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June 2, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - June 2, 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.

Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century
by Sheila Rowbotham

Covers that fascinating and turbulent period between the 1880s and WWI, and the women of that time who worked not just for suffrage (our common conception of women at that time) but also for sweeping social changes in the way we work, love, and live from day to day.

The Possession of Mr. Cave
by Matt Haig

From Anna's review of the hardcover: "Even at Cave’s most irrational, he remains sympathetic in his terror at his offspring’s penchant for self-destruction. The first-person narration’s loss of control plunges the reader into the chilling inexorability of a madness that, at every step, seems perfectly reasonable."

The Sun and The Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York
by Matthew Goodman

Long before JFK made any promises, a fledgling New York newspaper told its readers in 1835 that there was life on the moon, and that it included a race of man-bats and also unicorns. This caused them to become the most widely-read newspaper in the world. If you need to know anything else about this book in order to read it, then it is probably not for you.

by Kate Christensen

You need something sexy and fun (but not too fluffy) for a summer read? Look no further. This is your book.

Wednesday Comics
by basically every great living comix writer

By reaching back into nostalgia, DC created one of the freshest series in comix. Get a little newsprint on your fingers and enjoy some of the greatest writers and artists and superheroes all in one place, one page at a time.

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)