Greenlight Holiday Picks!

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It’s that time of year: we at Greenlight Bookstore have gathered our own unique list of our favorite, most gift-worthy books!  The wonderful booksellers of Greenlight offer their thoughts on what makes each title perfect for reading and giving. Order any of our Holiday Picks here for shipping or pickup in store, or stop by to browse and talk to us for more personalized recommendations!

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Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook from the Creator of Salad for President Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419747854
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Abrams - October 26th, 2021

Part cookbook, part art book, Julia Sherman's utterly original Arty Parties will have you rethinking the way you entertain. Less a step-by-step guide to hosting the perfect gathering and more a call to throw "perfect" out the window, Arty Parties empowers you to get playful in the kitchen and beyond. A nourishing reminder in COVID times of the joy in coming together, this book makes a gorgeous and thoughtful gift! (Chelsea) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora [A Cookbook] Cover Image
By Bryant Terry (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781984859723
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: 4 Color Books - October 19th, 2021

Black Food is a stunning collection of stories, poetry, personal essays, and some truly delectable recipes. Bryant Terry’s experience as a historian & a chef allows this book to move across time and space. The recipes reflect a myriad of Black voices and provide a rich understanding of food ways. The photography is also *chef’s kiss*. I am SO EXCITED to give this book to everyone I know who likes to eat (so, everyone)!! (Ella)


Pasta: The Spirit and Craft of Italy's Greatest Food, with Recipes [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781984857002
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 26th, 2021

I cannot walk by our cookbook table without eyeing this book. Its photography is warm and inviting, it’s got an expansive selection of handmade pasta recipes, and it pairs well with Taste by Stanley Tucci. I’d like this gift for myself, but you are very welcome to get it for your dearest pasta-fans instead. (Maritza)


Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781324006657
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

A gorgeous cookbook that examines migration in Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus. Yasmin Khan’s writing is lyrical without shying away from personal and political concerns, and her recipes are rich, approachable, and packed with vegetables. A gift for your favorite, most welcoming hosts. (Maritza)


Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780593138274
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Clarkson Potter - April 20th, 2021

You don't have to be a follower of Baz's online presence and particular lexicon (where salads are "sals," peppers simply "pepps") to enjoy this beautiful, easy-to-use book. It even includes QR codes that link to how-to videos for those newer home cooks who are transitioning from TikTok tips and Youtube vids to cookbooks. (Matt)


That Sounds So Good: 100 Real-Life Recipes for Every Day of the Week: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780593138250
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 19th, 2021

Absolutely EVERYTHING in this book not only sounds good but IS GOOD! Perfect gift for the chefs in your life! (Shauna) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Cooking at Home: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave): A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781524759247
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 26th, 2021

Perfect gift to liberate that certain someone who can't cook without a recipe, or for the mom who taught you how to throw together whatever you have in the kitchen and turn it into the perfect meal, no recipe required. (Shauna) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Toyin Ojih Odutola: The UmuEze Amara Clan and the House of Obafemi Cover Image
By Toyin Ojih Odutola, Zadie Smith (Contributions by), Leigh Raiford (Contributions by), Osman Can Yerebakan (Contributions by), Amber Jamillah Musse (Contributions by)
$65.00
ISBN: 9780847870677
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Rizzoli Electa - September 7th, 2021

The perfect gift for the art-lover in your life. (Bria)


Such Color: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450673
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 5th, 2021

The first career-spanning volume from former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith is an absolute treat. Bringing together a brilliant selection of poems from her first four books as well as eighteen new poems, Such Color is a fantastic introduction to Smith's work for new fans and a true treasure for those already familiar with the beloved poet. (Chelsea)


Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

This book is the best combination of a thoughtful essay collection and a beautiful, stylish graphic novel. Its subject is loneliness, but I found it more meditative than depressing (though there are disturbing passages), with the personal and the statistical intertwined in amazing ways that expanded my idea of what graphic nonfiction can do. This is perfect for the serious-minded, artistry-appreciating reader on your list (and Kristen Radtke is an awesome Brooklyn neighbor too)! (Jessica)


All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222168
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Penguin Press - October 12th, 2021

All the Marvels is an infectiously enthusiastic reading guide for the Marvel comics universe that will send you running toward your long boxes/trades shelves/app. It also includes a sneaky sweet story of father and son bonding as a bonus. You'll never look at the exclamation "bah!" the same way again. (Matt)


