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December, 2013

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment

Funny photos: Greenpoint photographer captures comedians in the act

Books: Seth Olenick spent seven years photographing the likes of Weird Al, Judd Apatow, and Zach Galifianakis for his new book, “Funny Business.” Comment
February Houses: For the crime-story aficionado on your holiday list, it is hard to imagine a better gift than Brendan Leach’s “Iron Bound,” a graphic novel from Brooklyn indie-comics powerhouse Secret Acres. “Iron Bound” offers the reader immersion in the milieu of 1961 New Jersey greaser gangs — outlaw kids forging adult identities in the same working-class neighborhood in which they grew up. Comment
Books: Meet the man trying to resurrect Kim Jong Il. Comments (3)
Books: A famed poet is leading a haiku workshop at the Brooklyn Museum, so we wrote a few verses of our own. Comments (11)
Books: Just in time for the holidays, we bring you a definitive guide to this year’s best borough-baked cookbooks. Comment
Books: It is a book that should be a blast for every budding engineer and cubicle combat enthusiast to read. Comment

November, 2013

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment

Booked in: Local authors turn booksellers for Small Business Saturday

Books: Authors across Brooklyn will don employee badges at their favorite indie bookstores on Nov. 30 as part of a nationwide movement to support small businesses. Comment

Pun and done: Author mixes cocktails and classic literature

Books: Author and comedian Tim Federle will serve up his literary-inspired cocktails such as “the Old Man and the Seagrams” and “the Rye in the Catcher” at Greenpoint’s Word bookstore on Nov. 22. Comment

Book picks for those cold nights

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations about which books to curl up with as fall sends its last leaves fluttering and winter begins closing in. Comment

Refracted light is ‘Blinding’ in new novel from Gowanus small press

Books: A new translation of Mircea Cartarescu’s novel tugs the reader down the twisted lanes of Bucharest and of memory. Comments (1)

Old wounds on display at soldiers’ story session

Books: The site of the American Revolution’s first battle will host veterans of modern American wars to share stories of their harrowing experiences — of fighting and of returning home. Comment

Smoke this book

Books: Just about everyone handles illicit substances, according to journalist Peter Madsen, whose new book “Dealers” is a collection of anonymous interviews with illicit substance handlers of New York that show how far getting high cuts across social strata. Comments (2)

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment
Books: “The Married Kama Sutra” is a PG-13 spoof on the ancient Hindu sex manual. Comments (1)

October, 2013

Poetry barn: The city’s only poetry store opens in DUMBO

Books: Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop focuses on creative, unconventional poetry books from small, independent press houses that would not find a market in most bookstores. Comment
Books: A Midwood author’s new book is full of fascinating facts about your excrement. Comments (4)

Pack a blanket! Book traces Prospect Park’s history from picnic haven to Lakeside Center

Books: Did you know that, during the late 1800s, picnics were illegal in Central Park but allowed in Prospect Park? Comments (3)

What to read this week

Books: Neighborhood booksellers give their recommendations. Comment

September, 2013

Books: Notice something different at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library? Good, you shouldn’t. Comments (3)
BOOKS

Booksellers’ tips on what to read this weekend

Books: Here are some fresh book recommendations from bookstores around the borough. Comment

A stacked day

A stacked day

Books: Home to some of the best independent bookstores in the city, Brooklyn is once again hosting its famed Book Festival. Comments (3)

Weekend reads

Books: Here are some recommended readings from your local book sellers! Comment

The old country

Books: A new book about a Sicilian family in Brooklyn takes readers on historical journey. Comment

August, 2013

Weekend reads

Books: Here are some recommended readings from your local book sellers! Comments (1)

Poetic pups

Books: The Paper talks to a Brooklyn dog about life in the city, literature, and sniffing stuff. Comments (2)

Of dice and men

Of dice and men

Books: A journalist’s new book tells the story of how a set of 20-sided dice, a character sheet, and a monster manual known as Dungeons and Dragons changed the world. Comment

July, 2013

Lone Ranger

Books: An army vet is the main character of this new spy novel, and he’s going back into action — this time, solo. Comment

June, 2013

Century 21

Books: New novel follows two women from two different eras trying to make it in the fashion business in New York City. Comment

Chimeras gone wild

Books: ‘Scientist’ mixes man with animals in illustrated novel. Comment

The lady and the tramp

Books: A real estate agent and the artist he’s tasked with clearing out from a Park Slope building are characters in a new romantic comedic novel. Comments (8)

May, 2013

Tall tales: New book shows off artist’s work with stilt dancers

Books: Lauren Anderson Barbata has friends in high places. Comment

Characters not wanted: New comic book depicts Brooklynites, hipsters

Books: The main character of a new comic book struggles with life in Brooklyn — where he’s surrounded by hollow friends, vain artists, and pathetic hipsters. Comments (1)
Books: In case you haven’t picked up a comic book in ten or twenty years — local shops are giving them out for free. Comment

April, 2013

Books: Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe had a storied career — and a life worth telling. Comment

God complex

Books: The gods must be crazy — especially when it comes to family. Comment

March, 2013

Boro of Nerds: The literature at a new Bushwick bookstore is bound to raise your spirits. Comments (43)

February, 2013

American hotel

Books: A photographer and writer team — the latter a former Brooklyn Paper arts editor and Steely Dan correspondent — have produced a book of photo essays on the lives of newly arrived immigrants fleeing from famine, war, and persecution. Comments (1)

Lewd laureates

Lewd laureates

Books: What does $5 get you in a DUMBO cathouse — a poem job. Comments (1)

Tell-tail poets: Excerpts from poems about love, loss, and lust

Books: Bards throughout time have figured out novel ways to twist words into tantalizing turns about love, loss, and lust — pretty much as soon as someone figured out how to recite poetry. Comment

January, 2013

Books: They don’t call her grand for nothing. Comment

Sword in the brownstone

Books: An artist has turned the neighborhoods of Park Slope and Bay Ridge into characters in a new graphic novel. Comments (1)
Books: Heroin’s a hell of a drug. Comment

Book with a twist

Books: The new Miss America lives in Windsor Terrace, DieHipster.com is dead, and now a contortionist gets ready for her big interpretation of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” — and so it goes in Brooklyn. Comment

Reading at the edge of town: Authors talk Springsteen in Greenpoint

Books: They will work for their love. Comments (1)

Gertrude Stein marathon! Get ready for 52 grueling hours of action, literature

Books: A long, dense, and difficult book calls — and Brooklyn answers. Comments (2)

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