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Quick Pick: October 14, 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

The Mothers by Brit BennettThe Mothers by Brit Bennett

Seventeen-year-old Nadia Turner, overcome with grief since her mother’s suicide, starts rebelling and takes up with the adult son of the local pastor. When Nadia becomes pregnant as a result of the fling, her decision to hide this fact from everyone will have a long-lasting impact on her life for years to come, especially her relationship with her best friend, Aubrey. This is a remarkable novel about grief and love, about secrets and small towns, and about the bonds of friendship and family. The fact that this is Bennett’s first novel is seriously astonishing. The Mothers is so perfect, you’d think she has been doing this for decades.

Backlist bump: The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe