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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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:
"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
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
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
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
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
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
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.
“The happiest, saddest, sweetest book about rock ‘n’ roll that I’ve ever experienced.”—Chuck Klosterman
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.
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.
A 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.”
“HOT” —Maggie Nelson
“TIGHT” —Eileen Myles
“DEEP” —Michelle Tea
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.$16.99ISBN: 9780062282712Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more detailsPublished: 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.$27.00ISBN: 9781641291118Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: 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.$26.00ISBN: 9780802129369Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more detailsPublished: 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.$15.95ISBN: 9780525563488Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more detailsPublished: 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.”