Book Lists

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Brazos Bestsellers

Here's a list of the top selling books at Brazos Bookstore this week!

The Clothing of Books Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780525432753
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - November 15th, 2016

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown Cover Image
By Crystal Allen, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062342348
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 3rd, 2017

The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: The Wall of Fame Game Cover Image
By Crystal Allen, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062342379
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 2nd, 2018

Broken Beautiful Hearts Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250079206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Imprint Make Your Mark - February 6th, 2018

Bang Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781558858565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arte Publico Press - November 30th, 2017

In Other Words Cover Image
By Jhumpa Lahiri, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101911464
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

A Citizen's Guide to Impeachment Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781612197050
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House Publishing - September 12th, 2017

I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781496202062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - November 1st, 2017

The Lowland Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307278265
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage Books - June 17th, 2014

The Influence of Horror: A Poe-Inspired Reading List

Happy Birth Month, Edgar Allan Poe! 


It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062476050
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

Though IT DEVOURS is derived from a popular podcast, knowledge of the series isn't necessary to enjoy this book.

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret. 


You Should Have Left Cover Image
By Daniel Kehlmann, Ross Benjamin (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101871928
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Pantheon Books - June 13th, 2017

This fascinating tale of a writer's emotional collapse was a favorite with Ben, Brazos' General Manager.

"It is fitting that I'm beginning a new notebook up here. New surroundings and new ideas, a new beginning. Fresh air."

This passage is from the first entry of a journal kept by the narrator of Daniel Kehlmann's spellbinding new novel. It is the record of the seven days that he, his wife, and his four-year-old daughter spend in a house they have rented in the mountains of Germany--a house that thwarts the expectations of the narrator's recollection and seems to defy the very laws of physics. He is eager to finish a screenplay for a sequel to the movie that launched his career, but something he cannot explain is undermining his convictions and confidence, a process he is recording in this account of the uncanny events that unfold as he tries to understand what, exactly, is happening around him--and within him.


The Job of the Wasp Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766801
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soft Skull Press - January 9th, 2018

This one is brand new! After its debut just last week, JOB OF THE WASP is already on Operating Manager Mark and Marketing Director Sara's bookshelves.

A coming-of-age tale, a Gothic ghost story, and a murder mystery all in one, The Job of the Wasp is a bloodcurdling and brilliantly subversive novel about paranoia, love, and the nightmare of adolescence.

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to unravel a mystery at the school's dark heart. And that's when the corpses start turning up.


Her Body and Other Parties: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977887
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - October 3rd, 2017

This book made its way into multiple Brazos Staff Top Ten Lists at the end of 2017! In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism.

A wife refuses her husband's entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck. A woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity. A salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery within the seams of the store's prom dresses. One woman's surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted houseguest. And in the bravura novella "Especially Heinous," Machado reimagines every episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a show we naively assumed had shown it all, generating a phantasmagoric police procedural full of doppelgangers, ghosts, and girls with bells for eyes.

Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment.


Fever Dream Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399184598
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - January 10th, 2017

Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale. One of the freshest new voices to come out of the Spanish language and translated into English for the first time, Samanta Schweblin creates an aura of strange psychological menace and otherworldly reality in this absorbing, unsettling, taut novel. It's been a staff favorite since its release.

We are lucky to have the author, Samanta Schweblin, visit Houston on March 26 with the Inprint Reading Series. Take a look!


Ülrika's Paper and Pen Pal Club Wish List

In mid-2017, I sat down with our Marketing Director Sara to brainstorm. We wanted to create a place where people could take a moment, write about their favorite books, and start conversations with someone that they never met; to provide an opportunity to unplug and have something tangible to look back on weeks, months, or even years later.

These .7mm felt tip markers are more than just for coloring. I use these wonderful markers for all things writing, whether I am sending out notes or planning in my bullet journal. One of the best features, besides how fine they are, is that they have a triangle-shaped barrel so your markers won’t roll away!


This has quickly become one of my favorite fountain pens. Designed in Japan, the Pilot Metropolitan is a great mid-range starter fountain pen, as well as a wonderful writing tool for someone who already has a pen collection. Each pen comes with with one Pilot black ink cartridge for ease of use and one Pilot Press Plate Converter, so you can use any ink you'd like. More styles and colors are available in the store.


This beautifully formed writing set gives you the option to write just a few words or a longer letter without having to use separate sheets of paper. Each kit features 90 accordion-style sheets perforated along each fold, so they can be cut to any length. The kit also comes with 10 envelopes.


