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The booksellers on the Greenlight Bookstore staff read widely, and periodically recommend books they've especially enjoyed.  You can peruse and purchase current staff picks from the list below, or from our in-store Staff Picks display any time. Discounts are factored into the prices in this list.

This page last updated July 9, 2019.


 

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In the Next Room: Or the Vibrator Play Cover Image
$11.86
ISBN: 9781559363600
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 16th, 2010

 

In the Next Room has been one of my favorites for many, many years running; A poetic examination of intimacy, female friendship, and sexuality that somehow makes you laugh hysterically one moment and weep openly the next, this play will have you in pieces by the time you reach the climax.

Picked by Rose in Fort Greene


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Garments Against Women Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781934103593
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Published: Ahsahta Press - March 15th, 2015

Anne Boyer might be the Baudelaire of the twenty-first century. Describing feeling and its absence in a world of shock, Boyer gives form to a kind of life that has only emerged recently, a life amid precarity, numbness and infoxication. In advance of her new book The Undying, out in September, I wanted to bring back this excellent 2015 book of prose poems, or essays, or memoir fragments, or philosophical theses on writing, sewing and other impossible acts.

Picked by Michael in Fort Greene


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People in the Room Cover Image
By Norah Lange, Charlotte Whittle (Translator)
$13.56
ISBN: 9781911508229
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Published: And Other Stories - July 31st, 2018

 

Originally published in 1950 and only recently translated, this Argentine novel explores the life of a 17-year-old girl who spends her days ignoring her family in favor of watching the people living in the house across the street. This lost gem of Latin American literature is as mesmerizing as is it haunting and dark - building an oppressive atmosphere of domestic life. A quick read that demands every page to be examined. Perfect for fans of Clarice Lispector and Virginia Woolf. 

Picked by Oswald in Fort Greene


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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

Everyone wants to be the heroine of their own life, but it’s hard when everything personal turns upside down. This book takes a mysterious place among the likes of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Naomi Shihab Nye's poetry. Almost immediately you're swept up by the fears of a poor, young, and pregnant woman making her way in the climate-change havoc world. This novel is rooted in how indigenous identity frames every experience you have - raising more questions than answers in Erdrich's distinctive prose-style. 

Picked by Jackie in Fort Greene


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The Alley of Fireflies and Other Stories Cover Image
By Raymond Roussel, Mark Ford (Translator)
$15.26
ISBN: 9780998829098
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Published: Song Cave - February 2019

Raymond Roussel was an aristocratic dandy convinced of his own literary genius who looked like Hercule Poirot and wrote like Jules Verne on LSD. The dude also authored some deliciously strange books, which read like schematics for dream architectures, often crafted by employing elaborate self-devised constraints and methods. This collection of his shorter works may be the best place of all to jump into Roussel's bizarre oeuvre. It's an absolute treat, making perfectly evident why the Surrealists, Oulipo, Foucalt, and the New York School poets held him so dear.

Picked by Jarrod in Fort Greene


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Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore #1) Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9780152051242
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 2006

 

I mean, just read all of Ursula LeGuin, okay? She will transport you to places where the magic you know is out there becomes real, and will also give shape to your vague sense of what is wrong. Whether you need more after the Earthsea series or you just love fantasy YA (or realistic, relationship-driven YA for that matter), Gifts is a mesmerizing story about what it might mean to relinquish a toxic power, and how understanding the diversity of our gifts might help to heal the damage caused by tradition.  (Plus, magic.)

Picked by Jessica in Fort Greene


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Batman: White Knight Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401279592
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Published: DC Black Label - October 9th, 2018

 Considering the character's prestige as a pop culture icon, a good Batman story must simultaneously reaffirm its established mythos while offering a new take, and Sean Murphy does both. By recasting the Joker as a rehabilitated seeker of redemption and Batman as an unpredictable source of fear, Batman: White Knight pulls it off, joining the club of classic Batman stories that include Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Jeph Loeb's Hush.

Picked by Geo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: A Novel Cover Image
$12.75
ISBN: 9781555977412
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

This is an unconventional, beautiful/ugly book. Grief takes the form of a literal and metaphorical crow in the lives of a mourning father and his two children. Grief is ugly, temperamental, fussy, physical, graphic, philosophical, wise. Grief is an oppressive presence in their household until one day, either he or they decide, whether ready or not (although, more 'ready' than 'not'), that it is time to go.

Picked by Rebecca in Fort Greene


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Good Morning, Midnight: A Novel Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780812988192
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 4th, 2017

The world seems to have ended -- we don't know how or why. Augustine, an astronomer isolated in the Arctic, and Sully, an astronaut on her way back from Jupiter, are each stuck endlessly scanning the ruthlessly silent radio waves, hoping to find other survivors. Both characters are unforgettable, as are their respective mental reckonings with the loss of absolutely everything. Thought-provoking, atmospheric, and emotionally acute, this one is perfect for fans of Station Eleven.

Picked by Sarah in Fort Greene


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The Rainbow Goblins Cover Image
$16.96
ISBN: 9780500277591
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Published: Thames & Hudson - June 17th, 1978

 

An original narrative and artwork by Ul de Rico (conceptual artist for The NeverEnding Story) tells the story of seven malevolent, color-thieving goblins in fabulous oil on oak panel landscapes and portraits--if you look closely, you can see the grain! Straight out of 1978 and trippy as hell, The Rainbow Goblins has predictably been the inspiration for a psych rock album or two; a kid's book that isn't just for kids (although, yes, it was one of my absolute favorites growing up)! Great for gifting, great for your own shelf at home--this one's a treasure!

