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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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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



Who’s YOUR literary father figure? Tweet/Instagram yours @BrazosBookstore!


Summer of Kubrick: A Personal Odyssey

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

June #BrazosBest: In Pursuit of the Real Benjamin Rybeck

THE SADNESS comes out June 14. Pre-order your signed copy now!

The Sadness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419705
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Unnamed Press - June 14th, 2016

BR: By heavy emotions, you mean the non-stop, suffocating hilarity that happens in this book, right? Like, the constant pratfalls and gags and catchphrases? All the fart jokes?

Most anyone who has spent time with me (sorry, Brazos staff) knows that I can be a moody son of a bitch. This happens, primarily, when I’m NOT writing. In general, I find writing to be a frustrating, lonely task, full of doubt (of self, and of larger, bullshit-y things), and I’m still a moody son of a bitch, but most of that moody-son-of-a-bitch-ness gets isolated to the period of time I’m in front of a keyboard or a notepad or whatever (what else do I write on? soup cans? walls in strangers’ houses? the backs of shaved cats?). Writing, then, is like a bug light that zaps the mosquitos, and I walk through most days unbitten by melancholy. Is this answering your question? I guess what I’m saying is: I’d rather live with my characters’ anguish than with my own.

That being said, I think my book is mostly an optimistic one, where characters, though downtrodden, wind up changing in valuable ways. I think the book is happy, more or less. A little too light on fart jokes, maybe.

KP: As events and marketing coordinator at Brazos, you have an interesting vantage point from which to watch your novel roll out into the public. How does being a bookseller affect your experience of being a debut novelist and vise versa?

BR: The cynic in me thinks: I feel a lot less special now. This is a joke—at least vaguely—but the first thing you notice when you work in a bookstore is just how many goddamn new books there are every week, and the equivalent of some people’s lifetime reading comes out in, say, any given September. So as a debut author, what the hell do you do with this information? And as a bookseller, how do you counteract the difficulty of any one book standing out in the proverbial crowd? Should I start handselling my book to every single person who enters in the store? Would this do me (and my publisher) a service but do the customer a disservice? Would I rather handsell my own book than Martin Seay’s THE MIRROR THIEF, or Lydia Millet’s SWEET LAMB OF HEAVEN, or any other new novels I’ve loved? Do I really think my own book is more worthy of a handsell? These are the questions you start to ask yourself as a bookseller/writer.

I do love the word “handsell,” though. It conjures something intimate and human. And I imagine, sure, let’s say I swallow my pride and put my book in someone’s hand...and then what? Maybe they put it back on the shelf, or maybe they buy it, and I get to ring up a sale on three years of my life (that’s how long the book took to write—did I mention that before?), and how many authors can say that? And maybe the customer likes it—at least a little—and maybe they come back to the store and tell me so, the way customers often return to tell us what they’ve liked. Faced with the frequent sadness and loneliness of writing, that feedback would feel lifesaving. Handsell: I like the word because it makes me imagine somebody reaching out for someone, maybe to pull someone to safety. At one point in my life, I probably believed writers pulled readers to safety. After working here, I realize—or at least I’m beginning to suspect—it’s actually the other way around.


Join us for Benjamin Rybeck’s THE SADNESS launch party on June 14, 7pm. He will read from the book and be in conversation with Chris Cander, author of WHISPER HOLLOW.


Father’s Day, Jodorowski Style

With Father’s Day right around the corner, perhaps it’s fitting I begin with an anecdote about my dad. One of the things we could always share when I was growing up was movies. My dad isn’t a particularly literary kind of guy, but his taste in film has always been surprisingly refined and adventurous. The clearest example of this is his penchant for the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky—the Chilean mad genius whose creativity knows no bounds.

