Staff Picks

The staff of Greenlight Bookstore (and our sister store Yours Truly, Brooklyn) read widely and passionately, and love to recommend books they've especially enjoyed!  You can peruse and purchase current staff picks from the list below.

 

The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
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.


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A Fortune for Your Disaster Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781947793439
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Tin House Books - September 3rd, 2019

-Sam Park


The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002-2018 Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781732294110
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Published: N+1 Books - October 1st, 2018

Dante: A nice nostalgic reminder of my Film Studies course days, A.S. Hamrah film essay collection The Earth Dies Streaming 2002 - 2018 is wonderful mixture of film antidotes, societal contemplation, and sharp ego buster to Hollywood mainstream. Notable film reviews: The Nice Guys, Loving, Certain Women, and Sorry to Bother You. If you have a film fan or movie buff in your life, this is a really great book to dive into and rediscover films you potentially forgot about and rediscover new ones that reshape your outlook on humanity. 


The Jane Austen Project: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062651259
Availability: Backordered
Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

Ikwo: The mission is simple: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen. Two colleagues from a technologically advanced future travel back in time to obtain a rumored unpublished novel from the illustrious author, all the while adhering to the directive of leaving the past intact. Short of hurling this book at you, what else can I say to make you pick it up? Moving, beautiful, and quite stunning!


Bark, George Cover Image
By Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062051851
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Michael di Capua Books - June 3rd, 1999

Casey: “Bark, George” is the perfect read aloud for toddlers, who will love the surprise answer to why George cannot bark! Jules Feiffer’s pen-and-ink illustrations are always stunning, and people of all ages will laugh when they see what happens when George visits the vet.


Darkly: Black History and America's Gothic Soul Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781912248544
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Published: Repeater - November 12th, 2019

Danni: I hate—not dislike, but actively hate—95% of book covers. But look at this book's cover? A BEAUT. 

This is a cultural defense of being a Black goth. Through flowing prose, Taylor's deft mind links America's legacy of slavery, the artistic movement of the Gothic, and goth culture. This is your great next read. Especially if you usually read fiction.


My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501125928
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Published: Scribner - May 15th, 2018

Maritza: Harris writes food and memoir beautifully. Here, she focuses on the parties, meals, and moments in which she came-of-age among Black literary intellectual circles of 1970s New York and Paris. My Soul Looks Back is dreamy-- comforting but grounded in the realities of the era, full of warmth and awe, and one of my favorite balms for burnout.


Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501145803
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Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

Karl: Janet Mock is one of our most formidable trans activists of our time. Her second memoir chronicles her life in her hometown of Hawaii working as a sex worker to pay her way through school and falling in love for the first time. She shares living a stealth life working at a magazine, attending graduate school in New York, and coming out publicly as trans in 2011. This book inspired me to make the move to New York and her story of perseverance is such an inspiration to me.


A Curious History of Sex Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781783529711
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Unbound - March 23rd, 2021

K: Everyone thinks they know all about sex because, for the most part, we all generally have it. A DIY education, right? Nope nope nope. This historian gives us the origins of all kinds of goodies that have informed where stigma, stereotype, gendered associations, & more come from. I personally have a new relationship to the word 'cunt,' which I never would have seen coming (hey-o), so. You never know what history has to offer.


Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781645672579
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 25th, 2021

Jul: Sometimes the cover is as cute as the inside!

Brought to you by the author of the Henna Wars, this YA Rom-Com features a fake-dating trope with a sunshine-grumpy dynamic! I loved reading and learning more about Bengali culture, and Jaigirdar shows its diversity through the two main characters.

