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"A MAN CALLED OVE" READ-A-LIKE

All Summer Long

Dorothea Benton Frank

Dinner with Edward

Isabel Vincent

"BIG LITTLE LIES" READ-A-LIKES

All Things Cease to Appear

Elizabeth Brundage

I Let You Go

Clare Mackintosh

No One Knows

J. T. Ellison

The Dinner

Herman Koch

The Twilight Wife

A. J. Banner

The Widow

Fiona Barton

You Will Know Me

Megan E. Abbott

"HANDMAID'S TALE" READ-A-LIKES

Lexicon

Max Barry

On Such a Full Sea

Chang-rae Lee

When She Woke

Hillary Jordan

"STRANGER THINGS" READ-A-LIKES

American Elsewhere

Robert Jackson Bennett

Annihilation

Jeff VanderMeer

Broken Monsters

Lauren Beukes

Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

Fear Nothing

Dean R. Koontz

Harbor

John Ajvide Lindqvist

In the Woods

Tana French

It

Stephen King

It Devours!

Joseph Fink

Keep You Close

Lucie Whitehouse

Kraken

China Miéville

Meddling Kids

Edgar Cantero

NOS4A2

Joe Hill

Neverwhere

Neil Gaiman

Night Film

Marisha Pessl

Paper Girls. 1

Brian K. Vaughan

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

Rooms

Lauren Oliver

The Loney

Andrew Michael Hurley

The City & the City

China Miéville

The End of Everything

Megan E. Abbott

The Fold

Peter Clines

The Gunslinger

Stephen King

The Hike

Drew Magary

The Shotgun Rule

Charlie Huston

"THE NIGHTINGALE" READ-A-LIKES

Skeletons at the Feast

Chris Bohjalian

Suite Française

Irène Némirovsky

The Baker's Secret

Stephen P. Kiernan

The Women in the Castle

Jessica Shattuck

"WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING" READ-A-LIKES

Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter

Ellen Foster

Kaye Gibbons

Ordinary Grace

William Kent Krueger

Prodigal Summer

Barbara Kingsolver

Swamplandia!

