Who: Greenlight Bookstore
What: “An independent bookstore in the heart of Fort Greene.”
Where: 686 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Fort Greene – take the C)
It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that as book people we love a good story (har har?). Clearly Greenlight Bookstore a go-to as the backstory give you the fuzziest warm fuzzies.
Jessica was willing to share a bit insight as to what goes on behind the books at Greenlight and how to maximize your visit.
What is your all-time favorite YA book?
Oh man… maybe a toss-up between two very different books. Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy: Suzanne Collins brings together the threads of media/political exploitation, the consequences of violence, and the skills of war and peace with a sophistication that justifies all the action/romance thrills I got reading the series. And then there’s The Saturdays, the first of a series written in the 1940s about a family of four kids, who have to findways to make their own fun in New York City — it’s endearing and idiosyncratic, everything I love about the city and the everyday lives of kids and families.
What are you reading now?
Jonathan Lethem’s upcoming novel Dissident Gardens (so good so far!); Hot House, a history of the publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux; The Telling Room, an awesome quirky nonfiction story by Michael Paterniti; plus the comic book series I gobble up every Wednesday: Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga,Wolverine and the X-Men (about the kids in Wolverine’s mutant school), The Unwritten, Wonder Woman…
(EDITOR’S NOTE: these answers date back to the summertime. Slightly dated.)
The book I’m asked about most is_______?
It varies from season to season. Right now it’s The Cuckoo’s Call, the pseudonymous J. K. Rowling novel. Before that, Lean In; before that; Fifty Shades of Grey; before that, Hunger Games. But the most fun as a bookseller is putting a book in someone’s hand that they didn’t even know they wanted.
Claps for Jackson Pearce’s Cold Spell
Weaving a masterful spell over the reader, author Jackson Pearce has outdone herself. The novel takes place in present day but there’s a beautiful quality to the writing style that is strongly reminiscent of a olden day classic novel.
- Karen, 22
"The characterization in this one was fabulous. I adored Ginny and Kai. Ginny was willing to fight tooth and nail until the very end to win Kai back. She would not allow someone who meant so much to her to disappear out of her life. It’s incredibly easy to respect her and love her for it. She’s the kind of friend you’d kill for. Kai was rather amazing as well. You could tell his love for Ginny was genuine—the way a romantic bond really should be.
This might be one of my favorite “retelling” books that I’ve ever read. It was my first time reading Jackson Pearce and now, it won’t be the last.
Such a wonderful book full of sinister secrets. Jackson Pearce takes an old classic and twists it around into something beautiful and new.
- Bhairavi, 17
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