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Bestsellers of 2016

We think our customers have great taste. You can trust them. Which means that their favorite books of the year must be worth a damn, right? That’s why we’re presenting, drum roll please, a list of our bestselling titles of 2016. Last week, we brought you our bestselling event books, but these are the ones our customers kept returning for, week after week, some well-known, and some a little more obscure.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781338099133
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

#1

Obviously this one is here, right? Probably the newest edition of Rowling’s epic series occupies the number one spot on a lot of bookstore lists. In this, Potter and his clan are a little more...mature, their story told in the form of a play, unlike the other books. Perfect for...well, come on, you know who loves Harry Potter: everyone.


The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translator), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

#2

This book was one of our 2015 bestsellers, and it makes a return in 2016 too! It’s an underdog story of success for Hungarian author Szabo’s claustrophobic tale of two women bound in sometimes frightening ways. Call this a real triumph of Brazos handselling, and people who love erudite books of psychological depth will revel in THE DOOR.


All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

#3

Another perennial favorite. Released in 2014, Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winner already feels eternal, like something that people will be buying for a long time. And new readers—particularly those interested in historical fiction and moving characters—discover it every day.


The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

#4

Another book that already feels like a classic, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD is where Whitehead, one of America’s greatest young novelists, finally gets his due. He reimagines the historical Underground Railroad as an actual railroad—a piece of fantasy that allows us to see the horrors of slavery anew, through a somewhat contemporary lens. Just some jaw-dropping literary fiction; we’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like this book.


Here I Am Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374280024
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 6th, 2016

#5

Foer’s long-awaited new novel was helped in our store because of our partnership with Inprint. They opened their 2016-2017 reading series with Foer, and our customers wanted to see why. The answer? This is a sprawling, controversial work, and love it or hate it, it’s a conversation starter. For fans of Jonathan Franzen and Philip Roth, and for quixotic readers who want a book with pathos, humor, and worldliness.


Night Prayers Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

#6

We love literature-in-translation, and we love the publisher Europa. We think you will too, especially with books like NIGHT PRAYERS, a globe-spanning thriller that focuses on a family mixed up with drug dealers and corrupt governments. One of our #BrazosBest picks for 2016, and a must-read for fans of smart crime fiction with a political edge.


Commonwealth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062491794
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - September 13th, 2016

#7

Another Inprint 2016 event. We love Patchett at the store. After all, she’s one of the patron saints of bookselling (she owns her own store in Nashville). Otherwise, she’s a beloved American author, and COMMONWEALTH is one of her best.


Margaret the First Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781936787357
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - March 15th, 2016

#8

A postmodern retelling of the story of Margaret Cavendish, a seventeenth-century duchess. Dutton writes compelling historical fiction with a modern edge. Also, a quick read, and great book design! Another 2016 #BrazosBest pick, and a perfect encapsulation of our store’s taste.


The Time of the Doves Cover Image
By Merce Rodoreda, David H. Rosenthal (Translator), David H. Rosenthal (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780915308750
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - October 1st, 1986

#9

Floor manager Mark Haber adores Rodoreda: frequently he says that, if Nobel Prizes could be awarded posthumously, she’d be a shoe-in. This masterpiece was one of our book club picks in 2016, voted on by our book club members.


2666 Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

#10

Each summer, we pick a big book to read for book club; this summer, it was Bolano’s masterpiece 2666, a sprawling and unclassifiable story of crime, death, poetry, and history. It took us three months to read and discuss this book, so get this novel for the people in your life who love a long, rewarding jaunt through a dense and challenging text.


Mark's Favorite Books of the Year

Look, I’ll be honest: this year’s top ten list is very straightforward. There is no overarching theme. There are no big surprises. This is simply ten of my favorite books that I’ve read this year, some old, some new. Another ten books were vying for eleventh place. Another three or four would’ve made my top ten except they aren’t published until next year. One of my favorites is currently available only in the UK. In any event, these are ten books that moved me, touched me, and stayed with me.

The Revolutionaries Try Again Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894463
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 6th, 2016

#10

There’s a lot to be said for difficult and challenging books. This remarkable debut is smart, literary, and brings to mind such luminaries as Garcia Marquez and Antonio Lobo Antunes, which is no small feat. THE REVOLUTIONARIES TRY AGAIN takes place in both Ecuador and San Francisco, played out against the lost decade of Ecuador's austerity and the stymied idealism of three childhood friends—an expat, a bureaucrat, and a playwright—who are as sure about the evils of dictatorship as they are unsure of everything else. You won’t find a better novel this year about friendship, lost idealism and the trials of getting “political.”


