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It's supposed to be the biggest summer of Priscilla Jayne Morgan's life. She's on the brink of country music superstardom, yet she had to fire her crooked-manager Mama, and the tabloids are having a field day. Now her record label's hired a watchdog to escort her on her massive summer tour. And not just anyone, either-they sicced Jared Hamilton on her, the guy she once idolized more than anyone in the world. Well, she doesn't care how hot he is. It's been too many years and too much water under the bridge, and she'll be damned if he gets to tell her what to do now. Jared remembers exactly how headstrong P. J. can be and he knows she's going to be a handful. Problem is, he'd loveto have his hands full of her. But he's cool. He's professional. And he's always in control. He'd better be. Because for five long weeks he's stuck in close quarters with the wildest girl in show business.
KEEPING IT TOGETHER Brody Brown has always been responsible for others. After his parents' deaths, he gave up a promising artistic career to care for his younger brother and sister. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, has a nice house, makes a decent living, and he's finally on his own. Elise Sorenson has come to Seattle with her young daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina--and just as many years in a marriage gone bad--she's looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both when a handsome, honest man befriends her with no strings attached. More than friends, Brody and Elise discover in each other what they need--wild, physical passion without commitment. But it'll take a shadow from Elise's past to make them look beyond what they need--to what they truly desire.
Subject: Army Major Chance Rawlins, Helicopter Pilot.Current Status: Soon-to-be-deployed to Afghanistan. Mission: Report to Captain Jenna Larson for a sexy, one-night inspection.Obstacle: She's mistaken him for another man!Major Chance Rawlins has a bit of a reputation, both in and outside of the helicopter cockpit. He's a hotshot, and he knows it. But when he enjoys a spontaneously naughty night with Captain Jenna Larson, Chance realizes Jenna has no idea who he is...and that she's mistaken him for his twin brother!Since it was just a one-nighter, Chance decides not to give the game away. But when their paths cross again in the dry heat of Afghanistan, Chance sees an opportunity to show Jenna exactly who he is-and what he can do to her. After all, the best pilots know when to hold back...and when to engage in a little sexy fire!
Shining a Light on the Down Low. J. L. King lived on the down low for years before he wrote On the Down Low, the controversial bestseller that revealed the secret subculture of men leading straight lives while secretly sleeping with other men. In Coming Up from the Down Low, King takes readers to the next level, answering the most common questions asked by the people he's met while traveling the country and reporting on this lifestyle. He provides more in-depth information about the men who live this way, dispels the most common myths, and addresses the most frequently asked question of all: What are the signs? But more than that, King tells of his own transformation over the last year, as he's moved into a more honest evaluation of his own life and the lives of other men like him. Filled with fascinating stories from men who have lived on the down low and the women who have struggled through it with them, Coming Up from the Down Low is a vital call for greater love, tolerance, and forgiveness in our individual lives and within our communities.
From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson comes the emotionally gripping story of a woman who must overcome her painful past before she can accept a good man's love. . . 1890, Oregon. Recently widowed Kate Blakely is struggling to make ends meet on her small farm while trying to heal from the scars of her late husband's cruelty. When her handsome, brawny neighbor, Zachariah McGovern, almost dies while saving her four-year-old daughter from a near fatal accident, Kate is deeply wary of the man she brings into her home to nurse back to health. Gradually Kate realizes that underneath Zach's rough exterior is a gentle, loving soul who is fiercely protective of her and her daughter. But as much as Zach longs for Kate's love, she knows she can't open her heart without revealing her darkest secret--a shocking truth that, if discovered, could destroy them both. .
What does it mean to grow up today as working-class young adults? How does the economic and social instability left in the wake of neoliberalism shape their identities, their understandings of the American Dream, and their futures? Coming Up Short illuminates the transition to adulthood for working-class men and women. Moving away from easy labels such as the "Peter Pan generation," Jennifer Silva reveals the far bleaker picture of how the erosion of traditional markers of adulthood-marriage, a steady job, a house of one's own-has changed what it means to grow up as part of the post-industrial working class. Based on one hundred interviews with working-class people in two towns-Lowell, Massachusetts, and Richmond, Virginia-Silva sheds light on their experience of heightened economic insecurity, deepening inequality, and uncertainty about marriage and family. Silva argues that, for these men and women, coming of age means coming to terms with the absence of choice. As possibilities and hope contract, moving into adulthood has been re-defined as a process of personal struggle-an adult is no longer someone with a small home and a reliable car, but someone who has faced and overcome personal demons to reconstruct a transformed self. Indeed, rather than turn to politics to restore the traditional working class, this generation builds meaning and dignity through the struggle to exorcise the demons of familial abuse, mental health problems, addiction, or betrayal in past relationships. This dramatic and largely unnoticed shift reduces becoming an adult to solitary suffering, self-blame, and an endless seeking for signs of progress. This powerfully written book focuses on those who are most vulnerable-young, working-class people, including African-Americans, women, and single parents-and reveals what, in very real terms, the demise of the social safety net means to their fragile hold on the American Dream.
"Lord, send a revival," you pray. Yet where does it begin? Especially when your own prayers seem to go unheard and your spiritual vitality is waning? Even then, it begins with you. The Coming World Revival invites you to discover God's strategy for personal renewal. To explore how you can rekindle your spiritual passion so that it burns bright. Best-selling author Robert Coleman maintains that people respond to a demonstration of revival, not an explanation. In this book you'll learn what revival is. How it happens. And what it means for you, your church and the world. You'll also find out why it matters so much-and why it depends on you. Yes, you are only one person. But the fire within you can easily ignite the spark in others, and initiate a world of change. So go ahead, pray for revival. But be ready when God asks you to be the one in whom it begins. And then let this book show the way.
On February 1, 2003, the unthinkable happened. The space shuttle Columbia disintegrated 37 miles above Texas, seven brave astronauts were killed and America's space program, always an eyeblink from disaster, suffered its second catastrophic in-flight failure. Unlike the Challenger disaster 17 years earlier, Columbia's destruction left the nation one failure away from the potential abandonment of human space exploration. Media coverage in the immediate aftermath focused on the possible cause of the disaster, and on the nation's grief. But the full human story, and the shocking details of NASA's crucial mistakes, have never been told -- until now. Based on dozens of exclusive interviews, never-before-published documents and recordings of key meetings obtained by the authors,Comm Checktakes the reader inside the conference rooms and offices where NASA's best and brightest managed the nation's multi-billion-dollar shuttle program -- and where they failed to recognize the signs of an impending disaster. It is the story of a space program pushed to the brink of failure by relentless political pressure, shrinking budgets and flawed decision making. The independent investigation into the disaster uncovered why Columbia broke apart in the sky above Texas. Comm Checkbrings that story to life with the human drama behind the tragedy. Michael Cabbage and William Harwood, two of America's most respected space journalists, are veterans of all but a handful of NASA's 113 shuttle missions. Tapping a network of sources and bringing a combined three decades of experience to bear, the authors provide a rare glimpse into NASA's inner circles, chronicling the agency's most devastating failure and the challenges that face NASA as it struggles to return America to space.
