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February 16, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - February 16th, 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.

Lifespan of a Fact
by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal

The back and forth between D'Agata and Fingal over the facts in D'Agata's infamous Vegas suicide article will make you question everything you think you know about facts, truth, and writing. We can't stop talking about this one amongst ourselves, and hope that you'll read it and join us.

The Sorcerer's Apprentices
by Lisa Abend

When you're done drooling over A Family Meal, you can get the full behind-the-scenes look at elBulli as the 2009 staff grapple with insane hours, mind-boggling techniques, and all the pressures of working at the best restaurant in the world.

by Deb Olin Unferth

In 1987, 18-year-old Deb and her 21 year-old boyfriend go to Central America to join the revolution. They are a disaster. Vivid, funny, an absolute page-turner. Now in paperback!

This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking
edited by John Brockman

What concept would improve everyone's cognitive toolkit? 21 scientists, philosophers, and thinkers have answers for you, and when they include people like Daniel Kahneman (Thinking, Fast and Slow) and Lisa Randall (Warped Passages) we can't help but be curious.

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)