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Clinton draws a crowd, young and old

Hillary Clinton signed her latest book, "Hard Choices," at the Harvard Book Store Monday.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Hillary Clinton signed her latest book, "Hard Choices," at the Harvard Book Store Monday.

Amid speculation she will run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton made a stop at Harvard Bookstore Monday night to sign copies of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” It wasn’t a campaign event, but it looked like one. (Of course, all Clinton said to the press was that she was just “ready to sign some books.”)

Hillary Clinton signing her latest book for 3-month-old Alexander Tarver and his mother, Dr. Leslie Tarver, of Cambridge.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Hillary Clinton signing her latest book for 3-month-old Alexander Tarver and his mother, Dr. Leslie Tarver, of Cambridge.

The line of faithful “Ready for Hillary” fans weaved up and down the streets of Harvard’s campus, inching along slowly but surely toward a short exchange with the pantsuit aficionado herself and a pre-paid hardback copy of the memoir, which details the challenges Clinton faced during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

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“She is just such a good role model for women,” said 46-year-old Jennifer Morris of Concord, who was very close to the end of the line. “I saw her speak in ‘92 and she was phenomenal.”

Sixty-four-year-old Kathy McDonald of Marshfield, who had been waiting in line for two hours to get her book signed by Clinton, said she is ready for a politician “with some integrity and who can make some real change.”

Nineteen-year-olds Jack Kelly and Bennett Capozzi of Connecticut awaited Clinton alongside their mothers, but said they were there by choice.

“She did so many influential things internationally when she was Secretary of State and I want to see it from her perspective,” Capozzi said.

Tickets for Clinton’s appearance went on sale June 9.

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