Against Nature: The Notebooks Cover Image
By Tomas Espedal, James Anderson (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780857422354
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seagull Books - May 15th, 2015

#9

If you’ve ever had your heart broken nothing has to be said, it’s understood. A psychic anguish that seemingly has no end. The earth seems to slow, every joke is at your expense; it’s like the flu of your emotions. Well, Norwegian author, Tomas Espedal, wants you to know that he’s had his heart broken too. Toward the end of his novel AGAINST NATURE a much younger girlfriend has left the home they shared and moved to Oslo. The protagonist (ostensibly Espedal himself) walks the house, unshaven and often drunk, reminiscing, brooding, attempting to write, seeing in each empty room the emptiness of his own existence. It is one of the closest examinations of a broken heart I’ve ever read, equal parts painful and beautiful. But AGAINST NATURE is also a about writing and the urge to write and how this urge follows a person through their existence. Like fellow Norwegian contemporary Karl Knausgård, Espedal’s novel blurs the line between memoir and fiction, between narrative and navel gazing. In style, however, there couldn’t be more of a difference; Espedal eschews the pages upon pages of exposition and daily minutiae that Knausgaard has mastered; Espedal has a minimalist approach that often borders on poetry. Thus, AGAINST NATURE is a very lyrical and reflective book, even if the themes are brooding and dark.


Night Prayers Cover Image
By Santiago Gamboa, Howard Curtis (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781609453114
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Europa Editions - March 1st, 2016

#8

I loved Gamboa’s first book in English, NECROPOLIS, and Gamboa’s second book, NIGHT PRAYERS, is a triumph as well. The story is told from two perspectives: a young Colombian philosophy student accused of drug trafficking in Bangkok, and his lawyer, another Columbian living in New Delhi. The chapters alternate between both perspectives, and the texture of the story is rich and rewarding. From the trials of growing up in Columbia with its turbulent politics, to the sweaty streets of Thailand, NIGHT PRAYERS is awash with scenes that are palpable. NIGHT PRAYERS is deft and literary but also readable. The different plot strands are a pleasure to navigate, and the major locations—Bogota, New Delhi, Tokyo, and Bangkok—give the reader a sense of dislocation, much like the characters. Sibling devotion, the world of high-end escorts, and Colombian politics intertwine seamlessly. Brilliantly translated, NIGHT PRAYERS is an incredible reading experience with a pounding heart and wisdom to boot.


Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811225397
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - July 26th, 2016

#7

What do you say about a book by a writer you love who is imitating a writer you love (albeit the imitation itself achieves something wholly new)? This slim book, a stylistic tip-of-the-hat to Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard, earned Horacio Castellanos Moya death threats in his home of El Salvador (as well as a book Moya has been trying to live down ever since). It is a bitter, angry, diatribe that happens to be hilarious; a man fuming to a friend at a bar in El Salvador about, well, everything. He’s returned home after decades to bury his mother and settle the estate with his brother and you can almost feel the protagonist’s skin burning from the discomfort of being back home, a country he calls vomitous. The biting eye of the protagonist lands on every social and political aspect of El Salvadorian culture, from its food to its government, and through this poetic vitriol we find the brilliance (and grace) of a first-rate author giving his regards to another first-rate author. Through imitation, a hybrid gem of fiction is born. A side note: the acrobatics of translator Lee Klein are worth the price of admission.


Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312425845
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Picador USA - April 18th, 2006

#6

There is no way this book won’t leave its fingerprint on the reader. Haunting and visceral, VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL is a major reason why Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Prize. An oral history, Alexievich, interviewed countless people who’d survived and witnessed the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. From farmers to ex-military to scientists and professors, what Alexievich weaves is a tapestry of the Russian soul. There is disillusionment in one’s government as well as the attempt to make sense of something nonsensical. One of the most powerful and unforgettable books I’ve ever read. Bring tissues.


