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December 4, 2013

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - December 4, 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.

Communion Town: A City in Ten Chapters

Communion Town: A City in Ten Chapters
by Sam Thompson

Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, this book has drawn comparisons to David Mitchell, Italo Calvino, and China Mieville, and frankly, that's all we need to be very excited about it.

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy
by Elly Blue

A cleanly-stated assessment of a complex issue -- transportation in American culture -- complete with personal anecdotes and statistics that suggest that bicycling might not just be good for you, it might be good for everyone.

The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living

The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living
by Bernd Brunner

If bicycling isn't your thing, or really movement at all, perhaps this is the book for you. Though not for the faint (or lazy) of heart, this book examines the far-from-simple history of human horizontalness, and specifically why lying down might be crucial in a society that is constantly on the go.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm
by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The magic of these tales (with stunning color illustrations from Oliver Jeffers, Quentin Blake, and others sprinkled throughout) can open entire worlds to the child who reads them for the first time.

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)