Nichole's Picks

Nichole Hastings works part-time at the Norwich Bookstore as the Accounts Payable/Administrative Assistant and has her own business Style My Life, a consulting agency for artists, musicians, small businesses and organizations.  She is an active community volunteer as the Appalachian Trail Monitor Coordinator for the Dartmouth Outing Club, a Corridor Monitor for the Green Mountain Club, advocates for Postal Service reform and composes poetry. 
ISBN-13: 9781400069934
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Published: Spiegel & Grau, 7/2013
Craft, luxury, and obssession. The author Meg Lukens Noonan takes you on an amazing journey deconstructing a a $50,000 coat backtracking the makers and material sources still involved in bespoke custom tailoring. You may be asking yourself, "Who would pay for such extravagance?" and "Why would anyone write a book about it?" The answer is simple, there are some people who desire and appreciate 'the best' when it comes to clothing. There was a time when people once valued investing in their wardrobes and the landscape of one's physical self. This was a time before the inundation and popularization of the "disposable society' which sounded the death knell of so many artisans and crafts person's skills and livelihoods. And a time when people took the time to repair, to care for, and appreciate handmade objects that they were spending their money on. This book addresses the marketing and advertising schemes that have sold so many on the idea that 'made by hand' or 'bespoke' means 'worth less'. The author, Noonan also speaks to the impacts of the entire clothing industry and their effects on the health of the natural world in which we exist in. Yes, this book is more than the story of an expensive coat, the man who made it, the man who bought and the woman who was amazed by it. This is the story of modern society's capitalist consumer-driven economic obsession for quantity over quantity and the changed global perspectives which were forever altered when we as a human race embraced the industrial revolution.

ISBN-13: 9780385535212
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Published: Doubleday, 7/2013
Brilliant. David Rakoff presents readers with the “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Much like the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, he strips away the romanticism and lays bare the heart of American culture and society with surgical poetic precision.

ISBN-13: 9781592407903
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Published: Gotham, 1/2013
A surprising read for many reasons. That fact that this story would describe a modern day love story between a feminist and a cowboy was what piqued my interest. I began reading with a bit of skepticism not really expecting much from this read other than some hilarious anecdotes and quipping humor of how opposites attract. What I discovered was a well thought out intelligent psychological study of the social, cultural and biological differences of the male and female in America and gender roles. I found myself laughing out loud, cringing in shame, nodding in agreement with the author Valdes as she takes you on her journey of love and reaches destination happiness. I also found myself reminded of Aristotle's words, "The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal." I challenge those who describe themselves as 'feminists' or who are advocates of 'feminism' to read this book. I'm not saying one must agree with or take on the concepts that are presented by Valdes but I found myself thinking more critically about myself, my relationships, and my upbringing in American society

ISBN-13: 9780385349833
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Published: Knopf, 4/2013
Timeless ideals are presented in this novel with the simplicity of a children's picture book without the pictures. The story begins with the premise of a manuscript found in a cave in Egypt. What follows begins to be less of a novel and more of a philosophic question and answer session between the characters, the Copt and the various people. Perhaps it is the simplicity of the format and the plain language used that makes this 'novel' an appealing and poignant read for anyone 12-years old and older.

Assholes: A Theory (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385535656
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Published: Doubleday, 12/2012
A hilarious and practical guide on how to recognize and deal with the unfortunately all too common 'Asshole'. We've all encountered them, felt our blood pressure rise and succumbed to dread at the very thought of that person and having to deal with their self-centered ridiculousness. The author, Aaron James addresses the variations one may encounter and offers two simple and straightforward solutions, understand their nature and ignore them. Yes, these may be easier said than done but as this book will show you, they can be done.

ISBN-13: 9780307720450
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Published: Crown, 6/2012
A thought-provoking analysis of the current state of affairs in the United States and the elements that have created the country we live in today.  The author examines the U.S. government, its economy and society in terms of meritocracy.  Meritocracy is the concept of a hierarchical system in which those with the 'best' ability and talent are chosen to rise to the top based upon their intelligence and ability.  Mr. Hayes dissects the merits and flaws of its effect on the U.S. government, economy and society.  He discusses the natural evolution of democracy, recognizing that it is a process constantly in flux, to despotism and the role 'social distance' plays in the America's revolutions.  And how these revolutions subsequently led to the U.S.'s Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of King George and the Occupy movement's globalizing effect in other nations, which began with the Occupy Wall Street movement against the elites and corporations ruling America presently.

ISBN-13: 9781603583923
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 11/2011
A thoughtfully composed presentation of community activism, of self empowerment, and of the manifestation of dreams. Ron Hopkins provides insight on positive change as an individual, as a member of one's local community, and as a citizen of planet Earth. He shares various initiatives motivated by people's desires to transform their communities for a sustainable society. This is about more than improving one's community, it is a guide for the revolution of an enlightened evolution of humanity.

ISBN-13: 9780711232419
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Published: Frances Lincoln, 2/2012
This book provides wonderful activities using sticks that will appeal to both girls and boys. The kids, aged 10 and under at the after school program I work at, enjoyed hunting in the woods for 'magic wands'. And kids, aged 12 and under, enjoyed making paper lanterns. I highly recommend this book as an activity resource for home and school!