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This week, Liberty and Rebecca discuss Upright Women Wanted, Black Sunday, The Toni Morrison Book Club, and more great books.

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Books discussed on the show:

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Heathcliff Redux: A Novella and Stories by Lily Tuck

Black Sunday: A Novel by Tola Rotimi Abraham

The Toni Morrison Book Club by Juda Bennett, Winnifred Brown-Glaude, Casssandra Jackson, Piper Kendrix Williams

My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir by Jenn Shapland

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

What we’re reading:

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) by Anthony Bourdain

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

More books out this week:

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

The Blue Absolute by Aaron Shurin

Things Seen from Above by Shelley Pearsall

My Name Is Why: A Memoir by Lemn Sissay

Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World – A Graphic Collection from Kazoo by Kazoo Magazine

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era by Jerry Mitchell

A Blight of Blackwings (The Seven Kennings) by Kevin Hearne

The Force of Nonviolence: The Ethical in the Political by Judith Butler

The Willies by Adam Falkner

A Divided Loyalty: A Novel (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Book 22) by Charles Todd

Black Imagination: Black Voices on Black Futures by Natasha Marin

Race Man: Selected Works, 1960-2015 by Julian Bond, Michael G. Long

The Convert: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans, David McKay (translator)

Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald

Three Californias: The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson

Parked by Danielle Svetcov

The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood by Naomi McDougall Jones

Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane by Karen R. Jones

Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller

Malice by Pintip Dunn

Itch by Polly Farquhar

The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice-Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O’Brady

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

Open Book by Jessica Simpson

A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther

Ember Queen (Ash Princess) by Laura Sebastian

Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy by Eilene Zimmerman

Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton

Straight On Till Morning: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

How to Overcome Your Childhood by The School of Life by Alain de Botton

The Way Home (Owly 1) Andy Runton

Promises of the Heart: A Novel (Savannah Skies Book 1) by Nan Rossiter

Chirp by Kate Messner

Romance or the End: Poems by Elaine Kahn

Alice By Heart by Steven Sater

Home Games by Benjamin Markovits

What Is Time to a Pig? by John Straley

Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More by Stephen Hough

Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West

The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage by Mara Hvistendahl

Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women’s Voices from the Gulag by Monika Zgustova, Julie Jones (translator)

The Misfortunes of Family by Meg Little Reilly

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business (1) by Lyla Lee and Dung Ho

Self-Care Down There: From Menstrual Cups and Moisturizers to Body Positivity and Brazilian Wax, a Guide to Your Vagina’s Well-Being by Taq Kaur Bhandal

Crooked River (Agent Pendergast) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-reader by Vivian Gornick

Alone in the Wild: A Rockton Novel (Casey Duncan Novels Book 5) by Kelley Armstrong

The Resisters: A novel by Gish Jen

A Black Women’s History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport (Scholastic Focus) by Deborah Hopkinson

The Museum of Desire: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe

Mazes of Power (The Broken Trust) by Juliette Wade

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line: A Novel by Deepa Anappara

The Queen V: Everything You Need to Know About Sex, Intimacy, and Down There Health Care by Dr. Jackie Walters

The Cactus League: A Novel by Emily Nemens

Lux by Elizabeth Cook

Half Broke: A Memoir by Ginger Gaffney

Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Gibson

Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space (Exploded Views) by Amanda Leduc

The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

The Killing Tide: A Brittany Mystery (Brittany Mystery Series Book 5) by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Brother & Sister: A Memoir by Diane Keaton

trans(re)lating house one by Poupeh Missaghi

18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb

Nairobi Noir (Akashic Noir Series) by Peter Kimani

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Valkyrie: Jane Foster, Vol. 1: The Sacred and the Profane by Jason Aaron and Al Ewing

Everywhere You Don’t Belong by Gabriel Bump

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau: A Novel by Michael Zapata

A Heart of Blood and Ashes (A Gathering of Dragons) by Milla Vane

The Firmament of Flame (The Universe After Book 3) by Drew Williams

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

The Coldest Warrior: A Novel by Paul Vidich

I Will Take the Answer: Essays by Ander Monson

The Gnome Stories by Ander Monson

The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Verge: Stories by Lidia Yuknavitch

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Deborah Riley Draper, Blair Underwood, Travis Thrasher

The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

Survival Is a Style: Poems by Christian Wiman

Real Life by Adeline Dieudonne, Roland Glasser (translator)

The Authenticity Project: A Novel by Clare Pooley

Molly Bit: A Novel by Dan Bevacqua

The Worst Best Man: A Novel by Mia Sosa

The Town by Shaun Prescott

Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit, and Defrocking by Adam Sisman

Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker

When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End by Diane Rehm

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star by Sanam Maher

Perfect Little Children: A Novel by Sophie Hannah

The Light After the War: A Novel by Anita Abriel

The Legend of the Fire Princess (She-Ra Graphic Novel) by Gigi D.G., Noelle Stevenson

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Vera Violet: A Novel by Melissa Anne Peterson

What I Want You To See by Catherine Linka

Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows by John August

The Last Day: A Novel by Andrew Hunter Murray

I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Rachel Moss

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull, Alexandra Bye

Toffee by Sarah Crossan

Swimming in the Dark: A Novel by Tomasz Jedrowski

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

Deadland (DS Alexandra Cupidi) by William Shaw

Takes One To Know One by Susan Isaacs

Escape Routes by Naomi Ishiguro

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