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July 24, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - July 24, 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: @wordbookstores.

WORD also hosts the monthly Largehearted Lit reading series, featuring authors who participated in this blog's Book Notes series and musical guests.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling

Rowling's skills at constructing convincing characters and incredibly detailed environments are on full display in this not-at-all-fantastical novel. Fair warning: it is really, really, sad.

Signifying Rappers

Signifying Rappers
by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello

Initially published in 1990, this remarkable collaboration between two longtime friends is finally back in print! Wallace and Costello explore their shared love of rap/hip-hop, with Boston's music scene as a backdrop.

The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia

The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia
by Martin Olson

Fuel your Adventure Time addiction with this hilarious, niftily designed accessory to the show.

The Panopticon

The Panopticon
by Jenni Fagan

Once you get used to the Scottish slang (and vulgarity), it's easy to get wrapped up in this story of Anais, a girl who's been in the system for her whole life, whose favorite foster parent (of many) was a prostitute who she later found murdered in a bathtub, and who, when we meet her, is wearing a blood-soaked dress in the back of a cop car on her way to a youth detention facility called the Panopticon.

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)