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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 68 ratings
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 57 ratings
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103
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 11,388 ratings
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104
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 21,932 ratings
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105
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 6,670 ratings
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106
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 182,130 ratings
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107
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 6,486 ratings
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108
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 17,752 ratings
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109
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 40,263 ratings
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110
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 282,415 ratings
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111
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 51,084 ratings
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112
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 37 ratings
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113
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 31,994 ratings
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114
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 36,395 ratings
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115
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 88,068 ratings
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116
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 281 ratings
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117
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 57,502 ratings
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118
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 150,844 ratings
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119
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 88 ratings
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120
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 52 ratings
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121
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 15,731 ratings
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122
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 76,104 ratings
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123
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 40,472 ratings
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124
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 34,251 ratings
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125
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 5,086 ratings
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126
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 12,798 ratings
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127
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 9,213 ratings
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128
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 21,011 ratings
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129
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 42 ratings
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130
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 68 ratings
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131
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 177,669 ratings
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132
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 11,510 ratings
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133
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 39,486 ratings
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134
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 165,280 ratings
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135
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 327 ratings
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136
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,881 ratings
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137
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 324,626 ratings
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138
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,751 ratings
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138
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 36,393 ratings
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140
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 51 ratings
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141
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 12,922 ratings
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141
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 38,742 ratings
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143
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 32,289 ratings
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144
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 21,220 ratings
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145
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 7,587 ratings
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146
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 57 ratings
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147
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 731 ratings
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148
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 28,599 ratings
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149
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 8,554 ratings
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150
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12,672 ratings
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151
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 9,120 ratings
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152
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 194 ratings
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153
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 14,020 ratings
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154
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 5,368 ratings
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155
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 6,459 ratings
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156
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 17,903 ratings
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157
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 16,460 ratings
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158
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 237 ratings
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159
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 17,576 ratings
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160
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 9,943 ratings
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161
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 32,236 ratings
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162
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 44,863 ratings
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163
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 11,700 ratings
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164
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 22,724 ratings
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165
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 39,468 ratings
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166
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 24,643 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 26,851 ratings
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168
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4.92 of 5 stars 4.92 avg rating — 26 ratings
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169
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 17,341 ratings
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170
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 24,529 ratings
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171
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 196,263 ratings
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172
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 27,921 ratings
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173
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 130,393 ratings
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174
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 62,642 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 18,207 ratings
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176
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 5,016 ratings
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177
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 4,083 ratings
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178
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 8,829 ratings
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179
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 38,310 ratings
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180
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 22,294 ratings
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181
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 16,413 ratings
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182
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 77 ratings
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183
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 32,168 ratings
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184
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 3,506 ratings
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185
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 11,178 ratings
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186
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4.72 of 5 stars 4.72 avg rating — 57 ratings
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187
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 44,749 ratings
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188
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 6,235 ratings
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189
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 26,633 ratings
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190
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 39 ratings
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191
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 34,036 ratings
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192
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 11,992 ratings
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193
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 61 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 26 ratings
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195
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 19,064 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 7,651 ratings
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197
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 36,033 ratings
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198
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 255 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 5,727 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 19,142 ratings
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message 1: by Raelle (new)

Raelle Koota PATRON SAINT OF USED CARS AND SECOND CHANCES
by MARK MILLHONE

Beautiful, honest memoir that appeals to both men and women which is so rare. It is very funny, but have your kleenex near by and the phone numbers of family members handy to tell them you love them and value them


message 2: by Ryann (last edited Oct 02, 2009 01:06PM) (new)

Ryann FYI: "What is the What" is not a memoir. Nor is "Sarah's Key." Both are great books, but they're fiction.


message 3: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Ryann wrote: "FYI: "What is the What" is not a memoir. Nor is "Sarah's Key." Both are great books, but they're fiction. "

Neither is memoirs of a geisha!!! Come on people, figure it out...


message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie add:Time To Be In Earnest: A Fragment Of Autobiography|3831], P. D. James

This is fabulous. six stars


message 5: by Pia (new)

Pia Never forget Anne Frank.


message 6: by Jaliyah (new)

Jaliyah this was a good book..going to read more like this !


message 7: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey The Lovely Bones isn't a memoir or biography.


message 8: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Hannibal by Thomas Harris and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller are both fiction, and I removed them.


message 9: by Sue T (new)

Sue T Wow, I'm seeing a lot of fiction on this list.


message 10: by Linda (new)

Linda Sue T wrote: "Wow, I'm seeing a lot of fiction on this list."

