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Children's Books for Little Adventurers

It can be difficult to get the adventurous kid to sit still long enough to read a book! They’re always up to something: turning your living room into an giant blanket fort, making mud masterpieces in the backyard, performing a three act play--including musical numbers!--for their teddy bears… Our list for little adventurers will appeal to your kid’s energetic spirit while encouraging them to occasionally search for excitement between the covers of a book.

Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Take just one look at this sumptuous wordless picture book and you won’t be surprised to know that illustrator Aaron Becker has worked on films for Disney and Pixar. Every page is lush and crammed with detail that will delight even the youngest readers. Challenge kids with great imaginations to invent their own stories to accompany each picture!


The Tiny King Cover Image
By Taro Miura, Taro Miura (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763666873
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

The tiny king doesn’t have much fun in his big world, at least until he meets his exact opposite, a very big queen who loves him exactly the way he is! Bold, geometric art is what makes this picture book so eye-catching, but its simple, encouraging story about the advantages of being different are what will keep your kids coming back to it again and again.


Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452107141
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

Young nature lovers will be astonished by the facts in this innovative book. In the lifetimes of various animals, how much can they do? How many holes can a woodpecker bore? How many babies can a seahorse have? Beautiful illustrations teach kids not just about nature but about how to imagine numbers both large and small.


When Did You See Her Last? Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316123051
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2013

The second installment in Snicket’s hardboiled detective stories for middle graders follows our intrepid sleuth as he attempts to locate a missing woman. This hilarious, action-packed series is perfect for reluctant readers, but is also a great choice for parents to read aloud to their elementary-aged kids.


Fortunately, the Milk Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062224071
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Published: HarperCollins - September 17th, 2013

Two kids wake up ready for their breakfast cereal, only to find that there’s no more milk in the fridge! Their dad promises to pick some up for them, only to be abducted by aliens and flung to the farthest reaches of space and time! A silly action-packed adventure from everyone’s favorite storyteller, Neil Gaiman.


Hostage Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781619631236
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - November 12th, 2013

A seventeen-year-old girl is sailing around the world with her father and stepmother when they are captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Amy and her family suddenly become pawns in a complicated and dangerous transaction that threatens their lives. This heart-pounding adventure is sure to keep those pages turning!


The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670014064
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Published: Viking Children's Books - October 3rd, 2013

Alexander is a bad little boy in a line of very bad men who have all died young. He’s determined to beat the trend, specifically by implanting his cat’s eight extra lives into his own body. All these extra lives make Alexander a bit reckless, and he begins to waste them one by one. Will he learn his lesson?


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By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

Alex is, shall we say, a very creative birthday boy. When he receives a sweet book called Birthday Bunny, he decides that it’d be a much better story with a little violence. Or maybe with a lot of violence. Whatever. This is the funniest picture book we’ve seen all year.


A Little Bit of Oomph! Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780761177449
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Workman Publishing - September 24th, 2013

Some books are simply more fun than others. Saltzberg’s latest is completely interactive: you can fold, turn, flip, and pop out almost every page! This book’s message about the power of creativity will appeal to readers of all ages, and will without doubt inspire some masterpieces from your little genius.


Frog Trouble: . . . and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761171768
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 3rd, 2013

Sandra Boynton, known for her unprecedented ability to tickle tiny funny bones, is back with a book-and-CD set that’s sure to make your little cowpokes yell yeehaw! Boynton’s written twelve country tunes and has enlisted musicians like Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams and Dwight Yoakum to perform them.


Children's Books for Daydreamers

Daydreamers can keep themselves amused for hours and hours using little more than their oversized imaginations. Although they’re often off in their own worlds, these kids can be made into avid readers if they’re given books that inspire them to dream big! We’ve got books for daydreamers of all ages that will nurture their creativity and perhaps even set them on their own paths to artistic greatness.

Constable & Toop Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419707827
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Published: Amulet Books - October 8th, 2013

In Victorian London, a terrible crisis has occurred: all the ghosts are disappearing! Black Rot has taken hold, a disease that causes old houses to suck unsuspecting ghosts inside and keep them trapped forever. An undertaker’s son who can see and talk to spirits, along with a motley cast of supporting characters, attempts to overcome this spooky scourge and set the ghosts free!


