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Quick Pick: July 8, 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

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

here comes the sunHere Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

I’m so excited that people can finally get their hands on this amazing novel! A debut novel set in Jamaica, it follows Margo, a resort worker and prostitute who is trying to save money for her younger sister’s schooling, while trying to sort out her relationship with her lover, a woman; and Thandi, her younger sister, who feels the pressures of being the family member with a promising future, and spends time trying to meet unrealistic beauty expectations. That’s the bare bones description: these characters and their stories have so many more layers about race, social status, sexuality, and body image, wrapped into a beautiful – and sometimes brutal – tale of desires and disappointment. Easily one of the best books of the year.

Backlist bump: Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique