Deep Breaths

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Millennial Moms. You've Survived Pregnancy and Now You Have a Newborn Baby. What's next?

Deep Breaths: The New Mom’s Handbook to Your Baby's First Year is Michelle Pearson's debut book. In her newborn baby book, this YouTube mom of 5 details:

  • What to expect during pregnancy
  • What to expect during the first year
  • The importance of finding your mother tribe
  • How to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs
  • How to continue managing your career
  • How to continue your social life

Millennial moms: This isn’t your grandma’s parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows and the occasional unexpected surprise.

Starting a family and caring for your new baby: “Reading Michelle's journey as both a mom and a millennial woman, with hopes and admirations of her own, I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting down to coffee with a close friend, sharing some of our hardest and most beautiful struggles. Michelle's depiction of both the blessings and the challenges that every millennial mom faces is raw, refreshing, and shows truly how unique the millennial generation is. Sharing her high moments, as well as the low, you get an intimate look into her life as both a young woman and also a mom who is passionate about everything she does. Millennials have both the advantage and the curse of social media, and Michelle so candidly speaks life and hope into a generation of moms who just want someone to tell them they're doing it "right". Jaimie Kight, YouTube Vlogger.

If you liked reading books like The Sh!t No One Tells You or What to Expect the First Year, you will love Michelle Pearson’s Deep Breaths.

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The Book of Awesome Women

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Get Inspired By The Powerful Sheroes In This Feminist Collection Of Short Biographies

"This book is an antidote to the erasure of women from our history.”―Vicki Leon, author of Uppity Women of Ancient Times

#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult Social Activist Biographies, Sociology, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Discover some of the most awesome women in history. Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

Sheroes. Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.

Super women as female role models. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

Super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women include:

  • Dian Fossey
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Indira Ghandi
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Margaret Mead
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Joan Baez
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Anita Hill
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai
  • And many more

If you liked books such as I Am MalalaWomen in Science, Book of Awesome Women Writers, or Teen Trailblazers, you will want to read The Book of Awesome Women.

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Cheap Movie Tricks

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How to Make a Movie on a Tight Budget

Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds and filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere.

Bird and Guevara want to show aspiring filmmakers how to overcome common movie and video production problems:

  • Not enough money for crews
  • Over budget and likely making the wrong movie
  • Can’t get the attention of an indie studio
  • Should have started with a short film to gain attention

Amateur Movie & Video Production. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, and the craft of making movies from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. Their work is totally DIY and they are the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California enterprise building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online worldwide. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games.

What you’ll learn in this book:

  • How planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
  • Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget
  • Tips on how to find locations and not get arrested
  • Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes
  • Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry, including puppetry
  • Screenings, promotions, and juicy tips on film festival strategy

If you liked books such as How to Shoot Video That Doesn't SuckThe Filmmaker's Handbook, or Rebel Without a Crew, you’ll love Cheap Movie Tricks.

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I'm So Full of Happy Today

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Finalist Pacific Book Awards 2018! ─ The funny things kids say or the hygge wisdom of children

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Ever since Art Linkletter first published Kids Say the IDarndest Things in 1957, people have laughed and been delighted with the innocent, funny things kids say. The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say, it's called "hygge". In I'm So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children you will explore many of the funny things kids say in our world today.

The hygge wisdom of kids: It's not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes:

  • Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?"
  • Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach"
  • Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess"
  • Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?"

The latest in funny kids books: I'm So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. You will be hygge happy!

More from this hygge funny things kids say book:

  • Round and Round it Goes - Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?”
  • Insightful - Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?” Mother: “Hmm no, why?” Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.”
  • Astrology for Beginners - 3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs: Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.” Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.” Ashley: “I’m a Princess.”
  • Jurassic Dad - Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”
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Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

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What's Stopping You?

