April 9, 2014
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.
Can't and Won't
by Lydia Davis
The modern master of brevity presents another series of narrative dioramas, including the exemplary tale/philosophical wager, Contingency (vs. Necessity): "He could be our dog. But he is not our dog. So her barks at us."
The Age of the Image
by Stephen Apkon
This ranging, alpha-omega study of semiotics for the layman examines how the dominance of visual language in culture -- from cave paintings to Smartphones -- constitutes a kind of illiteracy, and how we can use our obsessions with image to tell stories.
Living With a Wild God
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed) is back with an immensely personal memoir about growing up with atheist parents and her struggles to explain the inexplicable. In her teens, she experienced things that didn't fit within the rational worldview that she grew up steeped in. It's fascinating to see her young mind grappling with it -- and her mature mind looking back on that younger self.
The Adventures of Beekle and the Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
Did you ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? Wonder no more! This book is absolutely gorgeous, and so sweet.
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other Word Bookstores 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
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)