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Featured Releases for May 5

Although there are always great new titles coming in at Brazos Bookstore, we’ll occasionally have a week that’s remarkable for the number and quality of new releases we have to unveil for you. This week certainly counts one of those. There’s something for everyone: a gritty western, an unsettling coming-of-age story, an exciting debut set in Chechnya, an existential spy thriller, a post-apocalyptic YA read, and a nonfiction book about the future of the internet. No matter what your mood might be, this first great wave of summer reads is sure to get you excited about all the fun new releases you’ll be seeing throughout the summer months at Brazos. Come in and browse or ask one of our master booksellers to recommend something just for you.

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The Blood of Heaven Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780802121189
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - May 28th, 2013

No other book coming out this year excites me more than Kent Wascom’s debut, THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN. You will be astounded at this young author's level of narrative skill. Set in the early 1800s around the time of the Louisiana Purchase, THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN charts the life of preacher, slaver, robber, murderer, and would-be revolutionary Angel Woolsack as he falls in with Aaron Burr in hopes of wresting West Florida away from the Spanish in order to establish a new nation. Wascom’s style echoes Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry, vividly recreatings the harsh, morally ambiguous world of the early nineteenth century territories. But even in the darkest moments, Wascom finds the kernel of humanity. A stunning, remarkable debut from a talent I expect great things from in the years to come!

Keaton

Kent Wascom signs THE BLOOD OF HEAVEN at Brazos Bookstore on June 28


Who Owns the Future? Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781451654967
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2013

During the 70s and 80s, our current conception of networks --the idea that information should be free and that culture should be open-- came to prominence in computer science. Under this scheme, everyone is supposed to benefit when people share information digitally; however, controversial computer scientist and philosopher Jaron Lanier is quick to remind us that not all computers were created equal. Whoever owns the biggest computer on an open network gets to out-calculate everyone else and can organize everyone else to their advantage. It doesn’t matter if that entity is a national intelligence agency, a finance cabal, Google, Facebook or Microsoft. It’s all exactly the same game, and Lanier argues that it’s not ultimately sustainable.



Nihal


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Flora Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781620401200
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 7th, 2013

Want to know how much readers love Gail Godwin? In a recent blurb John Irving said that Godwin was both “a present-day George Eliot’ and that her latest novel is ‘as word-perfect and taut as an Alice Munro short story.’ Some readers have compared FLORA to Henry James’s classic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw”. The book’s protagonist is 10 year-old Helen, whose beloved grandmother and caretaker has just died, and whose father is working on a wartime project shrouded in secrecy at Oak Ridge, TN. For the summer, Helen is left with Flora, her long-dead mother’s 22 year-old cousin, who, in Helen’s estimation, is the less worldly and mature of the two of them. The events that unfold over that long hot summer change both Helen’s and Flora’s lives forever. You’ll have to read the book to find out how.

Danielle


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

Interested in reading a fictionalized perspective of Chechnya after recent events in Boston? In Anthony Marra's debut novel A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, out May 7th, 8-year-old Havaa's father is abducted by Russian soldiers and her house burned is to the ground. A neighbor rescues her and delivers her to the only remaining doctor in town for safekeeping. Told over a five-day span, this richly imagined, interwoven novel is a page-turner and definitely one of the best books I've read this year!

Augusta


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

For those of you on the lookout for the next big thing in young adult fiction, Rick Yancey’s post-apocalyptic novel THE FIFTH WAVE is it. Touted as a cross between THE PASSAGE and ENDER’S GAME, this fast-paced thriller is an all-consuming, irresistable mélange of alien invasion, familial loyalty and good old fashioned mushy-gushy forbidden love.

Mary


The Other Typist Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780399161469
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - May 7th, 2013

Our prudish, old-fashioned narrator, a typist in a prohibition-era New York police station, becomes obsessed by the beautiful and mysterious 'other' typist, Odalie. She thrills as her life becomes a fantasy of speakeasies, bathtub gin and bootleggers. But the excitement comes at a price, and our narrator may not be telling the whole story. Fast-paced and cleverly plotted, this a perfect summer novel, written by  Rice University PhD candidate Suzanne Rindell.

Jeremy

Suzanne Rindell signs THE OTHER TYPIST at Brazos Bookstore on May 9.


