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September 19, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - September 19, 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.

Joseph Anton: A Memoir
by Salman Rushdie

Rushdie's much-anticipated new book chronicles his life after the fatwa -- nine years of living with the threat of murder. The title comes from the alias Rushdie chose for the police to use when referring to him: Joseph, for Conrad, and Anton, for Chekhov.

The Diviners
by Libba Bray

Libba Bray continues her genre-hopping ways with a new YA novel about young Evie O'Neill, who is thrilled to be sent to live with her uncle in 1920s New York -- even though her uncle curates a museum of creepy occult stuff. When occult-related murders start happening, it turns out Evie might be uniquely able to help.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns
by Mindy Kaling

The Office's Mindy Kaling's bestselling book -- which covers everything from karaoke etiquette to pressing questions such as "Why Do Men Put Their Shoes on So Slowly?" -- is now out in paperback.

The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways
by Earl Swift

Swifty's highly praised book (also now in paper) chronicles the history of something we often take for granted (or curse): America's sprawling superhighways.

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)