Albina and the Dog-Men Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781632060549
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Restless Books - May 10th, 2016

And this month, Restless Books released Jodorowsky’s second novel to be translated into English—ALBINA AND THE DOG-MEN. It is the tale of an albino giantess and her surly protector embarking on a search for home that includes endlessly fornicating werewolves, a friendly dwarf, transformations of the body and soul, the return of the Incan Empire, and even the meaning of life. Replete with amazingly detailed illustrations, ALBINA is by turns obscene, profane, hilarious, incredibly violent, reverent, and profound. It’s a timeless myth engaged in the power of sexuality and what lurks in the darkest recesses of the mind. But most of all, it’s a tremendous amount of fun.

Thanks for the rec, dad.


When Keaton Patterson isn't reading, writing or talking about books, he can be found at Brazos Bookstore, where he is the book buyer. He is currently working on his first novel.


June Featured Titles in the Treehouse

Summer reading is here at last! Never fear, though: we're still highlighting featured titles for all three of our age groups. Check out these heartfelt, emotional, and action-packed stories, all new this coming Tuesday, June 7--pre-order on our website!

Nobody Likes a Goblin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626720817
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: First Second - June 7th, 2016

We LOVE Ben Hatke here (we hope you've all read our faves JULIA'S HOUSE FOR LOST CREATURES and LITTLE ROBOT), but this newest book might be my favorite work of his yet. Cheerful Goblin lives in a cosy dungeon with his friend Skeleton, playing with their treasure--but one day a group of "heroes" smashes everything up and makes off with Skeleton and their treasure! Goblin has to save his friend, of course, but leaving the cave means finding out what the world really thinks of goblins. The art is stunning, the story is oh-so-charming: pick it up on Tuesday!


When Friendship Followed Me Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803738164
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2016

Talk about a great summer read--this story of a boy, the dog he rescues, and the friendship that changes him is a fantastic tale of love, loss, and wagging tails. Former foster kid Ben doesn't make friends easily, preferring the characters in his books, until he rescues a mutt from the alley next to the Coney Island Library. When this scraggly dog leads him to a new friend, wild and luminous Halley, she and Ben begin to write a story together--but as their story unfolds, Ben's life begins to unravel. You've got to read this lovely, heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud story. 


It Wasn't Always Like This Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616955885
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Teen - May 17th, 2016

As Queen so famously asked, “Who wants to live forever?” IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THIS is an atmospheric page-turner exploring just that question. After an experimental polio vaccine stops the O’Neill family from aging in 1916, oldest daughter Emma and her family find themselves the targets of a fanatic religious group. In 2016, Emma’s still on the run, and still—to all outward appearance—a teenager. But Emma’s grown colder as she’s grown older, and she’s not going to let the Church of Light hurt any more people in their quest to rid the world of her. This killer thriller from local author Joy Preble is an awesome pick for a parent-teen book club—your whole family has to read this one.


Reading Kubrick

The Stanley Kubrick Archives Cover Image
By Alison Castle (Editor)
$70.00
ISBN: 9783836508896
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Taschen - November 1st, 2008

Paths of Glory Cover Image
By Humphrey Cobb, James H. Meredith (Introduction by), David L. Simon (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106111
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781453254806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Road Media - June 12th, 2012

Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781910433461
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog Publishing - November 17th, 2015

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780230302129
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Palgrave - October 25th, 2011

Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives Cover Image
By Tatjana Ljujic (Editor), Peter Kramer (Editor), Richard Daniels (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781908966421
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Black Dog Publishing - July 7th, 2015

The Shining Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781844576395
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: British Film Institute - November 8th, 2013

Lolita: A Screenplay Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679772552
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 26th, 1997

Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition: Inside a Film Artist's Maze Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780253213907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Indiana University Press - June 22nd, 2000

Stanley Kubrick: Interviews Cover Image
By Gene D. Phillips (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781578062973
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of Mississippi - January 8th, 2001

Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566635066
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - March 8th, 2003

Barry Lyndon: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780199537464
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 1st, 2008

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451452733
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ace Books - August 1st, 1993

The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

Lolita Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

See the World with #BrazosBest: Santiago Gamboa’s NIGHT PRAYERS

The Book: NIGHT PRAYERS
The Chatters: Mark Haber (Floor Manager), Annalia Linnan (Bookseller), Keaton Patterson (Buyer)
The Plot: A young Colombian student is arrested for drug trafficking in Thailand, thus sets off a series of memories of youth, literature, innocence and guilt.

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

Summer of Kubrick Announced!

Nothing says summer like sunshine, pools, lazy days, and…Stanley Kubrick?

The work of one of history’s greatest directors comes to Brazos Bookstore for Summer of Kubrick! This summer, through partnerships with Alamo Drafthouse, MFAH Films, and Rice Cinema, we will put film and literature in conversation as we explore Kubrick’s work. Join us for parties, book groups, screenings, and—of course, as Kubrick would’ve wanted it—surprises.

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451452733
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ace Books - August 1st, 1993

Book Club on Thursday, June 23 at 7pm. Screening at Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday, June 26 at 6pm.


Eyes Wide Shut Masquerade Party: Friday, July 8 at 6:30pm.



A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

Book Club on Thursday, August 4 at 7pm. Screening at Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Friday, August 5 at 7pm.


The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

Book Club on Wednesday, August 10 at 7pm.


Finale Party event TBA



May Featured Titles in the Treehouse


It's May, and that means it's almost summer! We know it's hard sometimes to keep the whole family entertained when school's out, but never fear: we've got books for every age and interest. Here are our May featured titles for the family!

There Is a Tribe of Kids Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626720565
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 3rd, 2016

Beloved illustrator and author Lane Smith (artist of such classic favorites as THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES and GRANDPA GREEN) brings out his wild side with this completely wonderful picture book! THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS is a sweet and enchanting story of a young boy trying to find a place to call home. The charming, repetitive language and Smith's trademark illustration style combine to make a perfect story time experience that has more and more to show you on each reading. Not only is it a visual feast and fantastic to read, but it'll tug right on your heartstrings, too. A perfect new classic.


The Trials of Apollo, Book One: The Hidden Oracle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781484732748
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 3rd, 2016

Another new series for fans of Rick Riordan's mythology books! In THE HIDDEN ORACLE, a new addition to the world of Percy Jackson, the Greek god Apollo crosses Zeus one too many times and finds himself sent to Earth as a mortal, stripped of all his powers. But Apollo's made some enemies over the many years he's been causing mischief, and without any of his powers, there's only one place he can be safe: Camp Half-Blood. As a big fan of Riordan's universe, I can't wait to read this one. It's under top-secret lock and key for now, but we'll all dive in together when it's out on May 3!


Ask Me How I Got Here Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062387950
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE is revolutionary. It's a novel in verse told by Addie, a track star at an all-girls Catholic school who finds herself pregnant after one careless night with her boyfriend. She decides to end the pregnancy, and while she knows it's the right decision for her, it nevertheless changes everything in her life. ASK ME HOW I GOT HERE follows Addie's journey to rediscover who she is and what she wants in the aftermath of this massive experience. It's a phenomenal and refreshing book, not sugar-coating any of the tough decisions Addie has to make, or treating any young readers as if they can't understand or make any of these decisions themselves--because real teenagers do make the decisions Addie has to make every day. Through it all, Heppermann keeps Addie's dry wit sharp and her observations astute. Definitely pick this one up.


The Adventurist on Independent Bookstore Day

Since 2015, Independent Bookstore Day has been a celebration of cultural hubs around the country. For one day only, hundreds of indies invite their communities to a full day’s worth of activities and exclusive IBD merchandise, unavailable anywhere else.

A 10:30am, kicking off a full day of activities, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Curious George with our beloved former Kids Specialist Mary-Catherine as our featured reader! At 11am, the Houston ZooMobile will arrive with animals and artifacts on display.

The Adventurist Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250062239
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 26th, 2016

Pre-order your copy of THE ADVENTURIST to be signed on Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7pm


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