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November 27, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - November 26, 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 Bully Pulpit

The Bully Pulpit
by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Using the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, Goodwin tells the riveting story of the Progressive era. The firsthand information that accompanies this much anticipated book helps to provide an in-depth view of this time.


by Anne Jamison

Jamison delves into the history of fanfiction and its place in literature, offering the points of view of both professional and fan writers. Whether you are an active participant in the fanfiction world or coming to it for the first time, this is a great, informative read on the subject.


by Nick Hornby

Music critic Nick Hornby writes about the songs from artists like Ben Folds Five, Patti Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, and Aimee Mann. Hornby writes, "One has so many more opinions about what has gone wrong than about what is perfect," and it is definitely refreshing to read about the songs he truly loves.

Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

For anyone who as ever looked back on a relationship and thought, what happened there?, Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler have some answers. They trace the relationship arc of teenaged couple Min and Ed and, with perfect voice and gorgeous illustrations, tell a much bigger story.

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 of 2013" Book 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)