Nick's Picks

Nick loves to read science fiction, general nonfiction, classic and new literature, and queer lit of any kind (including nonfiction). He is an avid listener of audiobooks and loves using (He'll try his best to make you love it too.) Between books, he tries to perfect his latte art.



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Butts: A Backstory By Heather Radke Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982135492
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 13th, 2023

This odd and beautiful essay collection follows the history of the gluteus maximus and contemplates what it means to admire the butt. From homo erectus to butts on display in museums, this will take you for a ride you didn't know you needed!

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My Name Is Magic By Xan Van Rooyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781739983444
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Published: Tiny Ghost Press - September 27th, 2022

Looking for a non-binary protagonist in a new world of magic? This is perfect for you! Taika tackles identity within their magic school and life, all while not having any magic. This YA novel tackles identity, community, and belonging all against the backdrop of Finnish folklore and nature themes. Also check out all other books by Tiny Ghost Press; you will be very pleased you did.

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Rebecca    T By Daphne Du Maurier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780380730407
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 1st, 1997

A true classic! In this beautiful story, an unnamed narrator recalls her life living in a
mansion with her new husband, Maxim de Winter, while he mourns the death of his
previous wife, Rebecca. Told in purple prose, this chilling story not only resonates with
the rise and fall of the British aristocracy, but brings you on a “ghost story” you didn’t
know you needed.

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Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State By Christopher P. Lehman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681341354
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - October 1st, 2019

This book traces the receipts of slaveholder wealth coming to Minnesota and how
Minnesotans capitalized off money from slavery. In this beautifully researched and
presented book, there are so many sections to consider as we relearn how to spend our
(and perhaps receive others’) capital in productive and beneficial ways. Highly
recommend for every Minnesotan!

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] By Betty Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

An American classic that isn’t written by a man! I like to describe this book as the poor,
American version of Downton Abbey, where we experience the early 20 th century in New
York City through the eyes of a little girl growing up into society. Told in captured
narratives, this book rises and falls like episodes in a season of TV shows. I’m still just
captured by the visual at the beginning of the novel, where a tree, against all adversity,
can thrive by growing up fire escape scaffolding and flourish.

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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life By Richard Hofstadter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394703176
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Published: Vintage -

1964 Pulitzer Prize winner! One of the most important messages we need to hear today. Richard Hofstadter chronicles the confrontation to intellectuals from the New World of America to the early 60s. Cannot recommend this book enough for those seeking clarity on January 16th, 2021.

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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) By Trung Le Nguyen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984851598
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Published: Random House Graphic - October 13th, 2020

This beautiful book follows a first-generation Vietnamese American boy navigating coming out to his parents. The use of color, mythology, and multiple viewpoints makes this a must read local author. Please read this!

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass By Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator), Anna South (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator), Anna South (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781909621572
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Published: Macmillan Collector's Library - April 26th, 2016

I read this book about once a year to remind me to stay open to new ideas. Alice's adventures are a classic for good reason. Its impact on mondern so iety is still astounding!

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Appleseed: A Novel By Matt Bell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063040151
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Published: Mariner Books - July 5th, 2022

A beautiful new science fiction told with poetic prose, mastered narration, and mythical characters. 10/10! One of my favorites this year.

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The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--and How We Can Fix It By Dorothy A. Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525577331
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Published: Crown - March 22nd, 2022

I've listened to and read this book because the impact of this message spreads generations. Not only does Brown introduce systematic problems, she offers solutions proposed by current officials then offers up her own advice. Please read this.

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All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer By Karen Babine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313720
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 8th, 2019

A beautiful reflection on our relationships with food, medicine, and family, as told by a daughter cooking for her ailing mother.

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The Core of the Sun By Johanna Sinisalo, Lola Rogers (Translator) Cover Image
By Johanna Sinisalo, Lola Rogers (Translator)
ISBN: 9780802124647
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 5th, 2016

In a world where peppers are an illegal substance, a woman is destined to discover the secrets of capsacin. A brilliant discussion on family, social expectations, and the role law plays in our social life.

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The Lion of Mars By Jennifer L. Holm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593121849
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Published: Yearling - May 31st, 2022

Join Bell adventuring his home, Mars! As he learns about rules to follow (and which rules he can break) disaster hits the settlement, and Bell and his family of children are the only ones to break the rules to survive. Includes adventure, technology, death, illness, and general shenanigans.