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March 31, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - March 31st, 2010

In the Largehearted Word series, the staff of Brooklyn's WORD bookstore highlights several new books released this week.

WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that celebrated 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.


The Abyss of Human Illusion
by Gilbert Sorrentino

His final novel AND the new leader in the "Best Title of the Year" contest here at WORD.


Hotel Iris
by Yoko Ogawa

You've just got to love the books that literally sell right out of the box, and this was one of those this week, thanks to Anna's love for Ogawa (you may remember her The Housekeeper and the Professor from last year).


The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals
by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Being as it is Passover, this is the most important week of the year to find out: is a banshee kosher? what about a mermaid? or a Mongolian death worm? or Bigfoot? or an ouroboros? This is the only book that will tell you for sure.


Shark Vs. Train
by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld

Another book that answers an important question, but unfortunately, with more questions. What should be simple--who would win in a competition, a shark, or a train?--turns out to depend on whether they are on a seesaw, eating pies, bowling, playing hide-and-seek, or running lemonade stands. This is technically a children's book, but we won't tell if you buy it for yourself.


Sherlock Holmes: His Greatest Cases
by Arthur Conan Doyle, cover design by Michael Kirkham

Normally, trends in publishing get old very quickly when you work in a bookstore and see them constantly. But if loving the trend of gorgeous new covers for beloved classics is wrong, I don't want to be right.


WORD Brooklyn links:

WORD website
WORD blog
WORD on Twitter
WORD's Facebook page
WORD's Flickr photos


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 comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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