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May 16, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - May 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 recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. 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.

1Q84: 3-Volume Boxed Set
by Haruki Murakami

It's almost unfair that 1Q84 is hogging so much fantastic book design to itself, but we guess if anybody deserves it, it's Murakami. You will probably want to buy this book again now.

Home-Made Europe: Contemporary Folk Artifacts
edited by Vladmir Arkhipov

This is a crazy yet simple little book of the things people create to make life a little brighter or a little easier. From a toilet paper hanger to a ice cream sign, they're all delightful and inspiring. Would make a great housewarming gift.

The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
by Shehan Karunatilaka

This is one of store manager Stephanie's favorite books of the year so far. Smart, madcap funny, dark, deep, satisfying on every level, even if you know nothing about cricket.

Neal Stephenson

Now out in slightly-less-intimidating, very-vibrant-orange paperback!

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)

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)