November 7, 2012
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.
Both Flesh and Not
by David Foster Wallace
If you like essays, vocabulary lists (blepharitis! gastine!), footnotes (so many footnotes), and/or DFW, you need this. Says Emily: "The titular essay is brilliant. I got that tunnel effect while I was reading it: almost missed my subway stop, read it while walking to the store, had to sit on the bench outside to finish it."
by Barbara Kingsolver
A miracle on an Appalachian mountain top, the digital and economic divide, a marriage falling apart, the climate crisis, family secrets and intrigue: these are the ingredients the newest (and very enjoyable) Kingsolver is made of.
by Helen Oyeyemi
This one is at the top of Jenn's TBR list. "I've been informed by reliable sources that if you like Ursula Le Guin, NK Jemisin, and/or Octavia Butler (all of which I love), then this is a must-read."
The Great Showdowns
by Scott C.
Our staff can't stop flipping through this one. It is literally what it looks like, comics of great movie showdowns, and while we haven't identified them all yet, we are on a mission! Our favorite might be the Titanic -- why is the iceberg winking?!
WORD Brooklyn links:
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
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)