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Good reading guide for Australian book loversDo you love finding a good book? Think books make great gifts? Then you're at the right place.

We have a great list of inspiring books to make you smile.

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Novels

Close Up

by Kate Forster RRP $29.99

Even movie stars aren't always ready for their close up, especially when it may expose the secrets of the past.

Zoe Green manages the careers of Hollywood's biggest stars. She'll do anything to help them - and herself - get ahead.

Actress Maggie Hall has been America's sweetheart for nearly twenty years. And she's about to learn that there are two things in life you just can't fight: growing older and falling in love.

Dylan Mercer - young, beautiful and defiant - has run away from New York to try her luck in Hollywood. She's not after fame and fortune, though. Dylan's on a quest to find her birth mother.

All three women are swept up in the search for the actress who will score the role of a lifetime. But ambition and desire can bring out the worst in people. And in a town built on illusions, believing you can escape your past might just be the biggest illusion of all.

A racy, romantic story brimming with glamour and heart from the author of Seduction and The Perfect Location.

About the Author

Kate lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two children and two dogs, and can be found nursing a laptop, surrounded by magazines and watching trash TV or French films while Facebooking, pinning on Pinterest, tweeting and texting, usually all at once. Kate is an avid follower of fashion, fame and all things pop culture and is an excellent dinner party guest who always brings gentle gossip and champagne.

The Kept

by James Scott RRP $24.99

How far would you go for your family, for love, for revenge? In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Elspeth Howell returns home to find her family brutally murdered.

The only survivor is her twelve-year-old son who witnessed it all. Wounded, frightened and with retribution in their hearts, mother and son set out into the frozen wilderness to track down the red-scarfed men who killed their loved ones in cold blood.

Their journey leads them to a rough-hewn settlement on the edge of ice-filled Lake Erie, a merciless place where violence abounds. Here, forced into a brutal adulthood, Caleb begins to discover truths about his mother he could never have anticipated and Elspeth must finally confront the terrible urges that envelop her.

All the while, the memory of Caleb's brothers and sisters presses him onwards. Big skies, deep snow, open wounds: The Kept delves deep into what it means to be a mother - and to be a son. It asks us how far we would go for our family, for love and, ultimately, for revenge?

About the Author

James Scott was born in Boston and grew up in upstate New York. He has published short fiction in literary reviews and journals, including Ploughshares, One Story and American Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices.

He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and dog. The Kept is his first novel.

The Lie

by Helen Dunmore RRP $27.99

Cornwall, 1920, early spring. A young man stands on a headland, looking out to sea. He is back from the war, homeless and without family. Behind him lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches.

Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life, forged in a crucible of shared suffering. Daniel has survived, but the horror and passion of the past seem more real than the quiet fields around him. He is about to step into the unknown.

But will he ever be able to escape the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie? Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss by one of the UK's most acclaimed storytellers.

About the Author

Helen Dunmore is an acclaimed bestselling author who has published eleven novels, including: Zennor in Darkness, which won the McKitterick Prize; A Spell of Winter, which won the inaugural Orange Prize; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize; Mourning Ruby, House of Orphans and Counting the Stars.

Her 2010 novel The Betrayal was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. In 2012 she published the novella The Greatcoat under the Hammer imprint at Cornerstone. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and her work is translated into more than thirty languages.

The Girl in the Yellow Vest

by Loretta Hill RRP$32.95

From the author of the bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots and The Girl in the Hard Hat, comes another scintillating romantic comedy, this time set on the beautiful Queensland coast. The perfect summer read!

‘We can't choose who we fall in love with. It could be our best friend ... or our worst enemy.'

Emily Woods counts cracks for a living. Concrete cracks. So when her long-term boyfriend dumps her, she decides it's time for a change of scenery. Her best friend, Will, suggests joining his construction team in Queensland. Working next door to the Great Barrier Reef seems like just the sort of adventure she needs to reboot her life…until she realises that Will is not the person she thought he was.

Charlotte Templeton is frustrated with the lack of respect FIFO workers have for her seaside resort. But picking a fight with their tyrannical project manager, Mark Crawford, seems to lead to more complications than resolutions. The man is too pompous, too rude, and too damned good looking.

As both women strive to protect their dreams and achieve their goals, they discover that secrets will come out, loyalty often hurts, and sometimes the perfect man is the wrong one.