Maude the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton Cover Image
By Lauren Child, Trisha Krauss (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763665159
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Maude is from a family of extraordinary, eccentric characters who fascinate everyone around them. Maude, on the other hand, is much happier to blend into the crowd. This stylish tale is the perfect way to remind the wallflower in your life, whether she’s a girl of seven or a woman of seventy, that she’s perfect just the way she is.


Nina's Book of Little Things Cover Image
By Keith Haring, Keith Haring (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763668938
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Published: Big Picture Press - October 8th, 2013

Keith Haring, one of our most approachable and kid-friendly modern artists, presented a version of this innovative activity book to a friend’s daughter on her seventh birthday. Every page is a new adventure waiting to happen; Haring’s prompts and doodles are designed to encourage silliness and wild creativity. A pocket in the back of the book and a band around the cover keeps all your child’s imaginative creations neat and tidy.


The Bear's Song Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452114248
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 17th, 2013

This sweet interactive story will take your child on a visual adventure! Little Bear sees a bee, and where there’s a bee there’s got to be honey! Unfortunately Little Bear gets so excited about a snack that he leaves Papa Bear behind. Papa follows his mischievous son into the big city, where sharp-eyed readers can help him locate Little Bear in all the hustle and bustle.


Monsters & Legends: Cyclops, Krakens, Mermaids and Other Imaginary Creatures That Really Existed! Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Gabriella Giandelli (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781909263031
Availability: Backordered
Published: Nobrow Press - July 2nd, 2013

Children of all ages will treasure this compendium of mythical monsters. Gabriella Giandelli’s stunning illustrations complement Cali’s text, which reveals both the myth behind each creature and the surprising truths behind our ancestors’ belief in them.


Madeline and the Old House in Paris Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670784851
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Published: Viking Children's Books - October 8th, 2013

This latest installment in the classic Madeline series, written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelman’s grandson, has all the charm and whimsy of the original. When Lord Cucuface, the headmaster of Madeline’s school, removes a telescope from the attic during a surprise inspection, a ghost disturbed by the change convinces Madeline, Pepito, and friends to help him return it to its rightful location.


Friends Cover Image
By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399165337
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Published: Philomel Books - November 19th, 2013

A little boy is heartbroken when his best friend moves away. Instead of moping, however, he decides to find her. He’ll stop at nothing until he does! Carle accompanies this sweet story with his signature vibrant illustrations and a moving dedication to his wife, his own lifelong best friend.


Jane, the Fox & Me Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781554983605
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 1st, 2013

This innovative graphic novel will resonate with girls who are dealing with bullying. Hélène is an outcast amongst the girls in her grade, and only finds solace in reading, especially Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE. It seems that she’ll never fit in, at least until she makes a new friend who recognizes how special she is, just the way she is.


Far Far Away Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375849725
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

Jeremy Johnson Johnson has been forced into adulthood too soon; he cares for his family nearly by himself. However, Jeremy has a secret ability: he can hear the voice of Jacob Grimm--yes, one of the Brothers Grimm--which offers him encouragement and protection from dark forces at work in his small town. But when a local girl takes an interest in him and his special powers, the fragile balance Jeremy has created for his life is upset. This National Book Award finalist will revitalize your childhood belief in magic.


The Bone Season Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781620401392
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 20th, 2013

This novel, first in a wildly imaginative series by a young, celebrated British author, takes place in a dystopian future of constant surveillance. Paige Mahoney has the prized ability to enter the dreams of others, and because of her power, she is drafted into the feared army of an otherworldly race of beings called the Rephaim, based in what was once Oxford. This page-turner is marketed toward young adults, but is sophisticated enough for adult readers.


The Dark (Sergio Chejfec)

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The Dark Cover Image
By Sergio Chejfec, Heather Cleary (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934824436
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - December 11th, 2013

Sergio Cejfec's THE DARK is a gorgeous, meditative novel that explores both the internal and external world of its unnamed narrator. Recounting the events of a past relationship with factory worker, Delia, the narrator spends his time reminiscing and regretting his past actions. Although tradional plot is absent, this allows the author plenty of space to digress brilliantly about walking, factory workers and the notion of geography. Quiet, disturbing and utterly original, THE DARK is a revelation. Perfect for fans of W.G. Sebald and Thomas Bernhard. Translated by Heather Cleary.


Books for Texans (and those who love them)

People who hail from every state in the union are proud of their roots, but Texans take it to a whole other level. After all, it’s hard to deny that--with its unique traditions, food, history, and culture--Texas is a bit like its very own country. Whether you’re choosing a Texana title for a visiting friend or a proud native, Brazos has something to fit the bill.

