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This week, Liberty and Danika discuss Counterfeit, Home Field Advantage, After the Lights Go Out, and more great books.

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Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

After the Lights Go Out by John Vercher

Buffalo is the New Buffalo by Chelsea Vowel

Nuclear Family by Joseph Han 

Slip by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Aatmaja Pandya

Greenland by David Santos Donaldson

Nevada by Imogen Binnie


Seven Days in June by Tia Williams 

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray 

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney  

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalia Harris 

Three Girls from Bronzeville: A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood by Dawn Turner

Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green  

The Ugly Cry: How I Became a Person (Despite My Grandmother’s Horrible Advice) by Danielle Henderson 

Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir by Akwaeke Emezi 

Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer 

The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 

Secrets of Happiness by Joan Silber  

Unicorn Selfies: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

The Perfect Crimes of Marian Hayes by Cat Sebastian  

Brown Neon: Essays by Raquel Gutiérrez

The Marvelous by Claire Kann 

Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure: A Graphic Novel by Lewis Hancox

We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo


Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson

What’s the T?: The no-nonsense guide to all things trans and/or non-binary for teens by Juno Dawson

Temple Alley Summer by Sachiko Kashiwaba


The Secret Battle of Evan Pao by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings edited by Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca

Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer 

Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous by Ellen Datlow

City of Refugees: The Story of Three Newcomers Who Breathed Life into a Dying American Town by Susan Hartman

Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino

The Reservoir by David Duchovny 

Now Lila Knows by Elizabeth Nunez

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley 

Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial by Corban Addison 

Voice of the Fish: A Lyric Essay by Lars Horn

I Want to Be a Vase by Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator)

Raising Raffi: The First Five Years by Keith Gessen 

So Happy for You by Celia Laskey 

Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley 

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Just by Looking at Him by Ryan O’Connell

How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn by Nicole Pasulka

Mother Ocean Father Nation by Nishant Batsha

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill 

The Seaplane on Final Approach by Rebecca Rukeyser 

My Life in the Sunshine: Searching for My Father and Discovering My Family by Nabil Ayers 

The City Inside by Samit Basu

These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

Asylum: A Memoir & Manifesto by Edafe Okporo

The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn

Exalted by Anna Dorn

Ordinary Monsters by J. M. Miro

Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez

Tracy Flick Can’t Win by Tom Perrotta 

Three by Valérie Perrin, Hildegarde Serle (translator)

The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon’s Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I by Lindsey Fitzharris

Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder by Saundra Mitchell

The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran

We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power by Caleb Gayle 

Batter Royale by Leisl Adams

This Place Is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian

A Trail of Crab Tracks by Patrice Nganang, Amy B. Reid (translator)

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan 

The Mutual Friend by Carter Bays 

Sleeping Alone: Stories by Ru Freeman

Aurora by David Koepp