Karen Russell

Swimming Lessons

Claire Fuller

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Carol Rifka Brunt

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

The River King

Alice Hoffman

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey

AGATHA CHRISTIE READ-A-LIKES

Death by His Grace

Kwei Quartey

Every Breath You Take

Mary Higgins Clark

Magpie Murders

Anthony Horowitz

Sleep No More

P. D. James

The House of Unexpected Sisters

Alexander McCall Smith

The Painted Queen

Elizabeth Peters

The Witches' Tree

M. C. Beaton

BAD REAL-LIFE LADIES

Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood

Becoming Bonnie

Jenni L. Walsh

Frog Music

Emma Donoghue

My Notorious Life

Kate Manning

The Traitor's Wife

Allison Pataki

The Wardrobe Mistress

Meghan Masterson

BEACH BOOKS TO READ IN ONE SITTING

Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout

Before the War

Fay Weldon

Camino Island

John Grisham

Chemistry

Weike Wang

Goodbye, Vitamin

Rachel Khong

The Heirs

Susan Rieger

The Life She Was Given

Ellen Marie Wiseman

BEST BIOGRAPHIES OF ALL TIME

A Beautiful Mind

Sylvia Nasar

American Lion

Jon Meacham

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

Prairie Fires

Caroline Fraser

Rosemary

Kate Clifford Larson

Shirley Jackson

Ruth Franklin

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

Team of Rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Unbroken

Laura Hillenbrand

BEST BOOKS OF 2019

99 Percent Mine

Sally Thorne

Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane

Disappearing Earth

Julia Phillips

Gingerbread

Helen Oyeyemi

Golden Child

Claire Adam

I Owe You One

Sophie Kinsella

In Another Time

Jillian Cantor

Inheritance

Dani Shapiro

Lost Roses

Martha Hall Kelly

Maid

Stephanie Land

More Than Words

Jill Santopolo

Mrs. Everything

Jennifer Weiner

Never Have I Ever

Joshilyn Jackson

Never Tell

Lisa Gardner

Normal People

Sally Rooney

Out of the Dark

Gregg Andrew Hurwitz

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

Run Away

Harlan Coben

Someone Knows

Lisa Scottoline

The Black Ascot

Charles Todd

The Better Sister

Alafair Burke

The Border

Don Winslow

The Bride Test

Helen Hoang

The Daughter's Tale

Armando Lucas Correa

The Farm

Joanne Ramos

The Friend Zone

Abby Jimenez

The Glovemaker

Ann Weisgarber

The Huntress

Kate Quinn

The Lost Man

Jane Harper

The Reckoning

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

The Tale Teller

Anne Hillerman

The Wedding Party

Jasmine Guillory

When All is Said

Anne Griffin

Wolf Pack

C. J. Box

BIGGEST THRILLER BOOKS OF 2017

Behind Her Eyes

Sarah Pinborough

Dragon Teeth

Michael Crichton

Fierce Kingdom

Gin Phillips

Final Girls

Riley Sager

Ill Will

Dan Chaon

Little Deaths

Emma Flint

Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane

Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King

BINGE-WORTHY NEW BOOKS

Bad Blood

John Carreyrou

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

Michelle McNamara

The Dinner List

Rebecca Serle

The Music Shop

Rachel Joyce

BOOK CLUB PICKS

A Kind of Freedom

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Home Fire

Kamila Shamsie

My Absolute Darling

Gabriel Tallent

The Twelve-Mile Straight

Eleanor Henderson

The Floating World

C. Morgan Babst

The Last Ballad

Wiley Cash

The Stolen Marriage

Diane Chamberlain

Without Merit

Colleen Hoover

BOOKS FOR A RAINY DAY

A Palm Beach Wife

Susannah Marren

California Girls

Susan Mallery

Dear Mrs. Bird

A. J. Pearce

Family Trust

Kathy Wang

Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman

The Lido

Libby Page

BOOKS RECOMMENDED BY LIBRARIANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