 

Cordua: Foods of the Americas Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781939055491
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bright Sky Press - September 1st, 2013

This cookbook from the local family that brought us such delectable Houston eateries as Amazon Grill, Churrasco’s, and Americas is sure to please every palate. The Cordua family shares their Houston success story, their culinary philosophy, and mouthwatering recipes based on favorites from all of their award-winning restaurants. Limited signed copies available.


Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart Cover Image
By Bill Brown, Mike Acosta (Compiled by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781939055088
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bright Sky Press - September 1st, 2013

This handsome, full-color coffee table book, formerly available only in the official Astros gift shop at Minute Maid Park, is a must-have for every die-hard Astros fan. The book focuses on the franchise’s history, including all of its best seasons and players, and additionally profiles the team’s current lineup and coaching staff.


Houston Rap Cover Image
By Johan Kugelberg (Editor), Bun B (Foreword by), Lance Scott Walker (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$49.95
ISBN: 9781938265051
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sinecure Books - November 30th, 2013

Bun B provides the foreword to this arresting photography book focused on Houston’s vibrant rap culture, centered in the South Park, Third and Fifth Ward neighborhoods. Beste’s portraits of Houston rap giants at work and at play in the neighborhoods that made them famous reveal an important and oft-overlooked part of our city’s cultural landscape.


The Outcasts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316206129
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 24th, 2013

This thrilling Western, set in the 19th century near modern-day Houston, combines a search for buried treasure, a tense manhunt, and a liberal dose of girl power into one irresistible page-turning package. A former prostitute and a young lawman with a heart of gold team up to catch a sinister killer known simply as McGill.


Dallas 1963 Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781455522095
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2013

This fresh look at the Kennedy assassination examines the right-wing tensions at work in early-60s Dallas that led to the slaying of an American president. Key religious, cultural, and political figures of the time are profiled in an effort to illustrate what a perfect storm JFK unwittingly walked into when he landed on a Texas tarmac fifty years ago. Limited signed copies available.


The Texas Holiday Cookbook Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781589798632
Availability: Backordered
Published: Taylor Trade Publishing - October 7th, 2013

Griffith, a celebrated former food critic for the Dallas Morning News, has updated her classic holiday cookbook for the 21st-century home chef. Griffith highlights local ingredients and Texas culinary traditions in her meal plans, providing even beginners with all the recipes and advice they’ll need for spectacular, down-home holiday meals.


The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780871403339
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 4th, 2013

Even if you’re not a Dallas Cowboys fan, this comprehensive biography of one of the greatest coaches in the history of football is an underdog story that’s will please football aficionados of every stripe. Texas native Landry took a failing franchise and made it into America’s Team, while forever changing the game from a brainless battle of brawn to a chess match on Astroturf.


The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780292749160
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2013

Don’t think there’s much to say about the Texas state nut? Think again! The pecan, indigenous to the Americas and domesticated just over a century ago, is a case study in the ways in which globalization has changed the way we eat. From its days as one of the major food sources for Native Americans to its current status as a popular yet economically and ecologically vulnerable export, this history of the pecan is surprisingly fascinating.


The Professional

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316204361
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 1st, 2013

Gladwell’s latest investigates the phenomenon of the underdog through the lens of the story of David and Goliath. Was David really at such a disadvantage in his famous brawl against the giant, or did his speed and agility give him the true upper hand? Gladwell suggests that adversity can provide people with surprising advantages in real-life situations.


Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781594202278
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

The American public’s fear of nuclear war has been assuaged somewhat by the end of the Cold War. Schlosser, celebrated author of NYT bestseller FAST FOOD NATION, suggests that perhaps we should be more concerned about our government’s handling of its nuclear arsenal. He cites the frightening and little-known Damascus Accident and other near-catastrophes as evidence of the incompetence of those in charge.


The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting Cover Image
$36.00
ISBN: 9781594204814
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Published: Penguin Press - October 22nd, 2013

Even Alan Greenspan was taken aback by the severity of the 2008 financial crash, so much so that he embarked on a multi-year study of how we predict the financial future and how we can do it better. By adjusting our maps of the economy, Greenspan suggests, we can better navigate the real-world terrain that we encounter in 21st century markets.


