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March 9, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - March 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 this blog's Book Notes series and musical guests.

The Tiger's Wife
by Tea Obreht

Jenn says: "One of the best debut novels I've read in years. An elegant and almost mythic examination of the impact of war on country and family." A limited number of signed copies are available, so get 'em while the getting's good.

Lord of Misrule
by Jaimy Gordon

This year's National Book Award winner, now out in paperback. NPR called it "“[A] magical tale about a dusty West Virginia town and its downtrodden racetrack.”

Moonwalking with Enstein
by Joshua Foer

From absent-minded schmoe to a winner in the U.S.A. Memory Championship -- how did he do it? Foer (yep, he's JSF's brother) examines both the science and art of remembering things.

Syzk Haggadah
by Arthur Szyk

Just in time for Passover; this is an absolutely gorgeous edition illustrated by an artist Eleanor Roosevelt once called a "one-man army."

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The title may not be any more pronounceable, but WORD favorite Mitchell's newest novel is now more affordable -- three cheers for paperback!

The Tote Bag
by Jitesh Patel

It's a book AND a tote bag! A weirdly absorbing look at the art of totes.

by Joe Hill

Dude can write a thriller. Seriously.

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)