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January 15, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - January 15, 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.

A Highly Unlikely Scenario

A Highly Unlikely Scenario
by Rachel Cantor

Jenn says, "This sci-fi romp is about a future pizza company that utilizes the Pythagorean theorem, Jewish mysticism, and Marco Polo, and that’s just the first chapter. Definitely one to pick up if you’re a Douglas Adams or Ernest Cline fan."

The Answer to the Riddle is Me

The Answer to the Riddle is Me
by David Stuart MacLean

After waking up on a train platform in India without any personal identification or idea of how he got there, David MacLean attempts to piece together his former life. This memoir cuts deep into the idea of identity, hitting every spoke on the wheel of human emotion along the way.

The Last Days of California

The Last Days of California
by Mary Miller

Emily says, "This novel has got a bit of a "Little Miss Sunshine" feel -- it follows a family on a religious pilgrimage of sorts, each member with different motivations and emotions. The parents believe the rapture is coming, and the teenage girls have quite a lot else on their minds. The prose is understated and the humor is dark."

The Trickster's Hat

The Trickster's Hat
by Nick Bantock

The author of the Griffin & Sabine cycle is back with this super fun book about losing yourself in order to eventually discover your creativity. It makes a great gift for any type of aspiring artist.

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)