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All of the booksellers on the Greenlight Bookstore staff read widely, and each periodically recommends 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.
Hannah’s language is audacious, dark and exhilarating. His presence on the page is bracing, comparable only to his contemporary Denis Johnson and his predecessors Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. With a wrought eye for the flawed human soul and the exceptional hidden in banal experience, Hannah’s sentences carry us into something that lies far beyond the stories themselves.
I’m not sure which came first: my love of animals or my love of this book. The many animals I met here (who are based on residents of the authors’ real-life farm) remain some of my favorite characters in all of literature: Lucky the imperfect pony, Old Eleven the best sheep, and Max the cat, who "is not very clever with his claws." These animals don’t talk or act like people or do anything other than be animals, which is what makes this book both hilarious and moving. It’s all about the animals and their hijinks, but it also introduces young readers to very human themes—growth, empathy, even death—without a trace of condescension or melodrama. My first favorite book, and one I still return to.
Father Christopher Pennant is sent to his very first parish, an idyllic small town in Canada. "Here was the man to whom they would confess the darkest things. It was important to feel him out. Mrs. Young, for instance, after she had watched him eat a piece of her macaroni pie, quietly asked what he thought of adultery." This book has everything: beautiful landscapes, delicious baked goods, small town gatherings, Canadians, inexplicable mysteries, a family curse, a young women wanting more from life, and faith called into doubt in more ways than one.
A fevered love song to and in the name of Venus of Wilendorf, a 30,000-year-old figurine and force of a woman. Swan Feast is an indictment challenging all and any morally bankrupt power and civilization. Riding a pristine wave of rage and anguish each poem promises that every Goddess has her day to decide to be no one’s mule. Generous, self-sufficient, and wild, each poem is brimming with clarity and devoid of mercy. In other words, fools beware. Run for cover. Buy this book.
This kooky book about friendship perfectly illustrates that sometimes the best friendships are just that: a little kooky.
When more than a dozen whales beach themselves on the shores of the Bahamas over the course of a single March day in 2000, marine researcher Ken Balcomb knows that something unusual has happened. What he finds out is shocking: a classified Navy sound experiment threatening the lives of underwater animals in the area. The rest of the book takes you through a labyrinth of government red tape and secrecy, following a cast of characters with motives both personal and political.
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This book occupies the space where wacky hijinks mutate into actual bad news: slapstick falls mean broken legs, cute gibberish means missing teeth, comic misunderstandings mean rejection, isolation, prison. Borb should maybe have a warning label, though it's not like it's something we don't see every day: he's just another homeless guy, made strange by his occupancy of a Little Rascals style comic strip. Cartoonist Jason Little is a master of carnivalesque panels that belie the bleakest humor; you can't help but admire his willingness to show us what we are often unwilling to see.
A perennial favorite and one of the sources of our name, Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a staff pick at Greenlight Bookstore.