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May 7, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - May 7, 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.

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself
by Walt Whitman and Allen Crawford

America's first bard gets the graphic treatment in this whimsical rendering of the famous poem. Move over, Rockwell Kent!

The Rathbones

The Rathbones
by Janice Clark

The New England whaling industry was the region's primary employer for many years, which means there are innumerable untold family stories, and not all on the scale of the Essex/Pequod. Janice Clark imagines a voyage in search of a voyage, people searching for each other and themselves.

1,000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names

1,000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names
by Mario Giordano

Have you ever been stumped by an emotion and wished for a kind of thesaurus to explain yourself to yourself or someone else? Check out entry No. 155: The relief of having put it behind you.

The Bees

The Bees
by Laline Paull

In this riveting novel, bees are the main characters, and the dramas, intensity, and purposes of a bee's life -- world-building, labor, worship -- make familiar and haunting sense.

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)