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New Arrivals - Week of April 7

Here are some of my favorite new arrivals this week!

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780670026555
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books - April 9th, 2013

The Interestings Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594488399
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2013

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781594204807
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - April 9th, 2013

The Best of the Best American Poetry Cover Image
By David Lehman (Editor), Robert Pinsky (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451658880
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - April 9th, 2013

Harold Et le Crayon Violet = Harold and the Purple Crayon Cover Image
By Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
$10.00
ISBN: 9781612431642
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ulysses Press - April 9th, 2013

The Book of Barely Imagined Beings: A 21st Century Bestiary Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780226044705
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 10th, 2013

Robert John Thornton: The Temple of Flora Cover Image
$59.99
ISBN: 9783836536332
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Taschen - April 15th, 2013

Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307477439
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - April 9th, 2013

Zebra Forest Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660413
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 9th, 2013

Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780465021949
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Basic Books - April 9th, 2013

Tea Rex Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670014309
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Children's Books - April 9th, 2013

Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780312594893
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 9th, 2013

Opportunity, Montana (Brad Tyer)

Tyer, a Texas reporter who relocated to Montana in search of the unspoiled West, exposes the cost of greed and carelessness in a state that many Americans consider to be the last great frontier. His exposé focuses on the Clark Fork River, which for nearly a century was a dumping ground for industrial waste. Now, well-meaning environmentalists and investors are attempting to restore the river to its original state, but are perhaps doing more harm than good in their efforts. A passionate and complex look at Western environmental concerns. 

Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807003299
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Beacon Press (MA) - March 26th, 2013

Young Adult Favorites For April

Here are some of the best of the best in recent YA fiction! -Mary

Out of the Easy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399256929
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - February 12th, 2013

We’ve all wanted to escape our hometowns before, but perhaps none of us as much as Josie Moraine. Josie lives and works in a bookstore in the French Quarter in the 1950s, which wouldn’t be so bad if she wasn’t known amongst the locals as the daughter of a prostitute. Just when Josie thinks she may have finally finagled her way into Smith, the Northeastern college of her dreams, the murder of a wealthy tourist in the Quarter threatens to destroy everything Josie knows and loves. Part murder mystery, part portrait of segregated New Orleans and part coming of age story, OUT OF THE EASY is a new Brazos Bookstore favorite.


Eleanor & Park Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250012579
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

Rowell’s novel is the story of tween love with a welcome twist. Eleanor, a poor, quirky redhead with an abusive step-father, is the new kid in town. Park is a Korean-American boy whose “cool” status hangs perpetually by a thread. Their lives are thrown together when Park reluctantly gives Eleanor a seat beside him on the bus and slowly, very slowly, a love for comics, then music, and then each other emerges. Earnestly and honestly told, ELEANOR & PARK will having you wishing - despite yourself - that you could go back and experience first love all over again. If you don't believe me, check out John Green's glowing NYT review!


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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 being 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. It comes out May 7th. Pre-order it now!


Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye (Nicolas Cullinan)

Munch is best known for his iconic painting The Scream. However, his other paintings - as well as his prints and photographs - convey a similar intensity and are well worth a look. Munch often created many versions of the same composition. When seen collectively here, these multiples seem darker, more urgent, and more personal. Perhaps most unsettling are his depictions of the halo shape that he saw in later life as a result of a hemorrhage in his eye. The intensity and honesty of Munch’s body of work served to document the human condition in a unique and undeniably influential way. 

Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye Cover Image
By Nicholas Cullinan (Editor)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781849760232
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Tate Publishing(UK) - June 1st, 2012

Understanding North Korea

North Korea has been all over the news lately due to Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un’s renewed threats of military action against the United States. Because North Korea is so carefully controlled from within, it has been historically difficult for authors of both fiction and nonfiction to write about it. However, more and more interest in this secret world has spurred writers from all fields to imagine the North Korean experience from the point of view of its silenced citizens. Here are some of our favorite perspectives on this mysterious nation. -Danielle

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385523912
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 21st, 2010

Demick’s intimate portrayal of six ordinary North Korean citizens is visceral and haunting. This book serves as a vivid reminder of how a repressive government can exert control over every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Demick followed her subjects for fifteen years, through Kim Jong-il’s ascent to power and a famine that decimated the population. A gripping, masterful, and beautifully crafted piece of nonfiction.


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143122913
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2013

In our era of Google Maps, no country can hide all of its secrets. Although the prison camps that North Korean elites use to punish and kill undesirables are clearly visible from any personal computer with an internet connection, few people have lived to tell the world about the horrors found within. Shin Dong-hyuk is one of those very few people, and his story, told here in spare and unflinching prose by Blaine Harden, is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.


The Orphan Master's Son Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade - August 7th, 2012

Adam Johnson is one of the few Americans who has been to North Korea, although his trip was of course very carefully orchestrated by the government handlers in charge of his stay. Still, Johnson’s firsthand knowledge of the country came in handy in the creation of this masterful novel, which was one of my personal favorites of 2012. Pak Jun Do, Johnson’s hero, rises from humble origins to the upper ranks of the North Korean state and then is imprisoned for fighting for the woman he loves. A thought-provoking page turner!


Architectural and Cultural Guide: Pyongyang Cover Image
By Philipp Meuser (Editor)
$49.95
ISBN: 9783869221878
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dom Publishers - February 28th, 2012

A beautiful slipcased two-volume set that presents the reader with a panoramic overview of North Korea’s capital city. The first volume of this set presents buildings, streets, and squares with no commentary provided, while the second volume places these architectural wonders in their proper cultural context. The eerily empty streets of Pyongyang are odd, beautiful, and haunting. The careful study of propaganda posters alone is worth the price of admission.


Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780547857879
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - January 15th, 2013

Wilson’s passionate plea for disarmament is based around his refutation of five crucial tenets that undergird the popular argument for nuclear proliferation. Although this book is not specifically about North Korea, Kim Jong-un’s threat of nuclear attack makes this book topical and timely, especially for a post-Cold War generation unfamiliar with the intricacies of nuclear policy.


Gods in Print (Richard H. David et al)

Each print in this book is a miniature world of its own, one that perfectly displays every detail of the story it tells. The action is often a strange mixture of serenity and intensity. I enjoyed reading about the mythological narratives while admiring the panache of the visual interpretations. Spanning 100 years from 1870 to 1970, this collection offers a unique perspective of the evolution of the imagery in the prints and a history of their publishers. -Sam

Gods in Print: Masterpieces of India's Mythological Art: A Century of Sacred Art (1870-1970) Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9781608871094
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mandala Media - November 13th, 2012

New Arrivals - Week of March 31

Enjoy some of my favorite new arrivals for this week! -Augusta

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544002234
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2013

The Shelter Cycle Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780547859088
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - April 2nd, 2013

All That Is Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781400043132
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

Manuscript Found in Accra Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780385349833
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 2nd, 2013

Mom & Me & Mom Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781400066117
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - April 2nd, 2013

Stages of Decay Cover Image
By Julia Solis, Martina Gedeck (Foreword by), Bryan Papciak (Preface by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9783791348193
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Prestel Publishing - April 25th, 2013

Funny Birds Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9783791371474
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Prestel Junior - April 25th, 2013

Last Friends Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609450939
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Europa Editions - April 2nd, 2013

Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316204262
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

Life After Life Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780316176484
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 2nd, 2013

The Dark Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316187480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Modern Mediterranean: Easy, Flavorful Home Cooking Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781617690181
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang - April 2nd, 2013

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393081572
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Paris Reborn: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780312626891
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 2nd, 2013

The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781439142004
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - April 2nd, 2013

