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April 28, 2010

Largehearted WORD Books of the Week - April 28, 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 City & The City
by China Mieville

One of the best novels of last year, now in paperback. It's sci-fi by way of a murder mystery spilled from the brain of one of our smartest living writers.


How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act The Way We Do
by Dr. Sharon Moalem

Well, I guess most of us know the basics of how it all works, but the details are fascinating (not to mention, potentially good material for second-date conversations).


Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, The City Where Food Is Almost Everything
by Tom Fitzmorris

An ode to one of the US's greatest food cities (and to how food rebuilt the city) by a man who knows it better than anybody. Plus recipes!


Orion You Came And You Took All My Marbles
by Kira Henehan

The winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize---a bold new voice in hard-boiled fiction.


The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
by Reif Larsen

I have not read this, owing to a bizarre bias against books with precocious teen narrators, but I feel like an idiot, because I know dozens of booksellers who just love it to pieces. Don't make the same mistake I keep making!


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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