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March 23, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - March 23, 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.

Chronology of Water: A Memoir
by Lydia Yuknavitch

Whether you like his work or not, you've got to admit Chuck Palahniuk has good taste in books. He previously pushed Monica Drake's Clown Girl (a staff favorite), and is now giving props to Chronology of Water. And booksellers all around the country agree that this gritty and surprising memoir is not to be missed.

Say Her Name
by Francisco Goldman

Stephanie says: "This heartbreaking book is not only a testament to Goldman's love, but also a genre-bending mix of fiction and memoir. Which sounds annoying when I put it that way. But it's not. It's moving and true."

Unfamiliar Fishes
by Sarah Vowell

Vowellites, rejoice! Everyone's favorite snarky historian tackles the annexation of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and the Philippines. You think US imperialism is bad now? Wait til you hear about 1898.

Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan

Stephanie and Jenn agree that this is one of our favorite books of last year. And now it's in paperback with a spiffy new cover! You have no excuses anymore, people. READ IT.

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

A teen novel about Soviet Russia is probably not at the top of your To Read list -- but it should be! If we tell you that award-winning authors Laurie Halse Anderson, Richard Peck, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti have blurbed it, will that help?

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)