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This week, Liberty and Rebecca discuss Royal Holiday, The Good Luck Girls, A Tall History of Sugar, and more great books.

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Books discussed on the show:

The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell’s Library) by A. J. Hackwith

Erosion: Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir by Jeannie Vanasco

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes

The Best American Essays 2019 by Rebecca Solnit and Robert Atwan

The Best American Short Stories 2019 by Anthony Doerr and Heidi Pitlor

The Best American Food Writing 2019 by Samin Nosrat and Silvia Killingsworth

What we’re reading:

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

More books out this week:

Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Fake Lake (Drawn & Quarterly) by Adrian Norvid

Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day

Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Gene Roddenberry

The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes by Alya Mooro

Pigs by Johanna Stoberock

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

She Was Like That by Kate Walbert

Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance by Bethany Morrow

White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio

Sarah Jane by James Sallis

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller

The Shape of Night: A Novel by Tess Gerritsen

Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead: Typhoon by Wesley Chu

What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist’s Quest to Name Every Living Thing by Karen Magnuson Beil

Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day

Face It by Debbie Harry

Crossfire: A Litany for Survival by Staceyann Chin

Everything Must Go (BreakBeat Poets) by Kevin Coval and Langston Allston

Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright by Paul Hendrickson

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are by Flynn Coleman

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks by Kelcey Wilson-Lee

Baby by Annaleese Jochems

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

Into Captivity They Will Go by Noah Milligan

Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury

Me & Other Writing by Marguerite Duras

Rebel: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Dry County: A Novel by Jake Hinkson

Love and I: Poems by Fanny Howe

Aurora Blazing: A Novel (The Consortium Rebellion) by Jessie Mihalik

The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future by Veronica Roth

You Don’t Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths by Wally Lamb and The Women of York Prison

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones

Right after the Weather by Carol Anshaw

Reinhardt’s Garden by Mark Haber

Geometry of Shadows by Giorgio de Chirico, Stefania Heim (translator)

Trolls by Stefan Spjut and Agnes Broome

Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery by Kelley Armstrong , Rachael Caine, et al.

The Topeka School: A Novel by Ben Lerner

Roll with It by Jamie Sumner

The Lying Room: A Novel by Nicci French

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Takes One to Know One: A Novel by Susan Isaacs

One Night Gone: A Novel by Tara Laskowski

Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger) by L. Penelope

Animal (Bagley Wright Lecture Series) by Dorothea Lasky

Fake (Point Paperbacks) by Donna Cooner

Creep by Eireann Corrigan

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

The Butterfly Girl: A Novel by Rene Denfeld

Toil & Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Book of Daniel by Aaron Smith

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher

Weird Little Robots by Carolyn Crimi, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)

A Tale of Magic… by Chris Colfer

Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill

The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss

The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek by Andrea Marcolongo and Will Schutt

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son by Sergio Troncoso

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer by Ahmet Altan and Yasemin Congar

Kitchen Curse: Stories by Eka Kurniawan and Annie Tucker

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow

Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood by Sunil Dutta

Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Namdev Shahani

Nothing that Is, The: Essays on Art, Literature and Being (Essais Series) by Johanna Skibsrud

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert

Daughters Of Nri by Reni K Amayo

A Pilgrimage of Swords by Anthony Ryan

Houses Under the Sea by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight by Aliette de Bodard

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

Yours, for Probably Always: Martha Gellhorn’s Letters of Love and War 1930-1949 by Janet Somerville

Trinity Sight: A Novel by Jennifer Givhan

Monstress Volume 4 by Marjorie Liu (Author), Sana Takeda (Artist)

Degrees of Difficulty by Julie E. Justicz

Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller

Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

Cilka’s Journey: A Novel by Heather Morris

The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley

Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow by Charlie Jane Anders, Madeline Ashby

The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter by Rosmarie Waldrop

Bloody Genius (A Virgil Flowers Novel) by John Sandford