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August 20, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - August 20, 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 John Williams

From the famed author of Stoner, this lyrical, engrossing novel in imaginary letters advances a speculative version of the common lives of extraordinary men and women from Rome in the time of Augustus. John Williams imbues the figures of that period with intimacy and vividness.

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

This novel does parallel narratives really well -- one in the present after the family's daughter has disappeared, and one that starts with the parents' lives and elucidates the circumstances that brought us to the present. Ng's narrative weaving is masterful.


by Justin Taylor

NYC's own Justin Taylor returns with a clutch of new stories rife with strong characters, complex but clear story lines, and enough humor to anchor the otherwise bleak, dispiriting results of ambition, romantic or otherwise.

Twitter: The Comic (The Book)

Twitter: The Comic (The Book)
by Mike Rosenthal

The absurdities of The Feed come alive in this collection of cartoon renderings of odd, creepy, and ridiculous entries into the great ephemeral stream of Twitter.

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)