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First Tuesday of April Megalist!

Holy cats, how is it April already??? I am happy that April is here, because there are sooooooo many amazing books out this month – starting with today! It’s an embarrassment of riches.

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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Negro and Native Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn kill the dead. Jane is trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do and although it’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane, it’s not a life she wants.

But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane learns the restless dead are the least of her problems.

I have a few awesome books for you below and you can hear about several more great titles on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Amanda and I talked about a few amazing books we loved, including Dread Nation, Meaty, The Oracle Year, and more.

(And like with each megalist, I’m putting a ❤️ next to the books that I have read and loved. There are soooo many more on this list that I can’t wait to read!)

look alive out thereLook Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley ❤️

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World by George C. Daughan

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland ❤️

Earthcore by Scott Sigler

The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding ❤️

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

The Beginning of Everything: The Year I Lost My Mind and Found Myself by Andrea J. Buchanan

Voices from the Rust Belt edited by Anne Trubek ❤️

ursula k le guin conversations on writingUrsula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing by Ursula K. Le Guin and David Naimo ❤️

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery by Barbara K. Lipska

Waiting for Tomorrow: A Novel by Nathacha Appanah ❤️

Paris by the Book: A Novel by Liam Callanan

Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum

The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic by Benjamin Carter Hett

We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

meaty Meaty: Essays by Samantha Irby ❤️

Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher

As She Fades by Abbi Glines

To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice by Michael K. Honey

Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith ❤️

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham

The Oracle Year: A Novel by Charles Soule ❤️

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky) by Leo Carew

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

american by dayAmerican By Day by Derek B. Miller ❤️

Bluff by Michael Kardos

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor) by Mark Lawrence

Unwifeable: A Memoir by Mandy Stadtmiller

Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon by Robert Kurson

The Invisible Valley: A Novel by Su Wei,‎ Austin Woerner (Translator) ❤️

Varina by Charles Frazier

Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead–My Life Story by Cecile Richards

Munmun by Jesse Andrews

America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

betwixt and betweenBetwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life by Jenny Boully ❤️

The Barrow Will Send What It May by Margaret Killjoy

A Necessary Evil: A Novel by Abir Mukherjee  

Wonderblood by Julia Whicker

Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison ❤️

Miss Julia Raises the Roof by Ann B. Ross

First Person by Richard Flanagan

See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary by Lorrie Moore ❤️

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay

space operaSpace Opera by Catherynne M. Valente ❤️

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison ❤️

Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa

A Long Way from Home by Cathy Glass

The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever by Jamie Wright

Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

Folded Notes from High School by Matthew Boren

Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts

how to be safeHow to Be Safe by Tom McAllister ❤️

Hunting El Chapo: The Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captured the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord by Andrew Hogan and Douglas Century

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer ❤️

The Perfume Burned His Eyes by Michael Imperioli

Too Close to Breathe: A Novel by Olivia Kiernan

The Very Marrow of Our Bones: A Novel by Christine Higdon

Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age by Christine Lahti

eye levelEye Level: Poems by Jenny Xie ❤️

Stream System: The Collected Short Fiction of Gerald Murnane by Gerald Murnane

School for Psychics: Book One by K.C. Archer

Border Districts: A Fiction by Gerald Murnane

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind by Barbara K. Lipska

Killing King: Racial Terrorists, James Earl Ray, and the Plot to Assassinate Martin Luther King by Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock

The Runaways: A Novel by Sonya Terjanian

Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen ❤️

The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Chemistry by Weike Wang (paperback) ❤️

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah (paperback) ❤️

Marlena by Julie Buntin (paperback) ❤️

The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World: A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle (paperback) ❤️

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (paperback) ❤️

That’s it for me today! If you want to learn more about books new and old (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, or books you think I should read (I HEART RECOMMENDATIONS!), you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad,