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April 16, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 16, 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.

A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York
by Liana Finck

Artist Liana Finck tells the story of the famous, often life-saving advice column "The Bintel Brief," a backpage feature of the Yiddish newspaper The Forward that was the staple of many immigrant Jewish households in early 20th century New York. Imaginative and moving, it reads like a fable as much as a history lesson.

The Good Inn

The Good Inn
by Black Francis and Josh Frank

Pixies frontman Black Francis joins writer Josh Frank and illustrator Steven Appleby to resuscitate and retell two obscure but significant events in early 1900s France: the demise of the battleship Iena and the filming of Le Bonne Auberge, thought to be the first pornographic film.

All the Birds, Singing

All the Birds, Singing
by Evie Wyld

Molly says: This novel is impossibly balanced -- gorgeous and graceful, dark and taut, it tells the story of Jake, a young woman who's chosen a solitary life on a cold English island. Wyld is as good at Jake's reluctant, slow-moving connection to other people as she is at depicting the kind of solitude that's sometimes necessary to process, to rebuild, and to heal.

Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists

Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists
by Hillary L. Chute

Emily says: In addition to its stunning full-color production and french flaps, this book contains interviews with Scott McCloud, Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Phoebe Gloeckner, Joe Sacco, Alison Bechdel, Francoise Mouly, Adrian Tomine, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware. Do I really need to say anything else?

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)