#BrazosBest Picks for June

Article by keaton

In June: Waterloo witnessed by a rabbit; getting to know THE STRANGER from an Algerian perspective; a portrait of the artist as a young woman; killers caught in the hallucinatory heart of the Old West; the appeal of nudism and the necessity of sunscreen; finding humor amid the absurdity of life in modern Israel; love...Tom Haverford-style 


The Sage of Waterloo: A Tale Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780393246919
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2015

I thought the same thing you’re thinking now: why would a debut novelist write about one of the most decisive battles in history from the point of view of a rabbit, or a family of rabbits to be more precise? Yet, this narrative choice puts enough separation between humanity and its history to approach a well-told tale in an entirely new way. We see our history enmeshed in the natural world, at once of us and not of us. We see how our actions reverberate through time and space and that we are never truly shed of them. 

 


The Meursault Investigation Cover Image
By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781590517512
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

While primarily a postcolonial re-rendering of THE STRANGER, recounted by the brother of the anonymous "Arab” killed by Camus’ anti-hero, THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION is also an unnerving psychological thriller, an absurdist origin story of (post)revolutionary Algeria, and a virulent screed against the nationalism and religious fundamentalism that have overrun Daoud’s home country ever since its independence. Much like the book with which it converses, this slender novel belies its multilayered profundity.


The Body Where I Was Born Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781609805265
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Published: Seven Stories Press - June 16th, 2015

Guadalupe Nettel is a badass—one of the most impressive authors of contemporary Mexican fiction (a pantheon with no shortage of impressive writers). This autobiographical novel shows how she got that way. A coming-of-age tale wrapped in a rousing appeal for outsiders and the ostracized to accept their flaws.

 


Haints Stay Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781937512323
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - June 2nd, 2015

Brooke and Sugar. Brothers. Killers. They make their way through a nightmare of the Old West just trying to stay alive in a land teeming with death. The literary equivalent of Jarmusch’s DEAD MAN or Peckinpah’s PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, this is the joyously violent, supremely strange head-trip of a novel you’ve been bleeding for. 

 


Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802123510
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - June 2nd, 2015

Whether you call it immersive, participatory, or gonzo journalism, Smith goes all in, giving us the full monty if you will. His latest obsession? Nudism (or naturism, depending on who you ask). While an insightful social commentary and (sub)cultural history, what really drives this book is Smith’s own comic exploits in letting it all hang out. As an experiment, read it naked.

 


The Seven Good Years: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594633263
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 16th, 2015

Have you heard of Etgar Keret? You will. An Israeli author known for brief and comically absurd fiction, he is poised for a huge breakthrough. And this breezy, delightful, thought-provoking memoir might just be the ticket. Set during the seven years between the birth of his son and the death of his father, it is filled with ruminations on everything from pilates (because he’s lazy) to terrorism (because he’s anxious). But he always comes back to a sense of love and humor that is unflappable. Keret is an immediately likable writer. To read him is to want to have a beer with him. 

 


Modern Romance Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

Comic Ansari could have just written a funny little book on trying to find love in the age of social media, and it would have been a bestseller. I mean, is anything more rife with humorous material than the pitfalls of dating? Yet, while MODERN ROMANCE is hilarious, Ansari also brought in bona fide social scientists to help ground his comedy in actual research. So, now you can bust a gut laughing and learn something at the same time. Bonus!  

 


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