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Big latte. Small book.

emilyhaldi Pretty 😍 I have this cute little book too 2y
Ellen @emilyhaldi I love the size for commuting/travel! Also got the Hilary Mantel 2y
Mdargusch Love your photo. I need that latte. 2y
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8leagueboot This is such a pretty copy. Is it unabridged? 2y
Ellen @8leagueboot yes, unabridged, and still legible! 2y
bookandcat I love these editions SO much! 2y
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Snow Day | Mercer Mayer
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My neighbor‘s little library post New England Nor‘Easter! #littlelibrary

LeahBergen 😂 Poor LFL! 2y
CouronneDhiver ❄️☃️❄️☃️❄️ Wowzers 2y
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Mehso-so

Eh. I received this #trilogy as a gift otherwise I don‘t think I would have continued on after Book 1, which reads as fairly unoriginal #dystopia - so many better books to read. I did think it improved in Books 2 & 3, and has a satisfactory ending. The characters were never that believable to me. But would I have rated this differently if I was 15-years-old? Oh yes.

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Sourdough | Robin Sloan
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After a run of dystopia, this was the charmer I needed! Sloan doesn‘t disappoint in his follow up to Mr. Penumbra‘s, this time turning to conflicting San Francisco worlds of high tech and artisanal craft to see if they can coexist. Stereotypes come to life in wonderfully quirky characters. The end feels a little flat and rushed, but minimal drama is also a relief for those who want the charm to go on. (Photo at Tartine Manufactory, SF) #foodie

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This behind-the-scenes read gives color to Sedaris‘s evolution to reach success. It‘s fascinating to read some of the real time thoughts behind some of his best known stories, such as The Santaland Diaries and Me Talk Pretty One Day. The early years are shorter entries and a bit choppy; the book picked up for me as his entries expanded into longer vignettes. Great one for his fans; if you haven‘t read Sedaris, don‘t start here! #memoir #diary

britt_brooke Completely agree with everything you said! This is definitely for established Sedaris fans. Love him. 💚 2y
Rcoco Totally agree with your review. The diary got better as it went along. It‘s like he got less self-conscious about what he was writing. I absolutely loved the parts about his French teacher, which he touched on in “me talk pretty one day”. He is so hysterical and he loves his family, however imperfectly. 2y
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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Reading The Power while watching The Handmaid‘s Tale is seriously messing with my brain. I keep wondering what would go down if the Handmaids could suddenly jolt people.

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott's home for 20 years and the setting for #LittleWomen, decked out for the #holidays. Her bedroom is behind the two upper right windows, and the desk between them (no interior photos allowed) where she wrote the first part of Little Women in 6 weeks. He house was preserved only 20 years after she moved out, so 80% of the objects are those of the Alcott #family. #homefortheholidays #seasonsreading #noveldestinations

batsy Amazing! 2y
merelybookish I am so jealous!! 2y
LeahBergen I made the pilgrimage, too! 😍😍😍 2y
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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Lockwood's memorable #memoir had a unique voice, with a poet's love of language combined irreverent #humor and an eye for the absurd. She explores the Sedaris-level wackiness of her highly unusual family and reflections on her lapsed Catholic faith. Weird and wonderful, laugh (or snort) out loud funny.

emilyhaldi Loved this book!! ❤️❤️ 2y
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Mehso-so

I really enjoy Gilbert's writing and she has some thought-provoking ideas on the pursuit of creativity. The book started to slog when I tried to read big chunks; I got much more out of it when I stopped that and just read a few pages a day. Bonus: super short chapters. So short they aren't really chapters, so it is an #easyread. Good to compliment other books on #writing and #creativity, just didn't think it worked as a stand-alone on the topics.

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The Books of Magic | Neil Gaiman
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Yes, yes, they are. Say it proud.
Mural on bookstore owned by author Emma Straub and her husband in Brooklyn, New York. Small, well curated selection and an amazing line up of author signings and talks. Well worth seeking out. #nyc #indiebookstore #indie #bookstore

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When a #pocket sized book finally delivers...it fits in my coat pocket! One of the lovely new pocket editions from Picador Modern Classics designed to be "small enough to fit in your pocket and unique enough to stand out on your bookshelf."

