WORD Association

Bookselling is first and foremost about community, and ours is hurting right now. We’re concerned about our friends who have shopped in our stores and attended our reading series, the folks who joined WORD’s book groups and brought their children to our storytimes. No one has been untouched by this crisis and all of us have felt the difficult circumstances it has created for our shared communities.

It has been our privilege and our sincere pleasure to continue to be your bookstore through all of this. To send you the books you want and the books you didn’t know you needed, to supply you with puzzles to pass the time and cards to keep up with your loved ones—the best of what we had to help make this difficult time pass as easily as possible. But we wanted to do more. And with that in mind, we began reaching out to some of our favorite authors to build solidarity with the causes we care about.

We're calling it WORD Association.

Each week, WORD is working with a new team of brilliant writers to raise money for the causes that matter to all of us. This week, we have a full slate of outstanding aid organizations serving diverse populations and selected in partnership with some of the most talented and giving writers we know. And we hope you will join us each week thereafter as we collaborate with many more writers to address the issues close to our hearts, strengthen our shared communities, and start taking better care of our friends and families, everywhere.

Starting May 25th, and running through May 30th:

Buy a listed book by Molly Crabapple, Valeria Luiselli, Francisco Goldman, or Myriam Gurba and 10% of the purchase price will go to Make the Road NY.

WORD will contribute 10% of the proceeds from books by Roxane Gay, Tracy O'Neill, Samantha Irby, and Lauren Francis-Sharma to Black Mamas Bailout.

Purchase from our list of books by Cathy Park Hong, R.O. Kwon, Frances Cha, or C Pam Zhang and 10% of the sales will go to the Asian Pacific Environmental Network's Emergency Community Relief Fund.

We'll be donating 10% of sales from listed books by Amelia Gray, Rob Sheffield, Rebecca Makkai, and G. Willow Wilson to the National Domestic Workers Alliance

Food Chain Workers Alliance will receive 10% of the sales of listed books by Andrea Lawlor, Garth Greenwell, Jordy Rosenberg, and Alexander Chee.

Thanks for shopping with us. All of us. And stay tuned for the second round of WORD Association beginning on Monday, June 1st and featuring Lynne Tillman, Benjamin Percy, Carmen Maria Machado, Sarah MacLean, Hanif Abdurraqib, and many more. You can direct any questions to jeff@wordbookstores.com

All week, 10% of the sales of the books below will be donated to support the crucial work of each cause selected by our authors. 

 

Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590627
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - May 15th, 2018

A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, an intimate lens on the century’s bloodiest conflict, and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom.


Mean Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894913
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Coffee House Press - November 7th, 2017

True crime, memoir, and ghost story, Mean is the bold and hilarious tale of Myriam Gurba's coming of age as a queer, mixed-race Chicana. Blending radical formal fluidity and caustic humor, Gurba takes on sexual violence, small towns, and race, turning what might be tragic into piercing, revealing comedy.


Lost Children Archive: A novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525436461
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Vintage - February 4th, 2020

ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:


The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123770
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - July 28th, 2015

"Remarkable...Sentence by sentence, Goldman brings to life a city that is bewitching, terrifying, beautiful....Goldman brings something new to the chronicle] form."--John Freeman, Boston Globe


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984820365
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: One World - February 25th, 2020

A ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human

“Brilliant . . . To read this book is to become more human.”—Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen


The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213906
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

Now a National Bestseller

"Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner." --People Magazine


If I Had Your Face: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593129463
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2020

A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania
 


How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
NATIONAL BESTSELLER
A GOOP Book Club Pick

“A fully immersive epic drama packed with narrative riches and exquisitely crafted prose.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Belongs on a shelf all of its own.” —NPR


Gutshot: Stories Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374175443
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: FSG Originals - April 14th, 2015

A woman creeps through the ductwork of a quiet home. A medical procedure reveals an object of worship. A carnivorous reptile divides and cauterizes a town. Amelia Gray's curio cabinet expands in Gutshot, where isolation and coupling are pushed to their dark and outrageous edges. A master of the macabre, Gray's work is not for the faint of heart or gut: lick at your own risk.


Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400083039
Availability: Backordered
Published: Three Rivers Press - December 4th, 2007

“The happiest, saddest, sweetest book about rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever experienced.”—Chuck Klosterman
 


The Bird King Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802148292
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Published: Grove Press - February 18th, 2020

From award-winning author G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King is an epic journey set during the reign of the last sultan in the Iberian peninsula at the height of the Spanish Inquisition.


Cleanness Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374124588
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 14th, 2020

In the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut, What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell deepens his exploration of foreignness, obligation, and desire

Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song.


Confessions of the Fox: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399592287
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Published: One World - March 5th, 2019

New York Times Editors’ Choice: “A mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, eighteenth century London . . . a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution.”


Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525566182
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

“HOT” —Maggie Nelson
“TIGHT” —Eileen Myles
“DEEP” —Michelle Tea


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781328764522
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 17th, 2018

Named a Best Book by: TIME, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Wired, Esquire, Buzzfeed, New York Public Library, Boston Globe, The Paris Review, Mother Jones,The A.V.


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Bad Feminist: Essays Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.


Quotients Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781641291118
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Published: Soho Press - May 12th, 2020

Two people search for connection in a world of fractured identities and aliases, global finance, big data, intelligence bureaucracies, algorithmic logic, and terror.


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Book of the Little Axe Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129369
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - May 12th, 2020

Ambitious and masterfully-wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma's Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.


Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

*AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

“Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.... irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye.”
—Jia Tolentino