These postal notebooks from Moleskine are a combination of a notebook, notecard, and mini sketchbook. Each Postal Notebook has 8 blank pages of ivory-colored paper, which allows for you to write your letter, add a sketch or drawing, or even collage some of your favorite items. Once you are done just fold the outside envelope, seal, address and stamp; your notebook is ready for the mail!


These beautifully accented and ruled pages are large enough for longer letters. Each pad has 60 gold foiled tear-off sheets; natural white paper with a floral design at the top and bottom of each sheet. Plus, we also offer coordinating envelopes for the Monarch Writing Pad, which makes a wonderful set for sharing letters and personal notes.  


$30.00
SKU: 871845000057

This set is perfect for people who want to have everything at their fingertips when writing letters. Each set is designed in a luxe box that can be reused. Each box contains 40 writing sheets with four different designs, 40 matching envelopes, and 50 assorted stickers and labels. All you need to do to is grab your favorite pen and start writing.


$14.00
SKU: 9781477000779

Flat notes are great for writing a quick friendly message or a thank you note. These have just enough room to jot everything down, but not too much that you feel you need to fill the entire page. With 50 cards and envelopes, you are set to start writing.


The great thing about letter writing is that it can start at almost any age. Ooly creates the one-stop shop for all stationery needs for little ones. This kit includes: 8 letter sheets, 4 envelopes, 4 postcards, a notebook, mechanical pencil, a four-color click pen, a sheet of animal stickers, and an eraser. Everything comes in a reusable carrying bag to help keep the kit together.


Brazos Booksellers Look Forward to 2018

The year is finally at an end! We have survived a complicated but wonderful 2017. Thank you for helping us weather everything from a hurricane to a World Series win, and much, much more. We couldn't have done any of this without you (yes you! Reading this article!). Thank you again, Houston, for making us proud.

We can't wait for the new releases 2018 will bring. This is what our booksellers are looking forward to reading (and selling) in the new year:

The Emissary Cover Image
By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227629
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 24th, 2018

After a mysterious disaster, Japan has cut itself off from the world. This GORGEOUS speculative short novel explores temporality, family, and community. My favorite read this year, and something I just can't wait to share in 2018.

–– Sara


Lion Cross Point Cover Image
By Masatsugu Ono, Angus Turvill (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781931883702
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Two Lines Press - April 10th, 2018

A little boy is sent to live with his grandmother in a small coastal town. He is unable to live fully in the present due to his abusive past, which the reader peers into regularly through the boy's flashbacks. But LION CROSS POINT is as much an argument for hope and the ability to live beyond childhood PTSD as it is a tale of sadness. I can't wait to host Masatsugu Ono in April; I think our customers will be wowed by this deftly-written novella!

–– Sara


Basic Black with Pearls Cover Image
By Helen Weinzweig, Sarah Weinman (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681372167
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: New York Review of Books - April 17th, 2018

NYRB is at it again with this splendid book! Shirley Kaszenbowski's search for her elusive lover (who communicates through cryptic messages in magazines, of course) brings her back to her hometown of Toronto. This has been one of my favorite winter reads.

–– Sara


The Cruel Prince Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316310277
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

I am beyond excited for the year to turn to 2018 and Holly Black's CRUEL PRINCE to arrive!!!

–– Joy


Death of a Horse Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9788494496516
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hispabooks - February 6th, 2018

Two of the books I'm most excited about in 2018 are from the same author, Andres Barba. Last year Transit Books published SUCH SMALL HANDS, an immediate staff favorite and our collective discovery of an amazing contemporary Spanish writer. I went backward then and read an older novel, AUGUST, OCTOBER which left me even more impressed. In February Hispabooks will be publishing DEATH OF A HORSE a story about the nervous courstship between a professor and student during a single weekend.

–– Mark


The Right Intention Cover Image
By Andres Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945492068
Availability: Backordered
Published: Transit Books - February 13th, 2018

In March Transit Books is publishing THE RIGHT INTENTION a book of four linked novellas. Even better news, perhaps, all of Barba's books are translated by the masterful Lisa Dillman, the 2016 winner of the Best Translated Book Award.

–– Mark


When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250171085
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 16th, 2018

I am excited to share Patrisse Khan-Cullors' memoir, When They Call You a Terrorist. Khan-Cullors' describes how their tumultuous youth which sometimes meant hunger, poverty, and fear was not so challenging, but a reality they overcame through empathy and faith. Shattered by the incarceration of their brother and absurd disparity, a maven for activism and equality joins forces with co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi to ignite the movement known as Black Lives Matter. An incredible history and backstory to the mission of BLM as well as the important role that feminism plays into activism.