Notafraidofwords 💚 I️t 2y
emilyhaldi I️ just got this yesterday!! Funny, when I️ ordered it I️ had no idea it was a miniature 😂 but I️ actually kind of love it! 2y
LeahBergen Oooo! 😍 2y
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Ellen @emilyhaldi gave it a test run as a subway read and the size was great 2y
LeahBergen How is the type size? Pretty readable? I really want their edition of 2y
Ellen @leahbergen totally legible! 2y
emilyhaldi Yes, perfect for a subway ride!!! 2y
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I was planning to end my #magic kick post Halloween, after reading First Frost, then The Fifth Petal, followed by this. But now I feel like I need to reread Practical Magic to connect the dots to The Rules of Magic! So it continues!

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Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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Reading Siracusa in #Siracusa - I love reading books set in places I vacation. Any tips for #Rome based fiction? We are there next. #vacationreads

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Visited my first Amazon Books retail store today, and found this Will Schwabe #quote on the wall

vivastory I loved that book,so much 2y
Ellen @vivastory me too! It was so nice to see it on the wall 2y
MrBook Ohhhhhhh! Love this! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Another entertaining installment about the Singapore-centric crazy rich. Kwan delves into one of the key characters backstories with some flashbacks, and it did take some effort to keep track of his ever-expanding cast of characters, but the third book of this trilogy didn't disappoint. Kwan continues to use his exceptional eye for details to bring the decadence to life.

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The Priory | Dorothy Whipple, David Conville
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Love is your husband trekking out of his way to #persephonebooks during his London business trip and him not making a peep about the fact you asked him to bring home a door stopper. #ilikebigbooks

LeahBergen Loved this one! 💗 2y
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Admiring the #bookcovers on the next 2 in my #TBR pile. I think I'd wear a shirt inspired by Enchanted Islands and lounge in a living room inspired by The Essex Serpent. I see lots of green velvet happening there.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Adding to all the Pachinko love. #bestofmay Excellent multi-generational saga of a Korean-Japanese family struggling with war, racism, poverty and belonging. Well-developed engaging characters made this a relatively easy read despite its almost 500 pages. Recommended for fans of Homegoing interested in similar read in a different setting. Thanks to Littens for helping me discover this book! #blameitonlitsy

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Q's Legacy | Helene Hanff
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Q on the #TBR: after being charmed by her delightful 84, Charing Cross Road, I picked this up to get more of Hanff's backstory and her love of literature. Q in the title is Sir Arthur Quiller-Crouch, an author and professor at University of Cambridge. #startswithQ #maybookflowers

LeahBergen My pick for today, too! 👏🏻 2y
Ellen I don't think I've ever thought of the book for one of these challenges so quickly! 2y
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The followup to Reichl's bestselling #memoir Tender at the Bone, this book covers her post-chef life of being a restaurant critic. Recipes included! Reichl is a must read for any #foodie readers. 🍎🍎🍎#maybookflowers #fruit

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Entertaining and informative, Bosker spends a year in true participatory journalism investigating the world of sommeliers and seeing if she can transform herself into one, a true cork dork. Bosker is an engaging curious self-admitted nerd with a touch of clumsy, like a good friend. Great one for #foodies, but even if you aren't, you'll get a better understanding of "what's the big deal about #wine?" Warning: likely to increase ? drinking.

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Spent my evening walk putting books in 2 little libraries in my neighborhood - replace the ones I've taken over the years! #littlelibrary

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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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The Complete Adventures of Curious George | Margret Rey, Hans Augusto Rey, Madeleine L'Engle
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She looks nothing like me, but my genes show up in my niece when it comes to a love of books. She has to pick out a book each day to take into her crib for nap time. #ilikebigbooks #reread #kidlit

LeahBergen 💗💗 3y
TrishB Gorgeous 💓 3y
Cinfhen Sweet! 3y
MicheleinPhilly She has excellent book taste! 🐒 3y
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The Essex Serpent | Sarah Perry
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Hello, pretty! Just got back from two weeks away to this happy arrival in my mailbox, courtesy of @WilliamMorrow and @Tav Looking forward to this read with its gorgeous cover and blurbs like this gem: "You feel the influences of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Hilary Mantel channeled by Perry in some sort of Victorian seance." Come on! #bookmail #blurbs

TheLondonBookworm Absolutely loved this book! The cover helps 😂😂 3y
Tav ENJOY IT! It's a gem! 🐍💎 3y
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Just finished my first #persephonebooks, one I totally choose because of its beautiful butterfly #endpapers. Though they are all beautiful and different with Persephone, and best part is that each comes with a matching #bookmark. Must return to London soon!

