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February 6, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - February 6, 2013

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 Love Song of Jonny Valentine

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
by Teddy Wayne

Wayne's newest novel, which follows the career of a young pop star (think 11-year-old Justin Bieber), is bitingly funny and definitely, definitely, not for kids.

Literary Rogues

Literary Rogues
by Andrew Shaffer

Shaffer is back with A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors -- and you thought modern-day writers were ill-behaved!

Man in the Empty Suit

Man in the Empty Suit
by Sean Ferrell

Ferrell's time travel noir novel will turn your brain inside out, upside down, and backwards, whilst also presenting the compelling journey of a man who really doesn't know where he belongs.

Exercises in Style

Exercises in Style
by Raymond Queneau

A masterpiece of rhetoric, Queneau tells one story 99 different ways and will make you feel both learned and inadequate.

The Lady and Her Monsters

The Lady and Her Monsters
by Roseanne Montillo

Montillo's history of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is part bio of Shelley and her husband and circle of contemporaries, and part macabre look at the science that went into Victor Frankenstein's creation -- grave robbers, corpse experimentation and all.

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)