About the Author

For her bestselling novels The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots and The Girl in the Hard Hat Loretta Hill drew upon her own outback engineering experiences of larrikins, red dust and steel-capped boots. Her new novel, The Girl in the Yellow Vest, will publish in January 2014. She is also the author of the ebook novella One Little White Lie, which was a no.1 bestseller on iTunes.

Loretta always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she filled pages of exercise books with stories to amuse her friends. Her father, who never wasted his time on fiction, didn't see much worth in this pass time and pushed her to pursue a 'sensible' career. Fortunately, she had inherited some of his talent for numbers and decided to give it a go. She graduated from the University of Western Australia as structural engineer and took her first job with a major West Australian engineering company.

A few years later she met a lawyer at a Black Friday party hosted by a friend. She was dressed as the devil and he just came as himself. They are now happily married and living in Perth with their two young sons and infant daughter.

Despite her career in engineering, her interest in law and her journey into motherhood, Loretta continued to write. Not because she had a lot of time but because it was and always had been an addiction she couldn't ignore.

The Harem Midwife

by Roberta Rich RRP $32.99

In the opulent palace of the feared and revered Sultan Murat III, Hannah Levi, midwife to the Sultan's vast harem, is forced to deliver heirs to the kingdom.

If she fails, the entire Ottoman Empire will collapse, but the woman who has been chosen to be the Sultan's mistress is not all she seems.

And when a mysterious woman turns up on her doorstep, claiming to be her late brother's bride, Hannah must find the courage to defend herself - both against the threat of the Sultan and the widow-imposter - or lose everything she has ever loved...

About the Author

Roberta Rich divides her time between Vancouver and Colima, Mexico. She is a former family lay layer.

Monkey Business

by Kathryn Ledson $29.99

Erica Jewell reckons being a part-time vigilante is stressful enough, without the added pressures of a demanding day job, annoying family and bossy cat. Now her mysterious lover has vanished on some clandestine mission, without leaving a forwarding address. Erica thinks that's pretty typical of hired gun Jack Jones – he'd rather risk his life than his heart.

Then Erica discovers with a shock that Jack is M.I.A. on the jungle-infested island of Saint Sebastian. When no one seems willing to help find Jack or even acknowledge his existence, Erica knows she's his only chance.

But negotiating her way around lawless and sweltering Sebastian, where monkey business abounds, proves far more dangerous than she expected.

Fast-paced, funny and totally engaging, Monkey Business blends adventure and romance in an irresistible summer read.

About the Author

Melbourne-based Kathryn Ledson has worked as a PA in the corporate world, for Hayman Island's PR team, and as Peter Ustinov's PA during his Australian tour.

She has also been on the road with rock bands Dire Straits and AC/DC. She now works as a freelance editor, but her passion is writing popular fiction.

The Heart Radical

by Boyd Anderson RRP $32.99

Esteemed human rights lawyer Su-Lin Tan barely recognises Professor Paris Thumboo when he delivers a history lecture in London. For the last time she saw him was in a crowded Malayan courtroom more than half a century ago, during the trial that would change her life...It's 1951 and Malaya is in the grip of 'The Emergency' between the government forces and communist rebels.

Yet eight-year-old Su-Lin lives in relative ignorance of the chaos raging around her. That is until she shadows her beloved father, esteemed defence barrister K. C. Tan, as he embarks on a controversial new case - and into Su-Lin's life walks war hero Dr Anna Thumboo, her son Paris and her lover, Toh Kei, the enigmatic leader of the jungle rebels.

For Anna and Toh Kei, the trial is a matter of life and death. For Su-Lin it's the start of a journey of discovery - about love and sacrifice, about truth and lies, and about fighting for what you believe in, whatever the cost...

About the Author

Boyd Anderson spent several years as a creative director in advertising, winning many awards in New York, Cannes, London, Los Angeles and Sydney. Boyd now writes historical fiction. The bestselling Amber Road was his fourth novel, following Children of the Dust, Ludo and Errol, and Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls. He lives in Sydney.

Hades

by Candic Fox RRP $29.95

Hades closed his eyes. Too many strangers were coming to his dump these nights. His regular clients brought him the bodies of evil ones. But these strangersa He shook his head. These strangers kept bringing innocents.

Hades, the man they call the Lord of the Underworld, surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem u for a fee.

Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants 'lost'. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything... Twenty years later, homicide detective Frank Bennett feels like the luckiest man on the force when he meets his new partner, the dark and beautiful Eden Archer.

But there's something strange about Eden and her brother, Eric. Something he can't quite put his finger on. When the two detectives are called to the scene of an attempted drowning, they find a traumatised victim telling a story that's hard to believe - until the divers start bringing up bodies.

Frank is now on the hunt for a very different kind of serial killer: one who offers the sick and dying hope at murderous cost. At first, his partner's sharp instincts come in handy. Soon, he's wondering if she's as dangerous as the man they hunt.

About the Author

Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney's western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings.

She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia's wealth of true crime writers.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to confirm to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age 18. At 20, she turned her hand to academia and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees.

Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking an PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

For Today I am a Boy

by Kim Fu RRP $32.95

Finding one's place in the world can be hard, but sometimes even more elusive, is finding where you fit in your family.

Peter Huang and his sisters—elegant Adele, shrewd Helen, and Bonnie the bon vivant—grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. Peter's own journey is obstructed by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of his Chinese father.

At birth, Peter had been given the Chinese name juan chaun, powerful king. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl.

Drawing comparisons from Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex to the work of Amy Tan. Sensitive, witty, and stunningly assured, Kim Fu's debut novel lays bare the costs of forsaking one's own path in deference to one laid out by others.

About the Author

Kim Fu is a Seattle-based writer and editor. Her poetry, essays, and long-form journalism have appeared in journals and anthologies across Canada and the US, including Best Canadian Essays 2012.

She was born in Western Canada in 1987 to immigrant parents from Hong Kong, and holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. For Today I Am a Boy is her first novel.

The Bear

by Claire Cameron RRP $32.99

Anna is five. Her little brother, Stick, is three. They are camping with their parents in Algonquin Park, in three thousand square miles of wilderness.

Something big is moving in the shadows. Their father is terrified. Their mother is screaming.

Then, suddenly, silence. Alone in the woods, it is Anna who has to look after Stick, battling hunger and the elements to stay alive.

The Bear is a masterpiece in suspense. Narrated by Anna, this is white-knuckle storytelling that captures the fear, wonder and bewilderment of our worst nightmares.

It is a story of survival, but also the story of a girl's enduring love for her family.

The Days of Anna Madrigal

by Armistead Maupin RRP $32.99

Michael Tolliver, the sweet-spirited Southerner in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series, is arguably the best-known gay character in fiction.

For almost 30 years, millions of devoted readers around the world have revelled in Michael's adventures as he searched for love in San Francisco and discovered his true family among the tenants of 28 Barbary Lane.

Now, fifteen years after concluding his groundbreaking saga, Maupin revisits his queer Everyman, tracking the 52-year-old gardener through the course of a single day in the 21st Century. 

Michael Tolliver is not, strictly speaking, a continuation of the Tales series but a finely detailed portrait of one man's hopes and fears as he inhabits the future he once thought he'd never experience. 

Having survived the plague that took so many of his friends and lovers, Michael has learned to embrace the sacred dailiness of life, the loving connections that sustain him in the hardest of times.

His journey on this particular day takes him from the garden of a troublesome client to the bed of a younger man to the parlour of a wise octogenarian who was once his beloved landlady.

Filled with gentle insights about the human condition - and Maupin's unmistakable wit - Michael Tolliver is a novel about the act of living and the small miracles that make it worthwhile.

About the Author

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam.

For the Kids

Mr Wuffles!

by David Wiesner RRP $29.99

A near wordless masterpiece about a cat named Mr Wuffles that could only have been devised by Caldecott Medal winning David Wiesner.

Mr Wuffles ignores all the toys people buy for him. He's not lazy, he's just very picky. Now Mr Wuffles has the perfect toy and he's ready to play. But it's not really a toy at all. It's something much more interesting . . .

'Expertly imagined, composed, drawn and coloured, this is Wiesner at his best' - Kirkus (Starred Review)

Editor's note: I just love this book. David Wiesner has captured the nature of a cat with wit and humour. 

About the Author

David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world.

His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the US and all over the globe.

He lives with his family in Philadelphia.

Lulu Bell and the Sea Turtle

by Belinda Murrell RRP $9.95

Lulu Bell is off on the adventure of a lifetime!

Lulu Bell is off on the adventure of a lifetime!

