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Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum Cover Image
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     Three Things I Like: Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2, and Spy
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Three Things I Like: Also Star Wars, coffee, and long walks

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ISBN: 9781982136451
Availability: Backordered
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 14th, 2020

A Peculiar Peril (The Misadventures of Jonathan Lambshead #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374308865
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 7th, 2020


Three Things I Like: witches, glitter, & magic

Currently Reading: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

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ISBN: 9781635574043
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

The Wise Man's Fear Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756407124
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Published: DAW - March 6th, 2012

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
Availability: Special Order
Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170996
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 3rd, 2019

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250170972
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 6th, 2018

A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765376466
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Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119685
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

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ISBN: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 7th, 2013


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Three Things I Like: Craft beer, Star Wars, and veggie korma

Currently Reading:  Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman, Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth

2020 Favorites!

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780231074896
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Published: Columbia University Press - February 14th, 2012

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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020


Three Things I Like: indie rock, John Mulaney, and making homemade pasta

Currently Reading: The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale

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ISBN: 9781784782924
Availability: Special Order
Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018



Three things I like: car rides, carbs, and making up new lyrics to songs

Currently reading: Neon Girls by Jennifer Worley

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ISBN: 9780062971326
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 9th, 2020

Luster: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374312718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 28th, 2020

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512835
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 12th, 2019

Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356199
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 25th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781935639879
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Published: Tin House Books - November 11th, 2014


Three Things I Like: red meat, Nintendo, and my bed

Currently Reading: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


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By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781416548942
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pocket Books - May 20th, 2008

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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.



Three Things I Like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads

Currently reading: Less by Andrew Sean Greer

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ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

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ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

I love Russian novels -- give me Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and I'll be entertained for days. It's hard to adapt/capture the feelings evoked by these classic Russian novels in the 21st centure, let alone by the hand of an American author.  Towles came damn close, through this tale of a count sentenced to life in the Metropol Hotel, which is across from the Kremlin in Moscow.  Recounting days spent and lives lived in this swanky hotel, this book offers a great escape. Highly recommend!

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ISBN: 9780770436407
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Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.


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ISBN: 9780804171472
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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014


Three Things I Like: animals, traveling, and golf 
Currently reading: The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
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ISBN: 9781250155849
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 14th, 2020

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The Watch: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.


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Storytime with Miss Nili, the Storybook Mom with Tom Lichtenheld

Miss Nili is back with virtual storytime to celebrate the release of the picture book Moo-Moo, I Love You by Tom Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction SiteStick & Stone) and Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Plant a Kiss, Straw!)

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Both Amy and Tom's books fly off the shelves here! Add Miss Nili's charming storytelling skills, and it's sure to be a lovely morning diversion for the littlest readers in your life.

Event date: 
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 11:00am
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ISBN: 9781419747069
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

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Rachel Swearingen in conversation with Kate Wisel, "How to Walk on Water"

Join us for the launch of Rachel Swearingen's debut story collection How to Walk on Water! Swearingen will be joined by Kate Wisel, author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men!


Event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP at

About How to Walk on Water: In this spellbinding debut story collection, characters willingly open their doors to trouble. An investment banker falls for a self-made artist who turns the rooms of her apartment into eerie art installations. An au pair imagines her mundane life as film noir, endangering the infant in her care. A son pieces together the brutal attack his mother survived when he was a baby. These stories bristle with menace and charm with intimate revelations. Through nimble prose and considerable powers of observation, Swearingen takes us from Chicago, Minneapolis, and Northern Michigan, to Seattle, Venice, and elsewhere. She explores not only what it means to survive in a world marked by violence and uncertainty, but also how to celebrate what is most alive.

About Rachel Swearingen: Rachel Swearingen’s stories and essays have appeared in VICE, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Off Assignment, Agni, American Short Fiction, and others. Her debut story collection, How to Walk on Water was the winner of the 2018 New American Fiction Prize. She is the recipient of the 2015 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the 2011 Mississippi Review Prize in Fiction. In 2019, she was named one of “30 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD from Western Michigan University. She currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

About Driving in Cars with Homeless Men: Driving in Cars with Homeless Men is a love letter to women moving through violence. These linked stories are set in the streets and the bards, the old homes, the tiny apartments, and the landscape of working-class Boston.

