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Staff Picks

    Mikebookseller, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Drafts, Fragments, Poems by Joan Murray

    It is difficult to talk with precision about what an astonishing revelation this book is. Murray, who died in 1943 at the age of 25, is one of the great literary what-ifs of American history. Her corpus is fully contained in this slim volume, and it is dazzling: metaphysical poetry of extraordinary range and inventiveness. A major event.

    Will, bookkeeper, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast by Cote Smith

    When I first came upon Limetown, it was in a list of top horror podcasts. While a little hard to pin down into a genre, it didn't disappoint. There are elements of sci-fi and horror mixed with conspiracy on epic levels. This prequel helps draw you into the deeper mysteries involved in how everyone ended up where they are when the podcast starts, and it prepares you for Season 2 perfectly.

    Kim, bookseller, Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

    If I could force everyone in the world to read one book, it would be this one right here. You cannot go wrong with a book by Zentner, but his debut, The Serpent King, is one of the most stunning novels I've ever read. Lyrical, insightful, and simply gorgeous, this book has something for everyone. Told through the eyes of three best friends in their senior year of high school, Zentner seamlessly voices these different perspectives: one of being afraid to leave the only place you've ever known, one of longing for something greater than your surroundings, and one of being perfectly content where you are. I own this book in every format for a reason!


    Yadira, bookseller, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick:

    Northwood: A Novella by Maryse Meijer

    Read this interesting novel - written completely in verse - and experience an emotional roller coaster. Meijer delivers a book full of angst, drama, pain, and a dark, twisted love story (the kind you know is bad for you but you just can't seem to say no to).

    Jeff, bookseller, Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: Montauk by Max Frisch trans. Goeffrey Skelton

    There’s nothing terribly new about the confessional as a literary form. It can just as easily appear as swagger as it can an act of contrition, and this book has the flavor of both. Lynn, the protagonist's lover of the moment, acts as the touchstone for painful recollections of relationships gone by. Full of unhealed wounds and populated by the numerous women that interconnect in his memory, in this memoiristic novel the author is at his most brilliant and his least kind. Montauk is messy in the way that psychotherapy is messy, like the gorgeous self-scrutiny of Maggie Nelson or Karl Ove Knausgaard. It’s loving, in its way, and sadly aware of how much time has passed and how badly.

    NickFloor Manager, Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

    If you've ever read an essay by Kiese Laymon, you know his writing packs a punch. So too with this beautiful memoir -- it's a moving coming-of-age story, a powerful reckoning with forces of oppression and addiction in America, and an essential work of nonfiction for our times.

    Effy, Sidelines and Merchandising Manager, Brooklyn and Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Can We All Be Feminists? edited by June Eric-Udorie

    It's easy to call oneself an "intersectional feminist," but this book really makes you look at yourself and and wonder where your hidden biases are. Do you focus so much on one issue that you ignore another? Ranging in topic from sex work, religion, sexuality, and trans rights to immigration, this book is extremely powerful and makes you take an honest look at yourself.

    Melissa, bookseller, Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories by Abbey Mei Otis

    Read this if you loved Her Body & Other Parties or that scientist who gave you an alien virus & never texted you back.

    Chazz, bookseller, Jersey City

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    Peanut Butter Dogs by Greg Murray

    Just when you thought you were about to embark on an even lower descent into your existential crisis here comes a book, no.... a chronicling of reasons to continue living and fighting the good fight. It's a historical record of some of the most important figures of our time complete with high quality photos and intimate details of their attributes and contributions to society. They act as examples for how we should compose ourselves as well as react in any given situation or any political climate. To this day they continue to perfect the legacy they want to leave behind while continuously making positive impacts on the world around us. You will remember, acknowlege, and appreciate them and what they do the next time you open a jar of Skippy.


    TiffanyStaff Director, Brooklyn and Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Stay With Me: A Novel by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

    Stay With Me is a story of how far a couple will go in order to save their marriage. My jaw dropped futher and further to the ground with every page that I turned. A book I could not put down.

    Hilah, bookseller, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America by W.E.B. Du Bois, ed. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert

    W.E.B. Du Bois led a team of students and alumni from Atlanta University to create these stunning infographics *entirely by hand.* First commissioned for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, these depictions of black American life stand today as powerful examples of socially impactful data visualization.

    Eliza, Programs Manager, Jersey City & Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

    We've all heard of Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy, and the rest, but in Lady Killers, Tori Telfer dives in to the significantly less explored area of female serial killers. Each chapter focuses on a different monster, some that you may have heard of—Elizabeth Báthory, aka the Blood Countess—but most that you haven't. Pro tip: If a woman's hanging around outside your building asking if any old men live there, she's probably looking for a new mark. Hide the arsenic! 

    Check out the top 10 bestselling physical books at WORD Jersey City for the month of September 2018!


    Alex, bookseller, Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pickOutline by Rachel Cusk

    What a book! I flew through it. Some of these sentences were the best I've ever read. I marked them with a pen while reading. By the end, there were marks on alomst every page.

    Claire, Children's Director, Brooklyn & Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash

    I devoured this book in one sitting. Panel by panel, I was drawn into a ghost story filled with stark honesty. Heartbreaking and comforting at the same time.


    Hannah, Communications Director, Jersey City & Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pickThe Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon

    This is my favorite novel of 2018. So please buy it and read it. Immediately. Read the sentences out loud to your friends. Read about longing and possession with your partners. Think about all the ways we are "educated" throughout our days. Consider how you perceive and use your gods. And, above all, enjoy this small, raw gem of a book. It deserves a place on your shelf and in your mind.


    Jasmine, bookseller, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver

    The phrase "life is about the little things" comes to mind whenever I read a Mary Oliver poem. This collection of honest and gentle poems takes your hand and ushers you to find serenity in the stillness of nature. Her poetry serves to remind you of the sweet whimsy in simplicity, the serendipitousness of daily life and, ultimately, helps heal a weary mind.

    Melody, bookseller, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pickBaby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

    Baby Monkey is here to help! Need help finding your pizza, jewels, or spaceship? He can do it... as soon as he figures out how to put on his pants. An adorably hilarious early reader book that will give you the feeling of a chapter book without all the words.

    Shevanee, Cafe Manager, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pickText Me When You Get Home by Kayleen Schaefer

    Christine, owner

    Most recent staff pick: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (ebook available)

    Emma's newest book feels like it was written just for me. Two couples that have been friends for two decades, going through the growing pains of marriage and friendship, raising kids into all resonated with me. I flew through this book, enjoying both the moments reliving my teenage years with Harry and Ruby as well as the familiarity and frustrations of a long-term marriage with Zoe, Jane, Elizabeth and Andrew. I have a feeling this is going to be this year's summer read. (Christine)

    Adrian, formerly the world's only illiterate bookseller, who has moved up to chapter books

    Most recent staff pickThe Myster of the Gold Coin by Harper Paris 

    This is the first book in the Greetings From Somewhere series and a great pick for beginning chapter.

    Vivi and Cora, resident babies

    Most recent staff pick: Everywhere Babies by Susan Myers