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November New Books Megalist

Saddle up: It’s time for another big book round-up! YEE HAW! I am so excited for so many books coming out in the next few weeks, many of which are out this week. And you can hear more about some of them on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about a few amazing books we loved, such as Pull Me Under, The Gold Eaters, and Virgin and Other Stories.

arrndgrosThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Arrndgros by Pyotr Andreyev.

Every fantasy reader thinks they know orcs. Savage and brutal. Ferocious in battle. Mindless monsters to be feared—or better yet, obliterated—by those who encounter them.

However, the truth, in both fantasy and reality, is more complex than first impressions suggest. Violent though they may be, orcs have their own rich cultures, spiritual lives, and traditions. Societies where strength, bravery, and skill in battle are prized.

Join the orcs of Arrndgros as they explore, reclaim lost lands, and march to war. Discover orcs as you’ve never seen them—proud, passionate, courageous, and, yes, brutal. Discover the warrior’s emotion. Discover Arrndgros.

**Before we get into today’s recommendations, enter for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card by taking this quick survey.**

alligators of abrahamThe Alligators of Abraham by Robert Kloss

Last Train from Perdition (I Travel By Night) by Robert McCammon

A Long December by Richard Chizmar

Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz

The Book of Endless Sleepovers by Henry Hoke

The In-Betweens by Matthew Simmons

Lady Be Good by Lauren Hilger

her nightly embraceHer Nightly Embrace: Book I of the Ravi PI Series by Adi Tantimedha

Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History by Richard Snow

The Long Room by Francesca Kay

Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

the sun is also a starThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

By Women Possessed: A Life of Eugene O’Neill by Arthur Gelb and Barbara Gelb

Stay Golden by Lucky Blue Smith

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History by Lawrence Levy

The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler J. Birch

The Twenty-Three (Promise Falls Trilogy) by Linwood Barclay

The Game Don’t Change by Mazaradi Fox

the winterlingsThe Winterlings by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade (Author), Samuel Rutter (Translator)

What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen

What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars by David Wood

Who Killed Kurt Cobain? The Story of Boddah by Nicolas Otero

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop by Karen L. Maness and Richard M. Isackes

author in progressAuthor In Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published by Therese Walsh (Editor), Writer Unboxed

Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11) by Jeff Kinney

The Weaver by Emmi Itäranta

The Wrong Side of Goodbye (A Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly

The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante

American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business by Tommy Hilfiger

Experimental Animals (A Reality Fiction) by Thalia Field

faithfulFaithful by Alice Hoffman

Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson

Dispossession: A Novel of Few Words by Simon Grennan

Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao

Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly

Shackleton’s Heroes : The Epic Story of the Men Who Kept the Endurance Expedition Alive by Wilson McOrist

When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History’s Unknown Chapters by Giles Milton

valiant gentlemenValiant Gentlemen by Sabina Murray

A Death in the Islands : The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow by Mike Farris

Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marias (Author), Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce

Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey by Elena Ferrante (Author), Ann Goldstein (Translator)

Cabo de Gata by Eugen Ruge (Author) Anthea Bell (Translator)

The White Road: Journey into an Obsession by Edmund de Waal (paperback)

submissionSubmission by Michel Houellebecq (Author), Lorin Stein (Translator) (paperback)

Hemingway in Love: The Untold Story: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner (paperback)

The Gold Eaters by Ronald Wright (paperback)

Queen of the Night (paperback)

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad,

Liberty

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Scary Books for the Season!

Happy Tuesday! Halloween is almost upon us, so I thought it would be fun to discuss scary books, in case you haven’t had your fill yet, or you can’t get enough of them. Before I do that, I want to shout out We Show What We Have Learned and Other Stories by Clare Beams, which is out today. SO GOOD. And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some of the books coming out today and more, including Am I Alone Here, On Living, and Bruja. (Plus, don’t miss our bonus episode about the Read Harder Challenge!)

disruptionThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Disruption by Jessica Shirvington.

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match? What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loved most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for?

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

Before we get into today’s recommendations, enter for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card by taking this quick survey.

the good houseThe Good House by Tananarive Due

A woman in Tacoma learns that the nickname of the house she has inherited – The Good House – is a misnomer. A rich, complex scary novel, and more like Stephen King than anything else I’ve ever read.

 

 

HEXHEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Everything was going fine in the town of Black Spring: birds were singing, the sky was blue, the horrid scary witch that lives in the town was wandering undisturbed – until someone decides to unleash her.