The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780143123750
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

This heart-pounding minute-by-minute account of the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. The narrative focuses on everyday heroes among the hotel’s staff and guests who prevented more lives from being lost in the wake of a massive gunfight, fire, and hostage situation in the hotel.


Double Down: Game Change 2012 Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781594204401
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - November 5th, 2013

This follow-up to GAME CHANGE, the bestselling 2008 election postmortem, reveals all the behind-the-scenes dirt on the 2012 presidential race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This book contains plenty of juicy new revelations about the latest election that are sure to fascinate every politics buff on your list. Limited signed copies are available.


The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780399160554
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Blue Rider Press a Member of Penguin Group (U - October 8th, 2013

For an unparalleled all-access pass to controversies like the Clinton impeachment, Watergate, and the Unabomber trial, look no further than this real hard-boiled detective’s account of his professional life. Lenzner, one of the most powerful and respected private investigators working today, reveals his perspective on a dizzying array of his most famous high-profile cases reaching all the way back to the 1950s.


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Bleeding Edge Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594204234
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Press - September 17th, 2013

Pynchon’s latest, which was recently nominated for a National Book Award, is a techno-thriller set in 2001 New York City, just after the collapse of the dot-com bubble and just before the terrible events of September 11. Maxine Tarnow, a fraud investigator formerly concerned with small-time swindlers, stumbles upon a massive conspiracy surrounding a wildly successful computer security firm and its billionaire CEO.


Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385525183
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

Baker, the senior White House correspondent for the New York Times, provides readers with one of the first comprehensive looks back at the Bush years. Love them or hate them, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney guided our country through some of its not-so-distant darkest days, and the story of their unusually close partnership is a fascinating look at two complicated leaders charged with leading a nation.


The Circle Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351393
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Mae Holland, the protagonist of Eggers’ latest novel, feels like she’s won the lottery when she is hired to work for The Circle, a Google-esque company with an idyllic, sprawling campus in Silicon Valley that caters to its employees’ every desire. However, when Holland stumbles across the dark side of her powerful employer and The Circle’s plans to abolish internet privacy once and for all, she begins to wonder whether she’s so lucky after all.


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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780307718969
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 10th, 2013

Fink’s harrowing account of a hospital in crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina reveals how technology can fail us in an instant. When Memorial Hospital in New Orleans lost power during one of the deadliest storms in history, a skeleton staff struggled to keep its critically ill patients alive. Reports of euthanasia led to an investigation of the hospital’s handling of the crisis. Fink’s painstaking reporting helps us understand just what went wrong at Memorial and how we can avoid similar catastrophes in the future.


Highbrow Readers

Forget the basics; the highbrow has read them all, thank you very much! There’s no way around it: if you’re going to thrill a persnickety reader this holiday season, you’re going to have to reach for the stars. Let us help you find something offbeat, experimental, and unexpected that’s sure to impress.

 

Wigrum Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780889227781
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Published: Talon Books - November 19th, 2013

This kaleidoscopic yet approachable experimental novel is based around a museum catalog of ordinary objects that a man named Sebastian Wigrum carefully collected and then left behind in WWII London. Each artifact has its own story to tell, and Canty’s innovative design further brings Wigrum and his world to life in a manner reminiscent of the work of Calvino and Borges.


Duplex Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781555976538
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Graywolf Press - September 3rd, 2013

This novel brings magical realism to the suburbs, to strange and memorable effect. Davis’s too-perfect setting feels straight out of a Cheever novel, at least until it becomes apparent that it is populated by robots, centaurs, wizards, and trash-disposal drones. If you enjoy a good fever dream every now and then, this is the novel for you!


The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems Cover Image
By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780811221757
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 29th, 2013

Emily DIckinson’s poetic output was relatively slight, but she was a master at giving just a few words incredible weight and power. For the first time, facsimiles of Dickinson’s poems--a majority of which were handwritten on the backs of envelopes--are available to the reading public. No diehard Dickinson fan should be without this book.


The Sound of Things Falling Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594487484
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2013

This masterful novel tells the story of the civil war between Columbia’s drug cartels and its government that has been raging on the streets of Bogotà since the mid-sixties. Antonio Yammara, Vasquez’s protagonist, happens upon an article in a newspaper that thrusts him deep into his own earliest memories of the conflict. This is a brilliant character study of a man emblematic of a generation shaped by omnipresent violence and corruption.


Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399166709
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

Ah, the Germans. They’ve got a word for everything. Whether you’re looking for the perfect way to describe the pleasure of a cold pillow, delight in the changing of the seasons, or the particular kind of depression that only hits on Sunday afternoons, this is the book for you. A perfect gift for Germanophiles and general word geeks alike.


The End of Love Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781938073564
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Published: McSweeney's - October 15th, 2013

This slim volume collects four of Spanish author Torrente’s most exquisite short stories, translated for the first time into English by Katherine Silver. Each story examines the fortunes of ordinary men grappling with the pain of a failing love affair and trying to understand where it all went wrong.


The Best of McSweeney's Cover Image
By Dave Eggers (Editor)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781938073595
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Published: McSweeney's - December 31st, 2013

This comprehensive anthology collects the best fiction, nonfiction, and visual art from fifteen years of McSweeney’s, the innovative, game-changing San Francisco-based literary magazine founded by author Dave Eggers in 1998.


Personae Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226078991
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 30th, 2013

de la Pava, who burst onto the literary scene last year with the initially self-published tour-de-force A NAKED SINGULARITY, turns the traditional mystery novel on its head in this dizzying, virtuousic meditation on the blessing and curse of artistic ambition.


The Modern Art Cookbook Cover Image
$39.00
ISBN: 9781780231747
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Published: Reaktion Books - October 15th, 2013

This book, perfect for both the coffee table or the kitchen, proves that cuisine can function as yet another kind of artistic masterpiece. Caws collects still life paintings, diary entries, stories, poems, letters, and artists’ personal favorite recipes in this irresistible volume that examines the delicious intersection between modern art and food.


Geek Reads

There is nothing wrong with being a geek! It’s a term of endearment around here. Geeks can be a bit daunting to shop for because, once they become interested in a subject, they have to know absolutely everything about it. You can bet that, whatever their latest fixation is, the geek has already read through all the basics and are on the lookout for the unusual, the obscure, and the never-before-seen. Don’t panic! We’ve got the goods for geeks of all sorts.

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Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman: King of the B Movie Cover Image
By Chris Nashawaty, John Landis (Introduction by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781419706691
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Published: ABRAMS - September 10th, 2013

This deluxe book details the prolific career of B-movie wizard Roger Corman, as well as the influence he has had on some of America’s most influential contemporary directors. The text is supplemented with full-color stills from Corman’s films, behind-the-scenes snapshots, and emphemera sure to delight the B-movie connoisseur.


1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393241037
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 9th, 2013

This often-hilarious, always-fascinating book of trivia comes from the creators of the popular BBC quiz show QI: Quite Interesting. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your list and might also provide you with sparkling conversational material for those awkward holiday get-togethers!


Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393064421
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2013

It’s easy to take punctuation for granted, especially when it’s used properly. However, the history of these indispensable symbols is as fascinating as the origins of the words that surround them. Let Houston be your tour guide through typographical history!


Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780500516768
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 31st, 2013

Here’s an gorgeous photography book for mechanically-minded people who just can’t stop taking stuff apart. McClellan painstakingly breaks familiar items down to their smallest component parts, arranges the pieces neatly and then photographs them. Finally, as an added bonus, he launches all the parts in the air for a dynamic action shot!


The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn't Know about the Stuff You Thought You Knew Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780452298200
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Published: Plume Books - October 29th, 2013

Feel like your education has gotten in the way of your education. Turns out that a lot of the things you thought you knew are just plain wrong! Never fear, THE DE-TEXTBOOK will correct all the damage that school has done to your brain, and will keep you laughing along the way to boot.


Where You Are: A Collection of Maps That Will Leave You Completely Lost Cover Image
By Geoff Dyer (Contribution by), Lila Azam Zanganeh (Contribution by), Leanne Shapton (Contribution by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780956569240
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Visual Editions - December 31st, 2013

This innovative book, published in conjunction with Google Creative Lab and available online as well as in print, examines a variety of maps both geographical and personal. Writings, photos and drawings from a variety of remarkable contributors ask us to reconsider our definition of a map and what it can do. Limited copies available signed by Peter Turchi.


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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385528788
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 3rd, 2013

This stunning conclusion to Atwood’s Oryx and Crake trilogy has something for everyone: adventure, romance, humor, and imaginative elements that could only have come from the mind of a contemporary master. Although we recommend that you read the trilogy in order, it’s not necessary for you to do so in order to enjoy this marvelous literary/sci-fi mashup.