Lulu and her family are setting off on an adventure a long way from home. Mum has been invited to visit an Aboriginal community to choose paintings for an art exhibition.

Lulu, Rosie and Gus are having lots of fun swimming and fishing with their new friends. But there is one thing Lulu would really like to see. Can wishing upon a star help her dream come true?

About the Author

Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out and About With Kids travel magazine.

Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan.

Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tale The Ivory Rose and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl and The River Charm.

Lulu Bell and the Circus Pup

by Belinda Murrell RRP $9.95

Performing dogs and trick riders on beautiful ponies - Lulu Bell can't wait to see this circus show!

There's a circus setting up near Lulu's house. How exciting! But as Lulu and her family walk past, they see a young girl crying. Stella tells them that Spangles the performing dog is missing. Lulu is determined to help Stella find the clever pup. Can Stella teach Lulu a circus trick in return? When the show starts, the Bell family might get a big surprise!

About the Author

Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out and About With Kids travel magazine.

Her work has also appeared in the Sun Herald, Sunday Telegraph and Sydney Morning Herald. While Belinda studied Children's Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children's books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan.

Belinda's books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, Scottish timeslip tale The Locket Of Dreams, French Revolution timeslip tale The Ruby Talisman, Australian timeslip tale The Ivory Rose and Australian historical tales The Forgotten Pearl and The River Charm.

Inspirational

French Women Don't Get Facelifts
The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude

by Mireille Guiliano RRP $29.95

From the 2 million copy, bestselling author of French Women Don't Get Fat, the ultimate guide to the secrets of French women's enviable ability to age better than anyone else.

In the natural sequel to her international bestseller French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano tackles the delicate subject of aging – showing how women of forty and beyond can ‘attack' the upcoming decades with attitude and style.

Witty, perceptive and bursting with Mireille's personal experiences, the book covers everything from skincare secrets and fashion tips to the role of relationships and the importance of relaxation.

The path to aging elegantly lies in lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments rather than Botox and collagen fillers. After all, while American, Brazilian and Chinese women lead global cosmetic surgery figures, French women don't even make the Top Ten.

About the Author

A former chief executive at Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), Mireille Guiliano is 'the high priestess of French lady wisdom' (USA Today). She is a frequent public speaker - nationally and internationally - on business topics, especially related to the luxury goods sector, as well as on wine, gastronomy and lifestyle.

Mireille has appeared on The Today Show and Oprah and has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, People, Business Week, More, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine and many more.

Empathy
A Handbook for Revolution

by Roman Krznaric RRP $34.95

Influential popular philosopher Roman Krznaric argues our brains are wired for social connection: empathy is at the heart of who we are. It's an essential, transforming quality we must develop for the 21st Century.

Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathetic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways.

Empathy has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political. Krznaric contends that, as we move on from an age of introspection, empathy will be key to fundamental social change - making this book a manifesto for revolution.

About the Author

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and founding faculty member of the School of Life. Brought up in Sydney and Hong Kong, he has taught in Cambridge, studied in London and Essex and went to university in Oxford, where he now lives.

Roman has been an advisor on empathy to organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations.

Under the Microscope

by Earl Owen RRP $34.99

Under the Microscope is the story of an extraordinary man, his many life-changing inventions, and his exceptional life and special friendships. Born into a family of doctors u on the paternal and maternal sides - with a birth defect that no one knew how to treat, Earl Owen was given a dose of radiation before anyone knew what radiation treatment could do to a human body, let alone a newborn baby.

Earl Owen's medical parents, aunts and uncles failed to notice that as he grew he walked with a limp and when he was eleven he had an accident in a school race, which left him in hospital for a year enduring a series of excruciating surgeries in an attempt to remedy his damaged bones.

Whilst lying in bed alone in a dark basement room in the hospital, he decided he would grow up to be the a new kind of surgeon - one who would deal delicately and carefully with birth defects and would communicate sensitively with patients.

When he was discharged from the hospital he took up piano lessons and discovered he was a talented musician. As he came out of his teens, he had to decide whether to pursue a career as a concert pianist or a surgeon. To say this man is a high achiever barely touches on his gifts and talents.

He was one of the earliest, most inventive and enterprising pioneers of microsurgery; he designed instruments and microscopes for his operations; he did the first finger replacement on a child (for which he was sacked from the Sydney Children's Hospital, even though it was successful operation); co-led the team that completed the first successful hand transplant (whose recipient turned out to be an ex-con from New Zealand, who had lost his arm in jail); and trained the team that completed the first double-hand transplant.