LeahBergen 😍😍 3y
shawnmooney I wish they'd apply some of that gorgeous design to their covers which are the most boring covers in the entire book world! :-) 3y
Ellen @shawnmooney I actually love the grey covers in a set (must get more) but agree that they could have some fabulous editions with the prints on the outside! 3y
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shawnmooney I know my opinion is a minority one – come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I've seen some Persephone editions thar did have colorful graphically designed covers, haven't I? 3y
Ellen Yes, they issue some of their bestsellers in "bookshop-friendly" editions at a lower price point http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk//persephone-classics/ 3y
quirkyreader @shawnmooney the ones with the Colourful covers are part of the classics line. I think an edition of Little Boy Lost is one of them. 3y
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Great Movies | Roger Ebert
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Fandor posted a trailer of 30 famous authors portrayed by famous actors. Who played it best? https://vimeo.com/171274156

Ellen I still get distracted by Nicole Kidman's prosthetic nose as Virginia Woolf 3y
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A literary memoir combined with thoughts on craft, this is book is great for fans of #stephenking and aspiring writers. He is refreshingly blunt when it comes to writing advice, despairing of adverbs, and the need to make the time. Great insights on King's writing influences, all the way back to childhood, and an all around great read. Will put it up with Bird by Bird for best books on writing. #stephenking17

Suet624 Yup, both of those books are 🌹🌹🌹 3y
Leftcoastzen I have read Bird By Bird , the King is on my TBR .always hear great things about it. (edited) 2y
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Finally finished this after months of dipping in and out! Loved the concept (and the subtitle) - revisiting favorite childhood literary heroines with an adult's perspective - but so it was disappointing that I didn't relate to the author and realized that I haven't read enough of the classics to be familiar with the heroines. Check to see if you've read enough of the books - I got much more out of those chapters. #booksaboutbooks

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Perfectly timed for #happyreads, I love a good fish-out-of-water-in-a-foreign-country tale. A lighthearted look at adjusting to life in rural Denmark when her husband gets a job at Lego, Russell combines entertaining personal anecdotes with journalistic research to explore the cultural, political and sociology-economic reasons that keep Denmark at the top of the happiness charts. (It's definitely not the weather, but the pastries seem to help!)

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Structured as 3 novellas following one character, this book is a thought-provoking read about the politics of vegetarianism and the limits of what we have the freedom to do to our bodies. Some it it is brutal to read, but the beautiful writing elevates it. Set in South Korea, but can easily be generalized to Western societies. Could be a great #bookclub read for the discussions it will create, for me it was a #readaroundtheworld #southkorea.

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Ahrens compares his coming-of-middle-age, fish-out-of-water West Virginian in Korea story with the changing times of Korea and Hyundai, his Korean employer. The concept surprisingly works, as Ahrens' puts his journalism experience to good use. There was more about the car industry in the book than I expected but it was well-written and engaging. Good choice for anyone with interests in Korea, American expat experiences, or the car industry.

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"Hope is contagious"
Ending #blackhistorymonth with current events, this anthology edited by the lovely Veronica Chambers shares 16 perspectives on Michelle Obama's impact and legacy. #signedsundays

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For lovers of #foodiefiction, the appealing main character in this novel is revealed over time through the people she interacts with and the food that she cooks. While I would have liked even more about the main character - there isn't enough of her in some chapters, in my opinion - it's a lovely book with an unusual structure and a strong sense of place.

saresmoore This is such a cute photo! 3y
Megabooks I just picked this up. So happy to know it's good! 3y
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Love Invents Us | Amy Bloom
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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Bailed on page 37, found this adult fairy tale a little too slow and riddle-me-this for my frenetic mind right now. I really liked Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, so this was a disappointment to me. Perhaps worth trying at another time? It's going back to the library right now. #fairytale

TrishB I didn't finish this either, same reason, just way too slow...... 3y
WordWaller I also bailed!! 3y
Ellen @Trisha @wordwaller it made me feel better to see that many Littens had similar reactions! 3y
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The awesome program for Fun Home the musical playing in San Fran with original program cover art by Bechdel of the theater. And first time I've seen this - program is published by McSweeney's! #alltheworldsastage #booktoplay

pocketmermaid I saw it on Broadway and our programs weren't that cool! 3y
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My 2017 goal is to diversify my reading more, in perspective and geography - Does my first ever zombie novel might count toward that?! It admittedly took me a while to realize "oh, this is a zombie book" - publisher didn't play that up and Carey never uses the word. Well-paced multi-perspective read that combined solid science fiction thinking with human emotion. Left me guessing about the outcome until nearly the end. #zombie #diverseread

