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Lit With Love
Suzanne Brockmann
Out of Body

Sonali Dev  interviews bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann AND actors Jason T. Gaffney and Kevin Held about  Out of Body, a book that is also a movie that is also a labor of love for the team. Held and Gaffney will be in Chicago to attend the Reeling Film Festival to promote their OTHER film, written by Gaffney and produced by Brockmann, so not only do you have multiple chances at handsome this week, you can learn about how very hardworking people get anything done. We here at AV are already tired just typing this…

This interview will be broadcast live – but you can ask your questions in advance! Post them in our comments below or on our facebook page. Ask a question for Sonali, Suzanne, Kevin, or Jason – and be part of the show!

Out of Body
by Suzanne Brockmann
$8.99
Air Date/Time September 26, 2 pm (Central)
1st ed., 154 pages, paperback, CreateSpace

New, never before published novel published July 2018.

Friends to lovers, with a supernatural twist… Henry’s been in love with his best friend Malcolm since college, but after he kisses Mal on Halloween night, things go desperately wrong. Awkward turns to just plain weird when Mal mysteriously vanishes. And weird gets freaky when Henry starts to wonder if he’s being haunted by Mal’s ghost.
Henry’s other friends think he’s losing it – that Mal’s just run from conflict. But freaky turns to full-on crazy when, with the help of a “spirit guide”, Henry casts a spell that allows him—and only him—to see and hear Malcolm – who’s been right there, in his house, the entire...

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A House Divided
John William Huelskamp
Friends of the Wigwam

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author John William Huelskamp about his latest Civil War novel Friends of the Wigwam that introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

Watch the live interview and submit a question to be asked on air. Order a signed book to be delivered to your door.

Friends of the Wigwam
by John William Huelskamp
$16.95
Air Date/Time September 20, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 384 pages, paperback, Barrington Group

FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM is a historical novel and love story about six young friends whose innocence is stripped from them seemingly overnight in the brutal setting of the American Civil War.

Meticulously researched and based on real-life people and true events, FRIENDS OF THE WIGWAM spans 1857-1865 and introduces you to the courageous men and women from Illinois who staged one of the first contested national conventions, were responsible for getting Abraham Lincoln elected and made the ultimate sacrifice during the American Civil War.

From the true story of a young woman who successfully masqueraded as a man during the Civil War and was buried with full military honors to the...

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LadyBird & Friends
Sean Rubin
Bolivar

Betsy Bird interviews author Sean Rubin about his award-winning graphic novel for ages 8 and up:Bolivar.

You can ask a question of Sean and Betsy by leaving it in the comments below – we’ll ask on air. Watch us live on our facebook page OR on our Youtube channel.

Bolivar
by Sean Rubin
$29.99
Air Date/Time September 13, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 224 pages, hardcover, Archaia

What would you do if your neighbor was a dinosaur?

Sybil knows that there is something off about her next door neighbor, but she can’t seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don’t notice Bolivar. They don’t notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur.

When an unlikely parking ticket pulls Bolivar into an adventure from City Hall to New York’s Natural History Museum, he must finally make a choice: Bolivar can continue to live unnoticed, or he can let the city see who he really...

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Berta’s Books
Rebecca Makkai
The Great Believers

Roberta Rubin interviews author Rebecca Makkai about her newest novel The Great Believers.

You can ask a question of Rebecca by leaving it in the comments below – we’ll ask on air. Watch us live or on our facebook page OR on our Youtube channel.

The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai
$27
Air Date/Time September 12, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 432 pages, hardcover, Viking

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later,...

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A House Divided
James S. Pula
Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps…

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author James S. Pula about the second volume in his series about the XI Corps Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865 following the misunderstood unit through battle until the war’s end.

Watch the live interview and submit a question to be asked on air. Order a signed book to be delivered to your door.

Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War. Volume 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865
by James S. Pula
$34.95
Air Date/Time August 16, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 432 pages, hardcover, Savas Beatie

The martial enthusiasm that engulfed tWith the publication of Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War: Volume. 2: From Gettysburg to Victory, 1863-1865, James S. Pula completes his magisterial work on this important Union command.

The XI Corps served in the Army of the Potomac for just twelve months (September 1862-August 1863), during which it played a pivotal role in the critical battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Thereafter, the corps hastened westward to reinforce a Union army in besieged Chattanooga, and marched through brutal December weather without adequate clothing, shoes, or provisions to help...

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Stranger Than Fiction
Nina Barrett
The Leopold and Loeb Files

Dan Weinberg interviews author Nina Barrett about her newest title The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes .

