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June 22, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - June 22, 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 Astral
by Kate Christensen

Kate Christensen is a staff favorite, and her newest is a love letter to our stomping ground. Set in the eponymous and infamous apartment building down the street from WORD, the novel follows poet Harry Quirk as his life disintegrates around him.

Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide
by Chris Keeney

In the days of Instagram and Hipstamatic, there's nothing quite like a book about making your own pinhole camera to pull you away from your phone. Actual film, guys! Actual. Film.

The Wave
by Susan Casey

If you're like Jenn and have been meaning to read this book since it came out in hardcover, you'll be happy to hear it's now out in paperback. These extreme sports books are like crack -- vicariously surf hundred-plus-foot waves? Bring it.

Along a Long Road
by Frank Viva

Cyclist, author and illustrator Frank Viva has created a work of art with this picture book. A simple read aloud with detailed, complex images, it's definitely on our hand-sell list. Great for kids, and adult collectors won't want to miss it.

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)