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September 7, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - September 7, 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.

You Deserve Nothing
by Alexander Maksik

Europa Editions is our go-to press for literature in translation and we're excited about their new venture, Tonga Books. Maksik's is the first in what will be a line of novels selected for publication by heavy hitters of contemporary literature (he was picked by Alice Sebold), and tells the story of a high school teacher in Paris who finds himself failing dramatically to meet his own lofty ideals.

How to Speak Wookiee
by Wu Kee Smith

Ever wonder how to say "That's so postmodern." in Wookiee? Don't lie, we know you have! Learn phrases that will serve you everywhere from the boardroom to the bar (although if you do try this in real life we recommend finding a genre-appropriate bar). Several people we know are getting this for Christmas/Hanukkah.

Just My Type
by Simon Garfield

Calling all font nerds: you must have this book. The end-papers are a Period Table of Typefaces, the chapter on The Worst Fonts in the World makes us want to cheer, there's a whole section on the ampersand -- they really covered the good stuff.

Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacy Schiff

The buzz continues for this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of everyone's favorite Egyptian queen. Writing in an engaging and personable style, Schiff proposes to rescue Cleopatra from notoriety and give her her proper due -- a mission we're totally on board with. Out in paperback this week!

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)