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October 12, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - October 12th, 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.

Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria
by Ferran Adria

The layout of this book is sheer genius -- simple instructions paired with step-by-step photos -- and the recipes are actually things you might cook at home. Possibly the best cookbook you could get for $30, ever.

The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides

Eugenides' newest is already much discussed. While opinions differ on exactly where this ranks in his oeuvre, everyone seems to agree that the writing is top-notch -- as you might expect.

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Comics from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists
by Various Authors

Some of our favorite graphic novelists have taken a crack at Mother Goose, and it's hard to capture in words exactly how awesome the results are. Contributors include Kate Beaton, the Hernandez brothers, Mike Mignola, Craig Thompson, Gene Leun Yang, and 44 more; do yourself a favor and check out this sampler.

High Line: The Inside Story of New York City's Park in the Sky
by Joshua David, Robert Hammond

This book is not fooling around when it calls itself the "inside story!" Half is a complete behind-the-scenes recap from David and Hammond, who spearheaded the drive to make the High Line a park, and half is filled with gorgeous photos from its previous dereliction to its current glory.

The Stranger's Child
by Alan Hollinghurst

An epic family saga of 1900s Britain, complete with love triangle, written by a Booker prize-winning author? Yes, please.

Crafting With Cat Hair
by Kaori Tsutaya, Amy Hirschman

We really felt you guys needed to know that this book exists. For serious.

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)