The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes
by Nina Barrett
$35.00
Air Date/Time: August 14, 3 pm (Central)
302 pages, hardcover, Agate Midway

In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. As the decades passed, the mythology surrounding the unlikely killers continued to capture the interest of new generations, spawning numerous books, fictionalizations, and dramatizations.

In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources—confessions, interrogation transcripts, psychological reports, and more—the kind of rare, pre-computer court documents that were usually destroyed as a matter of course. Until...

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A House Divided
Manisha Sinha
The Slave’s Cause

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Manisha SInha about her new book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolitioncorrecting the sometimes stereotypical view of who Abolitionists were and how they fought for freedom.

Watch the live interview and submit a question to be asked on air. Order a signed book to be delivered to your door.

The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition
by Manisha Sinha
$37.50
Air Date/Time August 2, 3:00 pm (Central)
1st ed., 784 pages, hardcover, Yale University Press

A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War.

Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. Drawing on extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and...

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Lit With Love
Emily Belden
Hot Mess

Sonali Dev  interviews author Emily Belden about her new book, Hot Mess. All the hot, spicy, steamy – okay, sorry, enough with the cliched descriptors: Allie falls in love with a reckless, troubled, but really hot chef. He ditches – she’s left holding the bag. Set in Chicago, contains all the foodie secrets and restaurant tales you could ask for. Plus love, love, love.

This interview will be broadcast live – but you can ask your questions in advance! On our comments below or on our facebook page leave a question for Sonali and Emily and be part of the show.

Hot Mess
by Emily Belden
$15.99
Air Date/Time July 31, 3 pm (Central)
1st ed., 416 pages, paperback, Graydon House

Twentysomething Allie Simon is used to playing by the rules—until Chicago’s most sought-after, up-and-coming culinary genius, Benji Zane, walks into her world and pulls her into his. The only thing more renowned than Benji’s mouthwatering masterpieces and equally luscious good looks? His struggle with addiction and his reckless tendency to live life on the edge, no matter the havoc he wreaks along the way. But loving someone means supporting him no matter what, or so Allie tells herself. That’s why, when Benji’s offered the chance to light up foodie hot spot Randolph Street with a high-profile new restaurant, Allie takes the ultimate risk and invests her life savings in his dream.

Then one day Benji disappears,...

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Solved!
Victoria Thompson
Murder on Union Square

Murder On Union Square

Libby Hellmann  interviews author Victoria Thompson about her new book, Murder on Union Square. Sarah and Frank Mallory return in the latest installment of The Gaslight Mystery Series–when a murder threatens their adoption of Catherine,  Frank finds himself in an unusual position–the prime suspect. Read it and find out whodonit!

Murder On Union Square

Murder on Union Square
written by Victoria Thompson
$26.00
Air Date/Time June 14, 12:00noon (Central)
1st ed., 323 pages, hardcover

Sarah and Frank Malloy are enjoying married life and looking to make their family official by adopting Catherine, the child whom Sarah rescued and has been raising as her daughter. The process seems fairly straightforward, but at the last minute, the newlyweds discover that Parnell Vaughn, Catherine’s legal father, has a claim on the child, and his grasping fiancée is demanding a financial settlement to relinquish parental rights. Even though exchanging money for a child is illegal, Frank and Sarah’s love for Catherine drives them to comply.

When Frank returns with the money and finds Vaughn beaten to death, all evidence points to Frank as the culprit. A not-quite-famous actor with modest means, Vaughn seems an unlikely candidate for...

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LadyBird & Friends
Chris Rylander
The Legend of Greg

Betsy Bird will meet Chris Rylander to answer YOUR questions about The Legend of Greg.

Author Chris will speak with Betsy Bird – and with YOU if you submit a question! A fantastic adventure series just getting started, for grades 3-7, ages 8 to 1,000.

Get your signed copy and watch the interview – we’ll get Chris to say hi!

The Legend of Greg (Failures)
written by Chris Rylander
$16.99
Air Date/Time June 12, 5:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 352 pages, hardcover

The Legend of Greg: An Epic Series of Failures (Failures Book 1)
Fantasy/adventure for ages 8-12, grades 3-7, Lexile measure 800.

Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He’s got a friend–that’s right, just one–at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn’t ordinary . . . he’s actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!

He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea–one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the...