New Arrivals - Week of April 28

Here are some of my favorite new titles for this week! -Augusta

The Woman Upstairs Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307596901
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 30th, 2013

Waiting to Be Heard Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062217202
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTorch - April 30th, 2013

Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9780670025442
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books - April 30th, 2013

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

The Yellow Birds Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316219341
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608198337
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 30th, 2013

The Hunger Angel Cover Image
By Herta Muller, Philip Boehm (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250032089
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - April 30th, 2013

Metaphysical Dog Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780374173616
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 30th, 2013

Gold Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451672732
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 30th, 2013

Mythology Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316223331
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Line 135 Cover Image
By Germano Zullo, Albertine (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781452119342
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - April 30th, 2013

Henri, Le Chat Noir: The Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781607745105
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - April 30th, 2013

The Color Of Light (Arthur Meyerson)

Arthur Meyerson has traveled the world on professional photography assignments since 1974. However, the photographs in this book are from the body of personal images he amassed during his travels. Although the subjects and locations of the photographs are widely varied, there is a consistency in the way Meyerson frames them. His images are brightly colored with strong geometric elements. While structure is immediately evident, the context takes a moment to sink in, allowing for a rich and exciting viewing experience. Be sure to attend Mr. Meyerson’s author event at Brazos Bookstore on Tues, May 21 at 7pm. -Sam

Previews for the week of May 7th 2013

Although there are great new titles coming in at Brazos Bookstore all the time, we’ll occasionally have a week that’s remarkable for the number and quality of new releases we have to unveil for you. Next week is certainly one of those. In fact, two of our upcoming author events -- Katherine Center on 5/7 and Suzanne Rindell on 5/9 -- feature celebrated local authors whose new novels, THE LOST HUSBAND and THE OTHER TYPIST, respectively, are being released next week to great fanfare.

The Lost Husband Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345507945
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - May 7th, 2013

Libby and her children have been living with her mother since the death of Libby’s husband, but the arrangement is wearing thin. When Libby receives an invitation to relocate her family to her eccentric aunt’s Texas Hill Country goat farm, she jumps at the chance for a change. The cast of quirky characters Libby encounters is large and the adjustment is not easy, but slowly she begins to realize that she may have found a new home in the country. Another touching, entertaining read from a celebrated graduate of UH’s prestigious Creative Writing Program. -Danielle


The Other Typist Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780399161469
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - May 7th, 2013

Our prudish, old-fashioned narrator, a typist in a prohibition-era New York police station, becomes obsessed by the beautiful and mysterious 'other' typist, Odalie. She thrills as her life becomes a fantasy of speakeasies, bathtub gin and bootleggers. But the excitement comes at a price, and our narrator may not be telling the whole story. Fast-paced and cleverly plotted, this a perfect summer novel, and better yet, it was written by a brilliant literature phD candidate from Rice University! -Jeremy


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Flora Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781620401200
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 7th, 2013

Want to know how much readers love Gail Godwin? In a recent blurb John Irving said that Godwin was both “a present-day George Eliot’ and that her latest novel is ‘as word-perfect and taut as an Alice Munro short story.’ Some readers have compared FLORA to Henry James’s classic ghost story “The Turn of the Screw”. The book’s protagonist is 10 year-old Helen, whose beloved grandmother and caretaker has just died, and whose father is working on a wartime project shrouded in secrecy at Oak Ridge, TN. For the summer, Helen is left with Flora, her long-dead mother’s 22 year-old cousin, who, in Helen’s estimation, is the less worldly and mature of the two of them. The events that unfold over that long hot summer change both Helen’s and Flora’s lives forever. You’ll have to read the book to find out how. -Danielle


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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

Interested in reading a fictionalized perspective of Chechnya after recent events in Boston? In Anthony Marra's debut novel A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA, out May 7th, 8-year-old Havaa's father is abducted by Russian soldiers and her house burned is to the ground. A neighbor rescues her and delivers her to the only remaining doctor in town for safekeeping. Told over a five-day span, this richly imagined, interwoven novel is a page-turner and definitely one of the best books I've read this year! -Augusta


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

For those of you on the lookout for the next big thing in young adult fiction, Rick Yancey’s post-apocalyptic novel THE FIFTH WAVE is it. Touted as a cross between THE PASSAGE and ENDER’S GAME, this fast-paced thriller is an all-consuming, irresistable mélange of alien invasion, familial loyalty and good old fashioned mushy-gushy forbidden love. -Mary


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Minotaur Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609451165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - May 7th, 2013

On his forty-first birthday, Alexander Abramov finds the woman of his dreams. There’s only one problem. Due to his occupation as an Israeli spy--a job predicated on distrust--he cannot approach her directly. So, of course, he sets about utilizing every cloak and dagger resource and contact at his disposal to manipulate her life from afar. A forgotten classic by Benjamin Tammuz, Minotaur is an eerie blend of noirish spy thrills and romantic obsession. Graham Greene even went so far as to call it his favorite novel. This one’s perfect for fans of Greene and John Le Carre. -Keaton


The Yellow Birds (Kevin Powers)

No amount of praise I could give would sufficiently express just how brilliant Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers’ debut novel, The Yellow Birds, really is. Simply put, it’s an instant classic. More than a great novel, it is an important book. When you hear people compare The Yellow Birds to other great works of war literature, such as The Things They Carried, All Quiet on the Western Front , and/or The Red Badge of Courage, rest assured that they are not exaggerating. This novel is a harrowing yet lyrical depiction of the experience of combat and its haunting aftereffects. It is a visceral, existential read, written with an immediacy that is missing from even most military memoirs. As such, it is proof that works of fiction sometimes cut closest to the truth, helping us understand the world around us in ways that often elude the simple recitation of fact. The Yellow Birds is an unforgettable book. 

The Yellow Birds Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316219341
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

Translated Fiction Roundup

Did you know that only 5% of novels published in the US today are translations? Think of how much we’re missing from vibrant literary cultures around the globe by focusing our attention only on work written in English! Reading world fiction allows you to really explore an unfamiliar culture without leaving your living room. I have recently been on a translated fiction kick and would like to share a few of my new favorites with you. -Augusta

Ways of Going Home Cover Image
By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translator)
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374286644
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - January 8th, 2013

Zambra’s novella opens on the day of the 1985 Chilean earthquake and follows the narrator as he explores his memories of his childhood first love. Part love story, part remembrance of simpler times, the narrative is evocative, beautiful, and, at just under 140 pages, easy to devour in one sitting.


La Boutique Obscure: 124 Dreams Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781612191751
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Melville House Publishing - February 19th, 2013

I studied Cognitive Sciences in college and relish any opportunity to read about the awesome, unusual things that our brains sometimes do. Perec’s recently translated dream diary was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! Inventive, modern, and surreal, this strange little book briefly outlines 124 dreams and gives us the opportunity to explore the ephemeral nature of our sleeping thoughts. This is one I’ll be reading and rereading.


Paprika Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389183
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 12th, 2013

When the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred, things can get dangerous. Paprika, a dream detective, must go into the dream world to prevent mysterious opponents from sabotaging the real world. Thought provoking and entertaining, PAPRIKA is a page turner. Don’t forget to check out the accompanying anime film of the same name.


Maidenhair Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781934824368
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - October 23rd, 2012

MAIDENHAIR explores the stories we tell about ourselves in order to get where we want to be, namely through the gates of paradise. Like most thick Russian novels, Shiskin’s work takes on a variety of topics -- truth and fiction, death and life, love and war -- but the sum is greater than its parts. I’m only a third of the way through this one and it’s already one of the best things I’ve read this year. Don’t miss it!


Children's Poetry

It’s National Poetry Month! Here are some children’s poetry books we’re excited about this month to help you turn your little one into a versifier extraordinaire. -Mary

Make Magic! Do Good! Cover Image
By Dallas Clayton, Dallas Clayton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763657468
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 13th, 2012

From the creator of children’s book sensation THE AWESOME BOOK comes another rainbow-colored masterpiece. Clayton’s poems cover everything from blue apples to Xavier Xing Xu’s mission to create more words that begin with X to a store that sells colors that’ve never been made. However, they all share the same message: Make magic Do good. Be who you are. Be what you should. 


I've Lost My Hippopotamus Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062014573
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 13th, 2012

It feels like Jack Prelutsky has a hand in everything related to children’s poetry these days - and we don’t mind one bit! Mr. Prelutsky has written over 50 kid’s poetry collections, but I’VE LOST MY HIPPOPOTAMUS is one of our favorites. You simply can’t find poems about furry wiguanas and yummy pelicanteloupes anywhere else! If you love “I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus,” you should also check out THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK, A PIZZA THE SIZE OF THE SUN, STARDINES SWIM HIGH ACROSS THE SKY, and another favorite of ours, NIGHTMARES: POEMS TO TROUBLE YOUR SLEEP.


