Nate's Picks

Nate moved to Asheville in 2015, and after much debate, is now proud to call it home. Some of his favorite authors are Roberto Bolaño, Rebecca Solnit, and Italo Calvino, but he's up for anything strange or captivating. On the occasions when he puts a book down he can be found browsing the CD shelves at WNCW, catcalling stray cats, or wandering through the woods pretending not to be lost.

All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) By bell hooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

If you’re looking for a “get love quick” fix, this is not the book for you, keep looking. This book is not about the kind of love you see represented on television or in romantic novels, this is about love made of stronger stuff, love as a powerful verb, rather than a fluffy and comforting noun. bell hooks thoughtfully considers ways in which we can more effectively put love out into the world, starting with the ability to love ourselves, pushing past the way we only think of love in a romantic context, and offering visions for a future where the word “love” carries more weight.

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The Sarah Book By Scott McClanahan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780988518391
Published: Tyrant Books - July 11th, 2017

  I didn't mean to read this whole book in one sitting. But I did. I went into The Sarah Book thinking it might be a cynical tirade against marriage or maybe a tongue in cheek story about the pitfalls of love, I suppose on the surface it could fulfill either of those roles, but in it's simplicity, it expresses so much more. Scott McClanahan's honesty is relentless. He acts like a crappy human with us, drinking when we shouldn't, living like we don't care, hoping it will hide from us how much we feel. He's with us, thinking of how much we hate being around the people that we're trying to love. He's running with us to go do all the pointless fun things we can use to mow down the crippling emotions trying to surface. He's with us as we're clinging to our mother on the bathroom floor, spilling ourselves physically and spiritually over what we've lost. And it hurts. But at a point, you realize in his ever naturally flowing narrative that there's nothing we can do about it. We surface at points, or we get to the end and look back, realizing that life has flowed on regardless, how do we define these points in our life now that we have moved past them, how do we reconcile with what we've lost if we never stop moving? It's in these moments that McClanahan freezes you. Love and hate look the same. Beauty and pain wear the same face. Sanity and insanity seethe in a writhing tangle on the floor until you can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. And all of a sudden, you're sitting at a table with people you don't know whether to love or hate, and you realize those moments that seemed so clear when you were living them look different now. This is the real look of life and Scott McClanahan is setting fire to it before our eyes. What do you think, is it beautiful? Or do you need to reconsider after the burn heals?

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays By Esmé Weijun Wang Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019




Invisible Cities By Italo Calvino Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

Reading Angela Carter is like watching an ornate fountain, full of blood, flowing in the perfect light. You’re a little bit disturbed by what you’re seeing, but you can’t look away from the beautifully morbid scene that she’s painting.

Wolf in White Van: A Novel By John Darnielle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

Uprooted: A Novel By Naomi Novik Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds By Adrienne Maree Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017