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October 2, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - October 2, 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.

Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree
by Andrew Solomon

Jenn says: "This is a doorstopper of a book, but absolutely worth lugging around. Solomon followed exceptional children (from those with Downs syndrom to the autistic, prodigies, and more) and their families over a decade, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at different kinds of family life, and each and every story is fascinating."

Paddle Your Own Canoe

Paddle Your Own Canoe
by Nick Offerman

Ron Swanson WE MEAN Nick Offerman would like to teach you the fundamentals of life, particularly those that involve red meat, nature, and combinations thereof. Could there be a better role model?

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
by Sean Howe

Sean Howe's history of Marvel Comics, now out in paperback, is a must-read for pop-culture junkies.

The Signature of All Things

The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert's new novel travels the globe as it tells the tale of a family of botanical explorers, focusing on Alma Whittaker, whose scientific sense of wonder is challenged when she falls for a man who is more interested in the spiritual.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
by Catherynne M. Valente

Valente's Fairyland books keep getting more magical. In the third installation, September finds herself on a surprising journey to the moon, where things are not always just as they seem.

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)