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February 9, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - February 9, 2011

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.

WORD also hosts the monthly Largehearted Lit reading series, featuring authors who participated in the Largehearted Boy Book Notes series and musical guests.

Things We Didn't See Coming
by Steven Amsterdam

An apocalyptic coming-of-age story that's been getting rave reviews, and was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award; for those of us who just can't get enough of the terrible awful no-good very bad future.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
by Michael Lewis

Lewis's expose of the economic crisis is now out in paperback! Darkly funny and highly informative.

The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death
edited by Dave Shields & Bradford Morrow

This collection features a who's who of writers, including staff favorites Diane Ackerman, Annie Dillard, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Joyce Carol Oates. Even if they can't make death fun, they can certainly make it fascinating!

You Are Not a Gadget
by Jaron Lanier

Both Stephanie and Jenn like to talk about this book with folks about this one, now out in paperback. You may not agree with all of Lanier's opinions, but they'll make you think damned hard about the way technology shapes us as individuals.

by Lauren Oliver

Oliver has delivered one of our favorite YA novels of the year this far, giving us the story of a world in which love has a cure. Signed copies available!

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)

List of online "best of 2010" book lists

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)