Great Circle: A novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525656975
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

This book does everything good fiction should—it captures entire lives: thrilling, tragic, imperfect, and whole. Every chapter offers insight and intrigue. A true epic of flight, war, and love. (Ben)

The blurbs for this book will tell you that it's an epic adventure, which it is—but it's also about the many ways women are punished for their desires: for wanting too much, or too little, or the wrong things, or the same thing as someone else, or not the same thing as someone else. It made me angry in a way that makes you want to get in a small plane and fly as high and as far as you can, which is what some of the women do. Some of them die, some of them are silenced, but some of them fly and some of them love and connect. It's a big, emotion-stretching story that I want to give to every woman I know. (Jessica)


Something New Under the Sun: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826305
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Hogarth - August 3rd, 2021

I recommended this to two friends who then read it and both have asked me: What'd you think of the last chapter? I promise you'll leave this book wondering if it was all a hallucination. (Danni) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


The Trees: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450642
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 21st, 2021

2021 Pulitzer Prize Finalist Percival Everett invites you to Money, Mississippi to experience a book that straddles horror, satire and comedy with a very, very delicate brush about the horrors of this country’s history. Everett does a bit of a magic trick in this book telling a story about brutal murders in the deep south that elicits a range of emotions. Everett continues to be undefinable in his literary canon. You are gonna be enriched by the journey he takes you on. (Dante)


Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

An ancient common text weaves together 3 distinct time periods of characters working through challenge and change—as a library lover I could not get enough of this book. Exquisite writing that delves into neurodivergence, poverty in the 1300s and a future in silence, Doerr once again creates a tale that reminds us what it is to be human. If you enjoyed The Overstory or All the Light We Cannot See get ready to be wrapped up in the world of stories once more. (Jackie) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

Angry, noisy, clever, patient, infuriating—the New Yorkers combatting an unnamed foe to keep the city growing are amazing. Personifying the boroughs in eye-opening ways, Jemisin makes you so grateful and overwhelmed to be a New Yorker, from wherever you hail. Throw in some monsters and demons, both imagined and real and you have this great adventure about who we make New York into. (Jackie)


Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534437685
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 29th, 2021

Priests fighting for power just before the eclipse sets in. Sailing skills that border on magic—or cross right into it. A prophecy of cataclysmic proportions. Roanhorse skillfully builds a page-turning irresistible world of magic and war inspired by indigenous lore of South America. Great for readers of Tamsyn Muir and Leigh Bardugo. (Jackie)


Detransition, Baby: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
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Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

Detransition, Baby was hands down my favorite new fiction release of 2021; Torrey Peters has created a narrative both rich with the textures of bourgeois domestic drama and radical in its sendup of them. Ames, Reese, and Katrina field age-old problems and longings in new ways, testing and transforming their ideas of family, love, and satisfaction. It's already a bold choice to gift a novel, but what makes this a novel for everyone is how utterly contemporary its idiom and how timeless its themes are. (Jean)


Harlem Shuffle: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385545136
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Published: Doubleday - September 14th, 2021

Colson Whitehead is a writer who has the power to do literally anything he wants, and in this book he apparently wanted to have some fun. Harlem Shuffle has all the satisfactions of a heist story; even when things go sideways (and they almost always do) the trouble plays out with such a beautiful comedic grace that you want to read certain set pieces out loud. It's also a gorgeous and nuanced panorama of 1960s Harlem, with classy hotels and low-rent joints, private social clubs and street music, and the banter and dialogue that Whitehead is so good at. Looking forward to sharing this with both die-hard Whitehead fans and anyone just looking for a great read for the holidays. (Jessica)


The Chosen and the Beautiful Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250784780
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Published: Tordotcom - June 1st, 2021

In Vo's retelling of The Great Gatsby, Jordan Baker is our narrator & this time she is Asian, queer, & an adoptee. Far more giving than our original narrator & by far more interesting, Jordan Baker is the perfect witness to the events this time around. Where a retelling has the potential to fall short of the source material's impact, The Chosen and The Beautiful soars, taking Fitzgerald's metaphors & turning them into literal magic. I found myself missing Vo's Jordan when I finished. Might even reread The Great Gatsby imagining this version of my favorite character instead. (K.)


