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February 12, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - February 12, 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.

The Free

The Free
by Willy Vlautin

The Free is full of Vlautin's boundless compassion for ordinary people facing intensely difficult times. Its characters rotate around Leroy Kervin, an Iraq vet who spends most of the book unconscious, dreaming a parallel version of his life. A profoundly American story, The Free offers an incredible mix of hope and heartbreak.

The News: A User Manual

The News: A User Manual
by Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton help us navigate the incredible amount of news stories we are faced with every day, using 25 archetypes as a guide. Presented as a compact hardcover, this is an useful manual for anyone and everyone.

Why I Read

Why I Read
by Wendy Lesser

Lesser's love of reading is contagious. Read this if you're a book lover or if you've been looking for a reminder of why reading is so wonderful.

Here Comes the Easter Cat

Here Comes the Easter Cat
by Deborah Underwood & Claudia Rueda

Surly but ambitious, Cat wants to do the Easter bunny's job. Maybe. If he can get a nap (or seven). Barring that, maybe he can make himself useful one way or the other. We've read this book out loud, um, more times than we maybe want to admit. It's that much fun. Promise.

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)