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Theater Shoes | Noel Streatfeild, Noel Steatfeild
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This tale about the Forbes children discovering that they are descended from a famous theatre family and are to be trained for the stage in WWII England is probably the first "theater" book I read. Multiple times. Still have my 1983 edition on my bookshelf. #alltheworldsastage

RealLifeReading At first I thought, ooh a Noel Streatfeild I haven't read yet. Then when I saw the name Forbes I wondered why she would repeat a family name. No wonder! I knew this book as Curtain Up and loved it when I was a kid. 3y
Ellen @RealLifeReading I remember reading somewhere that some of Streatfeild's books were renamed to piggyback on the success of 3y
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What did I just read? Inventive, crazy and gory, I never knew where this book was going, but so much love for this book on Litsy pulled me through until I got sucked in by the book itself. Great, well-developed characters and fantastic world-building. The ending felt like he left the door open for a possible sequel...anyone else think that? #blameitonlitsy #changedmymindabout

lynneamch Gory? Uh-oh. Well, it's a book club pick for me later this year, and they always pick books worth reading. Plus, library! 🙂 3y
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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating | Elisabeth Tova Bailey
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Naturalist non-fiction is becoming my #escaperead genre these days. This is a lovely short book from an author who ended up studying a snail on her bedside table while bedridden with a serious illness. Part #memoir of serious chronic illness, part quirky naturalist book, it's a meditative read on what matters in life. Plus, it explains snail sex! (Which is, um, unusual) 🐌#bestofjanuary

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Trying to avoid political posting in Litsy, as this is a sanity haven, but this image from a supporter of Alt NPS, the social media activists speaking out in the shut down of comms from the national parks, is too good not to share. Someone should write this novel! Park rangers leading the resistance actually makes perfect sense! Check out www.altnps.org if you want to learn more. #dystopian #rebelrangers #science #nps

beagle.mama I saw this earlier and laughed out loud. I'm so proud of them. 💜 3y
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If you aren't ready to let go, here is a helpful list of every book Obama recommended or was known to have read during his presidency. Includes recommendations he made to Malia, purchases at independent bookstores, and favorite summer reads, making for an eclectic list! #obama #getindie #diversebooks #readharder https://www.google.com/amp/ew.com/books/2017/01/18/barack-obama-book-recommendat...

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I just heard Schwalbe speak at #Keplers bookstore in Menlo Park, CA. Totally a "reader's reader," as he was introduced, Schwalbe discussed the eclectic books that made him think more and feel more. Certainly the first time I've ever heard The Girl on the Train and The Odyssey discussed in the same context! He is on a 38 city #indie bookstore; check if he is coming somewhere near you!

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This was my #MLKinspired read, and it is a heart-rending depiction of the daily burden of being black in America. Coates' descriptions of race and racism are the result of his long personal, academic and philosophical study, and exposes the reality of how far we still have to go in America. In the face of all this ugliness, his prose is beautiful and at times like poetry. #readJanuary

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Truth for today. #diversebooks

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Three #royals in my #TBR pile, with no idea when I'll get to them. Henry has been in the pile for years. Anyone read this one? #readjanuary

Dogearedcopy Oh! I love Margaret George's, 'The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Wil Somers!' It's been a few years; but I remember being heavily engaged with this one, and the one about Mary, Queen of Scots 🙂 (edited) 3y
Ellen @Dogearedcopy thanks, that's great to hear! I've read Phillipa Gregory and Hilary Mantel, so curious to see how George treats it. The size of the book is a little intimidating! 3y
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This #memoir is extraordinary for Wariner's ability to recall specific details of her childhood, which was spent in a polygamist Mormon village in Mexico. In simple prose but with great pacing she recounts the reality of her community's poverty and impact of their belief system on women and children. Hard to put down, this is an eye-opening tale of resilience and love.

Suet624 I knew nothing about this book when I started reading it. What a stunner. 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Patchett is a favorite but I wasn't sold until the second half of the book, which picks up pace once the novel within the novel is introduced. Unlike the unusual environments of Bel Canto or State of Wonder, this book plays out family dynamics in the most ordinary of backgrounds - the suburbs. Patchett says it is her most autobiographical novel http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/09/ann_patchett_discusses_her_new_...

Suet624 Thanks for posting the interview with Ann. It's wonderful. 3y
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I already love this book based on the #epigraph