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April 23, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 23, 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 Color Master

The Color Master
by Aimee Bender

Molly says, "If I had my way, there would be a new Aimee Bender book every year (if not even more often). The details of her gorgeously written stories are often surreal -- in one, a girl travels with her sister to learn how to mend a wounded tiger; in the title story, an apprentice works to dye cloth the precise color of the moon -- but the feelings they evoke are bittersweet and familiar."

Assholes: A Theory

Assholes: A Theory
by Aaron James

Like the saying goes, everyone's got one, or has to deal with one at least, in the various checkout lines, expressways, and dinner parties of life. But there is more to the morose than meets the eye, and ethicist/philosopher/professor Aaron James applies his Harvard PhD to the subject.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
by Francine Prose

Francine Prose's exploration of Europe between the wars recalls the Leonard Cohen song, "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye," with its intimation that, while love is old, we are always new to it: "There are many loves before us / I know that we are not new / in city and forests / they smile like me and you." This novel renders Cohen's sentiment in the past tense, and adds the pathos and intense uncertainty of the days of Hitler's initial ascent to power.

Over Easy

Over Easy
by Mimi Pond

Illustrator and cartoonist Mimi Pond uses muted colors to tell a decisively unquiet tale about life in California in the 1970s, on the cusps of hippie and punk cultures and youth and adulthood.

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)