Gems of Small Press Poetry

So much poetry, so little time! With all the new verse coming out every year, keeping up with small press releases can be difficult. Yet it’s the small presses that so consistently publish the most groundbreaking poetry written today! While you may have to search a little harder to find such diamonds in the rough, the payoff is almost always well worth the effort. Who knows? You may just discover your new favorite poet! Here are a few cutting edge titles to get you started this National Poetry Month. -Keaton

Democracy Is Not for the People Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780984885749
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Truck Books - May 1st, 2012

I was originally drawn to this collection because of its provocative title and cover. Once I actually read the poems, I was stunned and a little taken aback (in a good way). These aren’t poems in the traditional sense. Kaplan’s verses explore the connections -- and divergences -- between the poetic and the political. He appropriates the language of propaganda, employs detailed descriptions of weapons technologies, and adds a generous dash of comic absurdity to produce an astute, irreverent meditation on the nature of political violence. Can poetry effect political change? Can political speech be poetic? These are the kinds of questions Kaplan’s poetry posits for its readers.


Seven American Deaths and Disasters Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781576876367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: powerHouse Books - March 12th, 2013

Another collection that tests the boundaries of what can be considered poetry, Goldsmith has transcribed TV and radio broadcasts covering some of the most infamous tragedies in American history--the assassinations of the Kennedys and John Lennon, the Challenger disaster, Columbine, 9/11, and the death of Michael Jackson--and recontextualized them as a set of intense prose poems. By rendering in writing what was originally spoken aloud, Goldsmith coaxes forth the underlying emotions inherent in “impartial journalism” and presents an exploration of how media affects our reactions to the larger events that shape our lives.


Oleander Girl (Chitra Divakaruni)

We are thrilled to announace that local favorite and UH Creative Writing Program professor Chita Divakaruni will be signing her latest novel at Brazos on April 15th! OLEANDER GIRL is a fascinating read you won’t want to miss. The book follows Korobi, a smart, down-to-earth girl from a good family who is set to marry the man of her dreams in her native India when tragedy strikes. Korobi’s grandfather passes away suddenly, intimating a terrible family secret in his final moments. Korobi's grandmother confirms that Korobi's shadowy past is even more mysterious than she once thought. Korobi determines that, before she can marry, she must understand her origins by traveling alone to America. I was again and again awed by Divakaruni’s well-rounded characters, action-packed pacing, and clean, engrossing prose. OLEANDER GIRL also boasts a surprise twist that lends the book even more depth and appeal. I began this book thinking it was the story of a girl seeking her origins, but finished it feeling that it actually treated a much larger subject: the way that racial and national identity effects women’s lives in numerous ways, both subtle and profound. -Danielle

Oleander Girl Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781451695656
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 19th, 2013

Arvo Part In Conversation (Enzo Restagno et al)

This book is an attempt to approach the conceptual world of Arvo Pärt, as well as his musical language and his compositions, from a variety of angles. With its wide range of subject matter, it is intended to appeal to readers from many different fields of interest. Enzo Restagno is the artistic director of Settembre Musica, an Italian music festival in Torino at which a program of Pärt’s work was presented in September 2004. Over the course of lengthy conversations with Restagno, Pärt describes his roots and early life in Soviet Estonia, his emigration, his artistic odyssey, and his view of the world. Along with these highly personal conversations that form the book’s core, this volume includes an analytical essay by Leopold Brauneiss that requires more musicological knowledge. The essay is an important study of the theory and method behind Pärt’s compositional intentions.

Saale Kareda additionally provides a short second essay that is directed primarily toward those who are interested in the spiritual aspects of Pärt’s music. The appendix offers two acceptance speeches delivered by Pärt during the award ceremonies of two major composition prizes. Each of them provides an interesting glimpse into Pärt’s thinking and helps complete this fascinating portrait of one of the world’s greatest living composers. -Nihal

Arvo Part in Conversation Cover Image
By Arvo Part, Robert Crow (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781564787866
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 12th, 2012

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