The booksellers on the Greenlight Bookstore staff read widely, and periodically recommend books they've especially enjoyed. You can peruse and purchase current staff picks from the list below.
Here are even more great book suggestions from the Greenlight staff:
A perennial favorite and one of the sources of our name, Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a staff pick at Greenlight Bookstore.
What I remember most about reading Hilton Als' White Girls is the sensation of my brain literally stretching to encompass his sentences. Sometimes I couldn't quite get there, but the experience was still glorious. I'm re-reading it now for his incomparable sensibility on race and gender, his universe-exploding cultural criticism, his brilliant touches in biographical sketches, his ease and his bite. Always unexpected and not for the faint of heart, this is one of the most worthwhile reading experiences I've ever had.
After Yoshie's father commits suicide in a pact with an unknown woman, she begins to constantly dream that he is trying to find his phone to call her. Certain that it must mean something, she begins investigating his death, unraveling truths about her father that only lead to more confusion and pain. Intimate, personal, and close to the heart, this book is a beautiful, profoundly human portrayal of how we learn to cope with a loss that we can't make sense of, and ultimately, how to rebuild in the face of all the unanswered questions that remain.
Set in a post-war Swiss boarding school, Fleur Jaeggy’s brief novel reads like a prose poem, excavating the pangs of youthful infatuation through the prism of time misplaced – and possibly misremembered. By turns haunting and tender, this selection pairs well with the arrival of cool autumn evenings.
Molly, a paleobotanist, is at her wits' end taking care of her two children while her husband is away on a business trip. One night a masked intruder slips into her home. What follows is a Twilight Zone episode that burrows and tendrils out into the safe spaces of your mind. Part thriller, part metaphysical nightmare, Phillips works her magic into the primal need to know oneself.
This is one of the books that kick-started my own waking-up process in the last few years, and it's a great entry point to contemporary literature on race in America. Smith studied under Crunk Feminist Collective founder Brittney Cooper (who interviewed him at his electrifying event at Greenlight in 2016), and his incorporation of gender analysis and acknowledgement of his own privilege as a straight man adds some beautiful depth to his smart, fierce account of struggling and growing into himself as a Black man in Obama-era America.
A delightful story about magic, identity, and growing into your family. Aster knows he is drawn to witchcraft, even though in his family that kind of magic is only for girls. With the help of a new friend (Team Charlie for life!) he embraces who he is and uses his gifts to save everyone from a mysterious, threatening force. A fun and thrilling story for young readers, but, hey, no age-ism here! Be the kid—and the witch—you were meant to be!
Thank goodness I read this for a book club because woah did I need to talk about it afterwards. It is quite possibly a perfect book, both in story and in structure. It follows the trip a Mexican woman takes from Mexico to the U.S. in search of her brother, and all the complexity surrounding her border crossing. But it doesn't just address the physical crossing (which is arduous and dangerous), Herrera also weaves in the mental and emotional logistics that surround human migration, cultural shifts, senses of place and of displacement, and the ensuing language shifts that a migrating person needs to navigate. It is short enough, and beautiful enough, that you may want to read it, then re-read it.
It's comforting to know that in this topsy-turvy world, we have stories like this one: a delightfully illustrated and tender reminder that cherished days with people you love are what make life magnificent, even when things don't go exactly as planned…