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Quick Pick: September 9, 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

mischlingMischling by Affinity Konar

In his blurb for this novel, Anthony Doerr writes, “If your soul can survive the journey, you’ll be rewarded by one of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year.” I can’t think of a better way to say it. Since it tells the story of young twin girls held in Mengele’s “human zoo” in Auschwitz and their struggle to stay together, this novel is of course going to be full of horrors and heartbreak. But there isn’t a page in this novel that isn’t also shining with hope and love, and that’s what makes this beautiful book worth the read. I eagerly await what Konar does next.

Backlist bump: The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch