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August 10, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - August 10, 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 Magician King
by Lev Grossman

The sequel to The Magicians has arrived, and it is epic and satisfying. Whatever happened to Julia? Exactly what is it like to be a king of Fillory? And what's the deal with all this magic anyway? Dark, clever, well-paced, and action-packed; you do not want to miss out on the adventure. (And p.s., if you haven't read the first book, you should -- it's Harry Potter plus Narnia plus lots and lots of drinking and ennui.)

Let's Take the Long Way Home
by Gail Caldwell
What Stephanie has called "the best memoir to come out" in 2010 is now out in paperback! This is a beautifully written tale of Caldwell's close friendship with and grieving for writer Caroline Knapp, who passed away in 2002. Give to your best friend, but read it first.

How to Be the Best Bubble Writer in the World Ever!
by Linda Scott

Art primer and activity book, this book is for the budding calligrapher in your life. From practicing styles like Hairy Monster and Shooting Stars, to creating your own signature style, to completing a comic, to making holiday cards, there is nothing about funky handwriting this book will not teach you to do.

The Undrowned Child
by Michelle Lovric

Like many great stories, this one starts in a Venetian bookstore in 1899 when an old book falls on eleven-year-old Teodora's head. Teo learns of a prophecy she must help fulfill to save the city from a vengeful traitor. We're excited to tour turn-of-the-century Venice in her company -- and help the save the day, of course.

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)