The Owl and the Pussycat: And Other Nonsense Cover Image
By Edward Lear, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780957148307
Availability: Backordered
Published: Palazzo Editions - September 1st, 2012

First written in 1867 as a get-well treat for the daughter of a family friend, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT is now a staple in the children’s poetry canon. This printing of the poem, alongside Lear’s other wonderful, nonsensical pieces such as “The Jumbies” and “The Dong with the Luminous Nose” celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lear’s birthday. Robert Ingpen’s sweeping illustrations seal this little book as a must-have for any sophisticated child’s library.


Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles, and Rhymes Cover Image
By Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763662486
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 28th, 2012

“What if a piece of toast turned into a piece of ghost?” or even worse, “What if hard-boiled eggs turned into hard-boiled legs?” It is such pressing questions as these that tumble through the pages of Michael Rosen’s latest book of poems. Illustrator Quentin Blake provides drawings for each of Rosen’s off-the-wall verses. A scrumptious read.


Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780060572341
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

No children’s poetry list would be complete without Shel Silverstein. I encourage you to read everything he wrote, but I chose to highlight WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS because HarperCollins has recently released a 30th anniversary special edition that includes twelve new poems. 


From Silverpoint To Silver Screen: Andy Warhol’s 1950s Drawings (Daniel Blau)

This batch of sketches was purchased from the Warhol estate in 2011 by German art collector Daniel Blau. This is the first time they have been published. The drawings were created before Warhol developed his Pop Art style and give an interesting insight into the development of his later work. I had a reaction similar to that of James Hofmaier, who, in one of the book’s essays, remarks, “I have never considered Warhol poetic and now I find myself compelled to think anew my opinion of the person who was Andrew (“Andy”) Warhol(a).”

From Silverpoint to Silver Screen: Andy Warhol 1950s Drawings Cover Image
By Daniel Blau (Editor), James Hofmaier (Other), Sydney Picasso (Other)
$49.95
ISBN: 9783777453415
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hirmer Verlag GmbH - March 15th, 2013

Fully Booked: Ink On Paper (Andrew Losowsky)

Any Brazos customer can appreciate a well designed book! You’ve no doubt noticed that publishers have been creating ever more beautiful covers for new and classic books in response to the rise of e-books. Fully Booked is a beautifully designed compilation that profiles some of the most magnificent recent book designs, including imaginative cover concepts, reconceptualizations of the book as object, and one-of-a-kind works of art created from books.

Fully Booked: Ink on Paper: Design & Concepts for New Publications Cover Image
By Andrew Losowsky (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9783899554649
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Gestalten Verlag - March 22nd, 2013

Perfect Books for the Post-LITTLE PRINCE Blues

We’re so excited about our 75th anniversary celebration for THE LITTLE PRINCE this Saturday at 2pm! We have a whole bunch of cool surprises up our sleeves for the big day, and children of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. But what about what about AFTER we’ve blown your child’s mind with Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s whimsical tale? Here are a few carefully selected books sure to ease the inevitable comedown. -Mary

Hokey Pokey Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780375831980
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

Reading Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli's HOKEY POKEY is like playing hopscotch in the country of your child's imagination. This Bildungsroman, which is significantly more upbeat than Saint-Exupery’s classic, will inspire young readers who enjoyed the fantastical language and situations of THE LITTLE PRINCE.


Inside Out & Back Again Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061962790
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 2nd, 2013

Ten-year-old Há's journey from Saigon to the United States after the Vietnam War is told entirely in Lai’s beautiful verse in this Newbery Honor/National Book Award winner. The chance to explore a rich new world and the unexpected humor of Lai’s poetry will appeal to PRINCE fanatics.


Arthur of Albion Cover Image
By John Matthews, Pavel Tatarnilov (Illustrator)
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781846864711
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Barefoot Books - October 1st, 2010

Who is to become the next king of Albion? Whoever pulls the sword from the stone, of course. The same exciting swashbuckling adventure of THE LITTLE PRINCE, but this one’s the Original!


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