Mike's Picks

Mike grew up in Northwest Spokane, where he was given a long leash by his parents, allowing him to explore his little corner of the world to his restless heart's content. His many interests include the arts, the sciences, history, politics and philosophy. He spent six years as a staff writer at The Inlander and had a long tenure hosting a music show at KYRS, Spokane's community radio station. Mike landed at Auntie's in 2016 and found it full of good people and so, so many good books (the stack of "gonna-read-soons" continues to grow). Outside of work, he's obsessed with film and filmmaking and occasionally plays guitar in a local rock band. He enjoys reading science fiction plus history, science, and exploration books.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109396
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

If you (like me) are intrigued by surfing and surf culture, this is a must-read. Finnegan's memoir tracks his 50-year love affair with the breaking wave, a passion that has taken him all over the world from the California and Hawaiian beaches of his youth to some of the most legendary surfing hot spots known to humankind: South Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Fiji and beyond. But Barbarian Days is much more than a loving ode to surfing. It's also a journey of self-discovery, a celebration of nature, anda thoughtful meditation on family and friendship.

Dune Cover Image
ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace Books - August 2nd, 2005

Frank Herbert's classic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides--who would become known as Muad'Dib--and of a great family's ambition to bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

A Wrinkle in Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250004673
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Published: Square Fish - January 31st, 2012

The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture.

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345453747
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 30th, 2002

In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams's beloved Hitchhiker series.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Cosmos Cover Image
By Carl Sagan, Neil Degrasse Tyson (Foreword by), Ann Druyan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780345539434
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Published: Ballantine Books - December 10th, 2013


Breakfast of Champions Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385334204
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Published: Dial Press - May 10th, 1999

I like pretty much ANYTHING by Kurt Vonnegut. This one's a classic. Literally.