 

 

the otherThe Other by Thomas Tryon

Holland and Niles Perry, while identical in looks, are about as different in personality as twins can be. And the bad twin is about to make things a whole lot worse. (I highly recommend the NYRB Classics edition with the Dan Chaon introduction!)

 

 

revengeRevenge: Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa (Author), Stephen Snyder (Translator)

Beautifully written tales of the ugliness that lies in the hearts of humans, including a murderous landlady, jealous lovers, and a museum of torture.

 

 

i remember youI Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (Author), Philip Roughton (Translator)

Three friends decide an abandoned home on a hard-to-reach island would be the perfect place to open a bed and breakfast. But secrets old and new come bubbling to the surface shortly after their arrival. This is the spookiest ghost story I’ve read in the last few years! (Also, every time I mention or think of this book, I end up with the Skid Row song stuck in my head.)

mongrelsMongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

A coming-of-age story about a young boy who may or may not be being raised by werewolves. Gritty, disturbing, and great fun! (Also check out SGJ’s collection After the People Lights Have Gone Off.)

 

 

ghostlandGhostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Nonfiction about some of the most haunted places in America, and a thoughtful look at what it means for a place to be haunted, and how the stories travel and change through the years.

 

 

white is for witchingWhite is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Four generations of Silver women live together in an old house in a closed off town. But when one of the women dies, her daughter begins experiencing strange symptoms. You can’t go wrong with Oyeyemi.

 

 

wielandWieland; or, the Transformation: An American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown

Historically known as the first published book by an American-born author, and also thought to be one of the first horror books ever published, the ending of Wieland might not scare you now, but it’s still fun to imagine how it must have terrified people back in the day.

 

thus were their facesThus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories by Silvina Ocampo (Author), Daniel Balderston (Translator)

When originally published, Ocampo’s stories were considered too disturbing to be worthy of praise. Now she is widely considered one of the great masters of the twentieth century. (I highly recommend the NYRB Classics edition with an introduction by Helen Oyeyemi!)

 

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!

Liberty

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Monkey Musicals, Bear Hotels, and More New Books!

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another round of “Make Your TBR Lists Explode.” The hits just keep on coming – there are so many great books out today! And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some of the books coming out in the last half of 2016 that we are excited about, including IQ, His Bloody Project, and American Housewife.

study-in-scarlet-womenThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas.

Discover the new Sherlock Holmes inspired series from bestselling author Sherry Thomas.

While the inquisitive Charlotte Holmes has never accepted the demureness expected of women in London society, even she did not predict that she would become an outcast.

When the city is struck by a series of unexpected deaths, suspicion falls on her sister and father. Charlotte is determined to find the true culprits. She’ll have some help, but in the end, it’s up to Charlotte, a brilliant mind wrapped in a most feminine package, to challenge society’s expectations and solve the mystery under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes.

mister monkeyMister Monkey by Francine Prose

This is Prose at her wittiest and most playful yet. Mister Monkey is about, er, Mister Monkey, an off-Broadway children’s musical, and also a production where dreams go to die. Most of the people involved once had grand Broadway dreams but are now reduced to acting in a ridiculous musical for kids. Told in multiple viewpoints, Mister Monkey is a brilliant, bizarre, and biting look at dashed dreams and more. Two opposable thumbs up.

Backlist bump: Blue Angel by Francine Prose

hotel bruceHotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce the Bear is back from his southern migration with his geese friends and ready to relax – but while he was away, three mice have turned his den into a hotel! What will Bruce do???? This is another delightfully charming installment in the Bruce series, and like the first book, full of great stuff for kids and grownups.

Backlist bump: Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

thrill meThrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

A collection of work by Percy is fabulous, but it’s extra-exciting when it’s published by the amazing Graywolf Press, purveyors of fantastic non-fiction. This is a wonderful collection, surrounding things to do with fiction. The title essay is a challenge to the notion that literary and genre fiction are somehow mutually exclusive, and the whole books is full of Percy’s advice, wit, and wisdom on the craft of writing. GOOD STUFF.

Backlist bump: Refresh, Refresh: Stories by Benjamin Percy
the unreal and the realthe found and the lostThe Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories / The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas by Ursula K. Le Guin

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Two GIANT editions of work by living legend Ursula K. Le Guin. If you’ve never read her before, these are a great place to start, and if you’re a big fan, then WOOHOO! A whole kittenton of her collected work.

