Staff Picks

 

Will, Floor Manager, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Will is one of WORD's horror and weird fiction booksellers. If you're looking for sci-fi, horror or modern fantasy come find him.

Jeff Waxman

 

 

Jeff, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: When Jeff isn't at WORD, he distributes books across the five boroughs in a bookmobile on behalf of House of SpeakEasy. Other days he edits academic writing or works as a publicist for independent publishers. He reads kind of the way he works—a little bit everywhere: he's as likely to love a vintage thriller as a fresh look at a scholarly topic, and just as happy to recommend poetry as essays, biographies, revolutionary political writing, or genre-crossing fiction. Jeff also hosts the (ill-fated) Book Club at the End of the World and (very occasional) contemporary drama book club.

 

 

Kim, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Kim Small is a self-proclaimed YA expert. With a personal collection of over 400 books, she's constantly looking for any and every excuse to share her love of the genre with anyone who will listen. She's mostly into contemporary fiction but is a fan of getting lost in intricate fantasy novels. Her Instagram has more pictures of her current reads than photos of her because she's made it her mission to showcase what she's truly passionate about. Feel free to give her recs and/or pick her brain. It's always welcome!

 

 

Amanda, Floor Manager, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: All Amanda requires out of the books she reads is that they display vulnerability, humor, deep emotional intelligence, and articulate aspects of the human experience in new and unusual ways. And kissing. She likes books with kissing.

 

 

Deidre, Operations Director, Brooklyn & Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: For Deidre, the path to this career began when she was able to read books that allowed her to know that her circumstances were never permanent. It expanded when she found that the words and ideas she held on to from books allowed her to navigate the world with confidence and curiosity. It blossomed when she stumbled upon the revolutionary stories written by women of color in her WGSS classrooms. If she could describe her reading tastes with one quote look no further than the OG awkward black girl Issa Rae, "I'm rootin' for errbody black."

Lorenzo, Bookseller, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Lorenzo is an amateur reader trying to go pro. He tends to read post-modern fiction (Pynchon, Vonnegut, Burroughs), or books on Buddhism, meditation, and spirituality. He's also a big fan of poets like Mary Oliver, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman.

 

Steven, Floor Manager, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Steven has been a bookseller in some (every) capacity since 2010. This means that he is very strong. He's faster than a book! In his experience, most books are about monsters or punk rock or cooking or the terrible things that have happened in history. Would you like to see these books?

 

Davi, Retail Director & Buyer, Brooklyn & Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Davi has had his dream job of bookseller since he was legally old enough to work and strolled into a Borders Books and Music. He reads anything that’s well-written and quite a lot that isn’t!

Ryan, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Originally from Seattle, Ryan has traveled around the world and plans to keep doing so. He's a cinema freak and a music snob and his in-store playlists will get you moving. He mostly reads nonfiction written by brilliant and insane women about their obsessions, but he also loves poetry and graphic novels.

Hanz, Bookseller, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Hanz Odaga is a passionate reader of sci-fi that takes a strong political stance, verbose poetry that reflects on life, food lit and teens saving the world. Whether it is traditional, graphic, or a collection he's down to delve deep and probably miss his subway stop because of it.

Mindy, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Mindy's approach to picking books is like that song lyric that is all, 'I know a little bit about a lot of things, but I don't know enough about YOU'. And 'you' being history, or sci-fi/fantasy, or cookbooks, or memoirs, or mysteries...

Aly, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Aly tries to read broadly, but she definitely prefers poetic prose with a bit of magic. Entangled storylines, smart humor, and hopeful honesty tend to pull her in, and by the end of a strange enough book she’s prone to have a crush on the author.

Holly, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Holly was once called a "nonfiction queen" and she has proudly taken up the title. Within that genre, she typically reads lesser-known history, anything social scienc-y, and memoirs. When it comes to fiction, she has a soft spot for elderly protagonists and stories that involve resilience, hope, and honesty. Recommending books is Holly's love language.

Christopher Greggs, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Christopher J. Greggs is a poet, designer, and recording artist living in Jersey City, NJ. He is a Cave Canem, Tin House, Callaloo, and Watering Hole Poetry fellow and was the recipient of the 2020-2021 Cave Canem Poetry Coalition Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as TriQuarterly, Winter Tangerine, Texas Review, and This Is What America Looks Like Anthology (Washington Writers' Publishing House), among others. He earned his MFA in Poetry from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. His debut EP Change Mah Name is streaming on all platforms. @mynameisgreggs @nameyourworld. His interview with actor/director Sonja Sohn can be found in the great weather for MEDIA anthology Suitcase of Chrysanthemums.