–– Thu


The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316259613
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 3rd, 2018

Jamison's memoir of her own alcoholism, yes –– but also a sprawling, myth-busting look at the history of literary drunkenness. Openhearted and academically rigorous.

–– Ben


No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399563492
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - April 10th, 2018

Vollmann, America's reigning literary maniac, turns his attention to climate change. Whatever his subject, Vollmann finds the strangest and most dangerous aspects, and here he continues his career-long battle with armageddon.

–– Ben


Gun Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781524761684
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Hogarth Press - March 6th, 2018

A young girl comes of age in a trailer park, tended to by a series of damaged mother figures, while everyone around her seems to own –– and be gaga for –– guns.

–– Ben


Fire Sermon Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127044
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 9th, 2018

One of the books that I am looking forward to Jamie Quarto's FIRE SERMON; it is an absolutely beautiful and moving that will leave you looking at the many ways we can long for something.

–– Ülrika

 


Black and Blur Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780822370161
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Duke University Press - December 8th, 2017

Moten has a poet's ear and a critic's mind. This trilogy of critical work spans a breadth of topics surrounding literature, history, music, and race in America. If you were a fan of Kevin Young's BUNK then you have to check out these books. BLACK AND BLUR is currently available, while STOLEN LIFE and THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE will be released in March. Duke University Press, 2018

–– Nathan


Stolen Life Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780822370581
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Duke University Press - March 2nd, 2018

The Universal Machine Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780822370550
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: Duke University Press - March 9th, 2018

Thu's Top Ten Favorites for You and Yours

If you can't tell, I read all kinds of books. Sometimes I become interested in a topic and I devour everything related that I can get my hands on.

This list consists of the first ten things that popped in my head. I don't consider myself literary, just someone who loves to read. If you tried, I guess you could see a recurring theme, but it's random!

Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge Cover Image
By Carrie Clickard, Katy Wu (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481467070
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 5th, 2017

It’s time for young Joyce to learn something new, and that something new is how-to make dumplings! She rolls, she kneads, she burns, ten, twenty, one-hundred, and eventually Joyce SUCCEEDS! Her hard work pays off and cook acknowledges what a great job she’s done. Her heart is filled with pride. As Joyce becomes older, her passion for cooking helps her overcome great obstacles and serves as a reminder of love and happiness in all places.

As an aunt to two rambunctious and curious boys, four and seven, I am always interested in what they’re reading. I love stories with humor, morals, cultural references, history, fun characters, and colorful illustrations. There is even a dumpling recipe at the end that parents and kids can do together. DUMPLING DREAMS is an all-you-can-eat buffet for everyone!


Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Vivian Carter is fed up! She is fed up with sexism, misogyny, and indifference. It turns out she is not alone. What started out as an anonymous zine transforms into a feminist movement at her high school in her small Texas hometown.

MOXIE is as fun as it is a platform for dialogue among all ages about feminism, activism, and equality.

When I started it, #METOO became viral, and I thought this book could not have come at a better time. This book is essential for young people who want to have this conversation, but need a place to start.


We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590566
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - October 3rd, 2017

The wait is over and National Book Award-winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is back for another. I don’t care if you heard that BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME was better. Get this book now! This collection of essays includes his famous Coates’ iconic essays including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” as well as eight new essays which examine the Obama Administration. Ta-Nehisi Coates despises being the loudest voice and messenger for the black person’s struggle. I think that’s tough, but it’s reality. Get this book now because you need to know!


What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781616207823
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017!!

Beloved native Houstonian and legendary journalist Dan Rather delivers more than six decades of wisdom in the form of essays defining patriotism. Rather’s experience is invaluable and honest. What does patriotism look like? What vehicles make American democracy possible? What can we do to cultivate diversity of thought and expression in our country? Everyone knows someone that would love this book! America NEEDS this book!


Eating Animals Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316069885
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Author Jonathan Safran Foer shares the beautiful moment of holding his child for the first time. In awe, he crosses paths with the realization of all the important decisions he must make which will set and influence his son’s life. “Should his son be raised a vegetarian,” is one on the list of endless subjects. Insert EATING ANIMALS. 

