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July 20, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - July 20, 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.

Here Comes the Cat
by Frank Asch, Vladimir Vagin

One mouse is on a mission to warn as many people as he can (in both English and Russian) that a cat is on the way! What will happen when the cat arrives? Surprising and fun, highly recommended by staffer Simone.

The Half-Made World
Felix Gilman

Jenn has been obsessed with this book since it came out in hardcover -- and now it's in paperback! It's the perfect mix of hard-boiled Western (a la Lonesome Dove) and fantasy (a la Ursula Le Guin, who also blurbed it!), and ideal for taking a mental vacation during your summer vacation.

Fantastic Women: 18 Tales of the Surreal and the Sublime from Tin House
edited by Rob Spillman, Joy Williams

With stories by 18 talented women including staff favorites Kate Bernheimer, Lydia Davis, Karen Russell, and Kelly Link, we can't not recommend this book to you.

Alan Moore, Storyteller
by Gary Spencer Millidge

The first book on one of the graphic novel genre's most influential creators to actually have his cooperation, Storyteller is stunning to behold and fascinating to read. Full-color pages of illustrations and photos accompany explorations of his life, and there's an audio CD of his performances as well. Well worth the $45 for the die-hard fan!

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)