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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.
A wonderful and visually striking tale about the ever evolving relationship between fathers and sons.
Purists, stand down. Wolverine is a woman, and she doesn't care what you think about it.
Mosley has never disappointed with any work he has put out to readers. This time he introduces us to the protagonist Ptolemy Grey, a 91-year old man whom society has forgotten all about. A temporary new lease on life affords him the opportunity to look into the murder of a young relative. If given a temporary reset, could you be Ptolemy Grey?
Chris Van Allsburg's tale of Monsieur Bibot - a cruel, miserly Parisian dentist who is paid to pull a tooth with magical, dream-granting figs - is considered one of his most significant literary achievements. And that's on top of the enormous success of Jumanji and The Polar Express! So, leave aside the books on ABCs and 123s for another day. They'll get them eventually, I promise you. Pick instead an unusual yarn that will inculcate your little one with good manners, good humor, and an appreciation for the Kafkaesque. And, it's a story you'll both enjoy, together.
On Sept 3rd, 1857, the Central America sunk off the Carolina coast. 400 passengers and 21 tons of California gold vanished into the sea. More than a century later, Tommy, a maverick engineer from Ohio, made it his mission to find the ship and recover its gold. Digging deep into the accounts of the Central America's survivors, victims, and those who worked close with Tommy, Gary Kinder turns this journey of scientific inquiry into a deeply personal read. Tommy would eventually be arrested in 2015 for refusing to pay his investors and crew, but if there's one thing Ship of Gold reveals to us it's that gold can be a blessing and a curse.
A perennial favorite and one of the sources of our name, Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a staff pick at Greenlight Bookstore.
Taxpayers have defunded the public school system; neighbors are erecting punji pits and defense walls around their homes in a sort of cold war against their suburban neighbors; a cult (centered around fish) has stepped in to lend comfort and purpose to a depressed and scared community. Not only strange and prescient but also lyrical, I love this novel so much that I taught myself to recite its opening paragraph from memory.
A great essay for anybody who's even slightly interested in RJ or the Delta Blues (or just the blues, or just music, even, or even just history or people--it's an arresting story). Guralnick does his skillful part to unmuddy that mysterious place where the RJ mythos crosses paths with the scant historical record.
It is upsetting to read about the happy childhoods and hopeful futures of the Romanov sisters when you already know their fates: murdered in a basement. Helen Rappaport answers the question of why it happened by delving into Russian history because the failure of the Romanov dynasty runs deep. The sisters themselves were celebrities, but even their star status was enough to save them.
Caleb Carr's most famous and successful novel, The Alienist, is a story of 19th Century New York City and it's struggle with squalor, violence, madness, vulnerability, and, appropriately, alienation though a manhunt for a vicious serial killer. A team of police, a journalist, and the titular alienist (an old-timey word for psychologist) develop and use the concept of psychological profiling in the days when fingerprints were still just barely understood. The Alienist is an unforgettable tour of New York at the fin de siecle, from the glittering dining room of Delmonico's to the slimy, dripping underbelly of the old Croton Reservoir.
This inspiring book asks its reader what it means to be an entrepreneur. It starts off with 'Does it mean making lots of money? No, the book tells us - it does not. But it slowly transitions from the negatives to the positives, which as a small business owner, I can attest are true: being an entrepreneur means asking what if, solving problems, thinking outside of the box, following your dream, saying Yes I Can and moving forward through your fears. The list goes on, and the book itself is a delight.