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NEW DATE: Pam Jenoff & Kate Quinn - The Lost Girls of Paris and The Huntress (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 7:00pm

Grace Healy is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs--each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home--their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother-turned-agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor, and betrayal. Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, The Lost Girls of Paris shines the light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood, and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive. Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it. Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancée, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear. An immersive, heart-wrenching story, The Huntress illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth. 

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels of historical fiction, including the New York Times bestseller The Orphan's Tale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Jenoff’s novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she is the New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network, and has also written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in San Diego with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.

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ISBN: 9780778330271
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

A New York Times BestsellerCosmopolitan Best Book Club Book of 2019PopSugar Must-Read Book of 2019Glamour Best Book of 2019"Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris<

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ISBN: 9780062740373
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 26th, 2019


"...compulsively readable historical fiction…[a] powerful novel about unusual women facing sometimes insurmountable odds with grace, grit, love and tenacity.” - Kristin Hannah, The Washington Post 

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Dr. Shaili Jain - The Unspeakable Mind (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 7:00pm

The Unspeakable Mind is the definitive guide for a trauma-burdened age. With profound empathy and meticulous research, Shaili Jain, M.D.—a practicing psychiatrist and PTSD specialist at one of America’s top VA hospitals, trauma scientist at the National Center for PTSD, and a Stanford Professor—shines a long-overdue light on the PTSD epidemic affecting today’s fractured world.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder goes far beyond the horrors of war and is an inescapable part of all our lives. At any given moment, more than six million Americans are suffering with PTSD. Dr. Jain’s groundbreaking work demonstrates the ways this disorder cuts to the heart of life, interfering with one’s capacity to love, create, and work—incapacity brought on by a complex interplay between biology, genetics, and environment. Beyond the struggles of individuals, PTSD has a tangible imprint on our cultures and societies around the world.

Since 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been a huge growth in the science of PTSD, a body of evidence that continues to grow exponentially. With this new knowledge have come dramatic advances in the effective treatment of this condition. Jain draws on a decade of her own clinical innovation and research and argues for a paradigm shift in how PTSD should be approached in the new millennium. She highlights the myriads of ways PTSD care is being transformed to make it more accessible, acceptable, and available to sufferers via integrated care models, use of peer support programs, and technology. By identifying those among us who are most vulnerable to developing PTSD, cutting edge medical interventions that hold the promise of preventing the onset of PTSD are becoming more of a reality than ever before.

Combining vividly recounted patient stories, interviews with some of the world’s top trauma scientists, and her professional expertise from working on the frontlines of PTSD, The Unspeakable Mind offers a textured portrait of this invisible illness that is unrivaled in scope and lays bare PTSD's roots, inner workings, and paths to healing.  This book is essential reading for understanding how humans can recover from unspeakable trauma. The Unspeakable Mind stands as the definitive guide to PTSD and offers lasting hope to sufferers, their loved ones, and health care providers everywhere.

Shaili Jain, M.D. is a British born American Physician of Indian ancestry.  She is a psychiatrist and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder specialist and currently serves as the Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. She is a trauma scientist affiliated with the National Center for PTSD, a consortium which is widely regarded as the world's leading center of excellence on PTSD, and a Clinical Associate Professor affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jain’s work is widely accredited for elucidating the role of paraprofessionals and peers in the treatment of American veterans with PTSD. Her research has been published in some of the most prestigious medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychiatric Services and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, in addition to being featured in national publications such as The New York Times. Her medical essays and commentary have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Psychology Today, Kevin MD, STAT, public radio and elsewhere.

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ISBN: 9780062469069
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Published: Harper - May 7th, 2019

From a physician and post-traumatic stress disorder specialist comes a nuanced cartography of PTSD, a widely misunderstood yet crushing condition that afflicts millions of Americans.

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Caroline Fredrickson - The Democracy Fix (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Despite representing the beliefs of a minority of the American public on many issues, conservatives are in power not just in Washington, DC, but also in state capitals and courtrooms across the country. They got there because, while progressives fought to death over the nuances of policy and to bring attention to specific issues, conservatives focused on simply gaining power by gaming our democracy. They understood that policy follows power, not the other way around.

