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January 8, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - January 8, 2014

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to 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). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores.

Drinking With Men

Drinking With Men
by Rosie Schaap

Molly says, "Reading Rosie Schaap's memoir is like going bar-hopping across the country with the best possible friend -- the one who knows the bartenders, knows the vibe of each bar, and knows how to ease you, her companion, into each new circle of friends, acquaintances and strangers with whom you never thought you'd bond. Drinking With Men isn't about drinking so much as it's about the particular kind of socializing that comes from being a regular, from belonging to a place, even if only for a time. Read it in your favorite pub, next to a pint of really good beer."

My Beloved World

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayer

Sotomayer shares intimate details from her life, chronicling her journey from the Bronx housing projects to becoming the first Hispanic and only third woman appointed to the Supreme Court. If you're looking for a true tale of inspiration and drive, you've found it.

The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic

The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic
by Christopher Merkner

Coffee House Press delivers yet another original, absorbing book. Merkner's Midwestern backdrop and icy storytelling makes the familiar alien and the grotesque hilarious.

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Christine says, "I absolutely loved this newest work by the endlessly talented Laurie Halse Anderson (mother of our own Manager Emeritus Stephanie and tireless champion of indie booksellers and librarians everywhere). Teenager Hayley has had a tough few years bouncing from place to place as her veteran dad tries to escape from his hellish memories of his time in Iraq. The book is hard to put down from page one as we follow Hayley through her struggles in a new school trying to live a somewhat normal life despite her (and her dad's) psychological scars. There's some romance, some humor and tons of heart, and I think it's a perfect crossover for YA readers and adults alike.

WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD Tumblr
WORD on Twitter
WORD's Facebook page
WORD's Flickr photos

also at Largehearted Boy:

other Word Bookstores 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)