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March 20, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - March 20, 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 sixth 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.

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells
edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

The latest from the formidable Datlow/Windling editing team is a collection of gaslamp fantasy featuring stories from Gregory Maguire, Kathe Koja, Catherynne M. Valente, and Elizabeth Wein, among many equally brilliant others.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
by Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson turns her sharp, glorious writing to an affecting exploration of her own life, and the things -- some of them horrible -- that made her the person, and writer, she is today.

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp
by Richard Hell

It's been a great year for musical autobiographies; the latest on the scene is the coming-of-age tale of Richard Hell (of Television, among other bands), who was a pivotal figure in the New York punk scene of the 1970s.

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

The Sugar Frosted Nutsack
by Mark Leyner

Sure, nobody wants to say the name of this book aloud to us, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't read Leyner's crazypants tale of gods and men. Lev Grossman called the guy a "mad genius" -- what more do you need?

WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Tumblr
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)