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April 30, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - April 30, 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 Elizabeth McCracken

In this first collection of new work in 20 years, Elizabeth McCracken tells stories of life's small moments that affect us all -- its characters -- in ways that are seldom small.

The Faraway Nearby

The Faraway Nearby
by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit's work gives off a kind of soft glow, approaching the delicate, intricate fibers of human experience with a strong, trustworthy voice. The Faraway Nearby seems quiet, like ice or a faded memory, but its brave and personal examinations of loss and the passing of time stay with you.

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay

The Public Library: A Photographic Essay
by Robert Dawson

Katie loved this passage from Ann Patchett's afterword so much, we have to include the whole thing: "So know this- if you love your library, use your library. Support libraries in your words and deeds. If you are fortunate enough to be able to buy your books, and you have your own computer with which to conduct research, and you’re not in search of a story hour for your children, then don’t forget about the members of your community who are like you but perhaps lack your resources- the ones who love to read, who long to learn, who need a place to go and sit and think. Make sure that in your good fortune you remember to support their quest for a better life. That’s what a library promises us, after all: a better life. And that’s what libraries have delivered."

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Camping Primer

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Camping Primer
by Jennifer Adams

Summer is coming, I swear, and if you have little ones, that means camp is coming, too. Let Mark Twain (and charming illustrations) help verse your junior camper on the basics.

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)