Picked by Kathryn in Fort Greene


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Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (33 1/3) Cover Image
$12.71
ISBN: 9781623565428
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Published: Bloomsbury Academic - June 19th, 2014

 

This is the last great Kanye West Album. I repeat: this is the last great Kanye West Album. Before Mr. West found himself being a maligned punch line of social media and confused news anchors, he had already established himself as one of the most important musical artists of the 21st century. Kirk Walker Graves excavates with precision the bravado, the pain, the self-awareness, of what Rolling Stone ranks at 353 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Picked by Dante in Fort Greene


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Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film - Updated Edition Cover Image
By Carol J. Clover, Carol J. Clover (Preface by)
$16.96
ISBN: 9780691166292
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 26th, 2015

In case the title doesn't grab you... please, let me lend you a hand, welcoming you into the big ole black hole of gender in horror film studies! As a filmmaker, and a lover of horror, this book just makes me smile. There is a lot to unpack and let me tell you Men, Women, and Chain Saws dives in dissecting the slasher genre off the bat. Who doesn't love a hyper critical view on the male gaze within horror movies? There is just so much to talk about, read it, and let's dish.

Picked by Erika in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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The Funeral Cover Image
By Matt James (Illustrator)
$16.11
ISBN: 9781554989089
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 3rd, 2018

 

Here's a beautifully illustrated book about death. A sweet read for all. 

Picked by Erika in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry: Stories (Art of the Story) Cover Image
$14.44
ISBN: 9780062873729
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Published: Ecco - February 5th, 2019

Here's Your Hat, What's Your Hurry may be Elizabeth McCracken's debut, but it is full to the brim with all of the heart, humor, and wonderful quirkiness that she's become known for since. The characters who grace the pages of these stories are some of the most unique I've ever encountered, each one of them displaying the absolute strangeness and beauty of being human in a new and exciting way.

Picked by Katie in Fort Greene


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Maggie the Mechanic: A Love and Rockets Book (Love & Rockets) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781560977841
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - March 2007

The first volume of the highly influential, downright legendary Love and Rockets comic provides the foundation for a very entertaining expanded universe. A colorful cast of characters is rendered in crisp black and white. Some lead ordinary lives, others more fantastical, but they all seem to intersect in inventive, humorous, and moving ways.

Picked by Geo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780393343144
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2012

Who wouldn't love a guided tour of the Avant-garde Postmodern art movement, lead unflinchingly by Maggie Nelson? Not her usual autobiographical matter, she points her writing at a broader scope of the art world's use of brutality, real or simulated. If you're an art nerd with a leaning towards the weird and uncomfortable, she presents you with a very deep well of it, while providing thoughtful context so you don't drown randomly.

Picked by Emily in Fort Greene


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The Vast Fields of Ordinary Cover Image
$7.64
ISBN: 9780142418208
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Published: Speak - March 17th, 2011

Fans of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I proffer you this gem of a book, dusted off from when I first read it years ago during a transitional summer of my own. One of the rare coming-of-age stories that takes place not in high school (we meet our narrator at the start of summer following his graduation), and draws from "rom-coms" and "coming out" stories without getting stuck in their sappier conventions, TVFOO is expertly woven with Nick Burd's vivid prose and brings us a main character both complicated and instantly recognizable. This one's for those who need a reminder that the world is ultimately vast, and that we never run out of room to be who we are. 

Picked by Austin in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women Cover Image
$13.59
ISBN: 9780307345424
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Published: Broadway Books - August 15th, 2006

Though the 1970s saw great gains for American women, Backlash focuses instead on the 1980s, a decade revealed through Faludi's reporting as fraught with subtle anti-feminist agitprop and an escalating culture war that enlisted consumerism, mass media, and politics to warp the message of feminism and roll back the gains earned by 1970s activism. The work suggests that those unwilling to learn from feminist history will stumble blindly through its darkest chapters. No less relevant in our own time, Backlash persists as one of the most essential pieces of journalism for understanding the importance of the women's movement in America.

Picked by Austin in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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Revolutionary Road (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$14.41
ISBN: 9780375708442
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Published: Vintage - April 25th, 2000

 

Richard Yates' 1961 classic is so much more than the on-screen reunion of Leo and Kate. April and Frank Wheeler are suburban perfection, a middle-class family who seems to have it all but fumble for more. Yates writes with heartbreaking clarity about identity, familial roles and dreams just out of reach. The truth revealed and the suspense created linger long after the last page.

Picked by Wynne in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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Bandette Volume 1: Presto! Cover Image
$12.74
ISBN: 9781616552794
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Published: Dark Horse Books - November 5th, 2013

Bandette possesses all the charm and skill that makes her the self-proclaimed world's greatest thief. Imagine if Audrey Hepburn was ever cast as Catwoman, or if Amelie knew karate. Sure, she steals things, but in a Robin Hood kind of way. Except she keeps some things for herself and her loyal gang of urchins when she deems it appropriate. Paul Tobin's playful characters are rendered in Colleen Coover's beautiful watercolor style, homaging the French and Belgian comics of the past.

Picked by Geo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery Cover Image
$8.49
ISBN: 9781607069454
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Published: Image Comics - April 8th, 2014

This rowdy crew is made up of crude and crass monster-slayers-for-hire, who get as much thrill from decapitating an evil dragon as a one-night-stand after a night of heavy drinking. For the Rat Queens, that oftentimes happens all in a row (with variations on order). Whatever (mis)adventures the Rat Queens have, they’re always entertaining. In short, Rat Queens is Lumberjanes for adults. 

Picked by Geo in Prospect Lefferts Gardens


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The Great Gatsby Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

A perennial favorite and one of the sources of our name, Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a staff pick at Greenlight Bookstore.