WORD on Wednesdays: 4 November 2009
November 4, 2009
New this week on WORD’s front table!
Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer. I loved this book, as a fellow vegetarian who sometimes caves and eats me. It’s basically The Omnivore’s Dilemma, except with a more distinct point-of-view (spoiler alert: factory farms are BAD NEWS). Safran Foer’s love of language and for craft is evident in this book, and strengthens his argument. Already selling very well here! Even to meat-eaters. Another book that’s selling delightfully well is The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons (mostly thanks to members of our basketball league). Highly recommended for what we now know is a substantial portion of Greenpoint: the book-loving basketball nerds.
Now in paperback, And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks by Kerouac and Burroughs, two gold-star names here at WORD. Also newly in paperback is John Hodgman’s More Information Than You Require. We all liked him already, but recently he said we seem like decent sorts on Twitter, and now we love him, so he gets a big stack in the middle of the table! There’s the new second edition of The Physics of Superheroes, which is obviously super cool. And there’s a new volume of Granta’s Book of the American Short Story that is about three inches thick and perfect for upcoming snow days.
The most fondled book of the week, though, is definitely The City Outside My Window: 63 Views on New York. This is just gorgeous, gorgeous. 63 sketches of, well, the view out the windows of famous and average New Yorkers. It is pretty much irresistible. I invite you to come in and fondle it as well!