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Quick Pick: May 20, 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

joe gould's teeth by jill leporeJoe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore

The story of Joe Gould is wildly interesting! He was an eccentric writer, and friends with famous artists, including Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. He believed himself to be the most brilliant historian of his time, and he claimed to write down everything that was ever said to him, and boasted of having written a nine million word manuscript. But reporter Joseph Mitchell later claimed in a New Yorker article that the manuscript was a figment of a madman’s imagination. Joe Gould’s Teeth is the fascinating story of historian Lepore’s own search for the missing – possibly imaginary – Gould manuscript.

Backlist bump: Joe Gould’s Secret by Joseph Mitchell