Riot Headline 10 Exciting Books to Read this Summer

Quick Pick: August 19, 2016

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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

riverineRiverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here by Angela Palm

Winner of the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, Palm’s book is part coming-of-age memoir about growing up in a rural neighborhood in Indiana, where the river flooded once a year and she was in love with the boy next door, and part fascinating true crime piece on the horrific murder the boy she loved committed and what it’s like to see events of childhood through grown-up eyes. It’s a fascinating reflection on hopelessness and escape, and how you can never truly go back home. Read it next.

Backlist bump: Girls of Tender Age: A Memoir by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith