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March 12, 2014

WORD Bookstores Books of the Week - March 12th, 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.


Red Doc>

Red Doc>
by Anne Carson


If you haven't experienced the lyrical beauty and confusion that is Anne Carson, Red Doc> is a good place to start. It rejoins characters from Autobiography of Red decades later, G still tending his herd and also tending his aging mother, and Herakles (now known as Sad But Great) recovering from serving as a soldier. Carson's writing is sometimes like a play, sometimes lists, sometimes grammatical, sometimes not -- not unlike the mind and heart.


The Damned UTD

The Damned UTD
by David Peace

Says Jenn: "The Damned Utd has solidified Peace's status as one of my all-time favorite authors. The book channels the incredible frustrations and glories of the sports world with electrifying prose and parallel narratives -- and people tell me the movie is good, too."


I Think I Am in Friend Love With You

I Think I Am in Friend Love With You
by Yumi Sakugawa

One of Emily's favorites from back in Los Angeles, and one of Katie's new favorites from the moment she took it out of the box, Yumi Sakugawa's small gem will make you have all the feels in all the best ways.


People are Unappealing (Even Me)

People are Unappealing (Even Me)
by Sara Barron

The parenthetical confession makes the title both sardonic and sympathetic, which doubles as an apt summary of the content. This collection of essays and observations from a self-described Jerry Springer Show alumna applies a gallows wit to a range of settings, from suburbia to orthopedics.


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
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)


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