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May 11, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - May 11, 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 fourth 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
by John Vaillant

This is one of Jenn's favorite nonfiction titles of last year, newly released in paperback. Vaillant tells the true story of how and why a tiger turned man-eater and terrified a village in Siberia -- fascinating and horrifying.

Empire State
by Jason Shiga

Shiga's newest tackles love and life in the big City. When Scott McCloud blurbs a book with "Crazy + Genius = Shiga," we think it's worth paying attention.

by Emma Donoghue

Room is a staff favorite, and now that it is out in paperback you've got no more excuses. Donoghue has written a difficult and extraordinary novel, one that we find ourselves contemplating time and time again.

by Karl Marlantes

Another of Jenn's favorites from this past year, also out in paperback. If this video of her Matterhorn-inspired dare to eat Kool-Aid-flavored spaghetti doesn't convince you to read this book, we don't know what will.

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)