Staff Picks

The staff of Greenlight Bookstore (and our sister store Yours Truly, Brooklyn) read widely and passionately, and love to recommend books they've especially enjoyed!  You can peruse and purchase current staff picks from the list below.

 

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I Could Live Here Forever: A Novel By Hanna Halperin Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593492093
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Penguin Books - April 9th, 2024

Matt: Yes, it’s a cliché to compare books to Sally Rooney, but this is a book, like Normal People, where I was fully emotionally invested in the characters and story and I couldn’t put it down. The protagonist of I Could Live Here Forever is a young MFA student who falls for a townie before discovering that’s he’s a recovering addict, and the resulting emotional cocktail of love and guilt and attraction and fear is so compelling and well-developed by the author. Recommended if you also love The Souvenir Parts 1 and 2! 


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The Deep Dark: A Graphic Novel By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338839999
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Published: Graphix - June 4th, 2024

Oliver: I devoured this hauntingly beautiful, queer graphic novel about generational trauma and self acceptance. With gorgeous illustrations and a gripping storyline, The Deep Dark shows how dark and light often live together and within one another.


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A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) By Freya Marske Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250831798
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Tordotcom - October 18th, 2022

Megan: Edwardian London, a magical adventure steeped in mystery, and a steamy romance I couldn't put down! Plus, if you love this one, just wait till you read the sapphic sequel. 

 


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Holy the Firm By Annie Dillard Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060915438
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Harper Perennial - December 30th, 1998

Paige: And to each morning, over: what is the god of the day, Annie? The wren, the small cat, wrinkle of mountain, the blue, the plane, or the moth, whose single instinct is total enflamed sacrifice, the little girl, the little fernfooted boy, the drench, that thrives, the wine. This is writing about belief, why, and how. 1975-77 alone along the Puget Sound, and Annie Dillard delivered to us the perfect book: plain, teeming, located, natural, cosmic. 


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Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life By Darcey Steinke Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250619686
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Picador - September 29th, 2020

Jessica: I hosted Darcey Steinke for an event at the bookstore when this book came out in 2019 and at the time I was like “wow, she is a smart and passionate lady, and she really likes orcas.” Now it’s five years later and I’ve finally read it and I’m like “EVERY WORD IN THIS BOOK IS THE ABSOLUTE SHINING TRUTH.” It’s nice when someone brilliant decides to write seriously about things that are typically just snickered at: in this case the widely varied state I like to call “reverse puberty” which can sometimes contain all of the literally burning rage of a massive transformation. Flash Count Diary is liberatingly feminist and immersed in the natural world and deeply literate, and I am belatedly awestruck by Darcey who is clearly a heroic wild matriarch. (And yes, orcas experience menopause… also they have huge badass matriarchal societies and will take down your capitalist yacht, so.)


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The Dud Avocado By Elaine Dundy, Terry Teachout (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Elaine Dundy, Terry Teachout (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590172322
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: NYRB Classics - June 5th, 2007

Jessica: 

I read this book on a tropical vacation, but it would also be right at home in a book club discussion (Laufey picked it for hers!) or a panel on the evolution of women's voices in literature -- meaning it's tons of fun but never pandering or irrelevant.  The irresistible narrator Sally Jay Gorce is a character for the ages, and specifically an American in 1950s Paris, but also feels like she could walk in off the street this moment: she's a woman in her early 20s who wants to live a big life but is honest about her confusion about what that means and where her enthusiasms take her.  It's sexy and hilarious and charming and I think you should make it the book of the summer.


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The Bridegroom Was a Dog (New Directions Pearls) By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811220378
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: New Directions - November 27th, 2012

Dante: Wow, what a superbly weird af fairy-tale. A story told to her students, might have just allowed a schoolteacher to meet the man of her dreams but only if his wonderful attributes didn't lead to questions about his past. It's a novella brimming with banned book list quality. You'll love it or at minimum think about it several days after reading it wondering will the weirdness leave you.


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Epitaph for a Peach: Four Seasons on My Family Farm By David M. Masumoto Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062510259
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Published: HarperOne - April 26th, 1996

Maritza: The book's a treat, a delight, and (forgive me) a dang peach in its own right. More specifically, it's a memoir in which a Sansei/third generation family farmer tries to turn a profit on a very special variety of peach that seems to have proven unprofitable. Masumoto's agricultural Hail Mary is ultimately about more than his bottom line, and his reflections beautifully tease out the nuances behind his decisions, the work that goes into his fruit, and the legacy he hopes to cultivate for his family.