Now, in her sensational new book, Caroline Fredrickson--who has had a front-row seat on the political drama in DC for decades while working to shape progressive policies as special assistant for legislative affairs to President Clinton, chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell, deputy chief of staff to Senator Tom Daschle, and president of the American Constitution Society--argues that it's time for progressives to focus on winning. In The Democracy Fix, she shows us how we can learn from the right by having the determination to focus on judicial elections, state power, and voter laws without stooping to their dishonest, rule-breaking tactics. We must be ruthless in thinking through how work to change the rules of the game to regain power, expand the franchise, end voter suppression, win judicial elections, and fight for transparency and fairness in our political system, and Fredrickson shows us how.

Caroline Fredrickson is the president of the American Constitution Society (ACS) and the author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over. She has been widely published on a range of legal and constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on television and radio shows. Before joining ACS, Caroline served as the director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, Caroline was chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to the then Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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ISBN: 9781620973899
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Published: New Press - April 23rd, 2019

The former special assistant for legislative affairs to President Clinton, president of the American Constitution Society, and author of the "damn fine" (Elle) Under the Bus shows how the left can undo the right's damage and take the country back

Despite representing the beliefs of a minority of the American public on many issues, conservatives are in power not just in

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Randy Taran - Emotional Advantage (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 7:00pm

Award-winning author, producer, and founder of Project Happiness, Randy Taran knows that every emotion, feeling, and mental state has the power to bring us back to our true essence, and readers can use Emotional Advantage as a guide to get there.

In recent years, there has been an overwhelming interest in the science of happiness and positive psychology, and many books on the subject. There is a good reason for this: it is a core, universal human drive. And while happiness has opened the door for many to move forward, there is a burgeoning curiosity about the full range of human emotions, all of which factor into the human experience. What do we do when life does not go as planned?

Neuroscience reveals that to understand and utilize any emotion, we need to “name it to tame it.” It turns out that even negative emotions have something to offer, if we know how to learn from them. Have you ever woken up in a fog of feelings and felt directionless? Or maybe it was hard to pinpoint exactly what you were feeling, but it wasn’t where you wanted to be? What if we could actually use our feelings as a pathway to guide us back to our inner compass? What if, like alchemists, we had the tools to transform our emotions to take charge of creating our very best life? What if we could comprehend how even the most troublesome emotions are sending messages to alert, protect, and fuel us forward?

Emotional Advantage is that guide. It will show us how a new perspective on fear can move us to courage, how guilt can clarify our values, and how anger can help us create healthy boundaries.

As founder and CEO of Project Happiness, Randy Taran has created a global organization that has amassed a loyal following of 2.5 million people in less than two years. She has produced an award-winning documentary on the nature of happiness featuring George Lucas, Richard Gere, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, and the Dalai Lama and has written a book on happiness that has become the basis for curriculum in over 120 countries. She has worked with with First Ladies, Ministers of Education, and major thought leaders, been covered in O magazine, Yoga Journal, and the Huffington Post, and is a board member for the Dalai Lama Foundation and the International Day of Happiness. She is a sought-after speaker around the world.

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ISBN: 9781250200051
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - June 4th, 2019

Emotional Advantage is such an uplifting answer to our challenging times. In its pages, you will find encouragement, support, and new perspectives.

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Stephen Markley - Ohio (Corte Madera Store)

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.

On one pivotal summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rust belt town where they grew up, each of them with a mission. There’s Bill Ashcraft, an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist, whose fruitless ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park and now back to “The Cane” with a mysterious package strapped to the underside of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting her former lover’s mother; Dan Eaton, a veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a date with a woman he’s tried to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.

Stephen Markley is an author, screenwriter, and journalist. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Markley’s previous books include the novel Ohio, the memoir Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book, and the travelogue Tales of Iceland. He lives in Los Angeles.

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ISBN: 9781501174483
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 4th, 2019

“Extraordinary...beautifully precise...[an] earnestly ambitious debut.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A wild, angry, and devastating masterpiece of a book.”—NPR

“[A] descendent of the Dickensian ‘social novel’ by way of Jonathan Franzen: epic fiction that lays bare contemporary culture clashes, showing

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Michael Genhart - Rainbow (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 10:00am

Special Event for Kids!

Join us to celebrate Pride at a special story time for ages 0-8. Our story teller Clare will be joined by guest author Michael Genhart to read picture books for children on the theme of LGBTQ families and Pride. We'll also have rainbow flags to color and make.

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride is a must-have primer for young readers featuring bright colors that celebrate LGBTQ+ pride, rainbow families, and the meaning of each stripe of the rainbow flag.  Readers will celebrate the life, healing, sunlight, nature, harmony, and spirit that rainbows in this book will bring.

Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, California. He lives with his rainbow family in Marin County. He received his BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is the author of several picture books including Love Is Love and there are more on the way!

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By Michael Genhart, Anne Passchier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781433830877
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Published: Magination Press - May 7th, 2019

A must-have primer for young readers and a great gift for pride events and throughout the year, beautiful colors all together make a rainbow in Rainbow: A First Book of Pride. This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent's love for their child and a child's love for their parents.

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Gesshin Claire Greenwood - Just Enough (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

When the author was twenty-two and fresh out of college, she found her way to a Buddhist monastery in Japan and was ordained as a Buddhist nun. Greenwood was attracted to Zen's all-encompassing approach to life and how to live it, the way it did not shy away from the big questions about life's meaning, and the radically simple yet profound way it suggests one view the moment, reality, the now. At the monastery, she also discovered a particular affinity for working in the kitchen, especially the practice of using what was at hand to create delicious, satisfying meals even when what was at hand was bamboo. The result of her years working in monastery kitchens, this book is based on the philosophy of oryoki, or "just enough." From perfect rice, potatoes, and broths; to hearty stews, colorful stir-fry dishes, hot and cold noodles, and delicate sorbets, Greenwood shows food to be a direct, daily way to understand Zen practice. With eloquent prose, Just Enough takes readers into monasteries and markets, messy kitchens and four a.m. meditation rooms and offers food for thought that nourishes and delights body, mind, and spirit.

Gesshin Claire Greenwood is the author of the popular blog Thatsozen and the book Bow First, Ask Questions Later. She was ordained by Seido Suzuki Roshi in 2010 and in 2015 received dharma transmission (authorization to teach.) She returned to the United States in 2016 to complete her master's degree in East Asian Studies. A popular meditation teacher, she lives in San Francisco, California.

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ISBN: 9781608685820
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Published: New World Library - June 11th, 2019

Fresh out of college, Gesshin Claire Greenwood found her way to a Buddhist monastery in Japan and was ordained as a Buddhist nun. Zen appealed to Greenwood because of its all-encompassing approach to life and how to live it, its willingness to face life's big questions, and its radically simple yet profound emphasis on presence, reality, the now.

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Irene Sardanis - Out of the Bronx (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 4:00pm

Irene Sardanis was born into a Greek family in the Bronx in the 1940s in which fear and peril hovered. Her mother had come to New York for an arranged marriage. Her father drank, gambled, and enjoyed other women--and then, when Irene was eleven, abandoned her family altogether. Faced with their mother's violent outbursts in the wake of this betrayal, Irene's older siblings found a way out, but Irene was trapped, hostage to her mother's rage and despair. When she finally escaped her mother as a young adult, she married a neighbor, also Greek, who controlled and dominated her just like her mother always had.

But Irene wasn't ready to let her story end there. With therapy, she eventually found the courage to leave her husband and pursue her own dreams. Out of the Bronx is her story of coming to terms with the mother and past that terrified and paralyzed her for far too long--and of how she went on to create a new life free of those fears.

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ISBN: 9781631525391
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Published: She Writes Press - May 14th, 2019

Irene Sardanis was born into a Greek family in the Bronx in the 1940s in which fear and peril hovered. Her mother had come to New York for an arranged marriage. Her father drank, gambled, and enjoyed other women--and then, when Irene was eleven, abandoned her family altogether.