Palmares Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807033494
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Beacon Press - September 14th, 2021

I do not have the words for this book, truthfully. But it’s the kind of book that can’t be rushed through, and one that reminds me why I love fiction. (Bria)


Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358244301
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

Perfect for Meet Me in the Bathroom readers who are looking for the next book about late-capitalism and the music industry at the turn of the century. I was only an active fan of half these bands before I picked up the book and yet every chapter was fascinating. (Matt)


Five Tuesdays in Winter Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802158765
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Published: Grove Press - November 9th, 2021

I devoured this seemingly quiet short story collection in less than two days and I'm still asking myself why; Lily King's stories of class, family, feminism and yes, love will just sneak up on you like that. From a bookstore owner falling unwillingly in love, to a teen nanny discovering that beautiful rich boys aren't nearly as interesting as her Jane Eyre fantasies, to a tiresome old man raging against the world at his granddaughter's hospital bedside, these are by turns charming, infuriating, and obsession-worthy characters, in a collection that might actually satisfy both the readers who like happy endings and the ones who don't. (Jessica) TIPPED IN SIGNATURE AVAILABLE


Afterparties: Stories Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063049901
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

This funny, sad, profoundly Californian short story collection featuring Cambodian Americans coming-of-age in the Central Valley is my favorite book of the year. The narrators in this collection are funny out of necessity, often wrestling with their privilege and their marginalization while itching to leave a place where their families found literal refuge. Anthony Veasna So’s writing is impressively graceful and biting at once. (Maritza)


Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280468
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 8th, 2021

Rivka Galchen elucidates with tremendous wit and style all the petty grievances, gossip, ignorance, and misogyny behind a 1610s German witch trial in a way that makes it totally relatable to today. One of the best books I’ve read this year! (Matt) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

Sam's Sapphic Sci-Fi Gifts: Although This Is How You Lose the Time War and Gideon the Ninth (Locked Tomb #1) are decidedly different flavors of sci-fi, these sapphic stories have one thing in common: They'll grab you by the shirt and pull you in for a life-changing read. In Time War, two assassins on opposing sides of a centuries-long conflict exchange letters that move from taunting to painful to playful and back again, in a steamy, evocative, haunting epistolary narrative co-authored by two wildly talented fiction writers. Meanwhile, Gideon can be described by four simple words: Lesbian necromancers in space. It's gothic horror with an undercurrent of macabre humor, but there's plenty of yearning, too. Whatever your preference for sapphic stories, This Is How You Lose the Time War and Gideon the Ninth (Locked Tomb #1) will not only scratch an immediate itch, but stick with you for months (and years) to come. (Sam)


Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Sam's Sapphic Sci-Fi Gifts: Although This Is How You Lose the Time War and Gideon the Ninth (Locked Tomb #1) are decidedly different flavors of sci-fi, these sapphic stories have one thing in common: They'll grab you by the shirt and pull you in for a life-changing read. In Time War, two assassins on opposing sides of a centuries-long conflict exchange letters that move from taunting to painful to playful and back again, in a steamy, evocative, haunting epistolary narrative co-authored by two wildly talented fiction writers. Meanwhile, Gideon can be described by four simple words: Lesbian necromancers in space. It's gothic horror with an undercurrent of macabre humor, but there's plenty of yearning, too. Whatever your preference for sapphic stories, This Is How You Lose the Time War and Gideon the Ninth (Locked Tomb #1) will not only scratch an immediate itch, but stick with you for months (and years) to come. (Sam)


Summer Sons Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250790286
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Published: Tordotcom - September 28th, 2021

I’ve been on a Gothic bender since last winter, and Summer Sons picks up this classic genre and runs with it. Lee Mandelo drops us into a sweltering late summer in Nashville, where Andrew is flailing after his best friend Eddie’s death. Andrew’s investigations into Eddie’s suspicious passing lead him to try and get at the meaning of masculinity in a world of muscle cars, phantoms, and callous academia, all with a queer love triangle to boot. Perfect for fans of Shirley Jackson or Mexican Gothic(Casey)


Carefree Black Girls: A Celebration of Black Women in Popular Culture Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250231567
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 19th, 2021

