#BrazosBest Picks for August

Article by keaton

In August: check fraud as cure for existential dread; taxi rides and past lives in modern Beijing; the return of Pulitzer Prize-winning friendly giant Adam Johnson; broken relationships, weird crushes, and other people; Hurricane Katrina ten years later; the cultural mathematics of race in America.


Into the Valley Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781616955090
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Press - August 4th, 2015

ON SALE 8/4

For a while, the counterfeit checks and brand new Mustang give the nameless young woman in Ruth Galm’s debut novel a sense of agency. She finally feels she can escape both the oppressive strictures of her mother and the degenerate hippies that frighten her even more. Yet, is it ever truly possible to slough off the chains of society? And what if when you do get beyond all the meaningless claptrap, you only find a void staring back at you? At once a throwback to the novels of Joan Didion and Richard Yates and the arrival of a startling new voice in American fiction, INTO THE VALLEY is a relentless character study that refuses to turn away from the most unsettling of truths—that there may in fact be none.
—Keaton  


The Incarnations Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501106781
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchstone Books - August 18th, 2015

ON SALE 8/18

A taxi driver in Beijing begins receiving mysterious letters from a person who claims to be his soulmate, detailing their past lives together as parent and child, as siblings, as lovers. As his personal life deteriorates, the letters spill forth vivid tales of lives entwining across eons of Chinese history, in this novel of obsession and buried secrets. Barker’s incredibly rich writing captivates even as it disgusts, empathizes even when the acts it portrays are unforgivable. Both an epic drama and an intimate painting of one man’s psyche, THE INCARNATIONS doesn’t let you go easy.
—Liz 


Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812997477
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

ON SALE 8/18

Adam Johnson’s first book since winning the Pulitzer, these six stories deal in tragedy, technology and the the effort involved in gaining wisdom. He also returns to the subject of North Korea, the setting of THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON, telling the story of two Pyongyang defectors who struggle to assimilate to their new life in Seoul. A masterful mixture of the everyday set against extraordinary circumstances, this collection is another example of Johnson’s gifts as a writer.
—Mark


Barbara the Slut and Other People Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594633782
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2015

ON SALE 8/4

Girlfriends, boyfriends, siblings, dogs: the ways we form relationships are the core of this phenomenal debut collection of stories about sex, friendship, and breakdowns in communication. Every story in this book is so viscerally real, whether it’s a teenager enduring a family road trip to break up with her long-distance boyfriend, a worker in an STD clinic giving bad news, or a young woman pretending to be gay to work in a sex toy shop. All right, that last one’s a little out there, but no matter how outrageous some of the circumstances may seem, Holmes hits perfectly on the vulnerabilities, insecurities, and buried needs that live in us all.
—Liz 

 


Katrina: After the Flood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781451692228
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2015

ON SALE 8/11

When the levees broke, Hurricane Katrina became a man-made disaster. Even once the waters receded, political infighting, bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption left the revival of one of the greatest American cities in doubt. Gary Rivlin’s meticulous rendering of the storm and its aftermath--published to coincide with the tenth anniversary of landfall--is journalism at its finest. It is quite literally a deluge of facts wrapped in a gripping narrative that provides the most complete understanding yet of this American tragedy.
—Keaton   


Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941411049
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Sarabande Books - August 11th, 2015

ON SALE 8/11

With MULTIPLY/DIVIDE, Wendy S. Walters steps out of poetry and into prose. Her topic? Race in America. Using fiction, non-fiction, and lyric essay, Walters explores the universal and the personal, ranging from contradictions within American identity and aspirations to her own entrance into motherhood as a biracial woman. Beautiful, compelling, and relevant, MULTIPLY/DIVIDE is one of those rare books that prompts self-examination without preaching.
—Annalia


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