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August 3, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - August 3, 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.

by Rosanne Cash

The buzz for music memoirs hasn't abated yet, and even a cursory flip through Composed reveals an honest and engaging voice. If you've read Keith Richards' Life and Patti Smith's Just Kids and aren't ready to stop yet, this one is for you. Now out in paperback.

I Curse the River of Time
by Per Petterson

Set in the late '80s as the Berlin Wall is coming down, Arvid Jansen's life is also falling apart. Fans of Out Stealing Horses will be glad to hear that not only Petterson's latest out in paperback, it's continuing in the tradition of rave reviews (including from WORD staffer Cree).

Draw + Color Fun: Faces
by Tanya Roitman, Harriet Ziefert

Draw a mouth on a snowman! And a face on the sun! This activity book teaches you all the parts of the face, and is great for kids who are just getting started on their artistic career. (Recommended for ages 2 - 5)

This Beautiful Life
by Helen Schulman

What would you do if your teenaged son got a sexy personal video from a younger girl -- and then accidentally let it go viral? Schulman introduces us to a modern parents' nightmare in this new novel.

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)