I wish I could go back in time and give myself this book. But, even if I don’t have that super power (to my knowledge!), I’m glad it found me when it did. For my Black women, this is a book to gift yourself. (Bria)


A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

Insightful, thought-provoking, personal, the work of a deeply curious mind. (Danni)


Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781662600593
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Published: Astra House - October 26th, 2021

A novel-in-verse about a young poet who accidentally resurrects Selena. Funny, enchanting, morbid, and insightful— truly such a good and perfectly strange book that wrestles with the traps of Latinidad and idolization, steeped in pop culture, poetic allusions, and heaps of longing. (Maritza) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Nightbitch: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385546812
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Published: Doubleday - July 20th, 2021

I didn't know I wanted a book that is basically "what if Jeanne Dielman was a werewolf?" but I loved it! Recommended for fans of Motherhood, The Need, and The Woman Upstairs(Matt)


Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781568589398
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Bold Type Books - January 26th, 2021

This book made me recontextulize my understanding of my relationship to work and the labor market. I think this is a perfect book to read during the holiday break as people set goals for the onset of the new year. (Danni)


The Everybody Ensemble: Donkeys, Essays, and Other Pandemoniums Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374109660
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 16th, 2021

Amy Leach is part of my secret Head Canon, in the section with Ross Gay and Rebecca Solnit of "Essayists Who Write Like Poets And Somehow Convince You Of The Joy Of Living While Engaging With Complex And Sometimes Dark Realities." Reading the virtuosic prose of The Everybody Ensemble is like being tipsy at a cocktail party attended by the smartest and weirdest creatures imaginable; it's an embrace of the wildness of the natural world and the quirky foibles of humanity that will leave you reeling and coming back for more. I am gifting this to all of my most interesting friends (don't tell everyone else). (Jessica)


Unprotected: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781419746192
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 19th, 2021

Tony and Grammy award winner Billy Porter, who's best known for his Broadway credits and work on FX's Pose as Pray Tell; gives us a glimpse into his life growing up gay in Philadelphia. He learns from an early age that who he is will not be tolerated, until he discovers that he has gifts beyond his imagination that can catapult him into stardom and safety. During adulthood he makes a name for himself in the New York and Broadway scene and is met with many challenges along the way, such as bankruptcy, being diagnosed as HIV-Positive and struggling to find work as an actor. He bears his soul in this memoir to teach us to show up for ourselves everyday, that it will and does get better, and to live in our truth NO MATTER WHAT. (Karl)


Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982141493
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

Brammer details his experiences coming-of-age as a queer Mexican American writer from Oklahoma in this collection of personal essays whose format mirrors his beloved advice column. A smart, tender, beautiful gift, perfect for folks who need a little joyful rest, and great for fans of Carrie Fisher and Michael Arceneaux’s sharp humor. (Maritza)

John Paul Brammer doesn’t have the answers, but he does remind us, with earnest warmth and humor, that we are all just floundering through together. It’s part memoir of growing up queer and biracial, part gay bear hug to all of us trying to figure out what comes next. Brammer draws on his own experiences and letters from his advice column to become the fairy godfather we all wish for and impart universal support. (Casey)


Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631496486
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2021

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. (Matt)


Fight Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635578171
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 5th, 2021

A novel driven by warm, funny voices. Swiv is a smart, earnest, concerned nine year-old who writes about life with her grandmother and depressed and pregnant mother in letters to her estranged father. Her grandmother Elvira is the novel’s heart: a raucous, glowing source of joy and friendship whose reckoning with mortality aggravates all Swiv’s anxieties about keeping her family alive and together. The family’s love and desire to do right by one another makes for a bittersweet story about cultivating ferocity and vulnerability. (Maritza)


Intimacies: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399576164
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Riverhead Books - July 20th, 2021

The prose of Intimacies is elegant and precise with rigorous psychology, and the story is both character-driven and a page-turner. Highly recommended if “spare” or “crisp” or “taut” writing is your vibe. (Matt) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


We Two Alone: Stories Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063081789
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Published: HarperVia - June 8th, 2021

I love a short story collection. And this was one of my favorites of the year. The stories jump in both time and place. One takes place in Canada after WWI, with a boy wanting to play hockey. Another in South Africa, with a girl experiencing what will soon become South African apartheid. An actor wonders if he’s done enough with his life. With each story, Wang’s characters are palpable. Their thoughts, their fears, and their observations on the pivotal moment in history they don’t yet know is happening around them. I absolutely loved this book. (Bria)


