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March 19, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - March 19th, 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.

Kids Are Weird

Kids Are Weird
by Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown applies his heart-on-sleeve sincerity to the realm of children's accidental wisdom with his colorful rendition of "kids say the darndest things." By turns charming, touching, and always funny, this small square gem keeps the momentum of Brown's recent foray into books for/about kids.

Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling
by Brian Kimberling

As spring (hopefully) rounds the broad bend of winter, so too come the birds, and with them, their earnest. adoring counterparts, birders. Kimberling's novel tells a story of a bedazzled truck called "Gypsy Moth," wing-crossed love, and the great state of Indiana.

The Time Traveler's Almanac

The Time Traveler's Almanac
edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

As daylight-saving time, period films and the endless old TV shows on the Internet all prove, time is elastic, or at least our senses of it are. Although there are many ways to feel we are transcending time, we still haven't found a way to actually go somewhere, body and all. Thank Chronos there's a century or two of great imaginative literature to provide an analog. Masterful anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have assembled a marvel of great time-travel yarns, from classics like H.G. Wells to newer contributions such as William Gibson and Douglas Adams.

X vs. Y

X vs. Y
by Eve Epstein and Leonora Epstein

Two sisters compare, contrast and cheer (or cringe) at one another's generations in this Venn diagram-inspired study of the long and short gaps between siblings, and the difference a few years makes.

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
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)