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February 17, 2010

Largehearted Word Books of the Week - February 17th, 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.

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination
by Elizabeth McCracken

I'm not sure if I read a more heartwrenching book last year. As the cover says, this is the happiest story in the world with the saddest ending, and it is also one of the most skillfully told.

by Joe Hill

Joe Hill is back with yet another fantastic and scary-as-all-get-out book. Horror for people who don't like horror (and people who do).

Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans
by Dan Baum

Mardi Gras is, of course, nothing to sneeze at, but there's quite a bit more to New Orleans. Baum has captured the life of the city and its people perfectly in this biography of the place and those who live there.

Portrait of the Writer as a Domesticated Animal
by Lydie Salvayre, translated by William Pedersen

Wins "Best Book Title of the Month," hands down.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman
by Elif Batuman

We sell a comically large amount of Russian fiction here, so I have high hopes for this book. That it exists at all fills me with joy!

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)