I read this book as a part of a reading binge for a time I was obsessed with all things “urban farming,” “off the grid,” and “locally sourced.” Initially, I thought it would be a case for vegetarianism, but it isn’t. Why are meals socially significant? Why do we feel comfortable eating some animals, but not others? Where does our food come from? What lengths have we gone to make food so accessible? How do we justify all of this, and should we have to? EATING ANIMALS offers something for people that love reading about nature, culture, and food. 


Ender's Game Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765394866
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Books - October 17th, 2017

Isn’t this everyone’s favorite book? I read it as a kid, I read it again in January, and when Keaton asked me whether I had chosen books I read this year, I could have dreamt this, but he might have had a raised eyebrow, I read it again that night and thought, “YES!” It is so good!

Ender Wiggin is a lab rat, he’s got issues, and he commands a fleet in space against insect aliens set to destroy Earth. Did I mention he’s six? 

If you’re like me and you’ve already read ENDER’S GAME, but unlike me, you say you've read it one too many times... I’d scoff, re-buff, flash a toothy smile and recommend Austin-based author Ernest Clines’ READY PLAYER ONE or ARMADA.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Matthew Desmond weaves a story about the cycle of eviction through a sample of eight perspectives in Milwaukee. If you’ve ever wondered how or why books earn Pulitzer Prizes, read this now! It’s a social and political commentary. It’s psychological. It is heartbreaking and infuriating. It is first-class journalism. EVICTED discards sympathy masked as empathy, and serves voice and dignity to the individuals in this book. 


Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312626686
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

Barbara Ehrenreich’s work has revived and paved the way for hardline investigative journalism like EVICTED and HILLBILLY ELEGY. NICKEL AND DIMED chronicles Ehrenreich’s three-month experience working a variety of minimum wage jobs like waiting tables, house cleaning, and Wal-Mart, and how this is a reality for many Americans. She examines the life of minimum wage Americans, discusses the consequences of a widening inequality gap, and frankly shows us all why we should give a –– I mean, show a little concern.


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

Atsuko Chiba is a scientist that uses dream monitoring and intervention to treat mental illnesses. In the dream state, she is alter ego Paprika. When her colleagues begin to demonstrate strange behavior, she must navigate a labyrinth of dreams to solve this mystery before she’s stuck in the subconscious realm and everyone becomes catatonic.

PAPRIKA is suspenseful mental exercise. Perfect for you and perfect for anyone that loves mystery, sci-fi, and weird Murakami-esque human behaviors. That’s a fact and proven by book scientists/sellers named Thu!


What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

Imma let you finish, but Haruki Murakami is my favorite writer of all time! How does a person become an author of a billion mind-blowing fantastical books? Some might say, open a jazz club in Hawaii. I’ve heard running ultra-marathons helps too. After reading this memoir, I don’t believe anyone can stretch their imagination so far and commit it to print without living a meditative and colorful life like Haruki Murakami.


Book List: An Ode to Open Letter Books

This week, we are highlighting a small press we love: Open Letter Books. Based at the University of Rochester, Open Letter is a nonprofit that specializes in translations.

The Brother Cover Image
By Rein Raud, Adam Cullen (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953441
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - September 13th, 2016

"When was the last time you read a contemporary Estonian spaghetti Western? Recounted in sparse yet provocative prose, this is the story of a mysterious stranger who arrives in town to take revenge on the corrupt officials that cheated his sister out of her inheritance. Menacing, funny, dreamlike, and philosophical, this allegorical page-turner reads like the love-child of Cormac and Camus." –– Keaton


Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller Cover Image
By Guoberger Bergsson, Lytton Smith (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940953601
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - July 11th, 2017

Justine Cover Image
By Iben Mondrup, Kerri A. Pierce (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940953489
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - November 15th, 2016

Frontier Cover Image
By Can Xue, Karen Gernant (Translator), Chen Zeping (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940953540
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - March 14th, 2017

"Frontier is an epic dreamscape of a novel. It starts with the point of view of Liujin, a single woman who has decided to stay in Pebble Town even after her parents move across the mountains. She sells goods in the market, ruminates on the lives of those around her, interacts with characters that may or may not be real. As the book moves through the viewpoints of various characters in the city, it unites all the individuals through similar sense of the placid, illuminating curiousity we find only in our dreams." –– Sara


The Things We Don't Do Cover Image
By Andres Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translator), Lorenza Garcia (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953182
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - August 25th, 2015

War, So Much War Cover Image
By Merce Rodoreda, Martha Tennent (Translator), Maruxa Relano (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953229
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - November 10th, 2015