The New Yorker"Excellent... hair-raising... Command and Control is how nonfiction should be written." (Louis Menand)Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved--and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. Written with the vibrancy of a first-rate thriller, Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years. It depicts the urgent effort by American scientists, policymakers, and military officers to ensure that nuclear weapons can't be stolen, sabotaged, used without permission, or detonated inadvertently. Schlosser also looks at the Cold War from a new perspective, offering history from the ground up, telling the stories of bomber pilots, missile commanders, maintenance crews, and other ordinary servicemen who risked their lives to avert a nuclear holocaust. At the heart of the book lies the struggle, amid the rolling hills and small farms of Damascus, Arkansas, to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with men who designed and routinely handled nuclear weapons, Command and Control takes readers into a terrifying but fascinating world that, until now, has been largely hidden from view. Through the details of a single accident, Schlosser illustrates how an unlikely event can become unavoidable, how small risks can have terrible consequences, and how the most brilliant minds in the nation can only provide us with an illusion of control. Audacious, gripping, and unforgettable, Command and Control is a tour de force of investigative journalism, an eye-opening look at the dangers of America's nuclear age.Time magazine "A devastatingly lucid and detailed new history of nuclear weapons in the U.S.... fascinating." (Lev Grossman)Financial Times"So incontrovertibly right and so damnably readable... a work with the multilayered density of an ambitiously conceived novel... Schlosser has done what journalism does at its best."Los Angeles Times"Deeply reported, deeply frightening... a techno-thriller of the first order."
Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved--and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. Written with the vibrancy of a first-rate thriller, Command and Control interweaves the minute-by-minute story of an accident at a nuclear missile silo in rural Arkansas with a historical narrative that spans more than fifty years. It depicts the urgent effort by American scientists, policymakers, and military officers to ensure that nuclear weapons can't be stolen, sabotaged, used without permission, or detonated inadvertently. Schlosser also looks at the Cold War from a new perspective, offering history from the ground up, telling the stories of bomber pilots, missile commanders, maintenance crews, and other ordinary servicemen who risked their lives to avert a nuclear holocaust. At the heart of the book lies the struggle, amid the rolling hills and small farms of Damascus, Arkansas, to prevent the explosion of a ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with men who designed and routinely handled nuclear weapons, Command and Control takes readers into a terrifying but fascinating world that, until now, has been largely hidden from view. Through the details of a single accident, Schlosser illustrates how an unlikely event can become unavoidable, how small risks can have terrible consequences, and how the most brilliant minds in the nation can only provide us with an illusion of control. Audacious, gripping, and unforgettable, Command and Control is a tour de force of investigative journalism, an eye-opening look at the dangers of America's nuclear age.
This thesis analyzes how Major General William S. Rosecrans, commander of the Army of the Cumberland, employed the command and control mechanisms available to him as he maneuvered his army from Tullahoma, Tennessee toward Chattanooga, Tennessee in August-September, 1863. It also analyzes how these mechanisms were employed during the battle of Chickamauga itself, on 19-20 September, 1863.General Rosecrans possessed three mechanisms for commanding and controlling his army. The first was the military telegraph, provided by the quasi-military U.S. Military Telegraph service. Next were the assets of the fledgling U.S. Signal Corps, which consisted of signal flags and torches, and a portable version of the telegraph. Finally, there were couriers, who were usually mounted, and were provided by subordinate unit details, or by units specifically formed for courier duty.The thesis concludes that General Rosecrans did not use his command and control mechanisms effectively. Rosecrans relied too heavily on couriers to carry messages over densely wooded, cross-compartmented terrain in order to send orders to his widely dispersed subordinates and receive information from them. While Rosecrans made wide use of the military telegraph, to include using it during the battle itself, he did not effectively use his Signal Corps assets. These assets were used essentially as static observation posts, and only to a limited degree as a means for effecting command and control.The thesis further concludes, however, that General Rosecrans use of command and control assets was not a decisive factor in the outcome of the campaign or battle. While his reliance upon courier assets added significantly to the time required to obtain information and send orders, it was not the reason for the Union defeat at Chickamauga.