Crying in H Mart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657743
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Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021

A bestseller for good reason. Zauner’s writing is thoughtful and evocative in this memoir that details her mother’s cancer and death, Zauner’s grief, and the role of Korean food in their relationship. The rich, warm food writing in this comforts while somehow still heightening the story’s poignancy. (Maritza) TIPPED IN SIGNATURE AVAILABLE


Films of Endearment: A Mother, a Son and the '80s Films That Defined Us Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335773791
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Published: Hanover Square Press - May 4th, 2021

Koresky seamlessly weaves together a lot of different topics with insight and emotional resonance (film criticism, his own coming-of-age queer story, the changing lives of working women in the second half of the last century, Jewish identity in America, etc). Both smart and accessible, this is a great gift for anyone who loves movies. (Matt) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Butch Heroes Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780262038973
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Published: The MIT Press - October 30th, 2018

Ria Brodell brings us a piece of our queer history that was lost to us before, paired with exquisite gouache illustrations. In short bios, they chronicle our AFAB gender nonconforming and trans ancestors, dating back to the fifteenth century. Keep it close by to remind you: we have always been here, we always will be here. (Casey)


Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City Cover Image
By Leslie Day, Trudy Smoke (Illustrator), Beth Bergman (Photographer)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781421416182
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - July 31st, 2015

We all spent more time in our neighborhood parks then ever before in these last couple years. Perhaps you started to notice the flash of cardinal’s wings in the trees or learned to recognize the squawk of a blue jay. But there are so many more bird species that live in or migrate through our city! Give this to your nature-loving friend, and then tag along with them to visit pockets of birding paradise throughout NYC. (Casey)


Change Sings: A Children's Anthem Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Loren Long (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593203224
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

A hopeful message on dreaming up collective growth and love, Amanda Gorman inspires us to grow better together. Every family library should have a copy. (Jackie)


Pet Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593175446
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

After reading The Death of Vivek Oji last year, I read everything Emezi has written, discovering their speculative fiction YA novel Pet. In a utopian abolitionist future where community care has rid the world of cops, Jam, our teenage protagonist, knows that monsters are still lurking, even if society only sees angels. I loved seeing a Black trans girl as the hero of the story, in which neither her race or gender are exploited, but normalized as she faces a battle of good & evil. This book will surely be regarded as a modern classic, in league with The Giver.

Emezi has completed 8 books in 3 years (!!) making them a prominent & prolific voice across genres. Fun fact: they launched their debut book at Greenlight, which is mentioned in the opening pages of their newest book, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir. (K.)


Chirri & Chirra, Under the Sea Cover Image
By Kaya Doi, David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703029
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 12th, 2020

Every Chirri & Chirra picture book is gorgeous. This time, they go on a vibrant, dreamy adventure featuring friendly sea creatures, lushly-described desserts, and beautifully-rendered ocean scenery. The sixth book in the series, but a perfect introduction and a treat for both kids and adults. (Maritza)


Raybearer Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781419739835
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - August 3rd, 2021

This was one of the most original YA fantasies I’d read in years. Rich worldbuilding ground in Nigerian folklore frames this story of loyalty, power, and sacrifice. Pick up the sequel, Redemptor, too, because you’ll need to finish the duology immediately. (Casey)


Families Can Cover Image
By Dan Saks, Brooke Smart (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593223659
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - April 6th, 2021

This sweet board book celebrates all the things families do together, and the many varieties of family that exist. Perfect for the tiniest people on your shopping list! (Casey)


Dad Bakes Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324015413
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Published: Norton Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

Dad Bakes is a precious story detailing the relationship between a father and daughter. The dad character is a baker and gardener, teaching his daughter patience as they bake together. The warm illustrations are what first pulled me in, then I stayed for the wholesome baking. Yamasaki’s tender portrait of a formerly incarcerated dad and his resilient, curious daughter make this a brilliant read. (Ella) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


They Wish They Were Us Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780593114315
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Published: Razorbill - June 29th, 2021

It's senior year, and expectations could not be higher at this Long Island prep school. Jill eats, sleeps and breathes her role as a Player at the school, but it comes with a lot of pressure. A chilling thriller, this is great for those who liked One of Us is Lying and Pretty Little Liars(Jackie) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780525555490
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Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

