What We're Reading


BB asked local indie bookstores their top sellers of the past week, and their favorite book or recent best read. The biggest surprise? There’s actually a book called The Art of Pole Dancing.

metalb.jpgWord in Greenpoint
Hardcover: Tree of Smoke by Dennis Johnson, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Like You’d Understand Anyway by Jim Shepard
Paperback: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, Forgotten New York by Kevin Walsh
: M is for Metal: The Loudest Alphabet Book on Earth by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola
All-Time Fave: I’ve always loved Catch-22. Satire hasn’t gone that far from this book and I feel like it really sets the precedent for modern-day satires like The Russian Debutante’s Handbook. — Matt Lombardi, bookseller

g2.jpgBay Ridge Book Store, 718-680-5137
Hardcover: 7th Heaven by James Patterson, The Killing Ground by Jack Higgins, Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline
Paperback: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Kids: Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
All-Time Fave: Gone with the Wind: I loved the movie and I love the book just as much. — Ada D’Amore, owner

pole.jpgFreebird Books, used bookstore on Columbia St.
Last New Book Sold: Today I Wrote Nothing by Daniil Kharms
Last Four Used Books Sold: Saturday Night by Susan Orlean, Michael Langford’s 35mm Handbook, Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley, The Art of Pole Dancing
Recent Fave: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. It was unputdownable. And remarkably similar to her husband’s book [Everything is Illuminated], but better. — Linda Feldman, bookseller

Brownstone Books in Bed-Stuy
onedrop1.jpgHardcover: Brother I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat, 7th Heaven by James Patterson, One Drop by Bliss Broyard
Paperback: A New Earth by Echkart Tolle, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (part of Brooklyn Public Library’s Big Read)
Kids: Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
All-Time Fave: Invisible Man. It’s the book that made me a voracious reader. It was so layered and for me made reading more than just something to enjoy — it made it something to discover. — Crystal Bobb-Semple, owner

savaged.jpgBookCourt in Cobble Hill
Hardcover: Lush Life by Richard Price, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
Paperback: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Young Adult: A Little Friendly Advice by Siobhan Vivian
All-Time Fave: Dogwalker by Arthur Bradford. Why? Because it’s amazing. — Zachary Zook, who runs BookCourt with his family

anne.jpgCommunity Bookstore in Park Slope
Hardcover: Lush Life by Richard Price, The Soul Thief by Charles Baxter, Chasing the Flame by Samantha Power
Paperback: The Gathering by Anne Enright; Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris, Emma by Jane Austen (the PBS film airs March 23)
Kids: Fairyopolis by Cicely Mary Barker
All-Time Fave: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. I’ve always liked how poetic it is and how it describes the idea of a city as opposed to a physical one. —Chris Hornig, assistant manager

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