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This week, Liberty and Rebecca discuss Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear, The Heart Goes Last, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, more new releases, and some spooky favorites.

This episode was sponsored by Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession by Elizabeth Benedict and Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta.

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Books discussed on the show:

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

What we’re reading:

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Memoir Of Place, Solitude, and Friendship by Katherine Towler

Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing by Sandra M. Gilbert and Roger J. Porter

More books out this week:

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers

Night Blindness by Susan Strecker

A Song of Shadows: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly

Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle

Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick

American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic by John Temple

A Slanting of the Sun: Stories by Donal Ryan

Shriver by Chris Belden

Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

Lightless by C. A. Higgins

Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Zeroes by Scott Westerfield

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver and H. C. Chester

Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? by Lemony Snicket

Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession by Elizabeth Benedict

Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

The Entropy of Bones by Ayize Jama-Everett

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building by David J. Peterson

Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London by Eva Leigh

Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

The Witch: And Other Tales Retold by Jean Thompson (paperback)

Little Sister Death by William Gay

A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy

About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

I’ll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones

I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975–2014 by Eileen Myles

The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis

After You by Jojo Moyes

Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins

A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers

I Am a Tool: How to Be a YouTube Kingpin and Dominate the Internet by KSI

Robert Ludlum’s The Patriot Attack by Kyle Mills

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent

A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson

Brunch at Bobby’s: 140 Recipes for the Best Part of the Weekend by Bobby Flay

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich

Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking by Amanda Freitag

Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux

Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On to Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour by Amy Robach

In This Together: My Story by Ann Romney

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl

Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter

The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas

Shadow Play by Iris Johansen

My Exodus: From Fear to Grace by Alan Chambers with Leslie Chambers

The New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott

When the Professor Got Stuck in the Snow by Dan Rhodes

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt by Kristin Hersh

Everyone Has Their Reasons by Joseph Matthews

Gateway to Paradise: Stories by Matthew Vollmer

Vertigo by Joanna Walsh

How Winter Began by Joy Castro