Staff Picks

Aly (she/her), Bookseller & Merchandise Manager, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Aly tries to read broadly, but she definitely prefers poetic prose with a bit of magic. Entangled storylines, smart humor, and hopeful honesty tend to pull her in, and by the end of a strange enough book she’s prone to have a crush on the author.

 

Amanda (she/her), Store Manager & Children's Buyer, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: All Amanda requires out of the books she reads is that they display vulnerability, humor, deep emotional intelligence, and articulate aspects of the human experience in new and unusual ways. And kissing. She likes books with kissing.

 

 

 

Anastasia (they/them), Bookseller, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: The kind of person to finish a book and reward myself by buying five more... The collection underneath my bed will continue expanding until the day the abyss envelopes me in its crowd of books from genres extending across social science, psychology, gender & sexuality studies, history, wellness, science, and classics. I may not be able to summarize the content of a book, however I can give you a deeply detailed transcript of my inner monologue pertaining to it if you wish.

Davi (he/him), Retail Director & Buyer, Brooklyn & Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Davi has had his dream job of bookseller since he was legally old enough to work and strolled into a Borders Books and Music. He reads anything that’s well-written and quite a lot that isn’t!

Hanz (he/him), Bookseller, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: If I was at a party surrounded by the characters from my personal library, I'd see tons of humble queer bipoc folk from sci-fi &  fantasy universes bonding with the global proletariat who've all struggled to build community inward and outward.  With the added bonus of absolutely excellent food fully representing our fine blue marble. Admission is free but we'll ask you a odd question at the door.

Holly (she/her), Bookseller & Social Media Manager, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Holly is the resident nonfiction nerd. Within the genre, she typically reads lesser-known history, anything social scienc-y, and memoirs. When it comes to fiction, she has a soft spot for elderly protagonists and stories that involve resilience, hope, and honesty. Recommending books is Holly's love language.

 

Jasper (he/him), Bookseller, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: While my love for books was found later in life than most, I couldn't imagine surrounding myself with anything else. I gravitate toward books rooted with science fiction, and fantasy elements but ANY story that focuses on strong and sturdy characters will surely pique my interest. Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga are strong contenders for my heart as well. Characters > Writing Style > Plot.

Mindy (she/her), Bookseller & Programs Manager, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: Mindy's approach to picking books is like that song lyric that is all, 'I know a little bit about a lot of things, but I don't know enough about YOU'. And 'you' being history, or sci-fi/fantasy, or cookbooks, or memoirs, or mysteries...

Nicole (she/her), Children's Bookseller, Jersey City, NJ

Bookseller Bio: The books I read as a young child and teen helped shape me into the woman I am today and gave me an appreciation for all different genres. If you need any assistance with classics or are looking for something new and specific I can definitely help you find something great. When I’m not enjoying the nostalgia and happiness that children’s literature brings you can catch me reading fantasy, sci-fi, manga, and anything that will send me on an emotional rollercoaster.

 

Sarah (she/her), Bookseller, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: I’m trying to diversify my reads, but I always find myself going back to the young adult, fantasy, and adventure types of stories. You could call it escapism, but I call it “well-read.” Anything with well written, fleshed out characters with great development, I’ll enjoy.

 

Steven (he/him), Store Manager, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Steven has been a bookseller in some (every) capacity since 2010. This means that he is very strong. He's faster than a book! In his experience, most books are about monsters or punk rock or cooking or the terrible things that have happened in history. Would you like to see these books?

 

 

Will (he/him), Floor Manager, Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: Will is one of WORD's horror and weird fiction booksellers. If you're looking for sci-fi, horror or modern fantasy come find him.