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January 27, 2010

Largehearted Word Books of the Week - January 27th, 2010

Largehearted Word is a new weekly series on Largehearted Boy, where the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore points out several noteworthy new books.

WORD is simply one of my favorite bookstores. Fostering literary community through its author readings, unique events, blog and Twitter posts, this Greenpoint institution is a bookstore I both admire and respect.

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's Word bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that will celebrate its third anniversary this March. Our primary goal is to be whatever our community needs us to be, which currently means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, we're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). We're a small operation, just 1000 square feet and four people, but we read too much, so it all works out. If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbrooklyn.

The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To
by DC Pierson

This debut novel is perfect for teen boys and adults who like to read about them in a non-creepy way, or in other words, anybody who enjoyed King Dork. Pierson does a great job of balancing the normal (insane levels of introspection typical of American teens) with the fantastical (best friend literally never sleeping, hallucinating wildly, and getting caught up in government conspiracies).

Canteen: The State of Creation (Issue Five)

We have just started carrying this Brooklyn magazine and it is very impressive. Probably one of the best jobs of combining images and text that I've seen in a lit mag. Also, the cover glows in the dark!

Five Children and It
by E. Nesbit with an introduction by Laurel Snyder

When a book is this much of a delight, I will celebrate every damn re-release. Includes line drawings from the original 1902 publication.

The Manual of Detection
by Jedediah Berry

Won the Crawford Award for best new fantasy writer yesterday on the date of the paperback release, and couldn't have happened to a nicer guy (or a better new book). I think of the book first and foremost as a detective story, but it's the mark of a good novel that it fits in more boxes than you'd think.

We'll Always Have Paris: Stories
by Ray Bradbury

I am pretty sure we could sell Ray Bradbury's shopping lists if a publisher managed to put covers on them, but luckily he is so prolific that it will never come to that. Every petty complaint we make should be followed by a reading of "America," the poem which ends this collection of short stories.

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Largehearted Word Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

52 Books, 52 Weeks (my yearly reading project)
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)