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June 13, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - June 13th, 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.

The Astral
by Kate Christensen

Greenpoint's own novel, now in paperback! Jami says: "Don't miss this brilliant, witty, perceptive novel about a lovable loser poet adrift in North Brooklyn."

by John Lanchester

You may not think you want to read a novel about the 2008 bank collapse, but you'd be wrong. Lanchester's examination of the lives of families on one street in London is smart, witty, and may even make you feel better about the crazy state of economics today.

Living, Thinking, Looking
by Siri Hustvedt

Hustvedt is one of WORD's favorite thinkers and writers, and we can't wait to dive into her newest collection. At 32 essays from 2006 to 2011, there's plenty of food for thought.

by John Scalzi

For everyone who grew up dreaming of outer space, this one's for you. John Scalzi, blogger and author extraordinaire, finally gives a voice to the voiceless redshirts!

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)