"I have so much love for this amazing, slim novel – the last published during influential Spanish writer Rodereda's lifetime. Charting the adventures of a young runaway by traversing the wartorn countryside of his homeland, it reads like a Catalonian CANTERBURY TALES by way of THE ROAD. A thrilling, uncanny, and haunting rumination on finding one's place in the world and the reality of evil. You won't be able to put it down."  –– Keaton


Street of Thieves Cover Image
By Mathias Enard, Charlotte Mandell (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781940953014
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - November 11th, 2014

A Greater Music Cover Image
By Suah Bae, Deborah Smith (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953465
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - October 11th, 2016

"Bae Suah is one of my favorite writers right now. She is able to create layers upon layers of narrative and texture in such a small book. Pick it up and it will carry you for an impressively long period of time. Not a quick read, but a compelling one for sure!" –– Sara 


The Invented Part Cover Image
By Rodrigo Fresan, Will Vanderhyden (Translator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940953564
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - May 16th, 2017

Chronicle of the Murdered House Cover Image
By Lucio Cardoso, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator), Robin Patterson (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940953502
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - December 13th, 2016

"Have you ever read a book and felt that you were holding in your hands a classic, something indipsensable to a language and a culture? Chronicle of the Murdered House is such an example. This book has hints of Dostoyevsky, Garcia Marquez and Antonio Lobo Antunes. Already a classic in Brazil - this book is not only beautifully written and profound, but a joy to read. The dysfunction of a prestigious family in a provincial Brazilian jungle, complete with gossip, backstabbing, cross-dressing and suicide attempts.There’s a fully-formed universe taking place in a run-down mansion rotting away in the jungle. Despite having the weight and breadth of a classic, its 600 pages fly by. I dare anyone to read it and not appreciate its artistry and breadth." –– Mark


Salki Cover Image
By Wojciech Nowicki, Jan Pytalski (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940953588
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - June 13th, 2017

The Future Is Not Yours Cover Image
By Diego Trelles Paz (Editor), Janet Hendrickson (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781934824641
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - July 17th, 2012

Hemingday: A Book List

Hemingday (Hemingway's birthday) is coming up on July 21! We plan on celebrating with beverages provided by Spec's Wines, Spirits, and Finer Foods and themed activities. In the meantime, here are books by and about Hemingway to get you in the mood.

Ernest Hemingway: A Biography Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307594679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 16th, 2017

A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition Cover Image
By Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway (Foreword by), Sean Hemingway (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439182710
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 20th, 2010

The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Edition Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476787626
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 18th, 2017

The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501121968
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - February 16th, 2016

A Farewell to Arms Cover Image
By Ernest Hemingway, Patrick Hemingway (Foreword by), Sean Hemingway (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476764528
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 8th, 2014

Ernest Hemingway: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781612195223
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Melville House Publishing - December 15th, 2015

Hemingway in Love: His Own Story: A Memoir by A. E. Hotchner Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250078964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - November 1st, 2016

For Whom the Bell Tolls Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780684803357
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - July 1st, 1995

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780684843322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 3rd, 1998

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062440136
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - March 14th, 2017

The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, DOS Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306823831
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Da Capo Press - March 28th, 2017

To Have and Have Not Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780684818986
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - March 20th, 1996

Islands in the Stream Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780684837871
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - December 10th, 1997

Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's Masterpiece the Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544944435
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - May 16th, 2017

Old Man and the Sea Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780684801223
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 5th, 1995

Sara's Pride Month Book List

Happy LGBTQIA Pride Month! Sara here. I've lived in Houston for ten years (ten!) now, and I'll never forget the looping drive I took around 610 to arrive at my new apartment in the quintissential fug of polluted Texas July. Yuck, I thought. This is it. Bland, monotonous freeways and bunches of low ranch houses. Boring. I bet everyone who lives here is the same, too.

Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

Wait, wait, wait. First, I've got to talk about a special event we have coming up on the day of the Pride Parade:

Join Brazos Bookstore at 10:30am for a special Drag Queen Story Hour. We'll have beloved performer and drag queen Blackberri in-store to read RED: A CRAYON'S STORY. Join us! Bring your kids!