Backlist bump: Read everything she has written, obviously, but also check out this wonderful new profile of Le Guin in the New Yorker.

heart and brainHeart and Brain: Gut Instincts by The Awkward Yeti

Oh, how I love this web comic! And the collection includes even more great stuff. Heart and Brain are kind of like the Pinky and the Brain of the body: Heart is the playful, silly one and Brain is the rational worrier. Together, they star in funny, yet poignant, comics about every day life. It’s a great escape, especially if something big and worrisome has been stressing you out. (Like, say, 2016?)

Backlist bump: Heart and Brain: An Awkward Yeti Collection

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!

Liberty

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October New Books Megalist: The Sequel

The hits just keep on coming! It’s time for another BIG list of great titles out today. Your TBRs are surely groaning, but in another few weeks, it will be a barren desert for books until 2017, so enjoy it while it lasts. SO MANY BOOKS. And you can hear more about some of them on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about a few amazing books we loved, such as The Mothers, Hag-Seed, and A Life in Parts.

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conspiracy of ravensConspiracy of Ravens by Lila Bowen

The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century by Simon Reynolds

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited by Philip Eade

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel

French Girl with Mother by Norman Ollestad

Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon to be on Fire: Essays by Liza Monroy

Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot

the home placeThe Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham

Tomboy Survival Guide by Ivan Coyote

Brat Pack America: Visiting Cult Movies of the ’80s by Kevin Smokler

The Abandoned Heart: A Bliss House Novel by Laura Benedict

Upstream by Mary Oliver

The Clancys of Queens: A Memoir by Tara Clancy

Around the Way Girl: A Memoir by Taraji P. Henson

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing by Jennifer Weiner

In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine by Tim Judah

Future Sex by Emily Witt

the hidden keysThe Hidden Keys by André Alexis

Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways) by Eliot Weinberger

The Years That Followed by Catherine Dunne

The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter by John Pipkin

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American by Okey Ndibe

Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World’s Most Elusive Fish by Chris Dombrowski

Orders to Kill by Vince Flynn

“Bad News”: The Turbulent Life of Marvin Barnes, Pro Basketball’s Original Renegade by Mike Carey

the singing bonesThe Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

The Midwife by Katja Kettu (Author), David Hackston (Translator)

French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain (Author), Emily Boyce (Translator), Jane Aitken (Translator)

Precious and Grace: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (17) by Alexander McCall Smith

The General vs. the President : MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War by H.W. Brands

Unbearable Splendor by Sun Yung Shin

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar

Who Killed These Girls? : Cold Case: The Yogurt Shop Murders by Beverly Lowry

still life with tornadoStill Life with Tornado by A. S. King

Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil

The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash

Scratch by Steve Himmer

I Don’t Want to Know Anyone Too Well: Collected Stories by Norman Levine

Little Sister Death by William Gay (paperback)

God’s Kingdom by Howard Frank Mosher (paperback)

Drinking in America: Our Secret History by Susan Cheever (paperback)

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad,

Liberty

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October New Books Megalist

Holy catsssssss! It is a scientific fact (that I just made up) that there are more amazing new releases out this week than any other day this year. HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO BE ALIVE RIGHT NOW. I’m happy to share a BIG list with you right now, and you can hear more about some of them on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about a few amazing books we loved, such as The Wangs vs. the World, Ghostland, andYou Can’t Touch My Hair.

el-pasoThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by El Paso by Winston Groom.

An episodic novel, El Paso pits the legendary Pancho Villa against a thrill-seeking railroad tycoon known as the Colonel, whose fading fortune is tied up in a colossal ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico. But when Villa kidnaps the Colonel’s grandchildren and absconds into the Sierra Madre, the aging New England patriarch and his adopted son head to El Paso, hoping to find a group of cowboys brave enough to hunt the Generalissimo down. Replete with gunfights, daring escapes, and an unforgettable bullfight, El Paso is an indelible portrait of the American southwest in the waning days of the frontier.

public libraryPublic Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith

Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

Last Look by Charles Burns

The Trespasser by Tana French

By Gaslight by Steven Price

Yesternight by Cat Winters

Patricide by D. Foy

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Stranded by Bracken MacLeod

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

the angel of historyThe Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine

The Best American Essays 2016 by edited Jonathan Franzen

The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley

Angels of Music by Kim Newman

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

all that man isAll That Man Is by David Szalay

I’ll Tell You in Person by Chloe Caldwell

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail by Slavoj Zizek

There Now: Poems by Eamon Grennan

Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente

Nicotine by Nell Zink

Private Novelist by Nell Zink

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

when the seaWhen the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

Ghost Songs by Regina McBride

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner

The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz

Breaking van Gogh: Saint-Rémy, Forgery, and the $95 Million Fake at the Met by James Grundvig

Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger’s Life by Sarah Kaminsky

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

we know it was youWe Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash

The Best American Comics 2016 edited by Roz Chast and Bill Kartalopoulos

The Secrets of Roscarbury Hall by Ann O’Loughlin
Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt

Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky

The French Chef in America: Julia Child’s Second Act by Alex Prud’homme

Corsets and Codpieces : A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era by Karen Bowman

dog yearsDog Years (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by Melissa Yancy

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell and Tim Miller

Crosstalk by Connie Willis

The Rift Uprising: The Rift Uprising Trilogy by Amy S. Foster

Blood, Bullets, and Bones : The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA by Bridget Heos

Replica by Lauren Oliver

The Big Book of Jack the Ripper (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original) by Otto Penzler

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad,

Liberty

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A Lot of the Best of the Rest of 2016!

Good morning, readers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check out a big list of awesome books coming out in the rest of 2016. As always, should any of the books you already own go unread, the librarian will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This newsletter will start recommending in five seconds. Good luck, readers.

Okay, but seriously, I’ve been traveling for work and I am behind in my reading, so I thought a big sneak peek might be fun. You’re going to want to mark these down now, before next year’s books start getting attention and these get lost in the shuffle. Because I have seen some of the 2017 books in my journeys, and the future is WOW.

And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about – SPOILER- more books, including A Change of Heart, Big Magic, and The Tale of Shikanoko series.

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the wangs vs the worldThe Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang

The Trespasser by Tana French

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

I’ll Tell You in Person by Chloe Caldwell

Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente

All That Man Is by David Szalay

nicotineNicotinePrivate Novelist by Nell Zink

Ghost Songs by Regina McBride

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le GuinThe Unreal and the Real: The Selected Short Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

Brief Histories of Everyday Objects by Andy Warner

The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

we know it was youWe Know It Was You by Maggie Thrash

Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky

Dog Years (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by Melissa Yancy

The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham

Brat Pack America: Visiting Cult Movies of the ’80s by Kevin Smokler

the hidden keysThe Hidden Keys by André Alexis

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American by Okey Ndibe

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali by Randa Jarrar

Still Life with Tornado by A. S. King

The Annie Year by Stephanie Wilbur Ash

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Loved Ones by Sonya Chung

IQ by Joe Ide

thrill meThrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy

A Gambler’s Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem

Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Float by Anne Carson

We Show What We Have Learned and Other Stories by Clare Beams

The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave

The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle

Land of Love and Ruins by Oddný Eir (Author), Philip Roughton (Translator)

The Boat Rocker by Ha Jin

Bruja by Wendy C. Ortiz

the winterlingsThe Winterlings by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade (Author), Samuel Rutter (Translator)

Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marias (Author), Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

Scratch by Steve Himmer

The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante

Virgin and Other Stories by April Ayers Lawson

Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao

Valiant Gentlemen by Sabina Murray

Pull Me Under by Kelly Luce

Normal by Warren Ellis

ghostlandGhostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

The Dispossessed by Szilard Borbely

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace

Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away by Lisa Napoli

Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves by Kat Kinsman

Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

culdesacCuldesac: A Novella by Robert Repino

Absolutely on Music : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching ’80s Movies by Jason Diamond

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham

Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes

Moranifesto by Caitlin Moran

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

island of the madIsland of the Mad by Laurie Sheck

Show Me a Mountain by Kerry Young

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

Civilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir by Michael Anthony

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

I’ll be back next week with an October megalist. There are soooooo many good books out next month. MY BODY IS READY.

Liberty

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Fifty Lives of India, A Cartoonist’s Life, and More New Books!

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another round of “Make Your TBR Lists Explode.” I have a few great books to tell you about today, and on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some of the books coming out in the last half of 2016 that we are excited about, including Three Dark Crowns, The Bestseller Code, and Mooncop.

portugalThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Portugal by Cyril Pedrosa.

