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April 9, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 9, 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.

Can't and Won't

Can't and Won't
by Lydia Davis

The modern master of brevity presents another series of narrative dioramas, including the exemplary tale/philosophical wager, Contingency (vs. Necessity): "He could be our dog. But he is not our dog. So her barks at us."

The Age of the Image

The Age of the Image
by Stephen Apkon

This ranging, alpha-omega study of semiotics for the layman examines how the dominance of visual language in culture -- from cave paintings to Smartphones -- constitutes a kind of illiteracy, and how we can use our obsessions with image to tell stories.

Living With a Wild God

Living With a Wild God
by Barbara Ehrenreich

Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) is back with an immensely personal memoir about growing up with atheist parents and her struggles to explain the inexplicable. In her teens, she experienced things that didn't fit within the rational worldview that she grew up steeped in. It's fascinating to see her young mind grappling with it -- and her mature mind looking back on that younger self.

The Adventures of Beekle and the Unimaginary Friend

The Adventures of Beekle and the Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat

Did you ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? Wonder no more! This book is absolutely gorgeous, and so sweet.

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)