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.

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ISBN: 9781524748135
Published: Pantheon - February 5th, 2019

This book is stunningly beautiful. Maria Popova runs a delicate thread through history, weaving together the lives of influential people across a variety of disciplines, highlighting the ways in which they inspired each other through brilliance, insight, and love. Reading like a meditative and inspiring sort of narrative history, Popova eloquently reveals that the pursuit of truth, meaning, beauty, and love are inseparably linked in the human experience.

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ISBN: 9781555978471
Published: Graywolf Press - August 20th, 2019

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ISBN: 9781524700386
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 20th, 2018

  "What can a girl do who has refused to die?" This book is incredibly atmospheric. It immediately presents itself in what seems to be the perfect way that the author intended. A chain of black and white butterflies extending in an arc across the expanse of the cover, culminating in a spread of bright blue wings. It is a Holocaust story, but this one focuses on the survivors. And like all stories of Holocaust survivors, fictionalized or not, it hinges on hope. It carries within its pages a young musician whose only path through hell is illuminated by holding onto the music she has been building faith in up to the point of her breaking. It's a story showing the beauty of hope glowing through the veil of pain and about stories that need to keep being told despite the weight of the pain that they bring in tow. The author's voice cuts through the narrative like she's experienced a similar stripping of identity or the weight of what happened to ancestors is crushing down through generations to bleed on the page. A mesmerizing story of how people continue to grow after tragedy sprinkled throughout with stunning illustrations by the author, "What the Night Sings" is a gorgeous contribution to honor victims of the Holocaust and hopefully an enduring contribution to the higher goal of creating beautiful and uplifting art in a seemingly broken world.

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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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ISBN: 9780988518391
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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?

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ISBN: 9781555978273
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 5th, 2019




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ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

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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.

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ISBN: 9781250074713
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2015

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

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ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781684125586
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Published: Silver Dolphin Books - January 8th, 2019