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January 22, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - January 22, 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.

Gun Machine

Gun Machine
by Warren Ellis

Now out in paperback, Ellis sets his new novel in NYC, where a cop finds an apartment full of guns -- all of which are connected to previously unsolved murders. If this is anywhere near as fascinating (and cheerfully out-there) as Ellis's first novel, Crooked Little Vein, we're bound to be hooked.

The Scar Boys

The Scar Boys
by Len Vlahos

Jenn says, "Vlahos's debut is big-hearted and bold. The Scar Boys is a coming-of-age novel that tackles trauma and recovery, toxic friendships, first love, first passions, and the power of music. It's set in the 1980s, but the stings and elations of teen years are timeless, and both adults and teenagers alike will recognize themselves in -- and be rooting for -- the characters."

Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar

Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar
by Kelly Oxford

Kelly Oxford is hilarious on twitter, and it just so happens that she can hold up that humor without the strict 140 character limit. Now out in paperback, her memoir is honest, well-paced, and obviously funny.


by Joyce Carol Oates

The disappearance of a neighborhood girl in the upstate New York town of Carthage causes a stir in the community. Oates showcases her usual knockout style and storytelling in this page-turning, frightening thriller.

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)