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March 7, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - March 7th, 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.

Lucky Peach Issue 3: Cooks and Chefs

The covers continue to be NSFW, as do the contents (for example, Anthony Bourdain's contribution is entitled Eat, Drink, F**k, Die). Bonus: local artist/author Lisa Hanawalt is in this one, revealing The Secret Lives of Chefs.

Gods Without Men
by Hari Kunzru

We are all totally obsessed with this book. Kunzru pieces together Wall Street, New Age spirituality and UFOs, immigration, celebrity ennui, family dysfunction, and culture clash in a crazy kaleidoscope of a novel. Come and see him here on March 22nd!

Turn of Mind
by Alice LaPlante

Stephanie and Jenn both highly recommend this thriller, newly out in paperback. Following a talented surgeon with early onset Alzheimer's accused of murdering her best friend, it's a murder mystery, family drama, emotional portrait of a woman lost in her own mind, and one hell of a page-turner.

March Was Made of Yarn
edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima

Luke and Karashima collected twenty-two pieces both new and previously published on the horrific natural disasters of March 11, 2011. Fiction and nonfiction, manga and poetry and essay and story, it's both a moving tribute and fascinating compilation.

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)