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Quick Pick: June 10, 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

homegoingHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi

By now, you have probably seen this book mentioned a million places on the internet. And with good reason – this is simply one of the most phenomenal debuts released this decade.

Effia and Esi are half-sisters living in different villages in Ghana. But while Effia has been married off to an Englishman, unbeknownst to her, Esi has been sold into slavery and shipped to America. The fates of the two sisters continue down separate paths through generations, and Gyasi beautifully renders the places and events that occur. An extraordinary story of family and injustice spanning three hundred years, Homegoing is worth every bit of its praise. This book is an absolute marvel!

Backlist bump: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie