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April 2, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 2nd, 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.


by Max Barry

Molly says, "This smart-funny-dark-sweet thriller about 'poets' with a dangerous command of language is especially recommended for fans of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash."

A Guide for the Perplexed

A Guide for the Perplexed
by Dara Horn

Jenn says, "A Guide for the Perplexed is one of my favorites from last year -- multi-strand plot and narrative, a philosophical base with an action plot on top, and characters that will stay with you long after you put down the book."

The Empathy Exams

The Empathy Exams
by Leslie Jamison

Some of you may have first become aware of this collection when its titular essay was excerpted in last month's issue of The Believer. We can assure you, the whole book is one of the most compelling nonfiction collections we've come across. It's particularly good for reading in public, surrounded by the masses.

New Life, No Instructions

New Life, No Instructions
by Gail Caldwell

Several of us at WORD were big fans of Caldwell's previous book, Let's Take the Long Way Home. So naturally, we were thrilled to see a new memoir from her, this one about facing huge changes and finding "a field of hope where sorrow used to be."

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)