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Three of the Top Staff Picks From Word Bookstore in Greenpoint

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Looking for summer reading material? In Beach Reads, we're asking some of the city's top bookstores the age-old question: read any good books lately?

This week, we asked three different employees from Word Bookstore in Greenpoint to share their favorite titles on the shelves. The store's been open since 2007, and a second location opened late last year in Jersey City.

The staff's recommendations include "one of the strangest novels" about Liverpool Football Club coach Bill Shankly, a "weird, funny, oddly poignant, and plainly stunning" collection of essays, and the first title of a noir series.

A Private Venus by Giorgio Scerbanenco

"Set in 60s Milan, A Private Venus is subdued, smoky, and lures you through its pages in an unexpected way. A perfect piece of noir, and the first in a series."—Christina Gaughan

Things That Are by Amy Leach

"These essays are unlike anything else I've read—they seesaw between wonder and intellect, and the language itself breathes. If you want something fresh and new, Things That Are might be for you."—Emily Pullen

Red or Dead by David Peace

"If you're looking for: a behind-the-scenes look at English Premier League; a companion to your World Cup cheering; a doorstop of a book to tackle over the summer; or a stunning example of a master stylist at work, this book is for you."—Jenn Northington

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Word Bookstore

126 Franklin St Brooklyn, NY