Codex Seraphinianus Cover Image
$125.00
ISBN: 9780847842131
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 29th, 2013

This one must be seen to be believed. Until now, Italian artist Serafini’s surreal, mysterious masterpiece has only been released in limited print runs and at extremely high cost. Serafini created this untranslatable encyclopedia of an alien world in order to reproduce, for adults, the delicious feeling of wonder that young children have upon picking up a richly illustrated book that they cannot not yet read.


Edison and the Rise of Innovation Cover Image
By Leonard DeGraaf, Bill Gates (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781402767364
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Published: Sterling - October 1st, 2013

Our world would likely be unrecognizable without the inventions and innovations of Thomas Alva Edison. This book gathers photographs, notebooks, letters, drawings, and more to tell the story of Edison’s remarkable contributions to science and engineering. Bill Gates, a modern-day Edison in his own right, offers an illuminating foreword to the book.


The Trolley Problem, or Would You Throw the Fat Guy Off the Bridge?: A Philosophical Conundrum Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780761175131
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 10th, 2013

The Trolley Problem is a thought experiment--first posed by British philosopher Phillippa Foot in 1967--meant to force thinkers to interrogate their logical and ethical beliefs. Thomas Cathcart explores the Trolley Problem from a variety of angles as an entertaining way of bringing philosophy to life for the curious beginner.


The Fiction Fanatic

Let’s face it. Real life is pretty overrated. Sometimes it can be hard to swallow all the pain and suffering that we see in the news every day. The only cure is often to escape into the wilds of a brilliant writer’s imagination. No one understands the need for a good story better than your friends at Brazos. Here’s a variety of our favorite new releases that are perfect any fiction fanatic on your shopping list.

 

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Burial Rites Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316243919
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 10th, 2013

This suspenseful, atmospheric debut follows Agnes, a servant woman sent to an isolated Icelandic farm in 1829 to await execution for killing her former master. The family charged with her imprisonment and the young priest charged with her supernatural guidance first fear her, but soon realize that there is more to Agnes than first meets the eye.


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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316074315
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 15th, 2013

With this epic novel of intrigue set in nineteenth-century New Zealand, Catton became the youngest-ever Booker Prize winner with the longest-ever winning novel. Walter Moody arrives at the New Zealand goldmines prepared to make his fortune, only to uncover a maddening mystery that, if solved, would lead to the discovery of an enormous fortune.


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The Goldfinch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316055437
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

This contemporary coming-of-age novel with shades of Charles Dickens follows a young man who tragically loses his mother in a terrorist attack on the Museum of Modern Art. This transfiguring event sets Theo Decker on a course that will lead him into the deepest reaches of the art underground, making this novel the perfect read for fans of suspense and art connoisseurs alike.


How to Read a Novelist Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374173265
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Published: Fsg Originals - October 8th, 2013

Freeman, an enormously influential literary critic and the editor-in-chief of GRANTA, has been writing profiles on influential and talented novelists for many years. This book gathers together a variety of his best work. The pieces contained in this book are short, snappy, and surprising, which makes this the perfect bathroom or waiting-room book for avid readers and aspiring writers alike.


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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393064650
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 7th, 2013

This collection of linked novellas from one of America’s finest prose stylists tells the tales of men and women on the northern Massachusetts coast for whom love has become ‘dirty’, or entangled with greed, desire, and fear. This book makes a powerful case for the reexamination of the novella, a form that marries the expansive reach of a novel to the hard-hitting concision of short fiction.


Xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths Cover Image
By Kate Bernheimer (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143122425
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Ancient myths continue to enthrall contemporary readers because of something universal in their structures that resonates with us even now. Bernheimer brings together acclaimed authors’ reworkings of beloved legends from all over the world in this unique anthology.


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$24.00
ISBN: 9781619021822
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 15th, 2013

This stunning, cohesive debut collection examines the hearts and minds of protagonists who use their relationships with the natural world in order to understand hard truths about life, love, and humanity. A young boy witnessing his parents’ dissolving marriage on an Arizona ostrich farm and a troubled young woman charged with the care of a super-intelligent octopus are just two of the colorful characters you will encounter in this powerful book.


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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385534932
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 10th, 2013

Lethem’s latest is an intimate look at several generations of a politically radical Brooklyn family. The novel centers on two incredible women, Rose and Miriam Zimmer, whose unabashed progressive views cast spells over the men in their lives. From 30s Communism to 60s Greenwich Village counterculture to the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, this novel brings the Left to life.