Sweet Days of Discipline: Novel Cover Image
By Fleur Jaeggy, Tim Parks (Translator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811212359
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 1993

#5

This is why social media can be wonderful. Had I not seen another bookseller praising the strength of Fleur Jaeggy’s small novel, I would’ve never read it (or heard of it). This diamond of a novella is the simple story of a young girl looking back at her time at a Swiss boarding school. Yet Jaeggy’s writing, incisive and insightful, explores the relationships we have in our formative years and the influence they have for rest of our lives. I’m happy that New Directions is publishing both a book of essays and short stories by Jaeggy next year.


A Whole Life Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780374289867
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2016

#4

Simple. Unadorned. The title says it all. A WHOLE LIFE by Austrian author Robert Seethaler, tells the entire life of Andreas Egger, an unremarkable man living in a remarkable century. In its brief 150 pages, the reader experiences the simple but eventful life of Eggers, from a young mountain climber to a widower to a prisoner of war in World War II. Fans of STONER and TRAIN DREAMS will find much to love in this elegant and universal story, as a man sees the world around him transform. A book of astounding restraint and quiet beauty, A WHOLE LIFE is illuminating, reminding all of us of the fleeting time we’re given on this planet. Shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize and translated beautifully by Charlotte Collins, A WHOLE LIFE is brilliant.


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

#3

No, I had never read Virginia Woolf until this year. I’ll take some of the blame, but I partly blame the professors I had in college. How did I graduate with a degree in English and NEVER read her? Anyway, this brief, utterly transformative novel made me want to take two years off from all other books and read only Virginia Woolf. The book is deeply philosophical, all interior monologue and stream-of-consciousness. It focuses on the Ramsay family at their summer home, returning in the second and third parts to the family ten years later. A masterpiece on family, human relationships and the passage of time.


Ema the Captive Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811219105
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 6th, 2016

#2

The highly imaginative (and equally prolific) Cesar Aira writes some of the strangest and most illuminating novels around. EMA THE CAPTIVE was only the second of his seventy-plus novels to be published in Spanish and, now in English, it’s easily my favorite. Picture a South American Western. Picture the Pampas of Argentina during the 1700’s. Picture a brave and stoic woman of mixed heritage (the novel’s namesake). There is majesty in this novel. There is history. There are scenes and visions of fantastic imagination. Ema is a woman who learns to survive on not just her beauty but her wits. A gorgeous book that reads like a history lesson from an invented past. Anyone who wants to read for escape but not feel cheated, this gem is a perfect choice.


Thus Bad Begins Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946084
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 1st, 2016

#1

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Javier Marias. He’s probably my favorite living writer. His works are smart, sexy and philosophical. He’s an expert at creating a sense of danger and letting it hover over what can be a slow-moving story, literally for hundred of pages. Imagine if Proust or Henry James wrote a James Bond, plot-driven novel. This novel takes place in Madrid in the 80s and hits upon some of Marias’ favorite themes: secrets, betrayal and the responsibility of knowing too much. An unhappy marriage is seen through the eyes of a young man during the La Movida, the period just after Franco’s death when Spain was having a renewed period of freedom and hedonism. Secrets are discovered and the young man must decide what to do with the knowledge. There is eavesdropping, men with eyepatches, and dozens of passages you want to read over and over just to savor the language as well as the lucid translation by Margaret Jull Costa. THUS BAD BEGINS is an amazing novel, on par, I think, with some of Marias’ best.


Cooking with the Brazos Staff

Let’s face it: many of you reading this right now will have to do a LOT of cooking in the next couple months. Yes, the holidays can be wonderful, with all the family gatherings, but the kitchen usually sits menacingly at the center of these pleasantries. What to do? We’ll help you through it!

Come browse our new cooking display, which features books like LITTLE FLOWER BAKING, HOME COOKED, and the always popular Ina Garten’s COOKING FOR JEFFREY. Brazos is here to help you freshen up your recipes and maybe find some new favorites!

