom2bugnbee @AmyG Exactly! I actually rarely speed up audiobook, because the usual reason I listen is for the narrator. 8mo
AmyG Same here. Especially if the author is reading it. 8mo
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Leniverse
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Eggs Well done 👍🏼 🐦 8mo
Ddzmini One of my favorites 📖 8mo
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freeatlast1137
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A memoir of Maya‘s childhood.

I found this book fascinating except the one part that hits a lot deeper now that I have a kid and it would have been deep prior to motherhood. I almost had to stop the book.

Book 4 of 2022

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DivineDiana
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I visited Barnes & Noble yesterday. Who knew you could buy a Barbie doll there? I was impressed with this Maya Angelou one from the Inspiring Women collection! She is holding a copy of her famous book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.

Cathythoughts That‘s fabulous 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
Lesliereads 😍 9mo
staci.reads I love that so much! 9mo
BiblioLitten Whoa! Niceee 😍 9mo
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CuriousG
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Isolating waiting for Covid test results (fingers crossed for a negative so I can have freedom to roam again!) In the mean time, enjoying digging in to this book. I've had it on my shelf for at least 10 years and somehow never started it. It is so good!

TrishB Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 and it‘s a great read! 10mo
Soubhiville 🍀🤞 10mo
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Mitch
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Thank you @JaneyWaneyB for knowing exactly what new card my shelf needed ♥️

JaneyWaneyB So glad you love it 🤩💖 10mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Heartbreaking but also beautiful.

#bannedbooksweek

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 12mo
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flybluejay
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“We were like actors who, knowing the play by heart, were still able to cry afresh over the old tragedies and laugh spontaneously at the comic situations.”

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Butterfinger
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It was my first reading, but not my last. Each word was written with clarity and purpose, I felt I was living through the falling of the preacher's dentures, the confusion and aftermath of the rape, and listening to the Joe Louis fight beside her. She witnessed so much violence before she became an adult, but she never gave up her humor and love. An inspiration and a treasure!!!

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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Butterfinger

If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.

The tragedy of lameness seems so unfair to children that they are embarrassed in its presence.

I remember never believing that whites were really real.

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.

Butterfinger If we were a people much given to revealing secrets, we might raise monuments and sacrifice to the memories of our poets, but slavery cured us of that weakness. 1y
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Heartbreaking, inspiring and beautiful

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