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March 3, 2010

Largehearted Word Books of the Week - March 3rd, 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.

by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Scribner) (paperback release). We were selling the hell out of this anyway thanks to Kelly's staff pick and the fact that we're, you know, in Brooklyn. In paperback I think it'll be one of our standouts in 2010, and it very much deserves to be.

The Changeling
by Kenzaburo Oe

From Anna: "Somewhere between Mishima and Murakami falls this Nobel Prize laureate, who mixes fact and fiction in a dreamlike way no European author can match. The Changeling is the first novel of his to appear in English since 2003."

Petit, the Monster
by Isol

It's never too early to introduce your children to the concept of moral ambiguity, especially when it's done as beautifully as Isol does here. Good also for adults who could use a refresher. (And if you've never seen it, you simply MUST see her board book It's Useful To Have A Duck, one of WORD's favorite books of all time.)

Decoding The Heavens: A 2,000-Year-Old Computer---and the Century-Long Search to Discover Its Secrets
by Jo Marchant

The story of the Antikythera Mechanism and what it might have said---and why maybe we shouldn't be so high and mighty about our technology.

American Salvage
by Bonnie Jo Campbell

The National Book Award finalist chronicling rural working-class life in the twenty-first century, finally in paperback.

Today only, 10% off any book mentioned in this post! Just put discount code DUCKTASTIC in the comments field at checkout, and we'll process it at 10% off.

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)