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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: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
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.


Brazos Bestsellers

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

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781936787524
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - October 10th, 2017

The House of Unexpected Sisters Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101871379
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon Books - November 7th, 2017

The Refugees Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802126399
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - February 7th, 2017

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Hometown Texas Cover Image
By Peter Brown (Photographer), Joe Holley (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$32.50
ISBN: 9781595348074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Maverick Books - November 7th, 2017

The Last Sheriff in Texas: A True Tale of Violence and the Vote Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029965
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 14th, 2017

Queso!: Regional Recipes for the World's Favorite Chile-Cheese Dip Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780399579516
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 26th, 2017

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780674660342
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harvard University Press - April 11th, 2016

The Border Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492646839
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 5th, 2017

In the Distance Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

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: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - July 11th, 2017

Justine Cover Image
By Iben Mondrup, Kerri A. Pierce (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781940953489
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - November 15th, 2016

Frontier Cover Image
By Canxue, Karen Gernant (Translator), Zeping Chen
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940953540
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
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
$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: On Our Shelves Now
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
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940953564
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Letter Books - May 16th, 2017

Chronicle of the Murdered House Cover Image
$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: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - June 13th, 2017

The Future Is Not Ours: New Latin American Fiction 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: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books - May 16th, 2017

The 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 Garraeta, 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: On Our Shelves Now
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: On Our Shelves Now
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 Qiu Miaojin, 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

The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
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.


Labor History and Feminist Horror: Women's History Book Lists

As we wrap up Women's History Month, I sat down with two local women who shape our city to get a sense of the books that drive their practices. Though these texts aren't always classics, they add to a feminist oevre in ways that contextualize the next generation's changing representations of gender, sexuality, and community involvement. I am thrilled to see locals of Houston responding to city-wide and national concerns in new, creative ways. Here, two women who work directly to change labor rights and creative act booking practices through art and activism.

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781879960855
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Aunt Lute Books - June 12th, 2012

The Fire Next Time Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780679744726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Out Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400078370
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 4th, 2005

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780465098835
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Basic Books - March 29th, 2016

The Flamethrowers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439142011
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - January 14th, 2014

Why Vegan Is the New Black: More Than 100 Delicious Meat and Dairy Free Meal Ideas Your Whole Family Will Love Cover Image
By Deborrah Cooper, Deborrah Cooper (Photographer)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780990971382
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Published: Deborrah Cooper - November 1st, 2014

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781501312830
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - October 22nd, 2015

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781937865795
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Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - February 22nd, 2017

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Buyer Spotlight - Romantic Gifts for February

February is the month of flowers, candy, gifts, and cards. Outside of a few friends’ birthdays, I have always associated February with Valentine’s Day. This month, I am compiling my five favorite gift items—gifts that are not only great throughout the year, but would also make wonderful gifts during this month.

$70.00
SKU: LamyG

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a collection of fountain pens from Lamy. At the beginning of each year I eagerly await the release of the new collection. I am still obsessed with the gold Lamy LX with a matching anodized aluminium case. This takes owning a Lamy to a new level. As with all Lamy pens, the German craftsmanship is impeccable. The Lamy LX has an aluminium anodized finish with a metal clip feature that is the same color as the fountain pen.


Simply Curated is a new vendor for us; what first caught my attention was the beautifully designed glass 22 karat gold screen printed glass as well as how they packed it. To my surprise the glass used for the candle is an actual cocktail glass that you can reuse after your candle is finished burning. The scents they use are amazing and burn cleanly. Each candle comes with a wood wick and has a burn time of 74 hours. They are handmade and poured in Grand Rapids, MI, made with 100% American soy. In the cocktail collection we also carry Vanilla & Lavender.


$22.00
SKU: 9780735350427

Christian Lacroix style has been unique, luxe, colorful, dramatic and always with a hand in the baroque. This is the same for the stationery collection. The Scarlet Paseo series of notebooks are just as wonderful; the outside has a Paseo design over the entire journal along with a great print on the inside covers. This is one of the reasons I’m excited to bring this 152-rule-on-ivory, flat lying notebook into the store. If you are going to keep notes, journal your ideas, or make lists, why not add a bit of fashion?


$17.00
SKU: x3091

I always love things with a weight to them, I don’t like to use a pen that doesn’t have a cap, etc. This is one of the many great features that Obvious State mugs have along with a large handle which makes holding the mug so much easier. "That voice of unpretending harmony" is the quote by William Wordsworth featured on this beautiful designed 15 oz mug. The blooming floral pattern will surely make a statement for your coffee or tea. Printed in the United States, this mug is also dishwasher safe.


And the Winners Are...

We’ve told you about our 2016 #BrazosBest picks. We’ve all run down our individual top ten lists. But now, one final list to end of the year: the books that affected us the most, whether new releases or classics. We asked each member of our staff one simple question: What book did you read in 2016 that you’ll remember the best, that sums up the year?

2016 has been, um, complicated, for many reasons, but these books helped us get through the ups and downs.

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By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

An immersive and inscrutable masterpiece that is hands down one of the single best reading experiences of my life.
Keaton


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781933517407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

I came to Nelson late, but just in time. In a year that often felt dumb, despairing, and claustrophobic, Nelson reminded me that “humanity” is a word that should encompass and celebrate our differences, and that anti-intellectualism is bullshit: there’s no shame in being the smartest person in the room.
Ben


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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781933372006
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Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2005

Why has it taken me so long to read Ferrante?? I've been meaning to start the Neapolitan novels for months now but, intimidated by the volume, I chose to start with THE DAYS OF ABANDONMENT. What a ferocious, explosive novel! An instant classic for "nasty women" everywhere.
Augusta


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143037248
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Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2006

A book that assures you it’s okay to not know exactly where you’re headed—just enjoy the mystery of it all and learn to trust your instincts.
—Kevin


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$17.00
ISBN: 9781609453626
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Published: Europa Editions - June 28th, 2016

There are novels that take you to places you don’t want to forget as well as books that never leave you and this book will continue to stay with you for some time.
Ulrika


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$22.99
ISBN: 9780062409201
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 4th, 2016

A great Texas novel, with perfectly drawn characters. Exciting, emotional, and authentic. You won't soon forget this NEWS OF THE WORLD.
Jeremy


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316229265
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Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2016

This sharp-toothed follow-up to THE FIFTH SEASON gives us the same finely-polished mirror for our own broken society, set against the backdrop of a world in its death-throes, a civilization eating itself from the inside out. Jemisin’s dedication reads "To those who have no choice but to prepare their children for the battlefield"—a perfect beginning to the best book to read in this year's social and political climate.
Lydia


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$16.95
ISBN: 9780375712258
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 4th, 2012

When I asked Sharon Olds herself about this book during an interview for our website, she said, "Sadness and anger are just as important as joy and happiness." I don't think she meant important in that sadness and anger are emotions we should seek, the way we (many) pursue the others, but that they are just as valid, should we encounter them.
Annalia


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By Rebecca Young, Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227774
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Published: Dial Books - October 4th, 2016

The picture book TEACUP by Rebecca Young is not only beautiful but it also sums up 2016 for me both personally and as a citizen of the world because like the boy in the book, I feel we are all adrift, our teacups of home in our hands, weathering brutal storms, hoping to land safely, our internal compasses set for hope.
Joy


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