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  • ONE SOLDIER'S WAR. by Babchenko, Arkady.
    Babchenko, Arkady.
    ONE SOLDIER'S WAR.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Grove Press, (2008). First edition - The author's incredibly powerful first book which won Russia's inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write 'despite, not because of, their life circumstances.' "In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naive conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war--the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion,…

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    New York: Grove Press, (2008). First edition - The author's incredibly powerful first book which won Russia's inaugural Debut Prize, which recognizes authors who write 'despite, not because of, their life circumstances.' "In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an eighteen-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naive conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages. Babchenko takes the raw and mundane realities of war--the constant cold, hunger, exhaustion, filth, and terror--and twists it into compelling, haunting, and eerily elegant prose." Translated from the Russian by Nick Allen. 395 pp.

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    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (lower corner slightly bumped).

    Book ID: 66335
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  • THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV. by Berg, Elizabeth.
    Berg, Elizabeth.
    THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Random House, (2017). SIGNED first edition - After the death of his wife, Arthur Moses's days have looked the same, but then he encounters 18 year-old Maddy and, together with Arthur's neighbor Lucille, the unlikely trio band together and help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew. A story of "compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age." SIGNED on the title page. 218 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83469
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  • IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death. by Carter, Zoe FitzGerald.
    Carter, Zoe FitzGerald.
    IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The author's first memoir, which won first place in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's literary contest. "After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoes mother decided to end her lifeand asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision drags on as her mother changes her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stir up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty." A controversial but warm and sometimes even funny book which deals with the issues at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. SIGNED on the title page. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-1439148242.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76111
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  • FAREWELL, I'M BOUND TO LEAVE YOU. by Chappell, Fred.
    Chappell, Fred.
    FAREWELL, I'M BOUND TO LEAVE YOU.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Picador, (1996) dj. Hardcover first edition - A lyrical novel by this award-winning Southern poet and writer - it "begins in a room made cool by the approach of death, where and old woman and her grieving daughter are saying good-bye in silent, urgent conversation. In the next room, Jess Kirkman waits with his father, remembering the tales his grandmother and mother have passed down." 228 pp. ISBN: 0-312146000.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 67343
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  • ISIS. by Clegg, Douglas.
    Clegg, Douglas.
    ISIS.

    Edition: First trade edition.

    New York: Vanguard, (2009.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A haunting novella of the supernatural - 'if you lost someone you loved, what would you pay to bring them back from the dead?' Illustrated with drawings by Glenn Chadbourne. 113 pp. ISBN: 9781593155407.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 54177
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  • THE WISH LIST by Colfer, Eoin.
    Colfer, Eoin.
    THE WISH LIST

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Hyperion, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A stand-alone novel by the author of the Artemis Fowl series. The story of a young girl's last chance to redeem herself. SIGNED on the title page. 252 pp. ISBN: 0-786-818638.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 60371
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  • MADEWELL BROWN. by Collignon, Rick.
    Collignon, Rick.
    MADEWELL BROWN.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Lakewood, CO: Unbridled Books, (2009). First edition - New Mexican author's fourth novel in his Guadalupe series, set in a remote town in Northern New Mexico. After he death of Ruffino Trujillo, his son discovers an old canvas bag bearing the name of Madewell Brown. Inside along with an old blanket, a photo of a Negro League baseball team, is a "small, yellowing envelope that was never posted. Thinking it the least he can do, Cipriano mails the letter. When it arrives in Cairo, Illinois, it comes into the hands of a young woman named Rachael, who believes it is from her lost grandfather." 213 pp.

    Condition: Fine (as new) in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 89139
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  • Collignon, Rick.
    THE JOURNAL OF ANTONIO MONTOYA.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Lakewood, CO: Unbridled Books, nd (c 1996). New Mexican author's first novel, one which collapses time, with the living and the dead occupying the same space over the generations. The first novel in his Guadalupe series, set in a remote town in Northern New Mexico. 214 pp. ISBN: 978-1932961966.