Get Back to the Person You Were Before Anxiety Took Over

“This book offers practical, evidence-based exercises to assist anxiety sufferers in freeing themselves from the devastating symptoms of untreated anxiety." ―Debra Kissen, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., Clinical Director, Light on Anxiety Treatment Center; Author of The Panic Workbook for Teens

#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Mood Disorders, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Dr. Helen Odessky, Psy. D. is an anxiety expert, author, and speaker who also runs a private practice in Chicago focused on anxiety, OCD, and panic treatment.

A breakthrough program for depression and anxiety relief. Our pace of life has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We are often too busy or preoccupied to tend to our emotions until they hit with the strength of a tornado. When signs of anxiety and panic appear, they ravage our lives, our dreams, and our spirit. In Stop Anxiety from Stopping You, Dr. Odessky offers proven tools to increase mental health awareness, overcome anxiety, and stop panic attacks.

Overcome everything from OCD to social anxiety. In When Panic Attacks, David Burns walks readers through every kind of anxiety. In a similar step-by-step approach, Dr. Odessky’s refreshing anxiety book draws on years of clinical experience to guide readers through the anxiety process and toward total relief.

Learn how to apply a six-step process to:

  • Panic or anxiety attacks that come "out of the blue"
  • Worry, stress, and muscular tension and/or irritability
  • Anxious social situations and difficulty with small talk and/or meeting new people
  • Specific fears such as driving, flying on an airplane, or public speaking
  • Unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions)

If you have benefitted from psychology books, anxiety books, or mental health books―or read DareUnf**k Your Brain, or The Anxiety and Worry Workbook, you will want to read Stop Anxiety from Stopping You.

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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Unlock Supernatural Power

“This is definitely a fun read and shows small ways you can try and change your life for the better." ―Nerdy Girl Express

#1 Best Seller in Crystals

Practice Practical Magic. Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade during an interview will help you get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you’ll not be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of secrets shared in The Magic of Crystals and Gems. Semi-precious stones and gems have long been known for their magic as well as their beauty. In this book of charms, readers learn everything there is to know about the powers of crystals from birthstone magic to gem divination to jewelry spells. This is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book that will appeal to everyone who's ever worn a birthstone, kissed the ring of a lover for luck, or bought a crystal for good energy.

Learn Amazing Things About Crystals. The Magic of Crystals and Gems is a treasure chest filled with the ancient wisdom of crystals. It is also a handy how-to filled with little-known lore along with the myth, meanings and specific magical qualities of hundreds of crystals, both common and very rare, including many meteorites. Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares secrets to how and why crystal balls work, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism and connections between the stars in the sky and gems of the earth. This one-of-a-kind work on the power of crystals belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

Learn:

  • Which crystals are right for you
  • How to unlock the mystery of sacred stones
  • Ways to improve your life with changes as simple as putting new crystals in your room

If you like The Crystal Bible or Crystals for Healing, you'll love The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Beer School

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July is a Picnic in the Park

An Insider's Guide to Craft Beer─the World's Greatest Drink

"Brad and Jonny make understanding beer easy and nearly as fun as drinking it." ―James Watt, founder of Brewdog.

#1 Best Seller in Beer

Beer has come a long way in the 6,000 years since the first taste. The legends of the craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of the perfect pint. But how do you get the right brew for you? And can you learn to make a beer that adds to the lager legacy?

Beers of the world. Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of YouTube sensation the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, Jonny and Brad explain the intricacies of the finest artisan craft brews including: ales, lagers, porters, stouts, IPSs, and bitters.

How to make beer. The lads have the inside scoop on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware. Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and how to get the most out of every sip. Learn about grain, mash, water, hops, boil, yeast, fermentation, serving, storing, pouring, and tasting.

If you have read books such as The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein or The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth, you’ll love Beer School by Jonny Garrett and Brad Evans.

