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May 22, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - May 22, 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.

The Black Count

The Black Count
by Tom Reiss

We are suckers for unexpected histories, and this one is a doozy: Alexandre Dumas's grandfather was a black slave? Say what now?! Fascinating.

Red Handed

Red Handed
by Matt Kindt

Emily loves Revolver, Jenn loves Super Spy; stands to reason we cannot leave this one alone.


by John Lanchester

Jenn fell hard for this book when it first came out last year, and now that it's in paperback she is proselytizing even more loudly. "The best novel about the financial crash I can imagine reading; Lanchester does a brilliant job weaving storylines from different classes, different expectations, different viewpoints."

The Pink Hotel

The Pink Hotel
by Anna Stothard

This debut novel - -- about a nameless young woman in search of her dead mother's secrets -- was longlisted for the Orange Prize and comes highly praised by Tupelo Hassman, which is a magical equation that makes Molly really excited about it.

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)