Staff Picks

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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.


 

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The Great Gatsby Cover Image
$13.60
ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 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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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World Cover Image
$12.75
ISBN: 9780312662103
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Published: Picador USA - June 5th, 2012

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.

(Andrew)


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Searching for Robert Johnson: The Life and Legend of the
$10.20
ISBN: 9780452279490
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Published: Plume Books - August 1998

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The Last Good Kiss Cover Image
$12.71
ISBN: 9780394759890
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - November 5th, 1988

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.


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The Alienist Cover Image
$14.45
ISBN: 9780812976144
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Published: Random House Trade - October 24th, 2006

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.


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What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9781939775122
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Published: March 4th Inc - January 26th, 2016

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.


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The Fact of a Doorframe: Selected Poems, 1950-2001 Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393323955
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 17th, 2002

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Titus Groan Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781585679072
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Published: Overlook Press - June 26th, 2007

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Preparation for the Next Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780991360826
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Published: Tyrant Books - November 3rd, 2015

Here is a novel of discarded people--discarded by family, by war, by environment. Of course it's a tragedy, and yet it's also, as Dwight Garner of the New York Times wrote, "the finest and most unsentimental love story of the new decade." That this is Atticus Lish's debut--even considering his notable parentage—is all the more astounding.


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Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780743243032
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 14th, 2009

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2015

There aren't enough adjectives to describe Angela Carter's modern-gothic renderings of fairy tales and fables. They're chilling, elegant, visceral, poetic, and, yes, bloody. They ripple with sensuality and violence. Carter was a force to be reckoned with, and that is especially clear in this story collection. Also, most of these stories include some pretty badass women, if that sweetens the deal.


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My Life in France Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307277695
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Published: Anchor Books - October 9th, 2007

Julia Child's personality is so big it can come across in any medium, whether it's cooking, television, or in this case a wonderful autobiography of her journey as a writer and chef, with a whole lot of travel writing mixed in. If you didn't already love Julia, you will after reading this book and like all the best food writing you'll feel fuller after reading (as well as a strong desire to go out and buy endless pots and pans).


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Butcher's Crossing Cover Image
By John Williams, Michelle Latiolais (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590171981
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 16th, 2007

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The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America Cover Image
By Michelle Tea, Brandon Stosuy (Foreword by), Eileen Myles (Afterword by)
$12.71
ISBN: 9781584350521
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Published: Semiotext(e) - August 17th, 2007

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Hermione Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780811208178
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - November 17th, 1981

1906 to 1908 were a busy couple of years for Hilda Doolittle. In this space of time, she enrolled in Bryn Mawr, dropped out of Bryn Mawr, got engaged to Ezra Pound, called off her engagement, and realized she was a little bit queer. Then she wrote a book about it. Recommended for: fans of symbolist poetry, anyone currently going through a quarter-life crisis, everyone who thinks Ezra Pound is a douche.


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Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780743296281
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 16th, 2007

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The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802133632
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Published: Grove Press - December 15th, 1993

The first African novel published in English outside Africa: an exquisite, messy marriage between oral tradition and written literature; a desperate, dipsomaniacal quest through a place called Dead's Town encountering supernatural souls & meeting bizarre tests. It can be a startling, delightful discovery. It was for me. Reading it is a total blast.


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Great Jones Street Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140179170
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Published: Penguin Books - January 1994

I once set out to write a novel about a rock star. Then I read this & thought Jesus why even try. Frequently called out as a sentimental favorite by DeLillo fans. Prescient and masterful. Also part noir. If you don't buy it, please do at least pick it up and treat yourself to its incomparable first page. Killer.


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Good Morning, Midnight Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393303940
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 1999

Good Morning, Midnight is the story of Sasha, a woman in crisis; aging, lonely, she struggles to shoulder the weight of her depression. As she reels around Paris, floundering under the waves of memories that knock her around the city, she searches for anything -- alcohol, clothes, men -- to dull her tremendous pain. It's a bleak but unforgettable book.


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Erasure Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555975999
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 25th, 2011