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Staff Picks

    Hannah, Communications Director, Jersey City & Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick:

    PriestDaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

    This is a memoir collection that will cause you to cry/laugh/hiccup/ gasp all within the span of a few pages. Lockwood is an incredible poet and cultural observer, whose story makes your well trod "unconventional childhood" memoir territory literally a walk in the park. Recommend for fans of Jenny Lawson and unpretentious poetry alike.  

    Ashanti, Managing Director, Jersey City & Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

    I always felt like PRETTY IN PINK had a much more interesting premise than it could deliver; buried under the Reaganite conservatism that made Andie think she had to end up with milquetoast Blane (with whom she has next to nothing in common), the star-crossed lover element could have made that first love story fizzy instead of flat as a day-old soda. By contrast, Jardine Libaire is popping the cork on a bottle of Dom Perignon and letting us drink straight from the bottle. WHITE FUR is a heady love story played through protagonists in the forms of housing-project raised, half Puerto-Rican Elise and Banking Heir Apparent Jamey - never was there a pair to piss the gods off more. Their gradual transformation from New Haven neighbors to SoHo domestics wandering past 80's bodegas sneaks up on you and puts you into the city. Libaire's writing is dramatic, intoxicating, galvanizing - her prose crackles with the minor details that make a life magical and that makes that first love all-consuming. 

    Melody, Bookseller, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick:Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

    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.

     

    Willbookkeeper, Jersey City

    Most recent staff pick: Notes from the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone

    This is a fun book with a lot of layers to it, it's both a satire and a neo-noir novel of coping with life. The internet has disconnected, maybe to never come back. Those addicted to twitter, instagram, and more must take to the streets to get their "fix". Be it by forcing cats to perform tricks for their amusement or by standing in the street looking for validation in 140 characters. The economy tumbles and people start to freak out at the massive change to the world that may be the new way of things. All this is told through the eyes of Wayne Gladstone, who's going through a divorce and just lost his way of ignoring the world. He's heard a rumor that someone in NY is still online. So with a blogger and a webcam girl, both now out of work, he sets out to find the internet and the why of things. 

    Crystal, bookseller and children's specialist, Brooklyn and Jersey City. 

    Most recent staff pick: Love is Love by DC Entertainment 

    Love Is Love is a comic book anthology to honor the victims, survivors and families of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting. Artists from around the world have come together to share inspiring and heart-breaking artwork about that tragic and unforgettable night. It will inspire you and remind you at every turn, to be yourself, and to be brave. 

    Dylan, bookseller & barista, Jersey City & Brooklyn

    Most recent staff pick: Gorgeous by Cathy G. Johnson

    I've been waiting for this book since Cathy did an event at our Brooklyn location last year and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Cathy's hazy graphite illustrations work perfectly with this brief but emotionally devastating story. It leads you down surprising paths while exploring unexpected emotional depths. I finished this book and was caught so off guard, I immediately read it again. (Dylan)

    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