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The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)

The Argonauts Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781555977078
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2015

There is no separation between the personal and the political. So, how do we live outside the oppressive strictures of heteronormative society, truly, honestly, openly loving beyond the conventions of gender and cultural conservatism? How do we connect with our deepest selves, when identity itself is an endless process of becoming? The journey of Maggie Nelson’s family--through her troubled pregnancy and her partner’s transsexuality--provides the perfect example. At once a potent blend of bare-it-all memoir, incisive cultural criticism, and a radical call to revolutionize the way we interpret identity and interpersonal relationships, THE ARGONAUTS is above all else a joyous ode to love and family.


June Bestsellers

In the month of June, our bestselling fiction is right on brand: smart, entertaining, and international. There are some familiar favorties on this list, as well as some new breakout hits. Clearly our customers have started their summer reading just right.

2666 Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 2016

Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

Night Prayers Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The After Party Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594633164
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2016

The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

Staff Chat: #BrazosBest Is the Thing with Feathers

The Book: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS, a novel by Max Porter
The Plot: A woman dies, and her husband—a Ted Hughes scholar—and two young sons struggle with grief; then, a crow shows up, won’t leave, and says bizarre shit
The Chatters: Mark Haber (Store Manager), Keaton Patterson (Buyer), Benjamin Rybeck (Marketing Director)


Keaton: Caw!

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977412
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

July Features in the Brazos Treehouse

It's time for some summer adventures! We've got three great featured titles all about taking on the unexpected this month. Enjoy with our Summer Reading List, as well--great books go great together!
 

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm Cover Image
By Elys Dolan, Elys Dolan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763686581
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Nosy Crow - June 28th, 2016

Elys Dolan's last book, WEASELS, is a store favorite, so we're thrilled to have her newest book, THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED FARM, in now! A hilarious tale of piggie Ghostbusters investigating strange goings-on at a spooky farm, there's plenty for eager readers to find in these pages, with Dolan's signature asides and easter eggs scattered in these great spreads.


The Voyage to Magical North Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627794206
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 5th, 2016

This wonderful, wild seafaring tale should be a new favorite for all our adventure fans! When a girl with no memory of her past and an inept young mage-in-training are picked up by pirates as they try to escape their cruel master, they're swept up in a voyage to find the source of all magic--if they can survive all the hijinks, hilariously oddball adventures, and piranha penguins.


Learning to Swear in America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781619639096
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - July 5th, 2016

There's a lot to love in this fun, funny summer romp about a seventeen-year-old Russian physics wunderkind sent to America to help NASA stop an asteroid hurtling toward Los Angeles. Science, suspected espionage, a little romance--this page-turning, multidimensional, and laugh-out-loud debut novel is the perfect summer read for science-loving teens and parents!


New Directions: Classics Old and New

How literary are we at Brazos Bookstore? One of our staff members --you may know the one-- has a New Directions tattoo. Pretty intense, but understandable: since 1936, New Directions has been one of the world's leading publishers of fiction, poetry, and literature-in-translation. This summer, we celebrate their achievement with a display featuring some of our favorites, from classics (like Djuna Barnes and Borges) to contemporary favorites (Bolano, anyone?). Come browse--and maybe if you buy a book, you'll find out which one of us has that tattoo.

The Guest Cat Cover Image
By Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221504
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 28th, 2014

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811220293
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 3rd, 2015

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By Djuna Barnes, Jeanette Winterson (Preface by), T. S. Eliot (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811216715
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2006

Counternarratives Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225526
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2016

A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811225151
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 21st, 2016

Death in Midsummer & Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201179
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1966

Near to the Wild Heart Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

Labyrinths Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216999
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2007

Turtle Island Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811205467
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1974

Seiobo There Below Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811219679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 24th, 2013

A Coney Island of the Mind Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811200417
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1968

Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2015

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201063
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1970

The Play Is the Thing: The Importance of Being a Play Reader

Oftentimes you don’t even notice it. You walk into your local bookstore and mosey toward your familiar haunts. The most anticipated releases in fiction greet you with their colorful jackets, thick with adventure and intrigue. Adjacent to the newest fictional fare is a gallery of faces: leaders, creatives, and celebrities tell their life stories—or somebody else does it for them.

Moving Forward, Alone: An Interview with Anthony Michael Morena

In 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, space probes intended to study Jupiter and Saturn. The probes have since surpassed these near planets, going on to explore Neptune, Uranus, and even interstellar space. There are time capsules aboard the probes, golden records encrypted with images and sounds. The records are meant to convey to would-be intelligent beings what life on Earth is like (at least as of 1977). In THE VOYAGER RECORD: A TRANSMISSION, Anthony Michael Morena analyzes and riffs on the political, cultural, and aesthetic inclusions and omissions on the records.

Summer of Shakespeare Redux

After the bardolatry bonanza of last year's Summer of Shakespeare, we're excited to partner with the Houston Shakespeare Festival again this summer! With 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it's been a big year for commemorating the Bard—you might have seen our death-day celebrations with HSF in April, or the traveling exhibition of one of Shakespeare's First Folios making its way around the country. It's clear that for literature fans, Shakespeare is far from dead and gone.

Vinegar Girl Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141260
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Shylock Is My Name Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141321
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2016

The Gap of Time Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804141376
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Hogarth is releasing a phenomenal line of new Shakespeare adaptations from amazing authors: try Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale, THE GAP OF TIME, for a great romance; SHYLOCK IS MY NAME is Man Booker Winner Howard Jacobson's stark adaptation of The Merchant of Venice; and we cannot wait for Anne Tyler's VINEGAR GIRL, a hilarious and smart retelling of The Taming of the Shrew!


Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Comics virtuoso Ryan North has done it again. After the success of last year's Kickstarted TO BE OR NOT TO BE, North continues his laugh-out-loud hilarious mashup of Shakespeare and webcomics with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure version of Romeo and Juliet! With cameo art by dozens of comic artists, as well as paths that include making out at parties, becoming an assassin, and Juliet getting totally shredded as a lifeguard, you will enjoy every single choice of this wild ride.

We've also got fantastic Shakespeare tote bags from our favorite friends at Out of Print! Check out those, and all these great titles, at the store now.


Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780198754367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 15th, 2016

Shakespeare's Sonnets Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604336153
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Cider Mill Press - March 8th, 2016

Shakespeare Box Set Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780762459438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 29th, 2016

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now Cover Image
By Various (Editor), James Shapiro (Editor), Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781598534627
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Library of America - January 12th, 2016

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to the Globe Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681771410
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491399
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 15th, 2016

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670786022
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - May 3rd, 2016

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk Cover Image
By Jane Sutcliffe, John Shelley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896382
Availability: Backordered
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 22nd, 2016

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Who’s Your (Lit) Daddy?

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


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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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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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Summer of Kubrick: A Personal Odyssey

Do works of art ever stagger us more than they do in our formative years?

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