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August 11, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - August 11, 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.

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book
by Alice B. Toklas with a foreward by M. F. K. Fisher

A French cookbook that makes Julia Child look like a bore. Page 259: "haschich fudge," complete with tips on how to obtain the canibus. Page 260: a recipe for sloe gin. With Toklas' witty writing throughout.

Apples I Have Eaten
by Jonathan Gerken

This is one of my favorite books of the year. It's just a lovely little book with pictures of various apples: on the left, a whole apple, and on the right, the same apple in cross-section. A pure object of beauty.

by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil

Is there a ballet studio big enough for a dinosaur to learn to jete? And what about finding her the right shoes? This gem of a book has all the answers.

The Children's Book
by A. S. Byatt

One of Anna's favorites, now in paperback!

Let's Take The Long Way Home
by Gail Caldwell

Perhaps the best memoir to come out so far this year. A beautifully written tale of Caldwell's close friendship with and grieving for writer Caroline Knapp, who passed away in 2002. Give to your best friend, but read it first.

Little Owl Lost
by Chris Haughton

We've been in love with this book for months and are happy to finally have it in the store. Fantastic illustrations. The rare read-aloud that would work for a younger preschool-age child as well as an older child with a better attention span.

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)