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All the Books! Podcast, Episode #14: New Releases for August 11, 2015

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Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

This week, Liberty and Rebecca discuss The Beautiful Bureaucrat, Bright Lines, Slice Harvester, and more new releases. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Live and the Book Riot Store.

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Books discussed on the show:

The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips

Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam

The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America by Summer Brennan

In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib

Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson 

Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf


Books mentioned in our book life round-up:

Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories by China Miéville

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox

Love Love by Sung J. Woo

The Little Town Where Time Stood Still by Bohumil Hrabal

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles by John Mack Faragher

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science-and the World by Rachel Swaby

Priest: A Love Story by Sierra Simone

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson


More books out today:

The Scamp by Jennifer Pashley

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Naja Marie Aidt

The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

The Creeps: Night of the Frankenfrogs by Chris Schweizer

The Race for Paris by Meg Waite Clayton

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Slab by Selah Saterstorm

Henri Duchemin and His Shadows by Emmanuel Bove

A History of Forgetting by Caroline Adderson

Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey

Ordinary Decent Criminals by Lionel Shriver

Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie

Red Line by Brian Thiem

Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson

The State We’re In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie

The Long Fire by Meghan Tifft

Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal by Wendy S. Walters

The Boundaries of Desire: A Century of Bad Laws, Good Sex, and Changing Identities by Eric Berkowitz

Collector of Secrets by Richard Goodfellow

Why I Am a Salafi by Michael Muhammad Knight

Death in Florence: The Medici, Savonarola, and the Battle for the Soul of a Renaissance City by Paul Strathern

America’s Secret Jihad: The Hidden History of Religious Terrorism in the United States by Stuart Wexler

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day

Landfall by Ellen Urbani

Arms: The Culture and Credo of the Gun by A. J. Somerset

Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories by Ron Rash