Chickpeas: Sweet and Savory Recipes from Hummus to Dessert Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781623540746
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Imagine - February 2nd, 2016

I love chickpeas in all forms! Hot, cold, whole, ground into dips, concentrated into tahini. This cute slim cookbook has everything from hummus to Mediterranean tangine. However, the recipes are simple (no treatises here), use fresh ingredients, and don't require a separate closet for your spices. My favorite recipe is the phyllo triangles with chickpeas, feta, and parsley. Using phyllo dough sheets, they are quick, easy to make in bulk, and freeze well! I recommend CHICKPEAS for enthusiasts, home cooks, and beginners alike.
—Annalia (Bookseller and Shipping Clerk)


The Tacos of Texas Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781477310434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Texas Press - September 20th, 2016

Who doesn’t love tacos? A tortilla. A filling or two. A little spice…or not. Roll it up. Enjoy. One of the world’s best portable meals. I’ve eaten tacos all over Texas--from the basic breakfast tacos at food trucks to the fancier ones at Mexican restaurants (including tacos al pastor at the Navigation Ninfas, and the fabulous puffy tacos of San Antonio) to the crazy creative ones from Torchy’s, which I fell in taco love with when it was still just an Austin thing, started as a food truck on South 1st Street. And whatever non-taco tater tot and sunnyside up egg thing that one of my Brazos colleagues just ordered from Velvet Taco and arrived from those Uber Eats elves… And dozens of tacos in between, especially culinary fusion ones that fit so well here in Houston. A long way from the grease bombs that we would get at Jack in Box at 2 am when I was a student at Northwestern--three for a dollar and this weird textural mix of sort of crunchy, sort of soggy, sort of beef, but obviously sort of not. (I loved those things. Don’t judge.)

So of course I was immediately drawn to THE TACOS OF TEXAS in our cookbook section. Written by Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, it’s both history and recipes and lots and lots of pictures of yummy, yummy tacos in all their incarnations. I love this book. I even love the chapter on page 288 where Carmen Tafolla, the State Poet Laureate of Texas waxes poetic about bean and cheese tacos and handmade corn tortillas.

Me? I’ll be trying out the recipe for shrimp po-boy tacos on page 286.
—Joy (Children’s Specialist)


Appetites: A Cookbook Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9780062409959
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco Press - October 25th, 2016

Just on the coolness factor alone, I have to go with Anthony Bourdain’s most recent cookbook, APPETITES: A COOKBOOK. Not only is the book packed with great recipes like eggs Benedict and chicken salad, but it’s also filled with anecdotes from Bourdain’s life, not as a celebrity chef or world traveler, but as a father. From sandwiches and salads to hamburgers and pasta, this is a very accessible book and filled with humorous and world-weary wisdom.
—Mark (Store Manager)


Anna Mae's Mac N Cheese: Recipes from London's Legendary Street Food Truck Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780224101219
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Peg - September 27th, 2016

It may sound a little silly—a cookbook solely for mac n cheese? Sure, it’s a timeless dish beloved by busy moms, picky kids, and shiftless bachelors like myself. But it’s also gaining momentum as a hip re-imagined street food, as the popularity of Anna Mae’s “Legendary London Food Truck” can attest.

MAC N CHEESE would make a great gift or conversation book alone, since it’s full of great photos and hipster-punny humor—some of my favorite recipe names are Cheesus Loves You, F*ck Yoga, Macgic Mushroom, Lil’ Kimchi, and the Glastonbrie. It’s a practical recipe book, too—it begins with a recipe for their easily-made and easily-customized Starter Sauce—and shrugs off giving any heavy-handed directives: “Use elbow macaroni or don’t; spend a bomb on fancy fromage or just use the supermarket stuff… it’s up to you.” The individual recipes themselves are a delight, simply written and easy to follow, full of inspiration and, well, cheese. What’s not to love?
—Lydia (Event Coordinator)


Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781607745259
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 7th, 2014

The invention of the craft cocktail matters not as to who the inventor was, right? What matters is who perfected it and the experience. This NYC bar is spreading the history of the cocktail, explaining the chemistry and adding customer stories about their regulars. Want a page on glassware with diagrams? Want to know what “needs a bump” means when you say it to a bartender? This book’s information and recipes will make a true connoisseur out of any reader, as well as make them appreciate the bartenders out there perfecting their craft.
—Molly (Bookseller)


Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781566569958
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Interlink Books - January 20th, 2015

To say that I have marked this cookbook to make it look like a rainbow from the beginning to the end would be an understatement. Ghayour makes making Persian food not only a great experience but she has transformed this recipes easy for even the novice cook to understand.

My go-to recipe out of this wonderful cookbook as well as the most requested meal is the Saffron & Lemon Chicken recipe. It is amazing how just a few ingredients can make sure a delicious meal. Hint: marinating the chicken overnight makes a world of difference.
—Ülrika (Gift Buyer)


New Signed Books

Here's a sample of the signed books we have in-store right now. Supplies of signed books are limited and first come, first served!

The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781623493721
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas A&M University Press - June 14th, 2016

Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781623495299
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Texas A&M University Press - January 20th, 2017

Shrill Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316348461
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

Lincoln in the Bardo Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995343
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - February 14th, 2017

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250071484
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 28th, 2017

Dark at the Crossing Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101947371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 24th, 2017

The Good at Heart Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501147579
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchstone Books - February 21st, 2017

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

Disaster Falls: A Family Story Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101906699
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - January 24th, 2017

The Nearness of You Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101887158
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 21st, 2017

Pull Me Under Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374238582
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 1st, 2016

Perfume River Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125750
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 6th, 2016

Barkskins Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780743288781
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 14th, 2016

The Shipping News Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780671510053
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - June 1st, 1994

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis Cover Image
By Matt De La Pena, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803731677
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books for Young Readers - January 20th, 2011

Mexican Literature, Past and Present

Mexican writers, both alive and dead, have a way of honoring the past. In celebration of The Day of the Dead we bring you Day of the Read, highlighting two great Mexican writers of the past and two from the present who reflect a great tradition of storytelling.


Pedro Paramo Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9788437604183
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Lectorum Publications - October 1st, 1989

Juan Rulfo
Considered by many to be the beginning of modern literature in Mexico, Juan Rulfo’s small body of work (a slim a novel, a slim story collection) are made all the more powerful by their sheer influence and originality. Writer’s as far-ranging as Cormac McCarthy and Yuri Herrera can be found in the style and settings of Rulfo’s writing. His single novel, PEDRO PARAMO, tells the story of a young man who travels to his recently deceased mother’s hometown to locate his father, only to find himself in a ghost town, literally; a city populated by specters from the past. Strange and surreal, and highly modern, this novel will have you reaching for his short story collection, THE PLAIN IN FLAMES, another masterpiece.



The Labyrinth of Solitude Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802150424
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove/Atlantic - January 12th, 1994

Octavio Paz
If Mexico has a national poet it’s Octavio Paz, whose influence resonated throughout the 20th century. So influential, in fact, his work was translated by the likes of Samuel Beckett and Elizabeth Bishop. His poetry crossed many styles but much of it was considered surrealist. His book-length essay, THE LABYRINTH OF SOLITUDE, is a polyphonic work that speaks from the mouths of the Mexican people. Paz observes that solitude is responsible for the Mexican's perspective on death and identity.



Faces in the Crowd Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781566893541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

Valeria Luiselli
As quirky and contemporary as she is innovative, Valeria Luiselli is also a Mexican author who examines the past. Her debut novel, FACES IN THE CROWD, is replete with dead Mexican poets and ghosts, while themes of identity and displacement drift throughout. Her most recent novel, THE STORY OF MY TEETH, not only takes place in Mexico City, but was an art project in collaboration with Jumex juice factory, whose employees would read chapters of the book as a group and make comments to send back to Luiselli. Her books are an astonishing look at what’s possible by looking both forward and back.



Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

Yuri Herrera
Herrera’s novels take place on the border of Mexico and the United States, but far from realism, his novels are slim, artful and fantastic tales that carry a weight much heavier than their 100-page sizes suggest. SIGNS PRECEDING THE END OF THE WORLD and THE TRANSMIGRATION OF BODIES are both excellent examples of the possibility of merging highly contemporary issues (immigration, violence, drugs) with eternal themes of identity, family and what it means to be Mexican. His third book, in a disconnected trilogy, will be published next year.


Best American Writing of 2016

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, when The Best American collections hit the shelves and give us the perfect sampler of the best and most exciting short-form writing to be published in the last year. The Best American publications started with THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES in 1915, making it the oldest series of the sort. As readership has expanded, they’ve added several more genres and focuses, with the most recent being THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY (added in 2015).