In the twenty-first century, Earth is infested with Tiberium, an alien substance that could be humanity's salvation . . . or its downfall. Though Tiberium is a resource that could solve the world's energy crisis, it is also incredibly destructive, spreading disease, death, and devastation. Tiberium has divided the planet into two factions: the Global Defense Initiative (GDI), which tries to maintain order at any cost; and the Brotherhood of Nod, a terrorist organization turned superpower that believes with religious fervour in the potential of Tiberium. The groups have already fought two world wars, killing millions. Now in the year 2047, a vicious Nod attack compels GDI to mobilize. Another epic global war is being waged, with humanity's fate in the balance. One of GDI's top units, the 22nd Infantry Division, must halt Nod's agenda and keep the world from devolving into further chaos and loss of life. But in the midst of heavy fighting all over the world, mysterious visitors arrive . . . who may spell doom for the human race
Subject: Chief Warrant Officer Hunter Cross Mission: Keep Margaret Barlow distracted...using any means necessary! Ranger Hunter Cross is the army poster child-excitement, danger and no strings in sight. And he's been in town exactly three hours before a curvy blonde named Maggie flashes him a look that says "You belong in my bed." It's a night of wicked satisfaction. And it's a night they can never repeat.... All Professor Maggie Barlow wanted was an orgasm-or three- from the dead-sexy Ranger. Having him as her official army liaison while she works on her new book? That wasn't in the plan. Especially when she learns that Hunter has orders to "control" her. Little does the army know that when it comes to their deliciously naughty nighttime activities, Hunter is at Maggie's complete command.... Uniformly Hot! The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell.
It was at the request of His Royal Highness Alexander de Cordina that Eve Hamilton and her theatre company traveled to Cordina. The tiny principality still looked like a storybook place, but Eve knew it had its villains and tragedies; she'd seen something of them seven years ago when princess Gabriella had been kidnapped. Alex was the heir and it soon became evident that the dangers would never remain in the past - but neither would the desires. Just the sight of Eve made him ache, yet how could he ask her to share his burdens?
The Executioner goes after an upstart mobster who wants to be king The last great kingpin of the East Coast, Augie Marinello walled himself up in a Long Island fortress protected by stone walls, guard towers, and a pack of Dobermans trained to kill on command. But no fence in the world is high enough to keep out Mack Bolan, the one-man army whose crusade against the Mafia has brought organized crime to its knees. When the Executioner decided it was time for Augie to die, he died, and now another man has stepped into his place: David Eritrea, who has the potential to be far more dangerous than Augie ever was. Eritrea has dreams of rebuilding Augie's empire bigger than before and reuniting the five families of New York under a single leader: himself. Unfortunately for the would-be don, the Executioner has other plans.
After the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, they quickly began persecuting anyone who was Jewish. Millions were shoved into ghettos and forced to live under the swastika. Death camps were built and something called "Operation Reinhard" was set into motion. Its goal? To murder all the Jews of Poland.The Commandant of Lubizec is a harrowing account of a death camp that never actually existed but easily could have in the Nazi state. It is a sensitive, accurate retelling of a place that went about the business of genocide. Told as a historical account in a documentary style, it explores the atmosphere of a death camp. It describes what it was like to watch the trains roll in, and it probes into the mind of its commandant, Hans-Peter Guth. How could he murder thousands of people each day and then go home to laugh with his children? This is not only an unflinching portrayal of the machinery of the gas chambers, it is also the story of how prisoners burned the camp to the ground and fled into the woods. It is a story of rebellion and survival. It is a story of life amid death.With a strong eye towards the history of the Holocaust, The Commandant of Lubizec compels us to look at these extermination centers anew. It disquiets us with the knowledge that similar events actually took place in camps like Bełzec, Sobibór, and Treblinka. The history of Lubizec, although a work of fiction, is a chillingly blunt distillation of real life events. It asks that we look again at "Operation Reinhard". It brings voice to the silenced. It demands that we bear witness.
Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey. A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer's never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane? There's something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she's shocked--and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his--wherever and however he wants to take her. Commanded is intended for mature audiences. Advance praise for Commanded "Commanded is erotic, exotic, and suspenseful. I couldn't put it down!"--USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell "Sexy and suspenseful, with delicious sexual tension that will keep you turning the pages . . . You don't want to miss the next Club Sin novel."--Shawntelle Madison, author of the Windham Werewolves series Praise for the Club Sin series "Claimed sucked me in! Stacey Kennedy weaves together the intense BDSM lifestyle with the soft touch of a sweeter, more traditional love story in a novel with an engaging heroine at its heart."--J. Kenner "Bared is a seductively haunting tale of control and surrender that will tantalize existing fans of the series while enticing new readers into the passionate world of Club Sin."--Eliza Gayle "Desired is sexy, sensual, and totally seductive. Stacey Kennedy sure knows how to make a girl swoon."--Tracy Wolff "Freed is fabulous! Stacey Kennedy's a master at creating steamy and heartwarming romance, where the BDSM lifestyle is inextricably bound with compelling emotion and unforgettable characters!"--Virna DePaul"Tamed is sexy, sinful, and addictive. You won't want to put this book down!"--Jen McLaughlin Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
One knight to capture her heart! Alinor of Claverstock takes her life in her hands when she rescues Bianca d'Attalens from her stepmother's evil clutches. But when Alinor encounters Bianca's handsome brother, Guilhem, Duc d'Attalens, it's not just her life that's in danger. Alinor finds herself powerless to resist Guilhem and is soon caught up in a perilous web of intrigue and forbidden attraction. An attraction that heightens when they are sent together into enemy territory...
"I can't let the public know my bride is missing. I need someone else. You." To protect his throne, Sheikh Aziz al Bakhir needs someone trustworthy to temporarily impersonate his missing fiancée. So the legendary lothario of Europe demands that his housekeeper, Olivia Ellis, fulfill the role! Olivia thought Kadar was the perfect place to hide, but the sheikh's command leaves her open to global scrutiny. Even that would be easier to bear than his intense silver gaze! As ruthless as his desert ancestry, Aziz crashes through her reluctance, and Olivia soon finds herself playing his queen in public...and his lover in bed!
In a world of political intrigue, terrorism, and family betrayal, Book 2 of "The Command" series finds Shasta, Andev, and Tylan in a search for their shared past. If they can unravel the mystery of their past, they'll find the path to their future. As Shasta is commanded to dream, she discovers her fate, and that of those she loves.When Shasta Pasquel uses her special DNA to save Tylan Ryar, Andev Juno's best friend and lover, she is drawn to both of them, but it is Andev in her dreams. The moment Andev touches Shasta, he knows she's the woman he's dreamed of for years. Unknowingly bound together since childhood in a world filled with political intrigue, terrorism, and family betrayal, Shasta and Andev find their destiny lies together. With Tylan beside them, they must conquer their past to seal their future, and Shasta discovers her fate: she's been commanded to dream.Content Notes: spankings, non sexual violence, ménage a trois, anal sex, D/s mixed with a Dormrelian male who plays both sides.
He was taken from Adrienna on their wedding night, and sold as a slave. Now, released from captivity, Hugh of Ryebourne wants revenge. Believing Adrienna played a part in his capture, he plans to seduce his wife into bed-but he won't use force. He wants her to come willingly.... Adrienna is shocked by the reappearance of her estranged husband. She can't deny the desire this dark, brooding man arouses in her, but Hugh is no longer the young boy she once knew. He is all man now, rugged andverydangerous.