All the Crooked Saints

Maggie Stiefvater

American Spy

Lauren Wilkinson

Artemis

Andy Weir

As Bright As Heaven

Susan Meissner

Carnegie's Maid

Marie Benedict

Educated

Tara Westover

Force of Nature

Jane Harper

Forget You Know Me

Jessica Strawser

Hiddensee

Gregory Maguire

I Am, I Am, I Am

Maggie O'Farrell

Killing Commendatore

Haruki Murakami

Manhattan Beach

Jennifer Egan

My Oxford Year

Julia Whelan

November Road

Louis Berney

Origin

Dan Brown

Seven Days of Us

Francesca Hornak

She Would Be King

Wayétu Moore

Sometimes I Lie

Alice Feeney

The Dream Daughter

Diane Chamberlain

The Last Mrs. Parrish

Liv Constantine

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

The Proposal

Jasmine Guillory

The Rules of Magic

Alice Hoffman

Unmarriageable

Soniah Kamal

BOOKS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD

A Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin

Middlesex

Jeffrey Eugenides

My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Fear of Flying

Erica Jong

Native Son

Richard Wright

On the Road

Jack Kerouac

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

BOOKS WITH SHOCKING ENDINGS

An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks

My Lovely Wife

Samantha Downing

The Night Olivia Fell

Christina McDonald

The Suspect

Fiona Barton

The Wife

Alafair Burke

BOOKS YOU'LL WANT TO CALL OUT SICK TO FINISH

Need to Know

Karen Cleveland

Not That I Could Tell

Jessica Strawser

Only Child

Rhiannon Navin

Sunburn

Laura Lippman

Tangerine

Christine Mangan

The French Girl

Lexie Elliott

The Broken Girls

Simone St. James

The Chalk Man

C. J. Tudor

The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth

The Wedding Date

Jasmine Guillory

The Wife Between Us

Greer Hendricks

Two Girls Down

Louisa Luna

BREAKTHROUGH BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT

Call Me Evie

J. P. Pomare

Looker

Laura Sims

The Plotters

Ŏn-su Kim

The Water Cure

Sophie Mackintosh

We Cast a Shadow

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

COMPLICATED LOVE STORIES

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

If Not for You

Debbie Macomber

Miss You

Kate Eberlen

The Best of Adam Sharp

Graeme C. Simsion

The Futures

Anna Pitoniak

The Runaway Midwife

Patricia Harman

The Widow of Wall Street

Randy Susan Meyers

CREEPY THRILLERS WRITTEN BY WOMEN

Bring Me Back

B. A. Paris

Entangled Moon

E. C. Frey

Her Pretty Face

Robyn Harding

She Was the Quiet One

Michele Campbell

Something in the Water

Catherine Steadman

The Other Woman

Sandie Jones

DEBUT NOVELS OF 2017 AND 2018

American War

Omar El Akkad

Gunpowder Moon

David Pedreira

I Liked My Life

Abby Fabiaschi

Idaho

Emily Ruskovich

If You Leave Me

Crystal Hana Kim

Ohio

Stephen Markley

Only Child

Rhiannon Navin

Rabbit Cake

Annie Hartnett

Salt Houses

Hala Alyan

Semiosis

Sue Burke

Severance

Ling Ma

Smothered

Autumn Chiklis

The City of Brass

S. A. Chakraborty

The Distance Home

Paula Saunders

The Ensemble

Aja Gabel

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

The Wife Between Us

Greer Hendricks

There There

Tommy Orange

Waking Lions

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Whiskey & Ribbons

Leesa Cross-Smith

EMOTIONAL HEART-WRENCHING NOVELS

Gone So Long

Andre Dubus

Night of Miracles

Elizabeth Berg

Sea Prayer

Khaled Hosseini

The Friend

Sigrid Nunez

Varina

Charles Frazier

White Chrysanthemum

Mary Lynn Bracht

EXCITING MEMOIRS FOR 2018

Brave

Rose McGowan

Can't Help Myself

Meredith Goldstein

Eat the Apple

Matt Young

Educated

Tara Westover

Feast

Hannah Howard

In Pieces

Sally Field

Make Trouble

Cecile Richards

Sick

Porochista Khakpour

Small Fry

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The Gospel of Trees

Apricot Anderson Irving

The Recovering

Leslie Jamison

The Seasons of My Mother

Marcia Gay Harden

The Year of Less

Cait Flanders

This is Me

Chrissy Metz

Under Fire

April Ryan

Unmasked

Andrew Lloyd Webber

FANS OF JODI PICOULT TRY

A Theory of Relativity

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Anything is Possible

Elizabeth Strout

Beartown

Fredrik Backman

Every Secret Thing

Laura Lippman

Map of the Heart

Susan Wiggs

My Absolute Darling

Gabriel Tallent

Open House

Elizabeth Berg

Saints for All Occasions

J. Courtney Sullivan

The Almost Sisters

Joshilyn Jackson

The Burning Girl

Claire Messud

The Dovekeepers

Alice Hoffman

The Goddesses

Swan Huntley

The Identicals

Elin Hilderbrand

The Salt House

Lisa Duffy

The Shoemaker's Wife

Adriana Trigiani

The Stolen Marriage

Diane Chamberlain

The Swallow's Nest

Emilie Richards

While My Sister Sleeps

Barbara Delinsky

FANS OF NORA ROBERTS TRY

About That Kiss

Jill Shalvis

Any Dream Will Do

Debbie Macomber

As You Wish

Jude Deveraux

Before and Again

Barbara Delinsky

By the Book

Julia Sonneborn

Cottage by the Sea

Debbie Macomber

Dune Drive

Mariah Stewart

Fairytale

Danielle Steel

Going Dark

Monica McCarty

Herons Landing

JoAnn Ross

Lilac Lane

Sherryl Woods

Map of the Heart

Susan Wiggs

Sugar Pine Trail

RaeAnne Thayne

The River House

Carla Neggers

The Perfect Couple

Elin Hilderbrand

When We Found Home

Susan Mallery

Winter Solstice

Elin Hilderbrand

You Say It First

Susan Mallery

FAVORITE TEAR-JERKERS

Angela's Ashes

Frank McCourt

Firefly Lane

Kristin Hannah

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline

Redeeming Love

Francine Rivers

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold

The Nightingale

Kristin Hannah

The Time Traveler's Wife

Audrey Niffenegger

Unbroken

Laura Hillenbrand

FEMALE FRIENDSHIP

Eleven Hours

Pamela Erens

Marlena

Julie Buntin

Swing Time

Zadie Smith

The Burning Girl

Claire Messud

The Spare Room

Helen Garner

FICTIONAL BOOKS ABOUT THE CIRCUS

Church of Marvels

Leslie Parry

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The Trick

Emanuel Bergmann

FOR FANS OF "GONE GIRL"

Believe Me

JP Delaney

Bitter Orange

Claire Fuller

Give Me Your Hand

Megan Abbott

Lies

T. M. Logan

Lying in Wait

Liz Nugent

The Waiting Room

Emily Bleeker

Under My Skin

Lisa Unger

With You Always

Rena Olsen

FOR FANS OF "OUTLANDER"

