Staff Picks

TiffanyStaff Director, Brooklyn and Jersey City

Most recent staff pick: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

The title alone sparked my interest. Heartbreaking and engaging, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a touching story about estranged siblings who come together after one of the sisters is sent to prison with a sentencing of 5 years. Told from the perspective of three sisters, Anissa Gray fleshes each character out beautifully.

 

 

Deidre, Operations Director, Jersey City & Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Stephen, Bookseller, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: The Cat From Hunger Mountain by Ed Young

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.

 

NickFloor Manager, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abduraraqib

This is a stunningly well rendered work of auto-criticism. I now know more about A Tribe Called Quest (and 90s hip-hop generally) than I ever expected to, but fandom is not a prerequisite to deeply enjoying this book. I was pulled along by rich autobiographical tangents, skilled analogies, deep emotion and top-notch critical prose. Abdurraqib's writing on music and memory will steal your breath; just read the first page and you'll get what I'm talking about. “Maybe you don’t care about the way a good bass kick can briefly stop the heart before it starts again,” he writes. If you do care, you should read this book.

Amanda, bookseller, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: The Chalk Artist: A Novel by Allegra Goodman

Jeff, bookseller, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: Good Talk by Mira Jacob

In this memoir, Mira Jacob tells poignant stories of her American experience with illustrations superimposed on photographs. Through effervescent dialogue with natural rhythms, she interlaces recollections from her childhood as the "other kind of Indian" in New Mexico with the wrenching pain of raising a curious, thoughtful, biracial child in the Trump Era. & from the mouths of these babes, her-as-a-child & her child, Jacob draws difficult questions about whether America is living up to its promise to immigrants & people of color. Spoiler alert: we're not even close. I read this standing up on the subway & under the streetlights as I walked home. I stood outside to finish it in the wind. It's that good.

 

Will, bookkeeper, Jersey City

Most recent staff pick: Venom: Lethal Protector Prose by James R Tuck

An adaptation of the 90s comic of the same name and the original story that the Venom movie drew some inspiration from. This is one of my favorite stories to involve the Eddie Brock version of Venom. Violent, a bit crazy, and trying his hardest to be a hero to the people of San Francisco they battle the Life Foundation and a group of killer cloned symbiotes of their own to protect the homeless of the city.

 

Eliza, Programs Manager, Jersey City & Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole

An Unconditional Freedom, the third installment in Alyssa Cole's Civil War series, tells the story of two spies who ~fall in love~ while on a dangerous mission through the South. As usual, Cole has done a ton of research, so she keeps things historically accurate and illuminating while also bewitching you with a slow-burning romance.

Yadira, bookseller, Jersey City

Most recent staff pick: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I never thought I would get to say, "a story about lesbian rebels!" and yet, here we are. If you're looking for a fantastical dystopian that deals with a rigid caste system, demons, and a growing rebelion then you're going to love - LOVE - Girls of Paper and Fire! This book has a little bit of everything: war, espionage, and a steamy lesbian romance. I'm already eagerly anticipating the next installment of what is sure to be a great series. TW: sexual assault

Jasmine, bookseller, Jersey City

Most recent staff pick: Mrs. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra by George Jacobs

This is a special book. It's like you're sharing cocktails at a dark bar with an old friend. The conversation is colorful and omnidirectional, it makes you work to keep up, but it's worth every second to feel like you're in the same scene as Frank Sinatra and his eccentric assemblage of mobsters, crooners and starlets through the eyes of George Jacobs. It's not just about Sinatra's excursion through fame, but through a world that changes for all in it, and the seemingly fruitless pursuit of perfection.

Kim, bookseller, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Unless you've been off the grid for the last two years, the name Angie Thomas should ring a bell in your head. Or maybe even a blaring siren. Thomas is back with her sophmore book and she definitely isn't in a slump. We're introduced this time around to Bri, another young girl who calls Garden Heights home. Bri's journey from start to finish is every bit as captivating as Angie's first novel. The strong themes we all came to love and appreciate in THUG are back with an added bonus of an ode to hip hop and its power to help a person find their voice and reclaim their narrative.

Kate, bookseller, Brooklyn

Most recent staff pick: Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen

Chazz, bookseller, Jersey City

Most recent staff pick:

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.

 

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

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.

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 adulthood...it 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