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Lit With Love
Katharine Ashe The Prince

The Prince

Sonali Dev  interviews author Katharine Ashe about her new book, The Prince. Book 4 in the Devil’s Duke Series,  includes cross-dressing and the tale of a daring scheme that could send our star-crossed lovers hurtling toward danger… and an unparalleled love.

The Prince

The Prince
by Katharine Ashe
$7.99
Air Date/Time June 8, 5 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages

Libby Shaw refuses to accept society’s dictates. She’s determined to become a member of Edinburgh’s all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Disguising herself as a man, she attends the surgical theater and fools everyone—except the one man who has never forgotten the shape of her exquisitely sensual lips.

Forced to leave his home as a boy, famed portraitist Ziyaeddin is secretly the exiled prince of a distant realm. When he first met Libby, he memorized every detail of her face and drew her. But her perfect lips gave him trouble—the same lips he now longs to kiss. When Libby asks his help to hide her feminine identity from the world, Ziyaeddin agrees on one condition: she must sit for him to paint—as...

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A House Divided
Michael Burlingame
Sixteenth President-In-Waiting

Sixteenth President In Waiting

Daniel Weinberg  interviews author Michael Burlingame about his new book, Sixteenth President-In-Waiting. This book examines the three months between Lincoln’s election and inauguration through the impressions of full-time  journalist, Henry Villard.  Burlingame has collected all of his dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Sixteenth President In Waiting

Sixteenth President-In-Waiting: Abraham Lincoln and the Springfield Dispatches of Henry Villard, 1860-1861
by Michael Burlingame
$45.00
Air Date/Time June 8, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 407 pages, hardcover, Signed on Bookplate

Between Abraham Lincoln’s election in November 1860 and his departure for Washington three months later, journalist Henry Villard sent scores of dispatches from Springfield, Illinois, to various newspapers describing the president-elect’s doings, quoting or paraphrasing his statements, chronicling events in the Illinois capital, and analyzing the city’s mood. Michael Burlingame has collected all of these dispatches in one insightful and informative volume.

Best known as a successful nineteenth-century railroad promoter and financier, German-born Henry Villard (1835–1900) was also among the most conscientious and able journalists of the 1860s. The dispatches gathered in this volume constitute the most intensive journalistic coverage that Lincoln ever received, for Villard...

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A House Divided
Kristopher A. Teters
Practical Liberators

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Kristopher A. Teters about his new book, Practical Liberators, a look at the attitudes and convictions of Union Army officers about Emancipation as the Civil War progressed.

Practical Liberators: Union Officers in the Western Theater during the Civil War
by Kristopher A. Teters
$32.95
Air Date/Time June 7, 5 pm (Central)
1st ed., 240 pages, hardcover

During the first fifteen months of the Civil War, the policies and attitudes of Union officers toward emancipation in the western theater were, at best, inconsistent and fraught with internal strains. But after Congress passed the Second Confiscation Act in 1862, army policy became mostly consistent in its support of liberating the slaves in general, in spite of Union army officers’ differences of opinion. By 1863 and the final Emancipation Proclamation, the army had transformed into the key force for instituting emancipation in the West. However, Kristopher Teters argues that the guiding principles behind this development in attitudes and policy were a result of military necessity and...

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Solved!
Michael Koryta
How It Happened

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Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Michael Koryta about his latest crime thriller How It Happened.

You can ask Michael questions live! Use the comments below or go to our Facebook Page and talk to us!

How It Happened
by Michael Koryta
$27.00
Air Date/Time: May 22, 1 pm (Central)
368 pages, hardcover

Kimberly Crepeaux is no good, a notorious jailhouse snitch, teen mother, and heroin addict whose petty crimes are well-known to the rural Maine community where she lives. So when she confesses to her role in the brutal murders of Jackie Pelletier and Ian Kelly, the daughter of a well-known local family and her sweetheart, the locals have little reason to believe her story.

Not Rob Barrett, the FBI investigator and interrogator specializing in telling a true confession from a falsehood. He’s been circling Kimberly and her conspirators for months, waiting for the right avenue to the truth, and has finally found it. He knows, as strongly as he’s known anything, that Kimberly’s story-a grisly, harrowing story of a hit and...

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A House Divided
Richard E. Quest
I Held Lincoln

Bjorn Skaptason interviews author Richard E. Quest about his new book, I Held Lincoln, a true account of a Civil War Naval officer who survived and escaped Confederate prison – twice – and was on hand to carry a dying Abraham Lincoln from Ford’s Theater.