A Twist in Time

Julie McElwain

Ever My Love

Lynn Kurland

Goodnight from London

Jennifer Robson

FOR FANS OF "THIS IS US" TV SHOW

Ashes of Fiery Weather

Kathleen Donohoe

Carry the One

Carol Anshaw

Commonwealth

Ann Patchett

Saints for All Occasions

J. Courtney Sullivan

Some Luck

Jane Smiley

The Turner House

Angela Flournoy

The Ninth Hour

Alice McDermott

We Are Not Ourselves

Matthew Thomas

FOREIGN THRILLERS

Six Four

Hideo Yokoyama

The Perfect Nanny

Leïla Slimani

The Swimmer

Joakim Zander

GREAT BOOKS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A Place for Us

Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult

Asymmetry

Lisa Halliday

Baby Teeth

Zoje Stage

Before the Fall

Noah Hawley

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Mark T. Sullivan

Between Earth and Sky

Amanda Skenandore

Britt-Marie Was Here

Fredrik Backman

Circe

Madeline Miller

Clock Dance

Anne Tyler

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez

Milkman

Anna Burns

Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee

Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn

Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik

The English Wife

Lauren Willig

The Child Finder

Rene Denfeld

The Feral Detective

Jonathan Lethem

The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

The Lake House

Kate Morton

The Last Suppers

Mandy Mikulencak

The Mars Room

Rachel Kushner

The Perfect Couple

Elin Hilderbrand

The Rules of Magic

Alice Hoffman

The Taster

V. S. Alexander

The Witch Elm

Tana French

The Word is Murder

Anthony Horowitz

Those Who Knew

Idra Novey

Unsheltered

Barbara Kingsolver

HARLAN COBEN READ-A-LIKES

Chaos

Patricia Daniels Cornwell

Her Every Fear

Peter Swanson

Little Boy Blue

M. J. Arlidge

Most Dangerous Place

James Grippando

No Man's Land

David Baldacci

Right Behind You

Lisa Gardner

The Dry

Jane Harper

The Fall Guy

James Lasdun

The Nowhere Man

Gregg Andrew Hurwitz

The Old Man

Thomas Perry

HISTORICAL FICTION

Becoming Belle

Nuala O'Connor

Caleb's Crossing

Geraldine Brooks

Calling Me Home

Julie Kibler

City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

Daisy Jones & the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

I Was Anastasia

Ariel Lawhon

Into the Darkness

Kate Williams

King of Kings

Wilbur A Smith

Lost Roses

Martha Hall Kelly

Love and Ruin

Paula McLain

Miss Burma

Charmaine Craig

Mistress of the Ritz

Melanie Benjamin

My Dear Hamilton

Stephanie Dray

North of Dawn

Nuruddin Farah

Not Our Kind

Kitty Zeldis

Pope Joan

Donna Woolfolk Cross

Resistance Women

Jennifer Chiaverini

Rust & Stardust

T. Greenwood

So Much Life Left over

Louis De Bernières

Sold on a Monday

Kristina McMorris

That Churchill Woman

Stephanie Barron

The Dutch Wife

Ellen Keith

The Paris Seamstress

Natasha Lester

The Age of Light

Whitney Scharer

The Air You Breathe

Frances de Pontes Peebles

The Court Dancer

Kyŏng-suk Sin

The Eulogist

Terry Gamble

The Girls in the Picture

Melanie Benjamin

The Good People

Hannah Kent

The Gown

Jennifer Robson

The Lost Wife

Alyson Richman

The Masterpiece

Fiona Davis

The Perfume Collector

Kathleen Tessaro

The Red Tent

Anita Diamant

The Sparsholt Affair

Alan Hollinghurst

The Stars Are Fire

Anita Shreve

The Story of H

Marina Perezagua

The Summer I Met Jack

Michelle Gable

The Unquiet Grave

Sharyn McCrumb

The Wartime Sisters

Lynda Cohen Loigman

This Storm

James Ellroy

Tiffany Blues

M. J. Rose

Warlight

Michael Ondaatje

When the Men Were Gone

Marjorie Herrera Lewis

When We Left Cuba

Chanel Cleeton

White Houses

Amy Bloom

LAUGH-OUT-LOUD BOOKS

Adjustment Day

Chuck Palahniuk

Boomer1

Daniel Torday

Calypso

David Sedaris

Lake Success

Gary Shteyngart

Look Alive out There

Sloane Crosley

Noir

Christopher Moore

The Baby Plan

Kate Rorick

The Glitch

Elisabeth Cohen

The Oracle Year

Charles Soule

There Are No Grown-ups

Pamela Druckerman

NEW ROMANCE NOVELS

A Notorious Vow

Joanna Shupe

Consumed

J. R. Ward

Fight or Flight

Samantha Young

Hot Winter Nights

