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    • The wizard and the witch : seven decades of counterculture, magick & paganism : an oral history of Oberon Zell & Morning Glory
      The wizard and the witch : seven decades of counterculture, magick & paganism : an oral history of Oberon Zell & Morning Glory
      John C. Sulak.
      This is the stranger-than-fiction story of two soul mates who rejected the status quo and embraced higher ideals . . . and had a whole lot of fun while they were at it. Reclaiming Pagan as a spiritual identity--and living in an open marriage for over four decades--Oberon and Morning Glory Zell truly embody the freedom to think, to love, and to live.
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    • Lost and found : finding hope in the detours of life
      Lost and found : finding hope in the detours of life
      Sarah Jakes
      "An inspiring personal account of overcoming past mistakes and finding faith and purpose again from a young woman who was pregnant at fourteen, then married and divorced in her twenties"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Living on fire : the life of L. Brent Bozell Jr.
    • Meant to be : the lives and loves of a Jersey girl
    • Belle : the slave daughter and the Lord Chief Justice
      Belle : the slave daughter and the Lord Chief Justice
      Paula Byrne.
      The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was sent to live with her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. Growing up in his lavish estate, Dido was raised as a sister and companion to her white cousin, Elizabeth. When a joint portrait of the girls, commissioned by Mansfield, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals.
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    • Rise of an empire : how one man united Greece to defeat Xerxes's Persians
    • Only in Spain : a foot-stomping, firecracker of a memoir about food, Flamenco, and falling in love
      Only in Spain : a foot-stomping, firecracker of a memoir about food, Flamenco, and falling in love
      Nellie Bennett.
      A sparky, witty and thoroughly enjoyable memoir of a girl who fell in love with flamenco dance and with Spain.
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    • Friday was the bomb : five years in the Middle East
      Friday was the bomb : five years in the Middle East
      Nathan Deuel.
      "In 2008, Nathan Deuel, a former editor at Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, and his wife, a National Public Radio foreign correspondent, moved to the deeply Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to see for themselves what was happening in the Middle East. There they had a daughter, and later, while his wife filed reports from Baghdad and Syria, car bombs erupted and one night a firefight raged outside the family's apartment in Beirut. Their marriage strained, and they struggled with the decision to stay or go home. At once a meditation on fatherhood, an unusual memoir of a war correspondent's spouse, and a first-hand account from the front lines of the most historic events of recent days-- the Arab Spring, the end of the Iraq war, and the unrest in Syria-- Friday Was the Bomb is a searing collection of timely and absorbing essays"--Page 4 of cover.
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    • Pioneering history on two continents : an autobiography
    • Winnie Davis : daughter of the lost cause
      Winnie Davis : daughter of the lost cause
      Heath Hardage Lee
      Chronicles the life of the daughter of Jefferson Davis who was christened the "Daughter of the Confederacy" and provided hope to a war-weary South, until a series of controversies placed her at odds with her supporters.
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    • Fierce patriot : the tangled lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
      Fierce patriot : the tangled lives of William Tecumseh Sherman
      Robert L. O'Connell.
      A profile of the iconic Civil War general explores the paradoxes attributed to his character to discuss such topics as his achievements as a military strategist, his contributions to the Transcontinental Railroad, and his tempestuous family relationships.
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    • Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine
      Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine
      Daniel Halper.
      In 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House under a cloud, dogged by scandals and investigations. Even many Democrats were glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a new reputation as a global humanitarian and elder statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become a powerful and respected figure in his cabinet. Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in America--respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons' remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation, backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for wealth and power. Here, Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents, and candid interviews with friends, allies, and former enemies of the Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations, reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves for even greater success. Halper describes in intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works; provides new insights into their deals and friendships; and a comprehensive Republican effort to bring their ambitions to a halt.--From publisher description.
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    • Hard choices
      Hard choices
      Hillary Rodham Clinton.
      Hillary Clinton's candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st century.