Earl Owen was the first surgeon to be able to reverse vasectomies and complete fallopian tube ligatures (using his microsurgical prowess). And he designed the chairs in the Sydney Opera House! He has done more in his eighty years than most of us could dream of and this book is his story in his words.

About the Author

Professor Earl Owen is known as one of the inventors of microsurgery and while he no longer operates himself, he remains involved in this specialist surgical practice. He was presented with an Order of Australia in 1980 for his pioneering work in microsurgery; was president of the International College of Surgeons from 1996-8 and has been honoured around the world for his achievements, including receiving the Legion d'honneur for services to French surgery in 2007.

Delicious Food


Superfoods Cookbook
The facts, the foods and the recipes - feel great, get fit and lose weight

by Michelle Bridges RRP $29.99

Get the best out of the food you eat to get the best out of yourself.

Michelle Bridges, Australia's most popular diet and fitness expert, shares her superfoods - the essential ingredients that pack the healthiest punch. From beans that boost your brainpower to vegies that help prevent disease, these nutritional big hitters are beneficial additions to everyone's culinary arsenal.

Inside you'll discover:

  • the benefits each superfood provides
  • information on how they can help you to improve your state of mind, exercise effectively and lose weight
  • weekly menu plans and shopping lists

And with 80 tasty, tantalising recipes - from awesome breakfasts and elegant evening meals to light lunches and on-the-go sandwiches - it's easy to incorporate these sensational superfoods into your diet.

About the Author

Michelle Bridges has worked in the fitness industry for over twenty years as a professional trainer and group fitness instructor. Her role in Channel Ten's hit reality show The Biggest Loser combined with her highly successful online exercise and mindset program, Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, has connected her with hundreds of thousands of Australians, making her this country's most recognised and influential fitness expert. Her previous books - Crunch Time, Crunch Time Cookbook, Losing the Last 5 Kilos, 5 Minutes a Day, The No Excuses Cookbook, Everyday Weight Loss and Your Best Body - are all bestsellers.

AWW Superfoods

by Australian Women's Weekly RRP $29.95

The recipes in this book feature super foods as the star ingredient for added energy and well-being.

Included are a wonderfully diverse and healthy range of family-friendly recipes including grains, pulses, seafood, nuts, lean meat, fruit, soy and dairy products, vegetables, herbs and spices as our hero foods.

Once you start eating food based on these super ingredients – you'll marvel at how well you feel each and every day.

About the Author

The Australian Women's Weekly is an extraordinarily successful global cookery brand, built over 30 years, having sold over 70 million books in over 100 countries around the world. So what's the secret? It's the world famous special Test Kitchen and the 3 Rs: RANGE, RELIABILITY & the RECIPES RANGE Delicious recipes for every occasion covering cuisine from around the world - where there's food, there's a Women's Weekly cookbook. RELIABILITY

All the books are Triple Tested for guaranteed results. And finally, the RECIPES Each recipe is clearly and vividly photographed to illustrate your finished dish and they taste fantastic. It's not complicated and the recipes work - every time.

The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook

by Mairlyn Smith (Editor), Ontario Home Economics Association (Created by) RRP $29.99

Quinoa. Healthy, tasty, versatile--a plant that's a complete protein source--what more can vegetarians--anyone, really--ask for in a food? This book, with over 150 quinoa recipes, shows how to enjoy this natural, functional food that is not only nourishing and flavorful, but loaded with nutrients.

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About the Books

Just as with any magazine's regular book reviews, many of the books featured in our book reviews are provided to us from a range of publishers while others have come from my personal library.

I try to choose books I think you, my reader, will enjoy but as the She Inspires reader has her own tastes and times for reading, I try to include a range of topics that you'll want to read or find that perfect book gift idea - what better present is there than a book?

If there are types of books that you'd love to see more of in our reviews then please let me know because I do find it a tad challenging sometimes making sure I am picking out books outside of my own favourite categories! Who would have thought?

So what happens with the books after we've reviewed them? If we're running an event they'll go in the goodie bags, otherwise some are given to the smaller country libraries on my regional trips, some to kids reading programs while others are passed around with friends and families - what matters is the sharing of them.

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