Comics creator Simon Muchat is struggling to find purpose in his existence. Bitter and apathetic towards everything, he gets a chance to travel to Portugal where the roots of his family lie. After an absence of more than 20 years Simon finds himself rediscovering the sounds and smells of his childhood, the radiant warmth of something forgotten. Having soaked up the atmosphere of his fatherland, and driven by the desire to find out the secret behind his family name, Simon sets on a melancholic quest for identity that helps him rediscover his passion for life.

incarnationsIncarnations: A History of India in Fifty Lives by Sunil Khilnani

A fascinating take on how India came to be, which Khilnani tells using fifty figures throughout the country’s history. From emperors and warriors to film stars and corporate titans, Incarnations is a smart, wry look at the myths that shaped India and the people that influence the stories and history told today. Highly informative and entertaining!

Backlist bump: A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor

the gloaming The Gloaming by Melanie Finn

A dark, intense novel of mystery about a woman, Pilgrim, who is fleeing the disaster that was her marriage, and, overcome with guilt after a horrible accident, runs off to Africa to lick her wounds. But when a body turns up and is suspected of being a curse created by witchcraft, she and the town’s citizens are set on edge trying to figure out the curse’s intended recipient. Not helping with matters is Pilgrim’s sinking feeling that she’s being followed. Did I mention it was dark? It’s also terrific.

Backlist bump: Away from You by Melanie Finn

reputationsReputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

A revered political cartoonist whose illustrations wield power and influence over his country must take a hard look at his life after an unexpected visit from a young woman has him reevaluating everything he has done and how he remembers the past. A masterful, thought-provoking novel about secrets, celebrity, and escaping the past from one of the most talented writers working today.

Backlist bump: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!

Liberty

 

 

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September New Books Megalist – The Sequel!!!

What time is it? NEW BOOK TIME! This may be the last megalist sequel for the next few months, but for today, there are a TON of great books to choose from, and I wanted to share with them with you! So here’s a big list! And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some more great new releases out today, such as Children of the New World, Rani Patel in Full Effect, and The Last Days of Jack Sparks.

artofmissp_300pxThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by The Art of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Leah Gallo published by Quirk Books.

Witness the genesis of peculiardom! This visual tour of the movie world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, created by iconic filmmaker Tim Burton, is sure to be a must-have for fans of the series. A companion book to the film, it features behind-the-scenes images and set information from two of Burton’s longtime collaborators, including details on costume design, cinematography, set design, concept art, and more.

a song to take the world apartA Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff

Loner by Teddy Wayne

The Virginity of Famous Men: Stories by Christine Sneed

A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s Book Three by Jodi Taylor

Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson

The Shooting by James Boice

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze

the home placeThe Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham

Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth by Jennifer Chiaverini

A Tree or a Person or a Wall: Stories by Matt Bell

The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett

Little Nothing by Marisa Silver

Red Right Hand by Chris Holm

intimationsIntimations: Stories by Alexandra Kleeman

Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade and Olga Stern

Umami by Laia Jufresa (Author), Sophie Hughes (Translator)

Shakespeare in Swahililand: In Search of a Global Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee

Avid Reader: A Life by Robert Gottlieb

The Island by Olivia Levez

I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Jeff Chang

where did you sleep last nightWhere Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie

Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories (New York Review Books Classics) by Robert Walser

Shelter in Place by Alexander Maksik

The Risen by Ron Rash

This Vast Southern Empire by Matthew Karp

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

catlantisCatlantis by Anna Starobinets (Author), Andrzej Klimowski (Illustrator), Jane Bugaeva (Translator)

Black Water by Louise Doughty

Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel by Dan Slater

The Sleeping World by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Nine Island by Jane Alison

Every Kind of Wanting by Gina Frangello

commonwealthCommonwealth by Ann Patchett

Black Wave by Michelle Tea

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (paperback)

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me. If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!

Liberty

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September New Books Megalist

It may technically be September, but it’s still sunny and 80 degrees out here, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s still summer reading weather. And there are so many amazing books being released today that are perfect for outdoor reading! It’s an embarrassment of book riches (plus the new Ransom Riggs just came out!!!) And on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some more great new releases out today, such as The Story of a Brief Marriage, Mischling, and Hidden Figures.

angel catbirdThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Angel Catbird Volume 1 by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamara Bonvillain.

Margaret Atwood’s first original graphic novel!

Internationally best-selling and respected novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas collaborate for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of 2016!

A young genetic engineer is accidentally mutated by his own experiment when his DNA is merged with that of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure—with a lot of cat puns.

