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Quick Pick: March 11, 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

cover of we love you charlie freeman by kaitlyn greenidgeWe Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Several of us here at Book Riot are big fans of this audacious debut novel. We love We Love You, Charlie Freeman! The book centers around the Freeman family, who have been chosen to participate in a program at the Toneybee institute where they will live with a chimpanzee, Charlie, and teach him sign language. The multiple narratives shift between family members, as well as a look at the founding of the not entirely ethical institute’s founding. Greenidge has created a masterful work using a fictional test study about language to capture what gets lost in translation when discussing race, family, and sexuality in America today.

Backlist bump: Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

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