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    • The Maine woods
      The Maine woods
      Henry David Thoreau
      " Posthumously published in 1864, The Maine Woods depicts Henry David Thoreau's experiences in the forests of Maine, and expands on the author's transcendental theories on the relation of humanity to Nature. On Mount Katahdin, he faces a primal, untamed Nature. Katahdin is a place "not even scarred by man, but it was a specimen of what God saw fit to make this world." In Maine he comes in contact with "rocks, trees, wind and solid earth" as though he were witness to the creation itself. Of equal importance, The Maine Woods depicts Thoreau's contact with the American Indians and depicts his tribal education of learning the language, customs, and mores of the Penobscot people. Thoreau attempts to learn and speak the Abenaki language and becomes fascinated with its direct translation of natural phenomena as in the word sebamook--a river estuary that never loses is water despite having an outlet because it also has an inlet. The Maine Woods illustrates the author's deeper understanding of the complexities of the primal wilderness of uplifted rocky summits in Maine and provides the reader with the pungent aroma of balsam firs, black spruce, mosses, and ferns as only Thoreau could. This new, redesigned edition features an insightful foreword by Thoreau scholar Richard Francis Fleck. Redesigned edition featuring an insightful foreword by Thoreau scholar Richard Francis Fleck. Fleck is a well-respected authority on Thoreau and the author of many books including Henry Thoreau and John Muir Among the Indians. Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. This book was first published in 1864 (composed partly of articles he had written earlier for periodicals) and still in print, is an insightful reporter's picture of a rugged wilderness the moment before being irrevocably altered by armies of loggers. Today the virgin forest seen by Thoreau is gone; trees have been cut, regrown, and harvested again. But modern travelers -- hikers, campers, hunters, fishers, canoeists or back road wanderers -- will still find, as Thoreau did, a land "more grim and wild than you had anticipated." It's also pin-drop tranquil, teeming with wildlife and, in places, challenging to reach. (NYTimes) Following Thoreau into the Maine Woods is hardly a new idea, but it is becoming easier. The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail was inaugurated, delineating and celebrating Thoreau's passage on routes that Penobscot Indians had used for thousands of years. (NYTimes) Nature tourism is a $37 billion annual industry in the United States (Outdoor Industry Association). "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The chairman : the rise and betrayal of Jim Greer
      The chairman : the rise and betrayal of Jim Greer
      Peter Golenbock.
      Chronicles the scandal-ridden career of the former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, who found himself on trial after controversies arose over party finances and his benefactor, Florida governor Charlie Crist, failed to help him avoid prison.
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    • Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name--one white, one black
      Tomlinson Hill : the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name--one white, one black
      Chris Tomlinson
      "Foreign correspondent Chris Tomlinson returns to Texas to discover the truth about his family's slave owning history, [telling] the story of two families, one black and one white, who trace their ancestry to the same Central Texas slave plantation. Tomlinson discovers that his counterpart in the African American family is LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Ivy League athletes : profiles in excellence at America's most competitive schools
      Ivy League athletes : profiles in excellence at America's most competitive schools
      Sal Maiorana.
      The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the governing body for some 400,000 college athletes in the United States. During football's bowl season and basketball's March Madness, the NCAA likes to remind its millions of TV viewers that it represents student athletes: most of its members compete as amateurs and will never go pro. Somehow, that message seems increasingly lost in a sea of multimillion-dollar TV deals, recruitment scandals, back-channel payouts, fan hysteria, player misbehavior both civil and criminal, and the routine bending--or flouting--of college and NCAA rules about player academic eligibility. Far from this madding crowd, the nation's oldest, most prestigious private colleges and universities go about the business of making scholar-athletes from the ranks of their admitted classes, without special recruitment or scholarship money, and demanding and getting the best from them both on the field and in the classroom. Using a model that has changed very little since it was founded in 1954, the Ivy League offers a bracing corrective to the excesses of big-money college sports. In Ivy League Athletes, veteran sportswriter Sal Maiorana follows nine student-athletes from seven Ivy League campuses through the 2011-2012 season. Along the way he shows us the qualities of heart, mind, and body that got them there and allow them to prosper on the field and in the classroom.
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    • The world was our stage : spanning the globe with ABC sports
    • Tales from the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates dugout : remembering "the fam-a-lee"
    • Johnny Football : Johnny Manziel's wild ride from obscurity to legend at Texas A & M
    • Bollettieri : changing the game
      Bollettieri : changing the game
      Nick Bollettieri, with Bob Davis

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    • The loyal lieutenant : leading out Lance and pushing through the pain on the rocky road to Paris
      The loyal lieutenant : leading out Lance and pushing through the pain on the rocky road to Paris
      George Hincapie and Craig Hummer
      American cyclist "Big George" Hincapie-- a record seventeen-time Tour de France participant, Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case-- offers an insightful account of his esteemed career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use. Hincapie speaks openly about his relationship with Armstrong, how he himself began doping, and why he quit long before the headline-making revelations. His personal evolution is the journey of a man dedicated to coming clean about his past and to restore honor to the sport he loves.
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    • What makes Olga run? : the mystery of the ninety-something track star and what she can teach us about living longer, happier lives
      What makes Olga run? : the mystery of the ninety-something track star and what she can teach us about living longer, happier lives
      Bruce Grierson.
      "In What Makes Olga Run? Bruce Grierson explores what the wild success of a ninety-three-year-old track star can tell us about how our bodies and minds age. Olga Kotelko is not your average ninety-three-year-old. She not only looks and acts like a much younger woman, she holds over twenty-three world records in track and field, seventeen in her current ninety to ninety-five category. Convinced that this remarkable woman could help unlock many of the mysteries of aging, Grierson set out to uncover what it is that's driving Olga. He considers every piece of the puzzle, from her diet and sleep habits to how she scores on various personality traits, from what she does in her spare time to her family history. Olga participates in tests administered by some of the world's leading scientists and offers her DNA to groundbreaking research trials. What emerges is not only a tremendously uplifting personal story but a look at the extent to which our health and longevity are determined by the DNA we inherit at birth, and the extent to which we can shape that inheritance. It examines the sum of our genes, opportunities, and choices, and the factors that forge the course of any life, especially during"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Pain don't hurt : fighting inside and outside the ring
      Pain don't hurt : fighting inside and outside the ring
      Mark "Fightshark" Miller with Shelby Jones.
      Pain Don't Hurt is the no-holds-barred memoir from the only professional fighter in history to return to the ring after open-heart surgery, kickboxer Mark "Fightshark" Miller--an inspiring story of family, determination, and redemption.
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    • Never quote the weather to a sea lion : and other uncommon tales from the founder of the Big Apple Circus
    • Box girl : my part-time job as an art installation
      Box girl : my part-time job as an art installation
      Lilibet Snellings.
      "When 22-year-old Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles on a whim, she unintentionally became a "slash" to keep her head above water-a writer/waitress/actress/Box Girl. One night each week, Lilibet would go to The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood, don a pair of white boy shorts with a matching tank, touch up her lip gloss, and crawl into a giant glass case behind the front desk. There, she could do whatever she wanted-check email, catch up on reading, even sleep-as long as she ignored the many hotel guests who would point and ask the staff, "Is she allowed to use the bathroom?" (Yes.) Dog-paddling through her twenties, Snellings resisted financial bailouts (for the most part) from her sweet Southern mother and business-oriented dad, while pondering her peculiar position as a human art installation. Was she a piece of art or a piece of ass? Was she allowed to read both Walt Whitman and US Weekly as she lounged in an oversized, waterless aquarium behind a hotel concierge desk? From misinterpreting a modeling agency interview as a talent audition, to avoiding Bond-girl-style deaths at New Year's Eve parties, Snellings shares and laughs at her many mishaps while living in LA. "-- Provided by publisher.
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    • The glass closet : why coming out is good business
    • Signal grace
    • The good nurse : a true story of medicine, madness, and murder
      The good nurse : a true story of medicine, madness, and murder
      Charles Graeber.
      After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When, in March of 2006, Charles Cullen was marched from his final sentencing in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, courthouse into a waiting police van, it seemed certain that the chilling secrets of his life, career, and capture would disappear with him. Now, in this piece of investigative journalism nearly ten years in the making, the author, a journalist presents the whole story for the first time. Based on hundreds of pages of previously unseen police records, interviews, wire-tap recordings and videotapes, as well as exclusive jailhouse conversations with Cullen himself and the confidential informant who helped bring him down, this book weaves an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship, and betrayal. The author's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost. This work does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers a penetrating look inside America's medical system. This book will make you look at medicine, hospitals, and the people who work in them, in an entirely different way.
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    • Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings
      Finding me : a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed : a memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings
      Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford.
      Describes the details of the abduction and decade-long captivity of one of the three survivors of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and how she found the courage to endure unimaginable circumstances and never lose hope for the future.
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    • Little drifters : Kathleen's story, a devastating account of a stolen childhood
    • Three Sisters Pond : my journey from street cop to FBI special agent--from Baltimore to Lockerbie, Pakistan and beyond
    • Max Steiner : composing, Casablanca, and the golden age of film music
    • Susan Boyle : dreams can come true
    • Unruly : the highs and lows of becoming a man
      Unruly : the highs and lows of becoming a man
      Ja Rule
      "Ja Rule, actor, singer, songwriter, and one of the most multi-dimensional rap artists of his time, tells his compelling story--from his youth to his rise to international fame to his transformative two years in Federal prison--and reveals the man beneath the legend. Unruly is two stories that offer one complete picture of a man and his world: the angry, fatherless rapper, Ja Rule who was "raised by the streets"; and Jeffrey Atkins, the insightful, reflective father and loyal husband who learned the hard way how to be a good man."--from publisher's web site.
