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August 18, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - August 18, 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 Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire That Saved America
by Timothy Egan

This and K Blows Top are definitely my two favorite historical books of the year, both now in paperback. The incredible story of an unstoppable fire and the epic political battles behind it. If you've ever spent time in a national park, you owe it to yourself to read this book.

Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms
by Ethan Gilsdorf

For those who are the type of geeks that even geeks make fun of, and those who used to be. Could have been reductive or mocking, but is neither.

Our Tragic Universe
by Scarlett Thomas

A new novel from the author of The End of Mr. Y and PopCo And a gorgeous cover for a fantastic book.

Scumble by Ingrid Law
by Ingrid Law

The companion book to Savvy, one of WORD's favorites for the middle-grade age group!

Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art
by Lewis Hyde

A re-issue from the author of The Gift, including a forward by Michael Chabon, of his book about the ideas humans have had over the years about imagination and creativity.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean
written and illustrated by Aaron Reiner

This is the best kids' comic that will come out this year, for either a real child or for your inner child.

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)