Can we get them removed? One of the reasons I came to look at this list was to find good biographies to add to my TBR list, so I want to be sure I'm not reading a book I think is a biography then discover it was fiction.


message 11: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Linda wrote: "Sue T wrote: "Wow, I'm seeing a lot of fiction on this list."

Can we get them removed? One of the reasons I came to look at this list was to find good biographies to add to my TBR list, so I want ..."


Please don't remove them - even those are fiction-biography books, this list is still gorgeous.


message 12: by Elle (new)


message 13: by Darbi (new)

Darbi Simmons Thank you so much for creating this list Heather! I have been looking for 'Oh the Glory of it all." for years but I couldn't remember the name, thought I knew I would recognize the cover. I found it on your list and now I can read it again! Your awesome!


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet "Good Grief" is fiction.


message 15: by Janet (new)

Janet "The Friday Night Knitting Club" is fiction. Why do people put fiction titles on non-fiction lists??


message 16: by Guy (new)

Guy Here's a real fun wild and crazy memoir about the movie biz and about finding true love...please vote for this cover - Kiss Me Quick Before I Shoot :)


message 17: by John (new)

John Scott Khaled Hosseini's Books (Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) are Fiction.


message 18: by Sadi (new)

Sadi Without moving from the first page there are at least three fiction novels on this.


message 19: by Miss J (new)

Miss J "Eat, Pray, Love" ranks higher up than "First they killed my father"?

The world is ending...


message 20: by Atticus (new)

Atticus No one even mentioned A Playboy Virgin's Manifesto by Atticus Rockefellar. Oh, the humanity!

http://www.amazon.com/Playboy-Virgins...


message 21: by Ben (last edited Sep 14, 2012 12:25PM) (new)

Ben The following are fiction:

#113 A Thousand Splendid Suns
#128 Memoirs of a Geisha

Shall I delete? Any others that need to go?


message 22: by Ben (new)

Ben I added a list description:

NOTE: This list is for non-fiction only.

Hopefully, this will stop the tide of fiction.


message 23: by Jean (new)

Jean Perry The Agony and the Ecstacy is fiction.


message 24: by Julie (new)

Julie Too bad one can only have 100 books on a list. I've read so many more great ones than are on my list.


message 25: by Julie (new)

Julie Not really sure if I'd classify Torey Hayden's books as memoirs but they all are great.


message 26: by William (new)

William Pfefferkorn how can i print out a list of just the title and author


message 27: by I-love-reading (new)

I-love-reading A million little pieces was later proved to be fiction


message 28: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy A number of the books on the list are fiction, for example, Winds of War


message 29: by Morgan (new)

Morgan a thousand splendid suns is fiction...


message 30: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Morgan wrote: "a thousand splendid suns is fiction..." Deleted.


message 31: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Memory Keeper's daughter is fiction


message 32: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Also Brick Lane and Pope Joan are novels as well. Laura Ingallss Wilder's books are generally classified as fiction


message 33: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy one more. A tree grows in Brookly is fiction as well.


message 34: by Cherie (new)

Cherie Magnus How can we search for specific titles on this list?


message 35: by John (last edited May 21, 2014 11:30AM) (new)

John Scott I call "stupid" or "a--hole" on every single one of the people putting fiction on this list.


message 36: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Three cups of tea is fiction.


message 37: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Lesley wrote: "Three cups of tea is fiction."

It's marketed as a memoir.


message 38: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Amazon has added: 'From Viking Press
In regards to the 60 Minutes episode that aired April 17, 2011: "Greg Mortenson’s work as a humanitarian in Afghanistan and Pakistan has provided tens of thousands of children with an education. 60 Minutes is a serious news organization and in the wake of their report, Viking plans to carefully review the materials with the author."'


message 39: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix If we start judging memoirs and biographies on their truthfulness, it will open a huge can of worms, and so far as I know, librarians haven't been given any guidance on the issue.


message 40: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell this list could use a minimum number of ratings - like 1000 - to avoid author spam.


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