February 27, 2013
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.
When Women Were Birds
by Terry Tempest Williams
Jenn says: "Williams is an incredible writer, and her fascination with nature melds with her contemplations on family and the creative voice to produce a gorgeous tear-jerker of a memoir. This one is for fans of Cheryl Strayed and Annie Dillard."
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
Molly can't wait to read Rainbow Rowell's tale of first love among misfits, which takes place in the '80s, references the Sex Pistols on the first page, and is piling up starred reviews.
Emily says: "Goodman showers us with lavish details -- of the 1880s New York where both women launched their careers, of the ships and trains that carried them away and then home, of Nellie Bly's encounter with Jules Verne himself in France, and of the rapidly changing world of journalism."
What were you doing a decade ago? WORD wasn't yet in Greenpoint, many of its booksellers were in college and/or living in other cities, and The Believer, purveyor of fine long-form journalism, was just forming its first words. Look how far we've all come!
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)