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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Book Cover Image: Title: Nisa, Author: Marjorie Shostak Buy It Nisa
Marjorie Shostak
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Book Cover Image: Title: Mountains beyond Mountains, Author: Tracy Kidder Buy It Mountains beyond Mountains
Tracy Kidder
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