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May 21, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - May 21, 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.

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
by Alysia Abbott

New to paperback, Fairyland provides a lucid, tender remembrance of an uncommon childhood among uncommon people in the era of the uncommon -- 1970s San Francisco. Alysia Abbott makes use of letters, diaries, and other ephemera to enrich her memories of a life that was full of sweetness, struggle, and love.

Turn Around Bright Eyes

Turn Around Bright Eyes
by Rob Sheffield

Like the song says, breaking up is hard to do, a number that, incidentally, would fit in perfectly at a karaoke night. This book is a hip saga of renewal.

The Girl in the Road

The Girl in the Road
by Monica Byrne

Byrne fully imagines not only a future version of India and Africa, but some really satisfyingly weird new technology, and juggles two intensely moving storylines.

This is an incredibly strong debut.

We Need New Names

We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo

This novel is about alienation and suffering and being a kid and growing up too fast and what it’s like to try to find a home, and it's affecting and wonderful.

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)

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)