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    • Glow : the autobiography of Rick James
      Glow : the autobiography of Rick James
      Rick James with David Ritz.
      "Best known for his song "Super Freak," hitmaker, singer, innovator, producer, award-winning pioneer in the fusion of funk groove and rock, the late Rick James collaborated with music biographer David Ritz in this posthumously published, wildly entertaining, and profound expression of a rock star's life and soul. He was the nephew of Temptations singer Melvin Franklin; a boy who watched and listened, mesmerized from underneath cocktail tables at the shows of Etta James and Miles Davis. He was a vagrant hippie who wandered to Toronto, where he ended up playing with Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, and he became a household name in the 1980s with his hit song "Super Freak." Later in life, he was a bad boy who got caught up in drug smuggling and ended up in prison. But since his passing in August 2004, Rick James has remained a legendary icon whose name is nearly synonymous with funk music--and who popularized the genre, creating a lasting influence on pop artists from Prince to Jay-Z to Snoop Dogg, among countless others. In Glow, Rick James and acclaimed music biographer David Ritz collaborated to write a no-holds-barred memoir about the boy and the man who became a music superstar in America's disco age. It tells of James's upbringing and how his mother introduced him to musical geniuses of the time. And it reveals details on many universally revered artists, from Marvin Gaye and Prince to Nash, Teena Marie, and Berry Gordy. James himself said, "My journey has taken me through hell and back. It's all in my music--the parties, the pain, the oversized ego, the insane obsessions." But despite his bad boy behavior, James was a tremendous talent and a unique, unforgettable human being. His "glow" was an overriding quality that one of his mentors saw in him--and one that will stay with this legendary figure who left an indelible mark on American popular music"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Springsteen : Saint in the city : 1949-1974
    • One way or another : my life in music, sport & entertainment
    • Michelangelo : a life in six masterpieces
      Michelangelo : a life in six masterpieces
      Miles J. Unger.
      "The life of perhaps the most famous, most revolutionary artist in history, told through the stories of six of his magnificent masterpieces"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Genius, animated : the cartoon art of Alex Toth
    • A funny thing happened on the way to the future : twists and turns and lessons learned
      A funny thing happened on the way to the future : twists and turns and lessons learned
      Michael J. Fox.
      This optimistic volume by the author of the bestselling "Always Looking Up" inspires and motivates readers to work hard, achieve the most they can, and maximize their abilities.
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    • Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoir
      Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoir
      by Ellen Forney.
      Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic but terrified that medications would cause her to lose her creativity and livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability without losing herself or her passion. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the "crazy artist," Ellen found inspiration from the lives and work of other artist and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath.
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    • Maeve Binchy : the biography
      Maeve Binchy : the biography
      Piers Dudgeon.
      "Maeve Binchy's novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and when she died on July 30th 2012, she did so as Ireland's best-loved writer. With bestselling books such as Light a Penny Candle, Circle of Friends, Tara Road, Evening Class, and A Week in Winter, which was published four months after her death, no one else told stories like Maeve Binchy. Humane, down-to-earth, and funny, her novels captured imaginations on both sides of the Atlantic in a way that most authors only dream of." -- Provided by publisher.
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    • Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
      Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
      Cheryl Strayed.
      At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State -- and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
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    • Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
      Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail
      Cheryl Strayed.
      A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe, and built her back up again.
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    • Moonlight sonata at the Mayo Clinic
    • Everybody's got something
      Everybody's got something
      by Robin Roberts with Veronica Chambers.

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    • My depression
      My depression
      by Elizabeth Swados.
      "A poignant look at one woman's fight for herself, told in expressively scrawled drawings and commentary. Author Elizabeth Swados takes us on an intimate journey through her long-time struggle with depression that is by turns tender, funny, and uplifting, and will resonate with everyone affected by depression and those who love them. Through the author's charming and frenzied drawings, readers get a unique look into the experience of severe depression, from the black cloud forming in the horizon, to the strained relationships, the side effects of anti-depressants, and the difficulty getting out of bed and functioning. For the many people who suffer from depression, this is a reminder that they are not alone and that their experiences are legitimate and deserve to be part of mainstream awareness. This is an engaging and uplifting story of an illness that has been stigmatized for too long"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Wounded warriors : a soldier's story of healing through birds
    • The allure of Chanel