This book had great bisexual representation and I am so glad I read it, I just wish I had a time machine to give it to my teenaged self so I could love it sooner! :)


Assata: An Autobiography Cover Image
By Assata Shakur, Angela Davis (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781556520747
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 1st, 1999

Sammi: Assata Shakur's autobiography is charming, brimming with life, and a stark reminder of the liberation struggle raging everyday among incarcerated people. It is both a case study of the judicial system's treatment of a political prisoner and a coming-of-age story about a woman's path to rebellion. She is a fixture on the top of the FBI's most wanted list, but her book shows us that she is motivated by a deep and abiding love of her people and the struggle that continues today


Breasts and Eggs Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

-Jean


A Ghost in the Throat Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771964111
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Published: Biblioasis - June 1st, 2021

Josie: "This is a female text" - a book about the ways women are (mis)remembered and forgotten, a book about all of the unnoticed ways women sacrifice their bodies every day. A personal and literary mystery full of obsessive passion, it is so completely engrossing that I read it on my phone in one sitting.


Bestiary: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593132593
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Published: One World - June 1st, 2021

Emily: Want to read a good story? A good poem? Something funny? Something terrifying? Something joyful? Something gross? Mythological? Biological? This title is all these, and on top of all that a game changer for fiction, Asian-American or not. I am DUMMYSTOKED for her short story collection coming out later this year.


Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483332
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 7th, 2008

Shanni (Yours Truly, Brooklyn): A bitterly hilarious glimpse into (Ashkenazi) Jewish neurosis. A neurosis that any recovering-from-traditional-restriction (looking @ u Catholics) could maybe identify with. Auslander recounts his orthodox upbringing, secret rebellious childhood, and break from religion -- all while remaining paralyzingly terrified of the omniscient G-d, who could take away anything that brings him joy at any moment. So he avoids joy altogether. Reading him talk to God made me feel delightfully blasphemous myself: "Fuck you. But please don't kill my son because I said that." If you heard a hyena cackling on the C train in April of 2021, I'm sorry, that was me, reading this book.


Wemberly Worried Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061857768
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Greenwillow Books - April 27th, 2010

Jessica: Maybe you know a kid who tends to be anxious a lot these days, about big things and small things. (Okay who am I kidding we are all that kid.) Wemberly is your mouse. What I like about Henkes' story is that its point isn't to face your fears or embrace positive thinking -- it's just that finding a friend to share your worries with might make them sit a little lighter. She may never be as carefree as her family wishes she could be, but Wemberly is going to be okay.


Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324091479
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Published: Liveright - February 15th, 2022

Matt: My introduction to Jesse McCarthy was his brilliant essay "Notes On Trap," published in n+1, an essay I've already read multiple times. This collection lives up to the hype of that essay, and it's a terrific gateway to so many other great thinkers and works of art. It's an underrated gem.


The Black Interior: Essays Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781555973933
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Graywolf Press - January 1st, 2004

-Bria


The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

—Claire


Nat Turner Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780810972278
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - July 1st, 2008

Morgan: Why can't the leader of a slave rebellion be depicted as a hero? In this gory graphic novel, Kyle Baker uses the account of slave rebellion leader Nate Turner to challenge that idea and make you question who's really the villian; plot twist the slave owners and enablers are the villains.


The Hearing Trumpet Cover Image
By Leonora Carrington, Olga Tokarczuk (Afterword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681374642
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 5th, 2021

-John


Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780994047137
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Metonymy Press - November 15th, 2016

Ash


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

Rich: A beautifully written, Pulitzer prize winning novel set in 1930s New York. If you are a fan of coming of age stories and the golden age of comic books, you will love this book.


Frog and Toad are Doing Their Best [A Parody]: Bedtime Stories for Trying Times Cover Image
By Jennie Egerdie, Ellie Hajdu (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780762478460
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Published: Running Press Adult - October 5th, 2021

shurmi: Once upon a time I was doing a dramatic read-aloud of this book in the store, and the UPS worker who was delivering our daily loot was so taken that he stopped what he was doing and purchased himself a copy to keep in his little pinchers. "Wow!" he said. "I need a copy of that in my little pinchers!" He really said that! (He didn't. But he did buy the book!)  Needless to say, if you're on the fence about buying this book, just summon me and I'll dramatic read you into an alternate demention. For real. You will not leave here without this book. Even if I'm not working, just whisper "frog and toad" to yourself three times with as much humidity in your breath as you can and a vision of me will appear before your eyes to deliver those literary goods. Come along with me, friends. And let's discover the beautiful adventures of these quaint little homos. Hop to it! 


Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525560562
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2021

Zakiya: If you call yourself a feminist, read this book.


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In At The Deep End Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358299592
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Mariner Books - May 26th, 2020

Ikwo: You know when a book ends but you want to keeping flipping the pages, not quite ready to get off the ride? That's In at the Deep End for you. Kate Davies will take you on nothing short of an exhilarating ride and she'll makes no apologizes for it. Poor Julia stumbling through her self-proclaimed and newly minted "lesbian life" is the perfect remedy for readers who wanted The Pisces to be an extra 200 pages. At its core this book is an examination of the wetland between self-discovery and self-assurance, teeming with risqué sex parties, love and things that look like it, and wit! It's everything you need from a rom-com, in book form.


Iron Widow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen Canada - September 21st, 2021

Megan: Ever wanted to burn down a corrupt government? Then this is absolutely the book for you! Reading this book was a catharsis I didn't know I needed. Zetian is a furious, dark main character who isn't always likeable and I loved her even more for it. Plus, why have a boring old love triangle when you can have a canon polyamorous throuple? Love triangles are so 2008 anyway.


A Passage North: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593230725
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Published: Hogarth - January 11th, 2022

Nicole: The perfect read for when you want to abandon your own thoughts and jump into someone else’s. A dreamy, slow burn set in the heat and chaos of Sri Lanka over two days. After hearing the news that his grandmother’s caretaker has suddenly died, Krishan takes a train ride to her funeral, while grappling with survival, care, and country. Pick up if you want to read something that defies western storytelling tropes or if you want to share an evening with a quiet, complicated character that feels like an old friend.


The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
By K. O'Neill, K. O'Neill (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620107379
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Published: Oni Press - June 16th, 2020

-Kiara


Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Cover Image
By Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681375649
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 21st, 2021

-David


Seabiscuit: An American Legend Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780449005613
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 26th, 2002

Anna: when my father first recommended me this book i was suspicious... a book about a horse? what insight could it possibly offer? horse go so fast and in a circle? so color me surprised when i not only ADORED this book but found myself in a late onset horse girl era.

Seabiscuit himself was not available for interview, on account of his distaste of the press and the fact that he is both dead and a horse. but Hillenbrand persisted (nevertheless). yes, horse go fast but also... it took a whole cast of wacky characters and a nation in crisis to turn this humble horse into an unlikely champion and equine icon.

also there's a scene where two jockeys literally come to blows in the middle of a horse race... high drama!"


Sleepless Domain - Book One: The Price of Magic Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781648276507
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Published: Seven Seas - October 26th, 2021

Casima: This graphic novel contains wonderful artwork with beautiful colors and a story that centers around what author imagines the lives of magical girls are like; as they defend their city at night from powerful creatures that lurk in the dark.


Book of Mutter (Semiotext(e) / Native Agents) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781584351962
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Published: Semiotext(e) - March 17th, 2017

Claire: BOOK OF MUTTER was my first encounter with Kate Zambreno's body of work, and immediately I knew she would be one of my literary touchstones. She reconstitutes the shreds of memory that have been rendered incoherent by the death of her mother: how, after someone died, is it possible that they ever existed? Yes, their belongings remain in the room, their hairs in the carpet and their perfumes tipped in the bathroom cabinet, but the objects are speechless without the people that animate them. Zambreno writes into this silence and transforms personal loss into an archive that moves past the boundary of her life and into a broader cultural memory. In between these disjointed frames of family history and conflict, Zambreno splices critical reflections on the work of Henry Darger, Louise Bourgeois, Roland Barthes, and others, and the images that emerge form an unsettling collage of grief. This book changed the way I think, write, and remember.


Insurrecto Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641290920
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Published: Soho Press - August 20th, 2019

-Ienna


Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780994047137
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Metonymy Press - November 15th, 2016

-Ash


Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062906717
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Published: Harper - June 4th, 2019

-Rose


The Bone Witch Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492652786
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - February 1st, 2018

Zakiya: Never let anyone stop you from raising the dead. Not even your mom.


Deselections Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781952600159
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Whiskey Tit - April 29th, 2022

David: