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June 15, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - June 15, 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 Curfew
by Jesse Ball

Jenn says: "You should read this novel. Partly because it will make you think, and party because it is surprising, but mostly because it's brilliant."

The Only Game in Town
edited by David Remnick

This one is squarely in the WORD wheelhouse, as it combines our jock interests with our literary interests. And when you include contributors like Haruki Murakami, John Updike, Susan Orlean, and Peter Hessler, we're hard-pressed to think of customers who wouldn't like this.

by J. Courtney Sullivan

The buzz from booksellers around the country is that this is (as much as we try not to use this phrase) the smart read of the summer. Metro NY agrees: "Sullivan creates a rich portrait of three generations of women, the Kellehers, who congregate each summer at their beach house in Cape Neddick, Maine."

Once Upon a River
by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Stephanie says: "I didn't know they made stories like this anymore. It's as good as it is fucked up."

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)