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February 5, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - February 5, 2014

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

WORD Bookstores are independent neighborhood bookstores in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Jersey City, New Jersey. Our primary goal is to be whatever our communities needs us to be, which currently means carrying everything from fiction to nonfiction to 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). If a weekly dose of WORD here isn't enough for you, follow us on Twitter: @wordbookstores.


The Miniature Wife

The Miniature Wife
by Manuel Gonzales

Gonzales has a sharp eye for the absurd, and The Miniature Wife is chockful of ridiculous scenarios rendered both believable and resonant.


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

Marra's debut novel, newly out in paperback, is the perfect winter book -- war-time Chechnya is a cold cold place, but these characters find ways to bring warmth back into their lives.


The Castle of Whispers

The Castle of Whispers
by Carole Martinez

The beautifully written prose of this novel tells a story of trading in one life for another, as fifteen-year-old Esclarmonde rejects her impending marriage to enter a mystical world. You'll be enchanted by both the story and Martinez's way of unraveling it.


What Makes This Book So Great

What Makes This Book So Great
by Jo Walton

Jo Walton is a staff favorite, and while our reading lists are already overflowing we are ever-ready to add her recommendations to our lists. If you're looking for an excuse to read speculative fiction for the first time (or for the zillionth), this collection is a must-have.


WORD Brooklyn links:

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


also at Largehearted Boy:

other Word Bookstores Books of the Week (weekly new book highlights)

Online "Best of 2013" Book Lists

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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