Staff Picks

 

Keep scrolling for our most hotly-anticipated books of 2024. 

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

 

Eileen (she/her), Bookseller, Brooklyn & Jersey City

Bookseller Bio: My three loves in life are books, coffee, and drinking coffee while reading a book. Bonus points if the book includes any of the following: unhinged female main characters, murder in an academic setting, or enemies-to-lovers slow-burn smut. Come find me for lit-fic recs or bird facts!

 

 

Em (she/he/they) Bookseller at Brooklyn & Jersey City 

Bookseller Bio: Emdash AKA Emily Lu Gao is the creator & host of WORD's Open Mic, writer, poet, educator, organizer, hoot, and daughter of Chinese immigrants. Some of her favorite books are All About Love by bell hooks, Hyperbole & A Half by Allie Brosh, and Splendor by Lucille Clifton,

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

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.

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

 

Jen (she/her), Bookseller, Brooklyn 

Bookseller Bio: Jen is a bookseller from Atlanta who enjoys contemporary fiction about gross things (think cannibalism, vomit, bodily functions). She loves picture books (not about cannibalism, vomit, or bodily functions). She also likes longform journalistic essays of the social sciences variety. Long walks on the beach, pina coladas, sticker-making, and casual vanity. That's Jen! 

 

 

Jerakah (they/them), Bookseller, Brooklyn  

Bookseller Bio: Jerakah has wanted to be a bookseller since they were a wee lad. An avid poetry reader, Jerakah is excited to recommend both classics and new poems. They also love weird fiction—the weirder the better.

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

Mindy (she/her), Events and Store 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 Book Buyer 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.

 

If there is anything we love more than reading books... it's talking about them! Scroll down to see what books we are raving about this month.

 

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?

 

 

Susie (she/her), Bookseller, Brooklyn

Bookseller Bio: I tend to read mostly contemporary fiction and short stories written by middle-aged women but I am willing to try anything and everything! Ask me about all kinds of fiction, essays, and some other nonfiction in and around self help, urban spaces, and distance running. 

 

 

 

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.