Jill Shalvis

Stone Bridges

Carla Neggers

The Lemon Sisters

Jill Shalvis

The Girl He Used to Know

Tracey Garvis Graves

The Royal Runaway

Lindsay Emory

The Savior

J. R. Ward

The Unhoneymooners

Christina Lauren

Why Not Tonight

Susan Mallery

PAGE TURNERS

A Column of Fire

Ken Follett

Barely Legal

Stuart Woods

Deep Freeze

John Sandford

Don't Let Go

Harlan Coben

Dragonsworn

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Enigma

Catherine Coulter

Exposed

Lisa Scottoline

Glass Houses

Louise Penny

I Know a Secret

Tess Gerritsen

Proof of Life

Judith A. Jance

The Romanov Ransom

Clive Cussler

The Good Daughter

Karin Slaughter

POLITICAL THRILLERS

Cold Frame

Peter T. Deutermann

Keep Calm

Mike Binder

Liberty's Last Stand

Stephen Coonts

Sleeping Giants

Sylvain Neuvel

The 14th Colony

Steve Berry

The God's Eye View

Barry Eisler

The Kill Artist

Daniel Silva

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS

An Anonymous Girl

Greer Hendricks

Beautiful Bad

Annie Nigh Ward

Cross Her Heart

Sarah Pinborough

Freefall

Jessica Barry

I Know You Know

Gilly Macmillan

If I Die Tonight

Alison Gaylin

In Her Bones

Kate Moretti

Into the Water

Paula Hawkins

Leave No Trace

Mindy Mejia

Let Me Lie

Clare Mackintosh

Lies

T. M. Logan

Sometimes I Lie

Alice Feeney

The Elizas

Sara Shepard

The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth

The Flight Attendant

Chris Bohjalian

The Mother-in-law

Sally Hepworth

The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

The Suspect

Fiona Barton

The Three Beths

Jeff Abbott

The Winters

Lisa Gabriele

The Witch Elm

Tana French

Under My Skin

Lisa Unger

READ THE BOOK - WATCH THE MOVIE

A Dog's Journey

W. Bruce Cameron

It

Stephen King

Jumanji

Chris Van Allsburg

Pet Sematary

Stephen King

The Snowman

Jo Nesbø

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Wonderstruck

Brian Selznick

RECOMMENDED SUMMER READS

By Invitation Only

Dorothea Benton Frank

Love and Ruin

Paula McLain

The Crooked Staircase

Dean R. Koontz

The Ensemble

Aja Gabel

The Summer Wives

Beatriz Williams

Warlight

Michael Ondaatje

When We Found Home

Susan Mallery

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Beyond Reason

Kat Martin

Come Sundown

Nora Roberts

Falling Darkness

Karen Harper

Hello Again

Brenda Novak

Into the Night

Cynthia Eden

Just One Touch

Maya Banks

Life of Lies

Sharon Sala

Promise Not to Tell

Jayne Ann Krentz

Seeing Red

Sandra Brown

Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann

The Legend

Donna Grant

Thief's Mark

Carla Neggers

Wired

Julie Garwood

SAMPLING OF NON-FICTION BOOKS

Act Natural

Jennifer Traig

American Fire

Monica Hesse

Bookends

Michael Chabon

Brave, Not Perfect

Reshma Saujani

Code Name

Larry Loftis

Draft No. 4

John McPhee

Empty Planet

Darrell Jay Bricker

From Here to Eternity

Caitlin Doughty

Ghosts of the Tsunami

Richard Lloyd Parry

Inheritance

Dani Shapiro

Joy Enough

Sarah McColl

Megafire

Michael Kodas

Parkland

Dave Cullen

The Death of Expertise

Thomas M. Nichols

The Last Castle

Denise Kiernan

Underground

Will Hunt

When Death Becomes Life

Joshua D. Mezrich

Word by Word

Kory Stamper

SUSPENSE NOVELS THAT WILL SHOCK YOU

Don't Believe It

Charlie Donlea

One Last Breath

Lisa Jackson

The Girlfriend

Michelle Frances

The List

Joe Konrath

The Neighbor

Joseph Souza

THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL READ-A-LIKES

Careers for Women

Joanna Scott

Funny Girl

Nick Hornby

UNPREDICTABLE & TWISTED BOOKS

Dark Places

Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn

Life of Pi

Yann Martel

Odd Thomas

Dean R. Koontz

The Husband's Secret

Liane Moriarty

The Shining

Stephen King

WORLD WAR II NOVELS

A Boy in Winter

Rachel Seiffert

Eagle & Crane

Suzanne Rindell

Ike and Kay

James MacManus

Shadow Child

Rahna R. Rizzuto

The Boat Runner

Devin Murphy

The Lost Letter

Jillian Cantor

The Prisoner in the Castle

Susan Elia MacNeal

To Die in Spring

Ralf Rothmann

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