April 14, 2010
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.
1959: The Year Everything Changed
by Fred Kaplan
Because I'm a sucker for books that have a tight focus on one time or thing in history. The cover is also an almost hypnotic shade of green.
This book isn't perfect, but it's addictive. A great look at a fascinating man during what seems to have been one of the most important times in his life.
The Clock Without A Face: A Gus Twintig Mystery
by Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett & Eli Horowitz
Fun shape, fun story, fun pictures! If I had a kid who asked a million questions all the time, I would give them this, because it would shut them up for awhile. (Would probably also work on adults who need to be shut up.)
Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales From Tomorrow
selected and edited by Zsuzsi Gartner
The flap of this book asks the following: "What if marauding gangs of hobo philosophers and English professors invaded your home?" Personally, I'd throw books at them until they left, but I suspect this book has a better idea.
The Origin of Species
by Nino Ricci
Anna loved this, plus it won the Governor General's Literary Award, plus Nino Ricci is loved all over the world, plus a trilogy of his was adapted into a mini-series starring the one and only Sophia Loren. Equals go read it already!
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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 comics & graphic novel highlights)
Book Notes (authors create music playlists for their book)
guest book reviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)