Nick's Staff Picks

While Standing in Line for Death Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781940696553
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Published: Wave Books - September 5th, 2017

This book is bonkers good. Imagine the edge most contemporary poets try hard to force not sounding contrived and hyperbolic. Imagine then what the emotive quality might actually be if one poet allowed the reader in with true courage. Conrad is notoriously brave, always 100% themselves, and clearly an outlier genius in modern American poetry. Famous for their somatic exercises, Conrad delivers a truly bright and bewildering collection.


My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781626926035
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Published: Seven Seas - June 6th, 2017

This autobiographical manga really rocked my sh*t. Honest, devastating, beautiful - this book explores isolation, depression, self-discovery, acceptance. This is manga that really enhances and elevates the medium. Perfect for people who haven't really taken time out of their reading life for this kind of thing. This book makes you feel like inside you a ball of light might exist and you can be a free person maybe because an entirity you owe yourself is not fictional. I hope one day you feel like bursting open <3


The Vietnam War: An Intimate History Cover Image
$66.00
ISBN: 9780307700254
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Published: Knopf - September 5th, 2017

So good, so important.

Whether a newcomer to history of this war or revisiting the stories, this compendium of research and oral histories will help the reader humanize just about everyone involved . Unbelievably moving accounts of people who were actually there, the echoes of their experience throughout the rest of their lives, and a pretty frightening look at the momentum of war. This entire project (the film, book, and, soon, audiobook) seeks to subvert the erasure of wartime atrocities and politics. To make visible again our involvement and why, with close looks at leaders and political movements, it took so long for us to end the occupation.


Princess Jellyfish 1 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781632362285
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Published: Kodansha Comics - March 22nd, 2016

This josei (for women) manga follows a group of NEET (not in education, employment or training) women living in an apartment complex that is being threatened by commercial development (sound familiar?). Complete nerdom, cross-dressing, social anxiety, the loathing of attractive people, jellyfish, and love. What more could you ask for? This award winning series is just about perfect.


Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

Considered the 'Game of Thrones' of space (but I like it more). Taking place in the near future, in a colonized solar system, political factions are at odds, complicated notions of identity fuel this epic space opera - the story is compelling, the problems facing the characters feel real, but the context of everything remains speculative, fantastic - a band of heroes, anti-heroes, thugs, corporate control - and long, great, vast distances. 


Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Lannan Selection) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781628973303
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - July 1st, 2019

Nothing I can say will do this justice. Nothing. 

One of the most unbelievable books you will read this year. Incredibly moving, poignant, even topical. This book won the Nobel Prize in Lit, because of Alexievich's journalism, which doesn't happen often, but what stands out to me, beyond content that will absolutely envelop you, is the masterful translation and editing. 20 years of oral history fieldwork, as much research, and an approach to voice that rivals any oral history I've ever read. It's the best book you'll read on Chernobyl ever. Poetic, direct, unadorned. This will humble, make you question, maybe cry in public.