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October 26, 2011

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - October 26th, 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.

While there's no doubt that Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson) and 1Q84 (Haruki Murakami) are the biggest releases of the week, here are a few others we think worth noting.

The Phantom Tollbooth: 50th Anniversary Edition
by Norton Juster

Says Stephanie, "If I had to pick a favorite book under duress, this would be it." When we talk about childhood favorites that have stood the test of time, this one is at the very top of the list. Bonus: there's a section in back full of other authors reflecting on Juster and Tollbooth that run the gamut from funny to touching (and often both).

Best European Fiction 2012
edited by Aleksandar Hemon

This collection is one of our bestsellers every year, possibly because we tell people it's one of our bestsellers every year. Best self-fulfilling prophecy ever!

Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry
edited by Rita Dove

There is something incredibly satisfying about a cloth-bound book, with really nice paper and a built-in ribbon bookmark, full of poetry. You know what we're talking about, we can tell.

Momofuku Milk Bar
by Christina Tosi

Crack Pie. Liquid Cheesecake. Carrot Cake Truffles. Earl Grey Fudge Sauce. We could keep going, but we'll stop because we don't want to be responsible for you drooling all over your computer.

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)