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“‘Direct from the middle class, the fabulous Dr. Hackenbush…’ Baritone ukulele-playing bandleader, singer, dancer, dictaphone temp, Mabel Hackenbush stands easily with everyday heroes in favorite books. William Gibson’s Chevette Washington, Martin Amis’ Mike Hoolihan, Robert Heinlein’s Star from Glory Road. Strong female leads are rare; thoughtful, unapologetically opinionated, get it done women are rarer still. […]