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These Letters End in Tears: A Novel By Musih Tedji Xaviere Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221868
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Catapult - March 12th, 2024

Micah: This novel is a beautifully heartbreaking telling of loving and losing due to the powers far beyond you. Based in Cameroon, where same-sex partnerships are illegal, we follow a love story so real, so complex and so ordained and yet we are still reminded that love is not enough. This story is also such a powerful depiction of intersectionality and the everyday battles fought to live wholly. I haven't stopped thinking of Bessem since I finished the book. What a stunning debut from Musih Tedji Xaviere <3


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The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) By Tom Clancy Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780425240335
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Published: Berkley - September 7th, 2010

Mustafa: Her size - massive, her current heading - Westward, her Captain’s mindset - questionable, her destructive power - immense, her most dangerous asset – her undetectability; her current location – unknown. For any one who is a lover of a great plot driven suspense techo-thriller that has all of the real-world complexities of the Cold War in the 1980s; this novel is for you. This is the novel that introduces the Character of Jack Ryan to the world.


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This Thing Between Us: A Novel By Gus Moreno Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374539238
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

Autumn: "This Thing Between Us is heartbreaking, surreal, unsettling, and terrifying. Thiago just tragically lost his wife and is trying his best to process his grief and conquer his self-blame, but feeling like something in the universe is out to get you certainly doesn't help. If you're a fellow horror fan I will always recommend this book."


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Elena Knows By Claudia Piñeiro, Frances Riddle (Translator) Cover Image
By Claudia Piñeiro, Frances Riddle (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781999368432
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Published: Charco Press - July 13th, 2021

Mandy: "Elena's daughter, Rita, is found hanging from the church bell tower, but Elena knows it couldn't be suicide. A shrewd account of a mother's certainty in her grief, the burdens of caregiving, and the foisting of religious expectations on women. I implore you to find out for yourself what Elena doesn't know."


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Monstrilio By Gerardo Sámano Córdova Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781638931607
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Published: Zando - January 30th, 2024

Rich: "What if Shelley’s Frankenstein monster had been raised in a loving, nurturing home by a family of queer, free-thinking artists instead of being feared and abandoned by those who created him. Cordova’s beautiful and heartbreaking debut novel explores what it means to truly love someone or something unconditionally, and how we can create new life and love from even the most debilitating grief. As I read the last chapter, I found myself sobbing on a plane, wishing that everyone could experience the kind of love that Cordova’s characters have for their beautiful Monstrilio."


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The Queen in the Cave By Júlia Sardà, Júlia Sardà (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Júlia Sardà, Júlia Sardà (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536220544
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Candlewick Studio - May 24th, 2022

Ashli: "A tale of bravery, boldness, and adventure, The Queen in the Cave is a whimsical story of sisterhood and what you can find when you follow your curiosity. Reading this felt like a modern-day fairytale, yet there was no prince or princessjust three young girls exploring their sense of wonder and seeing where it takes them, both together and apart. What drew my attention to this book was its beautiful cover, and as you read, you will find equally beautiful and intricate illustrations that perfectly compliment the story being told, and help set its playful, oddball tone. PLUS, imagine putting this on display in your child's (or yours) bedroom... *chef's kiss*."


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Hawk Mountain: A Novel By Conner Habib Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324064862
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 1st, 2023

Mandy, Autumn, & Maritza: Beautiful writing anchors a harrowing plot in Hawk Mountain, a literary horror novel that follows a young father whose childhood bully forces his way back into his life, all while befriending his six year-old and shaking traumatic memories loose. Our favorite book of last year-- thank you to A.L. for the recommendation.


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Hopscotch: A Novel By Julio Cortázar Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780394752846
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Pantheon - February 12th, 1987

David: Cortázar's masterpiece. A scouring of the undefinable. Part eloquent ramble, part literary bebop. Translated with immeasurable grace by Gregory Rabassa.


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The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition By F. Scott Fitzgerald Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

A perennial favorite and one of the sources of our name, Fitzgerald's masterpiece is always a staff pick at Greenlight Bookstore.