I Held Lincoln
by Richard E.Quest
$24.95
Air Date/Time May 17, 3:30 pm (Central)
1st ed., 224 pages, hardcover

Lt. Benjamin Loring (1824–1902) lived the life of an everyman Civil War sailor. He commanded no armies and devised no grand strategies. Loring was a sailor who just wanted to return home, where the biggest story of his life awaited him.

Covering almost a year of Loring’s service, I Held Lincoln describes the lieutenant’s command of the gunboat USS Wave, the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, the surrender of his ship, and his capture by the Confederates. He was incarcerated in Camp Groce, a deadly Confederate prison where he endured horrific conditions and abuse. Loring attempted to escape, evading capture for ten days behind enemy lines, only to be recaptured just a few miles from freedom. After an...

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Solved!
Brian Freeman
Alter Ego

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Brian Freeman about his latest crime thriller Alter Ego.

Brian Freeman is a #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton, and Cab Bolton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his “you are there” settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots.

Alter Ego
by Brian Freeman
$26.99
Air Date/Time: May 17, 12pm (Central)
400 pages, hardcover

When a freak auto accident kills a driver on the remote roads outside Duluth, Jonathan Stride is disturbed to discover that the victim appears to be a “ghost,” with a false identity and no evidence to suggest who he really was. Alarmingly, a gun is found in the car–and the gun has recently been fired.

The next day, Stride learns that a Duluth college student has also vanished, and he worries that the two incidents are related. But what would have put an ordinary young woman in the crosshairs of a man who has all the hallmarks of an assassin for hire?

Stride’s investigation of the girl’s disappearance leads him into the midst of a film crew in Duluth, where a movie...

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Berta’s Books
Julia Claiborne Johnson
Be Frank With Me

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Roberta Rubin interviews author Julia Claiborne Johnson about her newest novel Be Frank With Me.

Reclusive novelist Mimi Banning needs the assistant her publisher sent, Alice, to help her finish her book… But it’s Mimi’s nine year old son Frank who actually runs things in this breakout debut novel.

Be Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
$25.99
Air Date/Time: May 10, 3:30pm (Central)
304, hardcover

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.
When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel...

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Sebastian Rotella
Rip Crew

Libby Fischer Hellmann interviews author Sebastian Rotella about his latest crime thriller Rip Crew.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of The Convert’s Song and Triple Crossing, which the New York Times Book Review named its favorite debut crime novel of 2011, as well as the nonfiction book Twilight on the Line. He is a senior reporter covering international security issues for ProPublica, a newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest.

Rip Crew
by Sebastian Rotella
$27.00
Air Date/Time: April 27, 2pm (Central)
336, hardcover

Valentine Pescatore, the globetrotting former Border Patrol agent, finds himself back on American soil investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. Award-winning reporter-turned-author Sebastian Rotella returns to crime with this propulsive new work.

At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted, at any cost.

From an author who has been praised for his “pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style” (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), RIP CREW races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.

Sebastian Rotella is the author of...

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A House Divided
Frank Cicero
nCreating the Land of Lincoln

Daniel Weinberg interviews author Frank Cicero about his newest title Creating the Land of Lincoln:The History and Constitutions of Illinois, 1778-1870

Samuel Wheeler, Ph.D., the State Historian of Illinois, will be joining us to discuss the Illinois Bicentennial, and an exciting new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Submit your questions in the comments and order a signed book below!

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Creating the Land of Lincoln
by Frank Cicero
$29.95
Air Date/Time: April 14, 12 pm (Central)
288, hardcover

How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State

In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.

Frank Cicero Jr. provides an appealing new history of Illinois as expressed by the state’s constitutions—and the lively conventions that led to each one. In Creating the Land of Lincoln, Cicero sheds light on the vital debates of delegates who, freed from electoral necessity, revealed the opinions, prejudices, sentiments, and dreams of Illinoisans at critical junctures in state history. Cicero analyzes decisions large and small that fostered...

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Lauren Dane
Jagged

Sonali Dev interviews author Lauren Dane about the latest novel in the Whiskey Sharp Series – Jagged: about the baker-next-door who gets a former FBI agent turned tattoo artist all het up. Cue line about buns? No?
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Jagged: Whiskey Sharp Series Book 2
by Lauren Dane
$7.99
Air Date/Time: April 19, 3:00pm (Central)
352, paperback

Fans of the first Whiskey Sharp book rejoice: not only do you get an update on Maybe and Alexsei, but you meet his cousin Vicktor and her friend Rachel, and it seems likely that they fall in love…

Let’s learn:
Vicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away.

Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by violence. She knows she can trust Vic—it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to...

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