Summer Reading 2013

Article by Danielle

For most readers, summer is the time to read light, confectionary books that require little intellectual effort. However, we’ve noticed that Brazos customers expect a bit more from themselves, even when it comes to books they take on vacation! Although some of our favorite warm-weather reads this year are slim, fast-paced, action-packed, or bursting with romance, we never sacrifice quality for the thrills and chills you come to expect from a beach book. If you’re looking for a summertime read that’s a bit off the beaten path, look no farther than Brazos!

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Bluets Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

My idea of a summer read is perhaps slightly different than most. I don’t really do much ‘light reading’ because of the nature of my job, but I do sometimes need a change of pace just like everyone else. That’s why I often find myself gravitating toward books with many brief sections in the summer months. BLUETS is one such book -- part memoir, part poetry, part rumination -- that explores the author’s personal connection to her favorite color as well as her grief after the dissolution of a serious relationship. Nelson investigates blue from a variety of perspectives - historical, literary, etymological, poetic, spiritual, and personal, just to name a few -- as a means of indirectly investigating her life in a state of profound trauma. A beautiful, haunting, essentially indescribable book that shimmers. -Danielle


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780399162411
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

Get ready to back out of all your social obligations, because you’ll be either too terrified or too enthralled to go out once you’ve picked up this summer’s hottest young adult thriller, THE FIFTH WAVE! The extraterrestrial Others have come to Earth and have methodically annihilated the human race in four of what the survivors call “waves:” darkness, earthquakes & tidal waves, plague, and finally, the lethal Silencers, who look just like ordinary humans but are anything but. Still, some humans have managed to survive - children relegated to questionable military “training camps” and a few scattered loners, like our sixteen-year-old protagonist Cassie. Cassie knows that The Others, whoever they are, won’t stop killing until they can take an uninhabited earth for their own. Will Cassie able to keep her promise and rescue her brother from his military camp before the fifth wave hits? And what will the fifth wave be? -Mary


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594204210
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - April 23rd, 2013

In COOKED, Michael Pollan acts as our tour guide to locales both familiar and exotic, offering insight into their food cultures along the way. Despite his stature as a food writer, Pollan casts himself as a somewhat inept home cook who’s on a mission to learn how cooking is really done. His observations sometimes meander into reflections on ancient history and the nature of humanity. I actually find his writing best when he goes off topic because he makes fascinating, unexpected connections between food and other aspects of culture. -Sam


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By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374289072
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 30th, 2013

This slender new novel by the great Icelandic author Sjon will bend your mind in fascinating ways before leaving you laughing at the end. On the surface, THE WHISPERING MUSE is the simple tale of a quirky Icelander’s voyage aboard a merchant ship shortly after the end of World War II. However, every night at dinner, the crew is entertained by the second mate, who regales them with stories of his time spent aboard the Argo. From there, it’s not long before mythology and reality start bleeding together and Sjon takes us down the rabbit hole of his vivid imagination. If you enjoyed CLOUD ATLAS, GODS WITHOUT MEN,or RAGNAROK, don’t miss THE WHISPERING MUSE! -Keaton


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