 

SARA'S PRIDE MONTH LIST (not by any means comprehensive, but a few great reads you can swing by and pick up from us any time)


Not One Day Cover Image
By Anne Garreta, Emma Ramadan (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - May 16th, 2017

History Is All You Left Me Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781616956929
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Teen - January 17th, 2017

Born Both: An Intersex Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316347846
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - March 14th, 2017

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374212438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2016

Edges of the Rainbow: LGBTQ Japan Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781620972892
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - May 9th, 2017

The Large Glass Cover Image
By Mario Bellatin, David Shook (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781939419491
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Phoneme Media - February 16th, 2016

Notes of a Crocodile Cover Image
By Miaojin Qiu, Bonnie Huie (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781681370767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - May 2nd, 2017

At the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick Up the Pieces Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807088357
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - April 25th, 2017

Prelude to Bruise Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566893749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 9th, 2014

The Surrender Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781939781291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anomalous Press - March 31st, 2016

Sphinx Cover Image
By Anne Garreta, Emma Ramadan (Translator), Daniel Levin Becker (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920091
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - April 21st, 2015

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316315432
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - November 29th, 2016

Ford Over Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781934819548
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Noemi Press - March 1st, 2016

Recombinant Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780932716866
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Kelsey Street Press - March 1st, 2017

Babel-17/Empire Star Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375706691
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 8th, 2002

The Left Hand of Darkness Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143111597
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2016


Happy reading! Got any other suggestions? Tag us on twitter or instagram at @BrazosBookstore.


World Masterpieces: Mark's Book List

What makes a masterpiece a masterpiece? Who can say? But surely books that have survived, no, thrived through the ages, created different outlooks and/or discussions and shown new ways of seeing the world must be a prerequisite. Often a literature is created simply out of the book itself; studies and dissertations and so on. But what about the book itself? Here are just a few books that we consider masterpieces of the world, books we've been highlighting this past month at the store. Don’t see Kafka or Garcia Marquez, Baldwin or Tolstoy?

Moby-Dick: Or, the Whale Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780142437247
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Although I spent my younger years resenting this book, if one reads it at the proper age (anytime after 30) it will usually click. It's strange, biblical and postmodern in every way. You want a modern book? Pick up MOBY DICK. The trials of a sea captain, Ishmael and a cast of others are really just vehicles in this philosophical whirlwind that dissects humanity, religion and the color white. And that's just for starters. Years later it is still one of the greatest reading experiences of my life.


Don Quixote Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060934347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2005

What many consider to be the very first novel. It is funny, charming and self-aware. A book about books and reading and the madness of imagination. There are lots of translations, but Esther Allen's is lucid, heartfelt and moves at a quick pace. Don't be intimidated by its size; the small, episodic chapters make the book swim by.


The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - March 13th, 1998

Prophetic and, sadly, very timely, Atwood's dystopian world is fully formed and haunting. It boldly discusses women in subjugation and the fight for individualism in a world under totalitarianism. Read the book for the incredible writing and haunting moral questions. Read it to become aware.


The Magic Mountain Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780679772873
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 1st, 1996

Largely considered to be one of the most influential works of 20th century German literature, THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN is a large, breathtaking and surprisingly funny read. Don't get me wrong, it has its heavy themes - war, illness, time - but it's also highly readable. Largely taking place in a sanatorium, the novel mixes realistic elements with symbolism, leaving it for the reader to discern the meaning (and humor) behind the action (or inaction) taking place. This novel is a major achievement.


To the Lighthouse Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780156907392
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harvest Books - December 27th, 1989

Not all masterpieces come in 500-page plus tomes. Some are able to sneak in and grab the reader in just 100 pages, changing their lives forever. TO THE LIGHTHOUSE is a slim, modernist novel that takes place over two periods of time, and is divided into three sections. It largely eschews dialogue and action, but is packed with internal, philosophical introspection. The stream-of-consciousness style is difficult for some readers, but Woolf is a genius and her words fairly glow from the page. A book that deals with time, memory and human experience; it accomplishes more in less than 200 pages than most books approaching 1,000.


Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2017

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The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Fiction Winner

Finalists: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett & The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan


Sweat (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781559365321
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

Drama Winner

Finalists: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac & The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe


The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812994827
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - July 5th, 2016

Biography/Autobiography Winner

Finalists: In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi & When Breath Becomes Air by the late Paul Kalanithi


Olio Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781940696201
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - April 5th, 2016

Poetry Winner

Finalists: Collected Poems 1950-2012 by the late Adrienne Rich & XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century by Campbell McGrath


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

General Nonfiction Winner

Finalists: In A Different Key: The Story of Autism by the John Donovan and Caren Zucker & The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya

 


 

We extend a hearty congratulations to Joe Holley and Evan Mintz of the Houston Chronicle, finalists for Editorial writing in Journalism, as well as the Houston Chronicle itself, finalist for Public Service in Journalism.


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