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January 25, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - January 25th, 2012

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 will celebrate its fifth anniversary in March 2012. 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.

Century Girl
by Lauren Redniss

Redniss's first graphic biography, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, made a huge splash, and we're thrilled to have something new by her to shove at people.

by William Gaddis

If you felt like there weren't enough books poking the capitalist system with a stick, boy are you in luck! JR was a National Book Award winner when it first came out in 1976, which is no mean feat for a novel about an eleven-year-old becoming a newspaper magnate.

The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson

Says Stephanie: "In this novel, Johnson has taken the bizarre Kim Jong Il anecdotes and the horror stories of defectors and combined them into a book that reminds us that behind the lives we can barely imagine, there are people who want the same things we do."

All the Time in the World
by E.L. Doctorow

If you need new reading for the subway, may we recommend this new short story collection? It's a combination of classics and previously unpublished works, which sounds like us to the best of both worlds.

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 2011" 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)