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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385351232
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Baker’s latest is a clever and sophisticated take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE; the Bennet family and their estate is given the Upstairs Downstairs treatment! Austen’s classic love story is deepened and complicated by Baker’s choice to shift the perspective onto the Bennet family’s servants, who are hardly seen in the original novel but seem to know more about each member of the Bennet family than Austen herself did.


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ISBN: 9780300186857
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Yale University Press - November 5th, 2013

Whether you’re brushing up on your cultural history or discovering all Western literature has to offer for the very first time, This LITTLE HISTORY is a great place to start. Sutherland is a friendly and idiosyncratic tour guide through a couple thousand years of literary history, providing readers with a breathless crash course in literature’s evolution that is sure to lead to more focused exploration.


The Culture Vulture

The culture vulture is always perched on the cutting edge and can always tell you what the next big thing will be. The newsworthy and unusual is always on their radar, which makes them wonderful to invite to dinner and terrible to shop for. You don’t want to offer them something that’s--God forbid!--out of date. Here’s an eclectic list of books that are hot off the presses and sure to distract even the most stubborn trendsetters from their smartphones, at least for a little while.

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By Matt Zoller Seitz, Michael Chabon (Introduction by), Max Dalton (Illustrator)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780810997417
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Published: ABRAMS - October 8th, 2013

An introduction by Michael Chabon and critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s insightful interviews with the director provide the backbone for this collection of photos, storyboards, and ephemera from each of Anderson’s iconic films. Wes Anderson has used locations in Houston, including his alma mater, the St. John’s School, in several of his films, which gives this deluxe volume added Texas appeal. Limited copies signed by Matt Seitz.


How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781936976027
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Published: Zest Books - October 1st, 2013

Here’s an etiquette book that you can give a friend...without feeling like a dick! Snarky illustrations in the Dick and Jane vein will keep even the rudest readers giggling as they painlessly absorb common-sense, practical ways to avoid being a jerk.


Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781620402832
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 15th, 2013

Although we usually think of social media as a 21st-century phenomenon, Standage argues that fast, spontaneous communication has existed for centuries in a variety of formats: papyri, pamphlets, tracts, newspapers, radio, and television, to name a few. Standage also outlines the most common questions users have about privacy, bullying, politics, and self-promotion on outlets like Twitter and Facebook.


Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525954217
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Published: Dutton Books - October 1st, 2013

Offerman, who plays manly-man Ron Swanson on TV’s hit show Parks and Recreation, offers this hilarious and intimate look at all his real-life favorite subjects: woodworking, the great outdoors, his rural Midwestern upbringing, and his wife, comedienne Megan Mullally.


Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780670015351
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Published: Viking - October 29th, 2013

Eaton, the Emmy-award winning producer of Masterpiece Theater, reveals behind-the-scenes secrets about all the long-running series’ greatest hits, including Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs, Poirot and Miss Marple, as well as countless adaptations of classic novels. Alongside these tidbits, Eaton also includes details about her own life, as well as interviews with writers, directors, actors and crew members about their experiences on the set of her show.


It Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143124832
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Published: Penguin Books - October 29th, 2013

You may not have heard of Alexa Chung. However, we’re willing to bet you’ve seen her before, especially if you spend any time flipping through fashion magazines. Chung is a style icon, television personality, and inspiration to Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, so it’s no surprise that her exquisite taste is front and center in her latest book on style, beauty, and the good life. Limited signed copies available.


The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594205163
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Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2013

This ingenious book from two experienced British bibliotherapists working at Alain de Botton’s famed School of Life matches a variety of classic and contemporary literature with a list of common ailments, both physical and emotional. Just pinpoint your mood and flip to a book recommendation or three that will guide you safely through it! It’s certainly no substitute for your friendly Brazos bookseller, but it truly is the next best thing!


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White Girls Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781936365814
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Published: McSweeney's - November 12th, 2013

You don’t have to be a white girl to enjoy this book. In fact, several of the ‘white girls’ Als examines in this collection of essays on culture both high and low aren’t white, or female, at all! You’ll have to pick this book up in order to understand Als’ precise yet capacious definition of the White Girl, but suffice it to say that you’ll be wowed by his bold, insightful commentaries on identity politics and history.


