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February 10, 2010

Largehearted Word Books of the Week - February 10th, 2010

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.

Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover
by Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges, Mark Buckingham and Russ Braun

Despite my long-term love/hate relationship with Jack, I still squealed like a little girl when I saw this had arrived.

Country Driving
by Peter Hessler

The author of River Town and Oracle Bones takes a 7,000 mile trip across northern China to begin his third book, Country Driving, in which he again thoughtfully examines the both the rural and urban economic development of this growing nation with his usual excellent storytelling.

written and illustrated by Emily Gravett

A celebration of all the different types of dog (from a most unlikely source) that is brought to life by Gravett's fantastic illustrations.

I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
by Ralph Keyes

This is the sort of book that either makes you really fun or really boring at parties, depending on what sort of parties you go to.

Hard Case Crime books

These aren't anything new in the larger book world, but they're new to us and so awesome that I have to feature them. They are fantastic, including re-prints of fifty-year-old books (Killing Castro by Lawrence Block) and even a book from WORD favorite Pete Hamill (The Guns of Heaven). We have already sold out of The Corpse Wore Pasties by Jonny Porkpie.

WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD blog
WORD on Twitter
WORD's Facebook page
WORD's Flickr photos

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)