    Condition: Fine (as new) in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 89138
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  • I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME. by Craven, Margaret
    Craven, Margaret
    I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME.

    Edition: Later printing.

    Garden City, NY: Doubleday, (c 1973.) dj. Hardcover - Her first novel, a book which became an instant classic - this is a story of a young minister, who does not know he has only a couple of years left to live, who is sent by his bishop to a remote parish in British Columbia among the Tsawataineuk Indians. 166 pp. ISBN: 0-385-025866.

    Condition: Very good in a good only dust jacket (price clipped, tape repair to back cover of dj.).

    Book ID: 44030
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  • THE DECEMBER PROJECT: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery. by Davidson, Sara.
    Davidson, Sara.
    THE DECEMBER PROJECT: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life's Greatest Mystery.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harper Collins, (2014). First edition - For two years, Davidson met every Friday with 89-year-old Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, to discuss what he calls The December Project - that is, "creating strategies to deal with pain and memory loss, and finding tools to cultivate simplicity, fearlessness, and joy at any age. Davidson includes twelve exercises so that readers may experience what she did a sea change in facing what we all must face: mortality." Glossary. 193 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 80185
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  • TRAPEZE: Poems. by Digges, Deborah.
    Digges, Deborah.
    TRAPEZE: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. dj. Hardcover first edition - Fourth collection of poems by this award-winning writer which reflect on a woman's passage into midlife - and which touch on the illness and loss of her husband. 49 pp. ISBN: 1400040825.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 63485
    Keywords: death, illness, mid-life, Poetry
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  • YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER: Poems by Eady, Cornelius.
    Eady, Cornelius.
    YOU DON'T MISS YOUR WATER: Poems

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    New York: Henry Holt, (1995). First edition - The author's fifth collection, a slim book of 21 prose poems, in which he meditates on the dying of his cold and unloving father. 33 pp. ISBN: 0-805036687.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 82511
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  • THE ANCESTOR TREE. by Echewa, T. Obinkaram; Christy Hale, illustrator.
    Echewa, T. Obinkaram; Christy Hale, illustrator.
    THE ANCESTOR TREE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Lodestar Books / Dutton, (1994) dj. Hardcover first edition - Nigerian-American author's first children's book, one which he describes as an original "contemporary folktale" about the importance of community, life and death, custom and change. Illustrated in full color by Hale - in linocut with watercolor and colored pencil. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-525674675.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards in a fine dust jacket (as new)

    Book ID: 89608
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  • THE FALLING MAN by Forma, Warren
    Forma, Warren
    THE FALLING MAN

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Crowell, 1973. dj. Hardcover first edition - An unusual short novel - the story of Frank Cleary, an Irish policeman shot down in Harlem, who, as he is falling to the ground, relives not only his experiences in Harlem, but his roots in Ireland and the civil strife of the 20s. 99 pp,. ISBN: 0-690-000898.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (a bit of toning and rubbing to the dj.)

    Book ID: 8392
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  • BUFFALO DAUGHTER. by Frame, Janet.
    Frame, Janet.
    BUFFALO DAUGHTER.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: George Braziller, (1990). The twelfth book by this New Zealand author, but her first novel to be set in America- in New York, where Frame lived off and on for many years - the story of a young doctor who choses to study death. 212 pp. ISBN: 0-8076-12847.

    Condition: Very near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 58852
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  • BUFFALO DAUGHTER. by Frame, Janet.
    Frame, Janet.
    BUFFALO DAUGHTER.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: George Braziller, (1972) dj. Hardcover first edition - The twelfth book by this New Zealand author, but her first novel to be set in America- in New York, where Frame lived off and on for many years - the story of a young doctor who choses to study death. 212 pp. ISBN: 0-8076-0657x.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (previous owner's name - that of a minor poet)

    Book ID: 58606
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  • DEAR GHOSTS: Poems. by Gallagher, Tess.
    Gallagher, Tess.
    DEAR GHOSTS: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, (2006) dj. Hardcover first edition - Her eighth collection of poems, reflecting, without sentimentality or bitterness, on many of the losses in her life - the long ago death of her father, the recent illness and death of her mother, the too early death of her husband, and facing her own mortality. 140 pp. ISBN: 1555974430.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64913
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  • BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End. by Gawande, Atul,
    Gawande, Atul,
    BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End.

    Edition: Later printing.

    New York: Metropolitan Books/ Henry Holt, (2014) dj. Hardcover - ,Gawande examines the "ultimate limitations and failures - in his own practices as well as others - as life draws to its close. He follows a hospice nurse on her rounds, a geriatrician in his clinic, and reformers turning nursing homes upside-down. He finds people who shows us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about." Notes on sources. 282 pp. ISBN: 978-0805095159.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 88199
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  • THE ANNA PAPERS. by Gilchrist, Ellen.
    Gilchrist, Ellen.
    THE ANNA PAPERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Little Brown, (1988.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Second novel by this award-winning writer: "Fearing intimations of mortality, Anna Hand - a rambunctious, passionate, and famous Southern writer - returns home to Charlotte, North Carolina to make peace with her family and winds up turning the lives of all her loved ones upside down." 277 pp. ISBN: 0-316313165.

    Condition: Good in good dust jacket (slight spine slant, short closed tear to upper edge of front cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 41879
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  • THE PART OF FORTUNE by Goldman, Laurel
    Goldman, Laurel
    THE PART OF FORTUNE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - Southern author's second book - the story of Clara Julian, wanderer, and story-teller, who comes to Green Mansions Home for the Elderly as it awaits demolition - and the stories of the remarkable people who inhabit the home. 249 pp. ISBN: 1555840043.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60001
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  • THE PART OF FORTUNE by Goldman, Laurel
    Goldman, Laurel
    THE PART OF FORTUNE

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1987) dj. Hardcover first edition - Southern author's second book - the story of Clara Julian, wanderer, and story-teller, who comes to Green Mansions Home for the Elderly as it awaits demolition - and the stories of the remarkable people who inhabit the home. 249 pp. ISBN: 1555840043.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (appears unread but with a remainder line.)

    Book ID: 14917
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  • GHOST CATCHER. by Haseley, Dennis; illustrated by Lloyd Bloom.
    Haseley, Dennis; illustrated by Lloyd Bloom.
    GHOST CATCHER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harper Collins, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - An illustrated story written in the style of a folktale for slightly older children. Ghost Catcher is a man who has no shadow, and never feels "scared and never mad and never sad." He snatches back loved ones from the land of the dead - a young boy's mistreated dog, and an old woman's harrassed husband - giving them a second chance at happiness, and their partners a chance to correct the wrongs they had inflicted on them. But when Ghost Catcher visits the land of ghosts, he becomes trapped there, and it takes the combined efforts of all the people in his village to save him. Illustrated by…

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    New York: Harper Collins, (1991) dj. Hardcover first edition - An illustrated story written in the style of a folktale for slightly older children. Ghost Catcher is a man who has no shadow, and never feels "scared and never mad and never sad." He snatches back loved ones from the land of the dead - a young boy's mistreated dog, and an old woman's harrassed husband - giving them a second chance at happiness, and their partners a chance to correct the wrongs they had inflicted on them. But when Ghost Catcher visits the land of ghosts, he becomes trapped there, and it takes the combined efforts of all the people in his village to save him. Illustrated by Lloyd Bloom with full-page, folk-art style paintings. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-060222441.

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    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder mark)

    Book ID: 85733
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  • JESSICA FAYER. by L'Heureux, John.
    L'Heureux, John.
    JESSICA FAYER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, (1976) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - In her last hours of life, after being beaten and robbed on Beacon Hill, Jessica Fayer relives her 76 years. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper to the late Oklahoma book collector Larry Owens and his wife and dated at Stanford in 1994. 180 pp. ISBN: 0-025716506.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67009
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  • THE PORTABLE OBITUARY: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died. by Largo, Michael.
    Largo, Michael.
    THE PORTABLE OBITUARY: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Harper Collins, (2007). SIGNED first edition - Arranged alphabetically, this is "a fascinating, off-beat, and darkly humorous necrology that provides the grim, often outrageous details about the passing of influential persons. Meticulously researchedemploying archaeological records, published obituaries, official documents, and forensic evidencethis authoritative, one-of-a-kind reference presents the unabashed truth about a multitude of celebrity deaths, while examining the various deeds, misdeeds, and lifestyle quirks that hastened the demise and determined the departed's role in history and popular myth." SIGNED on the half title page. Illustrated throughout with photographs. Includes a list of the official causes of death on their death certificates. Sources. 241 pp plus credits. ISBN: 978-0061231667.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers. .

    Book ID: 70304
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  • STILL LIFE IN MILFORD: Poems. by Lynch, Thomas.
    Lynch, Thomas.
    STILL LIFE IN MILFORD: Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1998) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection by this award-winning poet-undertaker of Milford, Michigan, finalist for the National Book Award. One reviewer described it as "haunted by death. . . Lynch finds abundant material in the vacant eyes of corpses, in the pages of small-town obituaries, even in the autopsy notes from Dr. Kevorkian's patients. Yet throughout, Lynch maintains a sturdy, undertaker's stoicism in the face of the cruelest ironies death has to offer." Poems in which "the ordinary becomes a celebration" but underneath the orderly surfaces is chaos. SIGNED on the title page. Notes. 139 pp. ISBN: 0-393046591.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84180
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  • GORGEOUS LIES. by McPhee, Martha.
    McPhee, Martha.
    GORGEOUS LIES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2002.) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's highly praised second novel. Finalist for the National Book Award Finalist. Dust jacket praise from Larry McMurty and Tim O'Brien, among others. O'Brien states: "A genuine work of art. Martha McPhee plainly ranks as one of our country's best young writers." 326 pp. ISBN: 0-15-100613X.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 47285
    Keywords: death, Women Authors
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  • THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS. by Martel, Yann
    Martel, Yann
    THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Collects a novella and three short stories, written earlier in Martel's career, in 1993. Includes the title novella and 'The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton,' 'Manners of Dying,' and 'The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company.'' Martel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for 'Life of Pi.' 208 pp. ISBN: 0-151010900.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 48376
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  • THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS. by Martel, Yann
    Martel, Yann
    THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2004.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Collects a novella and three short stories, written earlier in Martel's career, in 1993. Includes the title novella and 'The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton,' 'Manners of Dying,' and 'The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company.'' Martel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for 'Life of Pi.' SIGNED on the title page. 208 pp. ISBN: 0-151010900.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 43734
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  • THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS. by Martel, Yann
    Martel, Yann
    THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harcourt, Inc., (2004.). SIGNED first edition - Advance issue of the first American edition of this collection of a novella and three short stories, written earlier in Martel's career, in 1993. Includes the title novella and 'The Time I Heard the Private Donald J. Rankin String Concerto with One Discordant Violin, by the American Composer John Morton,' 'Manners of Dying,' and 'The Vita Aeterna Mirror Company.'' Martel won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for 'Life of Pi.' SIGNED on the title page. 179 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed light gray wrappers with covers and spine lettered in black.

    Book ID: 33421
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  • DONNA PARKER: SPRING TO REMEMBER. #4 by Martin, Marcia. [Marcia Levin.]
    Martin, Marcia. [Marcia Levin.]
    DONNA PARKER: SPRING TO REMEMBER. #4

    Edition: Later printing.

    Racine, WI: Whitman, (c 1960.). Hardcover - Duotone illustrations by Sari. In this, the 4th book in the series, Donna is finishing the 9th grade and competing for a school prize, while her best friend Ricky's mother becomes sick and dies and the changes in Ricky's behavior threatens their friendship.. 282 pp. Late 1960's edition, still in the slightly wider format, but with new cover art and a semi-glossy finish. Windowpane design endpapers.

    Condition: Very good ( usual toning to the pages, minor wear to covers)

    Book ID: 36269
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