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July 13, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - July 13, 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 Chairs Are Where the People Go
by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti

Our shelf-talker for this book reads: "9 out of 10 booksellers agree -- you should read this book NOW. The other bookseller is an idiot and is not to be trusted." We love this one so much we've chosen it as our WORD To Your Mailbox pick for July!

I Am a Tyrannosaurus
by Anna Grossnickle Hines

For everyone who has ever loved to pretend, be they adults or kids, this book is a must have. Dinosaur enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the book invokes the brachiosaurus and the pteranodon as well.

The Book That Zack Wrote
by Ethan Long

This is the book that kids too young for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but interested in it anyway, will love -- an early reader that invites participation and inspires creativity. Plus, you a notebook to create your own version!

Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure
by Craig Robinson

We are suckers for a good infographic, and this one has them in spades. From which MLB stadiums are aesthetically pleasing from an aerial view, to an essay entitled "Beer and Loathing in Seattle," we bet you'll be cracked up and educated whatever your interest in baseball.

The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan

If you spend any amount of time online with book people, chances are you've already heard of this one. If not, it's an extremely sexy, extremely violent, and extremely literary novel that takes a giant bite out of the romanticizing of the werewolf.

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)