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 Libro.fm. (He'll try his best to make you love it too.) Between books, he tries to perfect his latte art.

 

 

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Klara and the Sun: A novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780593311295
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Published: Vintage - March 1st, 2022

From her store, Klara observes the world, longing to find a home. As an Artificial Friend (read robotic friend), she has an unmatched skill to perceive the world around her. In true literary science fiction fashion, Ishiguro shows us what it means to learn through observation and what it takes for us to defend and heal the ones we love. 5 stars!


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An Unkindness of Ghosts Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617755880
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Published: Akashic Books - October 3rd, 2017

Debut novel by non-binary, BIPOC author, whose main character in this novel is also queer. In an Ark-stereotype of science fiction, this book is about the search for home and self in an ever-oppressive society. Absolutely loved it!


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How Witchcraft Saved My Life: Practical Advice for Transformative Magick Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780738766638
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - June 8th, 2021

Looking for a new queer memoir? Look no further! This challenging take on faith, identity, and queerness showed me that regardless of how we identify, we all search for understanding unabashedly by our faith. I loved this journey and I hope you do too!


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The Four Winds: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

A beautiful story through the throws of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the American experience in the 1930s. It hearkens to our American experience in the 2020s, and I've never seen such a timely historical fiction that we all needed!


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Anti-Intellectualism in American Life Cover Image
$19.00
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 Cost of Knowing Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534445451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

Alex has an uncanny ability to see into the future, but only the things he touches. Serving ice cream and seeing its life is enough, but when he sees his brother's imminent death he's fraught with the cost of knowing. A beautiful stand-alone YA novel that at its heart is most pure. Perfect for those who lvoed Dear Martin and The Hate U Give.


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The Magic Fish: (A Graphic Novel) Cover Image
$16.99
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 Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel (Illustrator), Anna South (Afterword by)
$12.00
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 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063040144
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Published: Custom House - July 13th, 2021

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 Cover Image
$17.00
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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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062820709
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 26th, 2021

The former UN ambassador for the United States accounts her life as an activist and diplomat in this memoir! Her activism as a politician did many things, but I'll always remember her as the queer ally for LGBTQ+ people the world wide.


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Raft of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063031913
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Published: Ecco - January 11th, 2022

This exciting debut features two young boys on a river adventure navigating guilt, survival, and regret. From Iowa Writer's Workshop author Andrew J. Graff, this book is a must read!


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All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer Cover Image
$16.00
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 Cover Image
By Johanna Sinisalo, Lola Rogers (Translator)
$16.00
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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 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780060736262
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

A possibly autobiographical novel about growing up poor in New York in the 1910s and overcoming all adversities, like how a tree can grow up the fire escape scaffolding, the very first image in the book.


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The Lion of Mars Cover Image
$8.99
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.