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July 21, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - July 21, 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.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts
written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott

It's true--they have to get their hair cut somewhere, and thankfully there's a thoughtful son of a barber who goes to work on every full moon to help them out. Fantastic, witty art, perfect for a kid new to all the monster mythos or one who is already monster-obsessed.

by Julia Holmes

One of our favorite debut novels of the year. Witty, dark, charming, scary. One of those books that creeps into the back of the brain and takes up residence for awhile.

The Natural History of Unicorns
by Chris Lavers

Even if unicorns don't really exist, they've got a richer history than 80% of the existing animal kingdom combined, and Lavers does a delightful job of examining that history.

Three Ladies Beside the Sea
by Rhoda Levine, illustrated by Edward Gorey

A perfect, if slightly macabre, read-aloud. "Thursday evenings, down by the shore/These ladies gathered together/They played chamber works at a mad musicale/Depending on suitable weather."

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)