Whew child! This book has stayed with me ever since I read it! This (beautiful) piece of queer YA literature tells the story of two young girls discovering who they are in all facets of life and navigating teenagehood the best they can. This book is giving you magical realism, music, and deep emotions. Even though it is YA, this book is for everyone. The writing has such a relatability and it is crisp—I feel as if this author is speaking directly to me. For those who are queer and or questioning—READ. THIS. BOOK. It will bring you closer to yourself in ways you never imagined. (Karl)


How to Be Cooler than Cool Cover Image
By Sean Taylor, Jean Jullien (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536215298
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Published: Candlewick - July 6th, 2021

Pair this with sunglasses for the coolest kid in your family. Pete the Cat fans will love this one—my 4-year-old niece did! (Casey)


Nina: A Story of Nina Simone Cover Image
By Traci N. Todd, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524737283
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Christian Robinson’s illustrations are always stunning, but never more so than in this biography by Traci N. Todd. Together, they weave the story of Nina Simone’s career and her impact as a Civil Rights activist. A powerful true story of one of the greatest singers ever! (Casey)


The Alpactory: Ready, Pack, Go! Cover Image
By Ruth Chan, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062909510
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Published: HarperCollins - April 20th, 2021

Getting ready for big changes and first sleepovers can be hard work! Some of us just tie ourselves in knots trying to figure it all out—thankfully there is the Alpactory—for all your de-stressing packing needs. Bonus of this book is that author-illustrator Ruth Chan is a Brooklyn local! (Jackie)


Vampenguin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534466982
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

This delightful kids book tells the story of a vampire family who spend a day at their local zoo and their son befriends a penguin and they have the genius idea to switch for the day, to get a glimpse into life on the other side. This cute story makes you laugh and smile with joy as you see them navigate the confusion from the world around them. (Karl)


The Little One Cover Image
By Kiyo Tanaka (Created by), David Boyd (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781592703586
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 7th, 2021

Simple text offsets black and white copperplate etchings in this lovely picture book that captures shadows and speaks to loneliness and delight beautifully. The story’s titular little one is a silent, blobby little creature who leads our main character into a secret enchanted forest. Beyond that, the book leaves lots of room for inference and conversation, making it an excellent storytime selection. (Maritza)


Amos McGee Misses the Bus Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250213228
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 23rd, 2021

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is one of my all-time favorite picture books, so I gasped when I learned this sequel was coming! Amos the Zookeeper is exhausted after planning a beach trip, but his animal friends come to the rescue once again. Erin E. Stead’s delicately rendered critters will have you lingering on every page. (Casey)


I Remember Death by Its Proximity to What I Love Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781642595703
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 14th, 2021

For the poetry-lover in your life. I was drawn in by title alone, and the promise the cover gives of a beautiful work of art is fully delivered. Intimate, vulnerable, revolutionary. (Chelsea) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Space Invaders: A Novel Cover Image
By Nona Fernández, Natasha Wimmer (Translated by)
$14.00
ISBN: 9781644450079
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

This short book is loaded with dazzling language. The story follows adults who try to make sense of the political upheaval that happened while they were school kids. (Danni)


You Exist Too Much: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646220595
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Published: Catapult - June 8th, 2021

An introspective yet propulsive novel about a young bisexual Palestinian American woman who lives in a cycle of breakups, set against the backdrops of her adult life as a Brooklyn DJ and the childhood memories that still preoccupy her. Pulled me out of a reading rut, and perfect for devouring in a few sittings. (Maritza)


Grievers (Black Dawn #1) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781849354523
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Published: AK Press - September 7th, 2021

When her mother is claimed by a mysterious plague sweeping through Detroit’s Black community, 20-something Dune has to navigate care and connection while managing an ever-evolving debt of grief. Grievers is a love letter to the community gardens and meeting rooms of Detroit as much as it is a parable of the disproportionate impact of neglect on Black and poor bodies. In the thoughtful prose of this social science fiction, Adrienne Maree Brown imagines ways to take care while inhabiting a space that isn’t taking care of us. (Verity)


A Dream of a Woman Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781551528564
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - September 21st, 2021

