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Quick Pick: November 11, 2016

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Liberty Hardy

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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

entanglementEntanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

Lord, I love a microhistory. And I kept thinking about this bit by Jerry Seinfeld as I read this wildly interesting look at the history and business of hair:
“Now, I was thinking the other day about hair, and that the weird thing about it, is that people will touch other people’s hair. You will actually kiss another human being, right on the head. But, if one of those hairs should somehow be able to get out of that skull, and go off on its own, it is now the vilest, most disgusting thing that you can encounter. The same hair. People freak out.”

Backlist bump: Hair: A Human History by Kurt Steinn