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Gardner McFall - On the Line (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

At fourteen, Gardner McFall lost her Navy pilot father in the Vietnam war. His A-4 Skyhawk was never recovered from the Pacific where he was training for a second tour of duty in Vietnam. Her first poems arising from his disappearance appeared in Ploughshares in 1981. On the Line is her latest book.

Gardner McFall is the author of two books of poems (Russian Tortoise and The Pilot’s Daughter), two children’s books (Naming the Animals and Jonathan’s Cloud), and the opera libretto for Amelia (University of Washington Press, 2009), an opera commissioned and premiered by Seattle Opera in 2010. She is the editor of Made with Words, a prose miscellany by May Swenson and the author of the introduction and notes for the Barnes and Noble classic edition of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. She has received a Discovery/The Nation award, the Missouri Review’s Thomas McAfee Prize for Poetry and residencies to the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Poet Lore, Ploughshares, The New Yorker, Southwest Review, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, On the Line, was published by Finishing Line Press in December.

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ISBN: 9781635348095
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Published: Finishing Line Press - December 14th, 2018

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By Laren McClung (Editor), Yusef Komunyakaa (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780393354287
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

Fifty years after the Vietnam War, this anthology by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees--American, Vietnamese, Vietnamese Diaspora, Hmong, Australian, and others--confronts war and its aftermath.

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Brian Crawford - Shipwrecks of Marin (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is a graveyard of ships. Its steep rock-bound shores, treacherous currents, and frequent fogs have been the doom of hundreds of ships for over four hundred years. Local historian Brian K. Crawford has done extensive research fleshing out the details of famous wrecks from contemporary accounts, and identifying more than a hundred wrecks not documented elsewhere. Many of these are disasters within San Francisco Bay. Many of these tales are full of danger and heroism, of pathos and high adventure. Terrified passengers cling to overturned steamers or clutch at rocks in the pounding seas. Seamen clamber up cliffs to escape certain destruction. One captain runs two ferries aground and sinks a yacht all in one day. The vessels range from Spanish treasure galleons to garbage scows, clipper ships to floating dry docks. If you love ships and the sea or tales of danger and adventure, or if you just want to know more about the many wrecks that dot our coasts, you will find Shipwrecks of Marin endlessly entertaining.

Before settling in San Anselmo in 1986 with his wife, Linda, Brian Crawford travelled the world and along the way became an accomplished navigator, writer and general Renaissance man. In the early 1970s, he joined a group of young people called the Summerland Pirates that bought an historic 147-foot schooner in Nova Scotia and sailed it down the East Coast. In 1972 he got hired as a navigator on Warana, the Australian nuclear protest yacht on its way to protest French nuclear testing at Mururoa atoll. After the mission broke up, he helped to repair and restore the old yacht, then sailed it back to Sydney and navigated in the 650-mile open ocean race from Sydney to Hobart Tasmania. In 1973 Brian worked for a time as a surveyor in New South Wales. By 1976 Brian was living in San Diego where he took a course in computer programming and got a job working for a bank. He and Linda formed the Renaissance band the Westwynde Consort and founded the San Diego Early Music Society. Ten years later, Brian is living in San Anselmo where he begins researching local history–including the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. He enjoys sailing, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and travel.

For over 45 years, Brian’s been involved in creative writing and has published everything from historical novels to short stories to memoirs. In 2002 Brian joined several open space groups in San Anselmo as well as the San Anselmo Open Space Committee. He constructed two new trails -- one up Red Hill and another along the ridge behind the Red Hill Shopping center. In 2014 Brian retired from the banking world and began devoting full-time to open space issues, writing, and historical research. To date, he’s published seven books on local history.


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ISBN: 9781790783557
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Published: Independently Published - January 21st, 2019

Marin County, just north of San Francisco, is a graveyard of ships. Its steep rock-bound shores, treacherous currents and frequent fogs have been the doom of hundreds of ships for over four hundred years. Local historian Brian K.

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