March 3, 2010
WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that will celebrate its third anniversary this March. Our primary goal is to be whatever our community needs us to be, which currently means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and 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). We're a small operation, just 1000 square feet and four people, but we read too much, so it all works out. If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbrooklyn.
by Colm Toibin
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Scribner) (paperback release). We were selling the hell out of this anyway thanks to Kelly's staff pick and the fact that we're, you know, in Brooklyn. In paperback I think it'll be one of our standouts in 2010, and it very much deserves to be.
by Kenzaburo Oe
From Anna: "Somewhere between Mishima and Murakami falls this Nobel Prize laureate, who mixes fact and fiction in a dreamlike way no European author can match. The Changeling is the first novel of his to appear in English since 2003."
Petit, the Monster
It's never too early to introduce your children to the concept of moral ambiguity, especially when it's done as beautifully as Isol does here. Good also for adults who could use a refresher. (And if you've never seen it, you simply MUST see her board book It's Useful To Have A Duck, one of WORD's favorite books of all time.)
The story of the Antikythera Mechanism and what it might have said---and why maybe we shouldn't be so high and mighty about our technology.
by Bonnie Jo Campbell
The National Book Award finalist chronicling rural working-class life in the twenty-first century, finally in paperback.
Today only, 10% off any book mentioned in this post! Just put discount code DUCKTASTIC in the comments field at checkout, and we'll process it at 10% off.
WORD Brooklyn links:
also at Largehearted Boy:
other Largehearted Word Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (my yearly reading project)
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly new comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)