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Tea-spiration

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Looking for unique gifts for women? Tea-spiration, may be just what you're looking for! The tea lovers book: Tea-spiration aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life. Tea drinkers know that tea, the wonderful drink, can help them slow down and savor life's moments. Unique gifts for women: In her debut book, Lu Ann Pannunzio (http://theteacupoflife.com/), uplifts and inspires readers in a way that does more than just telling them a story about tea and its history. As in life, tea is about the little things we need to experience (devotions, inspiration, reflection, comfort). Each page of Tea-spiration is filled with feelings and moments (big or small) that tea enhances; simple joys that not everyone may notice or take the time to savor. Sometimes all you really need is a cup, water and some leaves to create your own wonderful cup of tea experience. So, take pleasure in this tea lovers book, along with that special cup of tea, and stop and appreciate the simple joys of life!

 

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Ask a Question, Find Your Fate

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#1 New Release in Divination ─ Find Your Fate

Oracular answers: Think of a question you wish to divine the answer to and focus intently on that question, flip the pages of the book, stop the page with the tip of a finger and read the corresponding words, the results will surprise and amaze! The collected oracular answers span the ages with the words of some of the great thinkers, philosophers, poets and writers of all time.

Find inspiration and meditate: A must-have for fans of great poetry, fortune telling, magic eight balls and those with a sense of adventure! Readers are asked to contemplate a question and then randomly select an excerpt, which will offer revelations and inspiration for further contemplation. Excerpts are drawn from poets throughout the ages, including Shakespeare, Sappho, Li Po, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Though designed as a prophetic tool, it can also be used for daily inspiration and meditation.

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Zen Dogs

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Mindfulness Mutts and Dharma Dogs

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Dogs.

Advice from Zen Leaders. Join some cuddly puppies for the timeless teachings of Buddhism along with key lessons our canine companions are here to remind us of—such as how to live in the now—in Zen Dogs. Don’t let the adorable dogs fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness. Meditate along with these verses daily. Every dog is a living example of loving kindness, a central tenet of the Buddha, which they reteach us with every affectionate lick and joy-filled wag of the tail. Learn from the dutiful dog to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, get yourself a copy of Zen Dogs.

Let your inner Zen Dog guide you to enlightenment.

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Zen Kittens

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The Tao of Meow

Feline mindfulness: Is it time to “paws and reflect?” Cats are mysterious and even enigmatic, but they hold the keys to great wisdom. Is your kitten really meditating when staring off into space? Perhaps your kitten is sleeping or maybe deeply contemplating the very meaning of life. In every cat’s clear-eyed gaze lies a hint of secrets only they know. Cats will only come to you when they are ready, but kittens are always ready for companionship and a good cuddle.

Inspirational kittens: These adorable furballs embody the essence of Zen Buddhism - harmony of body and mind and living fully in the present moment. Kittens exemplify the Power of Meow with their simplicity, grace and blissful Buddha-nature. Each feline Zen Master in this lovely volume will get you one step closer to enlightenment as you follow the Four-Pawed Path. If you are looking for calm, clarity and insight into the teachings of Buddha, this is the purrrrfect book for you!

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The Rise of Comic Book Movies

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Why We Can’t Get Enough of Superhero Movies Recent years show a sea change in Hollywood- the biggest movies come from the pages of comic books. These box office successes are driven by fans who love seeing their favorite heroes and villains from comics brought to life on the big screen, from Thor to Superman to Batman and Captain America, Wonder Woman and more. Baddies like Loki, The Joker and Lex Luthor only add to the fun. Welcome to the Golden Age of comic book movies and Comicstorians Benny Potter, Dan Rumbles and Jason Keen are here to help you understand why we these larger-than-life characters have captured the imagination of the world. When it comes to superheroes of the Silver Screen, nobody knows more than the masterminds behind the wildly popular Comicstorian YouTube channel. This definitive guide to comic book films divulges behind-the-scenes secrets and the hidden history behind these must-see movies including how, after very rocky beginnings, they shot to the top with DC and Marvel as two of the most important franchises in the industry. If you love The Hulk, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and are still laughing about Deadpool, look no further. With The Rise of Comic Book Movies, you’ll feel like you are on the film set, walking the halls of Valhalla and in your very own Fortress of Solitude with your favorite reads.
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The Gamer's Bucket List

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Which games are worth playing?

The 50 best games: From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.

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Defeating the Islamic State Group

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In September 2014, Islamic State group fighters captured about 300 Kurdish villages near Kobani, Syria, and then thrust into the town itself, occupying almost half of it and sending tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into Turkey. Unsure if Kobani would hold, U.S. officials including Secretary of State John Kerry spent weeks saying the town wasn't a U.S. priority. But, a small makeshift coalition of Kurdish Peshmerga forces from Iraq, Kobani Kurds (including Kurdish women fighters) and combatants from the Free Syrian Army refused to give in to the Islamic State militants. Under a steady pounding from U.S. – led air power and the tenacity of the Kobani defenders, IS was forced to retreat in January 2015, leaving over 1,000 of its best fighters dead. Follow the weeks of fighting through the photos and stories of Associated Press journalists, as Kobani became proof that the Islamic State group can be defeated.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Stephen R. Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Interactive Edition explains through infographics, videos and excerpts of teachings the philosophy that has revolutionized life management. For 25 years, Stephen R. Covey’s step-by-step lessons have helped millions from all walks of life lead successful and satisfying lives. A new interactive edition of Stephen R. Covey’s most famous work, supported with videos, explanatory infographics, self-tests and more, is here to continue those valuable lessons.

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Zen Cats

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Zen Cat Mindfulness

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Cats

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly kittens for a collection of sayings from the Buddha in Zen Cats. Don’t let the adorable cats fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses, taken from the Dhammapada, will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily to gain a greater understanding of you, your life and your purpose. Learn from the clever cat to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Cats.

Let your inner Zen Cat guide you to enlightenment.

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Bees Make the Best Pets

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All the Buzz on Bees and Beekeeping

#1 Bestseller in Entomology

What happens when a writer sets up a backyard beehive? You get a book full of fun and fascinating facts on bumblebees, honeybees, worker bees, and the rest of our favorite pollinators.

A bee swarm of trivia, tips, legend, and lore. Writer and beekeeper Jack Mingo lives with half a million bees. So, it’s safe to say he’s picked up a thing or two at his bee farm. In this collection of humorous, unique, and often unusual observations, Mingo shows us a glimpse of the mystical and matriarchal world of bees and bee culture.

A book full of bee facts, anecdotes, and advice. How many legs do bees have? Enough not to crowd your bed at night. They don't track mud or fleas into the house, and if you leave them in the yard they won’t bark and whine. They greet you with honey and beeswax, not dead mice. And these are just some of the reasons bees make the best pets. Whether you’re flirting with beekeeping, looking to save the bees, or growing into your role as reigning queen bee, there’s something new to learn. Step into Mingo’s quirky hive to get a taste of tidbits like:

  • The role of bees in the Civil War
  • The legend of caroling bees on Christmas Eve
  • The color and quality of local honey

If you enjoyed books like The Beekeepers BibleThe Bees in Your Backyard, or The Lives of Bees, then you’ll love Bees Make the Best Pets.

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Random Kinds of Factness

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This latest romp through history, politics, religion, and science from the dyno-duo Barrett and Mingo is sure to tickle the fancy of trivia buffs everywhere. Amuse your date, impress your boss, bore your kids, or be the 6th caller to win a pair of tickets to the nose-flute band concert All because you know that a Twinkie in the microwave will explode in 45 seconds, that you have a 1 in 3,448,276 chance of dying from a snake bite, that 342 cases of tea were tossed into the "hahbah" during the Boston Tea Party or that white rhinoceroses are not actually white but grey (you'll have to read the book to discover why). Barrett and Mingo, partners in life and crime (er, writing) can do a thing or two with random facts, and this book ranks right up there. From the time the Wallace family made famous books of lists of one kind or another, readers have found fascination--or maybe just food for their obsessions--in books like Random Kinds of Factness.
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