Who’s Your (Lit) Daddy?

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Norman Rockwell

Where would we be without fathers? Literally, we would not be alive. But beyond that, these figures—sometimes loving, sometimes flawed—create so much of our sense of who we are, frustrating as that may sometimes be.

The same thing can happen with the authors we read when we’re young. So to celebrate Father’s Day, we asked the Brazos staff to pick its literary father figures.

Who’s your (lit) daddy?


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780684853949
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone Books - April 2nd, 1998

Augusta Bartis, Inventory Manager
“Oliver Sacks. He’s a bearded teddy bear…and he’s smart…and he’s cool….He’s just my daddy, okay? Why do I have to explain it to you?”
Favorite Work: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Humboldt's Gift Cover Image
By Saul Bellow, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143105473
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2008

Mark Haber, Store Manager
“Saul Bellow. Why? Maury Povich did DNA testing—Bellow is literally my father.”
Favorite Work: Humboldt’s Gift


Junky: The Definitive Text of
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802120427
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2012

Ülrika Moats, Gift Buyer
“William S. Burroughs—because I found a connection with him in my early twenties that has carried through my adulthood.”
Favorite Work: Junky


The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 17th, 2006

Keaton Patterson, Book Buyer
“Papa Hemingway. He’s the big, unruly, imperfect father figure of all twentieth century literature.”
Favorite Work: The Sun Also Rises


Oblivion: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316010764
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - August 30th, 2005

Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director
“David Foster Wallace. Even though I now understand how flawed and troubled he was, I still want to be him.”
Favorite Work: Oblivion


The Sonnets and Other Poems Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780812969207
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

Liz Wright, Children’s Specialist
“Easy: Billy Shakes—not only because his stories are completely adaptable and universal, but also because…sorry, I’m trying to think of something funny to say, but I can’t. He legit means that much to me.”
Favorite Work: “Sonnet 23”


Corrections Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312421274
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - August 27th, 2002

Jeremy Ellis, General Manager
"Franzen, because he's well meaning, even if he's maybe, slightly out of touch. And he can write a dysfunctional family relationship like no one else."
Favorite Work: The Corrections



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