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July 6, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - July 6, 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.

Turn of Mind
by Alice LaPlante

In this surreal murder mystery, the main character -- a surgeon suffering from early onset Alzheimer's -- is suspected of murdering her best friend. The story unfolds through her journal entries in a nerve-wracking spiral that had us on the edge of our seats.

They're at it Again: Stories from Twenty Years of Open City
Edited by Thomas Beller and Joanna Yas

Collecting the best stories and essays from Open City magazine, this anthology brings you a huge cross-section of literary pieces from nearly 100 authors. We love books like this for late-night or subway (or late nights on the subway) reading.

Sex at Dawn
by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha

Research psychologist Christopher Ryan takes a new look at humanity's sexual evolution, and proposes to overturn the accepted wisdom on monogamy. Now that it's out in paperback it's getting bumped to the top of the TBR stack.

The Elements of F*cking Style
by Chris Baker, Jacob Hansen

Another f*cking parody? Seriously? Except this one gets the WORD stamp of approval. The authors sum it up nicely here: "We stand firmly by the notion that even in today's ever-changing world there is a need for grammar... That is the aim of this book---to guide you through the painful world of English grammar and style by using sex, drugs, and f*cking swearing."

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)