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December 12, 2012

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - December 12, 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 Folly of the World

The Folly of the World
by Jesse Bullington

We haven't read this yet, but author Lauren Beukes' enthusiasm for it is enough to convince us we should. Con men, thugs, feral girls and Holland!

Turing's Cathedral

Turing's Cathedral
by George Dyson

It is pretty much impossible for certain of us (cough JENN cough) to pass up a book on Turing and/or the history of computing, and this one situates it in the same context as the hydrogen bomb.

New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009

New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009
edited by Theresa Carpenter

Now out in paperback! For all y'all New York history lovers out there, you know who you are.

Me and Mr. Booker

Me and Mr. Booker
by Cory Taylor

Tin House brings us a Commonwealth Book Prize winner, which is one of our favorite non-US prizes. This one's a tale of an Australian nymphet, seduced by a chain-smoking charmer of an Englishman.

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)

Online "Best Books of 2012" 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)