Features bonus content by David Mack, Matt Kindt, Tyler Crook, and more!

lady copLady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer

Perfume River by Robert Olen Butler

Nicolas by Pascal Girard

Mischling by Affinty Konar

One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi

The Graces by Laure Eve

The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood by Belle Boggs

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

to be or not to beTo Be or Not to Be: That is the Adventure by Ryan North

Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah and Agatha Christie

The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson

Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Fire in My Eyes: An American Warrior’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to Gold Medal Victory by Brad Snyder and Tom Sileo

Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry

Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker

Against Everything: Essays by Mark Greif

sleeping on jupiterSleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy

Part Wild: A Writer’s Guide to Harnessing the Creative Power of Resistance by Deb Norton

Into the Sun by Deni Ellis Béchard

The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carré

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin

The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld

the revolutionaries try againThe Revolutionaries Try Again by Mauro Javier Cardenas

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA by Brad Schreiber

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett

She Made Me Laugh: My Friend Nora Ephron by Richard Cohen

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch (Author), Sam Garrett (Translator)

death's endDeath’s End by Cixin Liu

Blackacre: Poems by Monica Youn

Cloudbound by Fran Wilde

The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

Swimming in the Sink: An Episode of the Heart by Lynne Cox

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy (paperback)

A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros (paperback)

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick (paperback)

loving dayLoving Day by Mat Johnson (paperback)

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder

The Strange Case of Rachel K by Rachel Kushner (paperback)

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me. If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!

Liberty

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Ominous Office Ordeals, Young Love in Georgia, and More New Books!

Well, August, it’s been fun. I’m sad to see you go. But the arrival of fall means BFB: big fall books!  On this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some of the books coming out in the last half of 2016 that we are excited about, including I’m Judging You, The Mothers, and Children of the New World. As for this, the second-to-last day in August, it’s exciting because the sequel to An Ember in the AshesA Torch Against the Night, is finally here! And there are these other books I’m going to tell you about it 3…2…1…

portugalThis week’s newsletter is sponsored by Portugal by Cyril Pedrosa.

Comics creator Simon Muchat is struggling to find purpose in his existence. Bitter and apathetic towards everything, he gets a chance to travel to Portugal where the roots of his family lie. After an absence of more than 20 years Simon finds himself rediscovering the sounds and smells of his childhood, the radiant warmth of something forgotten. Having soaked up the atmosphere of his fatherland, and driven by the desire to find out the secret behind his family name, Simon sets on a melancholic quest for identity that helps him rediscover his passion for life.

georgia peachesGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for most of her years in high school. But when her radio evangelist father moves the family to Rome, Georgia, he asks her something unfair: lay low in her new school and pretend to be straight. Though she reluctantly promises, that agreement is tested when she meets Mary, the friend of a sister. This is a fabulous read! It’s a smart, sexy, funny book at queerness and teens and religion, and a refreshing take on what it means to be yourself. More, please.

Backlist bump: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

the nixThe Nix by Nathan Hill

One of the year’s biggest debuts, both literally and figuratively, The Nix is a sprawling, funny (and sad) story about the relationship between a college professor and his mother. Samuel hasn’t seen his radical hippie mother since he was a young boy, but when she shows up in his life, asking for help, he decides to give it to her. Helping her means revisiting both their pasts, and learning things about his mother and himself he never realized. If you love big, occasionally self-indulgent literary fiction (and I mean that in a good way), this is perfect for you!

Backlist bump: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

tell me something realTell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

At first you think this is a novel about three beautiful sisters helping their sick mother as she is treated for cancer, narrated by the middle sister. BUT THEN IT TURNS INTO SOMETHING ELSE. Explaining it would give it away, so let me just say: READ IT, READ IT, READ IT! This book is another example, like A.S. King novels, where I feel books shouldn’t be labeled as ‘young adult’ but ‘books for humans’ instead. PS – Don’t forget tissues.

Backlist bump: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

the subsidiaryThe Subsidiary by Matías Celedón (author), Samuel Ritter (translator)

When the subsidiary offices of a major company suddenly lose power, the employees are locked inside. But a loud speaker message inexplicably tells them to keep working in the total darkness. One worker uses his rubber stamp to keep a record of the ordeal and the horrors that occur as the days go on and no one comes to rescue them. The book itself is told with a stamp, a clever gimmick. I read that Celedón hand-designed this book with a stamp he bought in a bookstore, but I don’t know if it gave him the idea, or if he bought it to bring the idea to life. I’m soooooo curious!

Backlist bump: Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra (author), Megan McDowell (translator)

YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me today – time to get back to reading! If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!

Liberty