Cartwheel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812995862
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Published: Random House - September 24th, 2013

Lily Hayes is a seemingly ordinary college girl who, while studying abroad in Argentina, is accused of the murder of her squeaky-clean roommate. Whether you were glued to the news during the Amanda Knox case or you never bothered to pay much attention, you’ll love this smart, beautifully-written thriller based on the case that examines the nature of guilt, perception, character, and privilege.


Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads: 50 of Film's Most Evocative Objects - An Illustrated Journey Cover Image
$14.50
ISBN: 9781783200405
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Published: Intellect (UK) - August 15th, 2013

Harris, a prominent film critic and BBC broadcaster, presents fifty famous objects from film history--including Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Marilyn Monroe’s billowy white dress, and Indiana Jones’s hat--and examines their importance in both their movies of origin and in our culture at large. This gorgeous volume is fully illustrated and perfect for the film buffs on your list.


The Aesthete

They say to never judge a book by its cover, but c’mon; everybody does it. No one understands the importance of appearances better than the aesthete, who can’t help but be drawn by the eyeballs toward the most elegant, striking books we have on offer. It can be intimidating to buy a gift for someone with such a good eye, but never fear! We have solutions galore!

Shake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062242648
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Design - October 22nd, 2013

Here’s a fun dog book with a difference: now you can catch all your favorite breeds mid-shake! Davidson’s brilliant fast-motion photography gives readers a whole new way of looking at man’s best friend.


Asunder Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544003460
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2013

This thought-provoking puzzle-box of a novel tells the story of two guards at the National Portrait Gallery in London--a modern woman named Marie and her great-grandfather Ted--who each experience a disorienting blurring of the lines between life and art.


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$39.99
ISBN: 9783836544870
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Published: Taschen - April 15th, 2013

Want to truly understand the inner lives of your favorite architects? Look no further than their ‘autobiographical homes’: the dwellings they designed down to the last detail just for themselves. This lushly-illustrated book uses blueprints, photos, drawings, and interviews to recreate each home for readers.


Roy G. Biv: An Exceedingly Surprising Book about Color Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781608196135
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 17th, 2013

This one-of-a-kind miscellany is packed with quotes, facts, and figures about every color of the rainbow. We especially love this book’s innovative graphic design, which makes it the perfect gift for designers, decorators, artists and illustrators of all sorts.


Henry Darger, Throw Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781590208557
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Published: Overlook Press - September 12th, 2013

To his few acquaintances in life, Henry Darger seemed to be nothing more than a reclusive janitor living on Chicago’s North Side. However, when he died, thousands of illustrated pages and hundreds of canvasses were discovered in his apartment, each covered in Darger’s eerie, unmistakable art. Was Darger a pervert, a psychotic, or a misunderstood genius? Elledge examines the life and work of America’s most famous outsider artist in this groundbreaking biography.


Heart of Darkness Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781935639664
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Published: Tin House Books - November 12th, 2013

Matt Kish, who wowed us two years ago with his illustrations for each page of MOBY DICK, is back with a stunning illumination of Joseph Conrad’s classic tale of adventure, imperialism, and greed. An index in the back of the book details which sentences on each page of the novella Kish chose to illustrate, making this a perfect companion to the original text.


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$85.00
ISBN: 9783791347646
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Published: Prestel Publishing - October 25th, 2013

Art Deco’s organic, sinuous, graphic aesthetic appeared between the first and second world wars in response to cultural sea changes like industrialization, modern art, and modern archaeology. This deluxe slipcased volume serves as a comprehensive introduction to the architecture, art, and design of the 1920s and 1930s.


On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307266422
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 15th, 2013

Put your e-reader down! Basbanes takes readers on a whirlwind tour across the world and through the ages to illustrate the importance of paper to human history. From its invention two thousand years ago in China to its uses in packing, publishing, currency and hygiene today, paper has shaped our culture in innumerable surprising ways.


Stay, Illusion: Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307962027
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 15th, 2013

You may not know Brock-Broido’s name just yet, but you should. This groundbreaking, award-winning poet’s third book is intricate, strange, and startling, and will serve as a welcome addition to any poetry enthusiast’s bookshelf.


The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti Cover Image
By Rafael Schacter, John Fekner (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300199420
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Published: Yale University Press - September 3rd, 2013

Despite its underground nature and its sometimes secretive stars, street art is a school of art just as developed and complex as any other. This incomparable guide to the worldwide street art and graffiti scenes groups influential works and artists by geographical region and provides readers with a detailed sense of the movement’s tumultuous history.


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