September 12, 2012
WORD is an independent neighborhood bookstore in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. 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 Michael Chabon
Jenn has read Chabon's newest and declared it thoroughly enjoyable! "The characters and the prose are perfect and the plot is entertaining as all get-out, especially if you've ever worked retail."
This Is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz
Diaz is back with a collection of short stories that you must must must read. One of our friend booksellers called Diaz's prose "propulsive", which is exactly right -- it just carries you right along.
The Malice of Fortune
by Michael Ennis
This historical thriller circles around the relationship between Niccolo Machiavelli and the Borgia prince Valentino, and hits several of our literary sweet spots. Murder and mystery, plus a reminder that historical scandals are just as sexy as present-day shenanigans.
The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
The WORD staff is united in love for this retelling of The Iliad. Miller's storytelling powers are impressive, as she takes us behind the scenes in the life of the great (and probably gay) Achilles. New in paperback!
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)