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June 29, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - June 29, 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.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
by Charles Yu

If Jenn and/or Stephanie hasn't hand-sold this book to you yet, you probably haven't been in the store for a while. Our favorite debut novel of last year is now out in paperback -- READ! THIS! BOOK!

12 Who Don't Agree
by Valery Panyushkin

Journalist Panyushkin has assembled interviews with twelve of the activists from Russia's 2007 March of Dissidents, despite the strict laws prohibiting both public demonstrations and media coverage. A brave and fascinating look into current Russian politics.

Faithful Place
by Tana French

The third novel in the hugely popular (and hugely readable) Dublin Murder squad mysteries is now out in paperback. If you're not already sucked into these, we recommend starting with The Woods -- you'll get to this one soon enough!

We Our School!
Judy Sierra and Linda Davick

This is the picture book for your child who is excited about reading, but not quite there yet. The sentences feature both words and images, so that grown-ups and kids can read the story together. Add to that the vibrant art and a great (and rhyming!) narrative, and you've got a must-have for your budding reader's library.

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)