I dogeared so many pages in this new story collection from Casey Plett. Each story centers transgender women, but the moments of searching for purpose, roots and love will be resonant with any reader. It is at times a tear-jerker, other times wickedly funny; Plett moves us through large and small moments in these women’s lives with equal skill. At the center is Vera, who fumbles toward adulthood in a multiple part story interspersed throughout the book. This character will be living in my heart for a very long time. (Casey) SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE


Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593201671
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Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

A glorious beginning to a cozy mystery series! It's got humor, sexy men, sexy women, mouthwatering food, and an amateur sleuth who's really just trying her best. (Danni)


All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593237083
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Published: One World - July 20th, 2021

I received this book as a gift this year and absolutely loved it! This anthology is perfect for reading with friends, as it fosters deeper dialogue and community building around solutions! This beautifully curated collection of essays, poetry, and art serves as a soothing guide and celebration of visionaries that are leading us on a path to all we can save. (Jul)


A Map of Home: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143116264
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Published: Penguin Books - August 25th, 2009

A Map of Home follows the coming-of-age of Nidali, a queer Middle Eastern child/teen/woman, equal parts funny and tender, growing up under the weight of her family's history of exile and loss. Jarrar manages to capture the universal exploration of family, puberty, sexuality and identity while anchoring the reader in turbulent Kuwait [then Egypt, then the US]. I was so grateful to find bits of my own family and feelings of inherited loss in Jarrar's somewhat-autiobiographical novel. For readers who love a coming-of-age story, but want to leave the rich, white, Brooklynite behind. (Shanni)


How to Forage for Mushrooms without Dying: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Identifying 29 Wild, Edible Mushrooms Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781635863321
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - October 5th, 2021

The title says it all! Clear photos and lots of safety notes will give the budding mycophile the confidence to collect their own mushrooms without meeting a grisly end. (Casey)


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525510567
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 14th, 2020

The heartfelt, sharp, and often hilariously dark essays in Trick Mirror make it one of my favorites. Tolentino’s voice is full of profound contemporary insight and playfulness, and reading this book feels like sitting with a close friend, whispering secrets. Trick Mirror is the book that pulled me out of a nonfiction slump, and makes the perfect gift for a reader who loves/hates pop culture and maybe loves/hates introspection. (Ella)


Exhalation Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101972083
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

This collection of short stories will stretch your brain and entice your curiosities. A deep dive story on AI and Animal Crossing's type virtual pets has wide impacts on how we socialize with one another. Ranging from linguist's impacts on indigenous communities to robot nannies, Chiang answers fascinating questions you would never have thought to ask with sharp memorable characters along for the ride. (Jackie)


In At The Deep End Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358299592
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Published: Mariner Books - May 26th, 2020

Are you a queer Brooklynite rewatching Happiest Season for the 105th time, wishing you had more [better] romcom options? Or a lover of Bridget Jones and Fleabag hoping for some sort of fusion of the two? In at the Deep End is the tale of 26-year-old Julia, a civil servant living in London, finally getting ahold of her love life. Complete with a 96-year old pen pal, an awkward holiday dinner, a gay swing-dancing group, a [maybe] dead-end job, and a fisting-how-to, In at the Deep End is hilarious and heart-warming while remaining true to the reality [read: darker bits] of toxic relationships and sexual awakening. (Shanni)


Future Feeling: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766887
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Published: Soft Skull - June 1st, 2021

This truly feels like a novel by and for the trans community. I passed this on to multiple transmasculine people after I finished it, saying “you’re going to recognize this.” This slightly futuristic novel features a world with a queer trans super organization guiding us through life. That may not be our reality, but it is still resonant with our hunt for contentment and the journeys we go on to find it, revisiting the stories we tell ourselves along the way. (Casey)


The Love Hypothesis Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593336823
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Published: Berkley - September 14th, 2021

The most ridiculous thing I’ve read this year, in the very best way. A PhD student not-actually-but-actually falls in love with her prof and it’s OVER THE TOP. A weird love letter to the pain and idiosyncrasies of academia as well as a once-fanfic romance novel, for sure the lighthearted departure from reality you deserve. (Verity)


Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

(Bria)


The Color Purple: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143135692
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Published: Penguin Books - December 10th, 2019

(Bria)


Walking on Cowrie Shells: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450543
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 1st, 2021

(Bria)