Negotiating peace with the ruling council of Asberek won't be easy, but Earth Central diplomat, Fallon Denny is going to try. You'll join Fallon on a distant planet where treachery, betrayal, and unleashed lust abound. For thirty years, Asberek has maintained peace with her mother planet, Earth. But when Earth Central tries to assassinate the colony's leader, the ties that hold them together are threatened. Earth Central sends Fallon Denny, a smart and savvy diplomat, to negotiate with the colonial council.The minute Matthew Lestrano meets the visiting Earthling, he's torn between his loyalty to the colony and his lust for the beautiful, but dangerous, visitor. Once again, the drug that permeates Asberek's atmosphere leads to strange connections, and Matthew finds that dominating Fallon Denny may lead to his downfall.Treachery and betrayal create cracks in negotiations. When Fallon's life is as risk, Matthew is the only one who can save her, and she finds there is more than politics at stake when she is commanded to yield.Content Notes: "Kinks" Menage a trois, flogging, public sex
After being unfairly denied promotion by a vindictive general, Air Force investigator Major Burton Webber resigned his commission in disgust. While working in his wife's shop outside South Korea's Osan Air Base, he's asked for help by an old friend from the service. A local Amerasian bar beauty has been savagely murdered in a lavish apartment -- and the powers that be want the case solved quickly and quietly. But when his investigation points him toward the upper echelons of both the Korean and American governments, he realizes that he's being used as a pawn in a twisted international conspiracy of money, power, and murder -- a conspiracy in which Burton Webber has just outlived his usefulness....
Is the White House big enough for a family of mice . . . and a C-A-T? If you are a mouse, then you might know about Ava and Dean Squeakerton. They are kind of famous, for mice. That's because Ava and Dean and the rest of their family live in the White House. For years, Ava and Dean have roamed the tunnels below the West Wing without fear. But now there's a new pet in town, one that rhymes with hat and rat and whose name is spelled C-A-T. In the history of the White House, thirty-seven Squeakertons have died because a cat--shh, don't say it out loud!--a C-A-T was hungry. Now Ava and Dean are worried that they might be added to that list. Will the Squeakerton siblings ever get to explore the White House again? Or is this game of C-A-T and mouse just too dangerous? The Borrowers meets Ratatouille in this new chapter book series that's sure to thrill readers who love tiny details and big fun. Bonus back matter is filled with tons of cool facts about presidents, the White House, and U.S. history.
With her "classic with a twist" sensibility, Michelle Obama oozes chic! Mikki Taylor, one of the nation's foremost authorities on fashion, beauty, and style, has taken Mrs. Obama as her muse, to write the book women who admire them both have been waiting for, Commander in Chic. The nation's major networks, radio stations, and newspapers call on Mikki Taylor not only to discuss the "Obama look" and its feverish impact on style, but to hear Taylor's own smart advice on looking polished and pulled together. She's been privy to Obama's style philosophy as well as that of countless celebs through her longtime role as beauty and cover director at Essence magazine, where she collaborated with Obama's team on fashion and beauty choices for prime photo shoots for the magazine. Now Taylor is sharing the keys to the Obama look with her diary-like observations, tips, and Mikki-isms (her short, ultra-clever style aphorisms) for women everywhere. Mikki knows we all want to possess a signature look and a wardrobe of bankable pieces that allow us the kind of versatility where we never have to worry about what to wear again! Consider Commander in Chic as your personal style diary--one where you'll find everything you need to know to possess great style--simply, effortlessly, and for keeps. Cover-to-cover, the book is full of stunning photo-graphs that take the guesswork out of what works. Every chapter in the book shares the kinds of concrete information and inspiring style ideas that not only make getting dressed a fabulous experience, but define what will make you a woman to remember! Here is everything you need to know about style--from your glossary of high-performance hair products and "do how-to's" to the best makeup finds and techniques to what you need to know to grow your nails long and strong to the most polished hues for all skin tones. In "The Gam Slam," Taylor tells you how to work summer-pretty legs year-round--from how to keep them even-toned and satiny smooth to vein-free. Mikki took great care in talking to the experts about what we need to know to manage our lives from the inside out--from our mental and physical health and wellness to the importance of self-nurturing. As a result, you'll find guiding principles on diet and exercise for the various stages of your life--from age twenty and beyond. You'll also find the critical information you need to know to nourish your well-being so you can continue to be the empowered woman you are called to be. All in all, Commander in Chic is a gold mine of information that will inspire you--from head to toe, inside and out--on how to truly style, now and for years to come.
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