Austin's Picks


Austin grew up in Preskitt. He is currently going to college, and spends his free time playing music and disc golf. He has read a book once. It was okay.

A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing but Using the Bathroom as an Escape Cover Image
By Joe Pera, Joe Bennett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250782694
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Published: Forge Books - November 16th, 2021

Joe Pera is by far my favorite comedian. His show "Joe Pera Talks With You" is the funniest, most wholesome show I have ever seen. The only way I couild describe it is soft asmr comedy that deals with topics that range from how to order the perfect breakfast food, to the death of loved ones. I am positive his first book will not be any different.

The Communist Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671678814
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Published: Pocket Books - September 1st, 1988

With all of the recent sales of American Marxism, here is a chance to look at Marx's ideas straight from the source.

The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143133148
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2018

Nhilism, antinatalism, and the realization that you are a puppet may not be for everyone. However, Ligotti talks about it as a matter of fact, which brings the reader down from whatever pedestal they may be standing on. This is one book that once you read, you can definitely not unread. Read with caution.

The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465093571
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Published: Basic Books - December 5th, 2017

This book made me fall in love with John Coltrane and physics. It shows a link between improvisational jazz and quantum physics. I highly recommend listening to Coltrane's Blue Train while reading.

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ISBN: 9780061131271
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Published: Ecco - August 15th, 2006

This book made me feel like I had a bourbon hangover the entire time reading it. It is a very raw look into the depraved life of Bukowski.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679785897
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Published: Vintage - May 12th, 1998

A story about finding the American dream. It is as chaotic as it is fun to read.

Crime and Punishment Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780553211757
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Published: Bantam Classics - October 15th, 1996

Have you ever wanted to kill someone for the betterment of humanity, but don't want to deal with the psychological fallout? Don't worry. Raskolnikov has, and you can read all about it.

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing Cover Image
By Lawrence M. Krauss, Richard Dawkins (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781451624465
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Published: Atria Books - January 1st, 2013

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss breaks down the modern scientific understanding of quantum physics and the origins of the universe in a very palatable, easy to read way. And yes there is free lunch at the end of the universe.

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061729072
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 28th, 2009

An account of Huxley's personal experience with mescaline. This book was the inspiration for Jim Morrison to name his band The Doors.

Binging With Babish: 100 Recipes Recreated from Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328589897
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Published: Harvest - October 22nd, 2019

Have yo uever wanted to try the fictional foods and recipes from your favorite movies and TV shows? Andrew Rea has compiled over 100 of them into this book. This book and his Youtube channel are what got me into cooking almost three years ago, and it is still one of my favorite hobbies.

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Cover Image
ISBN: 9780141001821
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Published: Penguin Books - May 1st, 2001

This is the true story that inspired Moby Dick. There is a lot more island burning and cannibalism than one would think. I do not condone whaling in this fashion, but it is a very interesting story.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The Complete Edition Cover Image
By Richard Bach, Russell Munson (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781476793313
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Published: Scribner - October 21st, 2014

Perhaps you will find the meaning of life in this book? Perhaps you will just look at the neat pictures of seagulls, ether way it is a great book, and one that I with I would have read earlier in life.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Cover Image
By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

This was my all time favorite summer read as a kid. The stories being told are not perticularly scary on their own, but when accompanied by Stephen Gammells's drawings, the stories are almost brought to life in the most unsettling way.

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345376596
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

If you do not plan on reading this book in its entirety, please just read the poem on pg. 6-7. It is the most beautiful and inspiring poem I have ever read.

The Haunting of Hill House Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143039983
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 28th, 2006

This is a classic horror novel, commonly referred to as "One of the best literary ghost stories of the 20th century." As per usual, the book is way better than the show adaptation. That being said, I really enjoyed the show. Both the show and novel are perfect choices to get into the fall spirit.

Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612197036
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Published: Melville House - August 14th, 2017

Ever since the birth of Fascism, there has been Anti-Fascism. This book discusses the history of Anti-Fascist movements across the world. It also includes lessons and words of wisdom from multiple generations of Anti-Fascists. Whether you support the Anti-Fascist movement or not, this is a very interesting and important read.