Serena, Frankie, Raffa and Nat collide and break apart like pool balls to come back together in an imagined post-divorce future. Through the gritty, unraveling truths of their lives, they find themselves in the bed of an overdosed lover, through the panting tongue of a rescue dog who is equally as dislanguaged as his owner, in the studio department of a compulsive liar, sitting backward but going forward in the galley of an airplane, in relationships that are at once playgrounds and cages.

About Kate Wisel: Kate Wisel is the author of Driving in Cars With Homeless Men, winner of the 2019 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, selected by Min Jin Lee. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications that include Gulf Coast, Tin House online, Los Angeles Review, New Ohio Review, The Best Small Fictions 2019, Norton Anthology: Flash Fiction America, Redivider (as winner of the Beacon Street Prize), and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the “Poetry on the T” prize and the Marcia Keach Prize. She was a Carol Houck fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and awarded scholarships at The Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, the Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, the Juniper Institute, Writing x Writer’s at Tomales Bay and Methow Valley and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Loyola University.


Event date: 
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781941561225
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Published: New American Press - October 1st, 2020

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men: Stories (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822966272
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - September 15th, 2020

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Storytime with Paris Rosenthal and Miss Nilli, "Dear Baby"

Do you have a baby? Do you love a baby? Do you know someone who is about to have and love a baby? Paris Rosenthal has you covered. She'll be joined by Miss Nilli, the storybook mom, for the launch of Dear Baby.

All start times are in Central Standard Time. Event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please e-mail words@bookcellarinc to RSVP. Login information will be sent to attendees closer to the day of the event.


About Paris Rosenthal: Paris Rosenthal is the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Girl, a collaboration with her late mother, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Boy, which she wrote with her father, Jason Rosenthal. She also wrote Project 1,2,3, a 365-day guided journal. Paris currently lives in New York City. And yes, she is named after Paris, the city.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 11:00am
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By Paris Rosenthal, Holly Hatam (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063012721
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Published: HarperCollins - September 29th, 2020

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Barney Scout Mann in conversation with Justin Lichter, "Journeys North"

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Adventure awaits! In Journeys North, legendary trail angel and thru hiker, Barney Scout Mann spins a compelling tale of six hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007 as they walk from Mexico to Canada. This ensemble story unfolds as these half-dozen hikers--including Barney and his wife, Sandy--trod north, slowly forming relationships and revealing their deepest secrets and aspirations. They face a once-in-a-generation drought and early severe winter storms that test their will in this bare-knuckled adventure. In fact, only a third of all the hikers who set out on the trail that year would finish.

As the group approaches Canada, a storm rages. How will these very different hikers, ranging in age, gender, and background, respond to the hardship and suffering ahead of them? Can they all make the final 60-mile push through freezing temperatures, sleet, and snow, or will some reach their breaking point?

About Barney Scout Mann: Barney Scout Mann has hiked the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails. He is president of the Partnership for the National Trails System. Mann has been recognized with a Lowell Thomas Journalism Award and is the coauthor of The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail and author of The Continental Divide Trail: Exploring America's Ridgeline Trail. He and his wife, Sandy, live in San Diego and have hosted more than 7,000 PCT hikers. Visit him online at




Event date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781680513219
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Published: Mountaineers Books - August 1st, 2020

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Amy Shearn & Emily Gray Tedrowe Joint Launch Party


City life and art fraud, two of our favorite things! Join Amy Shearn and Emily Gray Tedrowe for a joint launch party of their respective novels, Unseen City and The Talented Miss Farwell. 

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(Photo Credit: Marion Ettlinger)

Event starts at Central Standard Time. Event is free, but registration is required. Please e-mail us to RSVP, and access information will be sent out closer to the event. 

About Unseen CityIn a city teeming with stories, how do lost souls find one another? It's a question Meg Rhys doesn't think she's asking. Meg is a self-identified spinster librarian, satisfied with living with her cat, stacks of books, and her dead sister's ghost in her New York City apartment. Then she becomes obsessed with an intriguing library patron and the haunted house he's trying to research. The house has its own story to tell too, of love and war, of racism's fallout and the ghost story that is gentrification, and of Brooklyn before it was Brooklyn. What follows is an exploration of what home is, how we live with loss, who belongs in the city and to whom the city belongs, and the possibilities and power of love.

About The Talented Miss Farwell: At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie's in New York City, selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumored 900 percent profit. Dressed in couture YSL, drinking the finest champagne at trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she's known, is the picture of a wealthy art collector. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she's a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make.

But a thousand miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely--a quiet single woman known as Becky who still lives in her family's farmhouse, wears sensible shoes, and works tirelessly as the town's treasurer and controller.

No one understands the ins and outs of Pierson's accounts better than Becky; she's the last one in the office every night, crunching the numbers. Somehow, her neighbors marvel, she always finds a way to get the struggling town just a little more money. What Pierson doesn't see--and can never discover--is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that she controls, "borrowed" funds used to finance her art habit. Though she quietly repays Pierson when she can, the business of art is cutthroat and unpredictable.

But as Reba Farwell's deals get bigger and bigger, Becky Farwell's debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life?

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781597093675
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Published: Red Hen Press - September 29th, 2020

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Published: Custom House - September 29th, 2020

Jess Rinker ("The Dare Sisters") and Jill Sherer Murray ("Big Wild Love")

Jill and Jess have been friends for years and want to celebrate the launch of their books together! Join us for a truly all-ages celebration of treasure hunts, new adventures, and female friendship and creativity!

Event is free, but preregistration is required. Please email with the subject line "Jess Rinker and Jill Sherer Murray RSVP" to recserve your spot. Access info will be sent out on the day of the event.

About The Dare Sisters: Savannah Dare and her sisters, Frances and Jolene, must find Blackbeard's lost treasure to fulfill their grandfather's dream and save their family home, but they are not alone in seeking pirate gold on Ocracoke Island. Savannah Dare has always wanted to be a pirate. She grew up on legends of Blackbeard from her grandfather--her best friend and fellow treasure hunter.

But now he's gone. Savannah and her sisters, Frances and Jolene are left to find Blackbeard's lost loot on their own. It was their grandfather's dream, and they can't let him down.

No one else in their small town on Ocracoke Island believes Blackbeard's treasure is truly still out there . . . no one except their grandfather's mysterious old business partner, who's determined to find it himself. And when their family home is endangered, the Dare sisters realize finding Blackbeard's treasure is their only hope!

About Big Wild Love: Jill Sherer Murray lived in a dead-end relationship into her forties before she finally let it go. She was like millions of women who struggle with whether to stay in a loveless marriage, a bad relationship, or give up on dating altogether, believing love isn't in the cards. You may be struggling with a similar decision yourself. Perhaps you're terrified of being single, and yet you don't truly feel you're living the life you want. With warmth and honesty, Murray shows you how letting go--of feeling stuck, afraid, and alone, and of believing what you've got is all you deserve--can free you from a life that isn't serving you. She knows this is true, because she did it herself--and ultimately attracted the love and life she wanted. Through her story, other women's stories, surprising facts and statistics, and helpful exercises, Big Wild Love will show you the way back to the self you've lost. It will put you on the path to change and teach you that, wherever you are, it's never too late to start anew and find the Big Wild Love you deserve

About Jess Rinker: Jess Rinker is the author of Gloria Takes a Stand, a picture book biography about Gloria Steinem, and the chapter book Out of Time: Lost on the Titanic. She always wanted to find treasure as a child. In the woods or on the beach, she was constantly hunting for something, and when she first visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina at fourteen she discovered the incredible history there was a treasure in itself. She could never be a pirate because she gets seasick, but writing about pirates has been quite fun. She's now a children's author and writing teacher, but still searches for treasure.
Jess has a BA in Social Welfare and received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has won many awards for her work including short story, creative nonfiction, and most recently an honorable mention for the Katherine Paterson Prize from Hunger Mountain for her middle grade manuscript, The Young Traveler’s Club.

About Jill Sherer Murray: Jill Sherer Murray is an award-winning journalist, TEDx speaker, and author of the newly released book, Big Wild Love: The Unstoppable Power of Letting Go.

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:00pm
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ISBN: 9781631528521
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Published: She Writes Press - May 12th, 2020

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ISBN: 9781250213389
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Published: Imprint - September 8th, 2020

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