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May 12, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - May 12, 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 celebrated 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.

101 Things I Learned In Culinary School
by Louis Eguaras with Matthew Frederick

Part of a larger series (there's also 101 things one learns in fashion school, business school, and film school), this book is one of those handy collections of trivia and practicality.

The Dark End of The Street: New Stories of Sex and Crime by Today's Top Authors
edited by Jonathan Santlofer and S. J. Rozan

Featuring stories by a bunch of favorites, including Laura Lippman, Francine Prose, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, and Lynn Freed.

I'm The Best
written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins

This is one of the cutest children's books of the year. You'll never root so much for a picture book character to get his comeuppance (or be so happy when it all works out in the end).

Mr. Peek And The Misunderstanding At The Zoo
written and illustrated by Kevin Waldron

Another great new picture book, this one featuring fantastic animal drawings and a delightfully goofy story.

Rogues' Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayals That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Michael Gross

Reading about rich people acting abhorrantly never gets old. Haven't heard about this book despite a number of great reviews? We're sure that has nothing to do with the people featured in the book being friends with people who run newspapers and magazines.

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 comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)