The Best American Short Stories 2016 Cover Image
By Junot Diaz (Editor), Heidi Pitlor (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544582897
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy Cover Image
By Karen Joy Fowler (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544555204
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016 Cover Image
By Rachel Kushner (Editor), 826 National (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544812116
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544748996
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Travel Writing 2016 Cover Image
By Bill Bryson, Jason Wilson (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544812093
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Comics Cover Image
By Roz Chast (Editor), Bill Kartalopoulos (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544750357
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Mystery Stories 2016 Cover Image
By Elizabeth George (Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544527188
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Essays 2016 Cover Image
By Jonathan Franzen (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544812109
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Infographics Cover Image
By Gareth Cook (Editor), Robert Krulwich (Editor)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544556386
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

The Best American Sports Writing 2016 Cover Image
By Rick Telander (Editor), Glenn Stout (Editor)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544617315
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2016

Keaton Likes Music

Keaton likes music: everyone at Brazos know this (and sometimes, upon hearing the heavy metal blaring from his office, learns the hard way...) Keaton also loves to bust a move– our social media channels offer regular evidence of this. But more than anything, Keaton is a voracious reader of books about all different kinds of music. This week, he walks us through some of his favorites in the music section:


 

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston Cover Image
By Ricardo Cavolo (Artist), Scott McClanahan (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$17.95
ISBN: 9781937512453
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 19th, 2016

Igor Stravinsky Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781780234946
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Reaktion Books - December 15th, 2015

Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780307961631
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - January 27th, 2015

Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812993509
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 5th, 2016

Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music: Sixth Edition Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142181584
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Plume Books - April 28th, 2015

Some Girls Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781441192806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Continuum - June 9th, 2011

The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781620971796
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - August 2nd, 2016

The Buyers’ Corner

Welcome to the Buyers’ Corner! Each month, Keaton asks his fellow indie book buyers what upcoming titles they are most excited about. It’s like visiting a bunch of bookstores all at once, with suggestions from some of the brightest minds in bookselling. And the best part? You don’t have to go anywhere! This month, we visit with a couple of our West Coast colleagues to see what they are reading right now...and what you should be reading in the near future. Pre-order your copies!

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

PUB DATE: 9/13

“When was the last time you read a contemporary Estonian Spaghetti Western? Well, let Rein Raud’s first novel translated into English fill that void for you! Recounted in sparse yet evocative prose, this is the story of a mysterious stranger who arrives in a small town to take revenge on the corrupt local officials that cheated his sister out of her inheritance. Menacing, funny, dreamlike, and philosophical, this page-turning allegorical tale reads like the love-child of Cormac and Camus. THE BROTHER is a hidden gem you shouldn’t miss.”
—Keaton Patterson
Brazos Bookstore
Houston, TX


Bottom's Dream Cover Image
By Arno Schmidt, John E. Woods (Translator)
$70.00
ISBN: 9781628971590
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 23rd, 2016

PUB DATE: 9/23

“Arno Schmidt's monumental novel is a 1500 page cinder block of high modernism, typographical ingenuity, and playfulness. Long considered a classic of German literature, John E. Woods' translation has been thirty years in the making and is now, at long last, available to English-language readers. In certain circles, this is the publishing event of the fall.”
—Stephen Sparks
Green Apple Books
San Francisco, CA


Eve Out of Her Ruins Cover Image
By Ananda Devi, Jeffrey Zuckerman (Translator), J. M. G. Le Clezio (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920404
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - September 13th, 2016

PUB DATE: 9/13

“In EVE OUT OF HER RUINS by Ananda Devi, translated from the French by Jeffrey Zuckerman, we meet four teens: Eve, Saad. Clelio and Savita each driven by a desire to escape their lives in Troumaron a ghetto neighborhood on the resort island of Mauritius. The book focuses on Eve who attends high school by day and at night works as a prostitute. Devi's powerful novel, masterfully translated by Zuckerman, will consume you.”
—Caitlin Luce Baker
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA


2667: The Post-Bolaño Boom

Hypothermia Cover Image
By Alvaro Enrigue, Brendan Riley (Translator)
$14.50
ISBN: 9781564788733
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - May 2nd, 2013

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

Seeing Red Cover Image
By Lina Meruane, Megan McDowell (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920244
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - February 23rd, 2016

Texas: The Great Theft Cover Image
By Carmen Boullosa, Samantha Schnee (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941920008
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - December 2nd, 2014

Before Cover Image
By Carmen Boullosa, Peter Bush (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781941920282
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Deep Vellum Publishing - August 2nd, 2016

The Things We Don't Do Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781940953182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Open Letter Books - August 25th, 2015

Talking to Ourselves Cover Image
By Andres Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translator), Lorenza Garcia (Translator)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780374535131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 7th, 2015

I'll Sell You a Dog Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781908276742
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: And Other Stories - August 9th, 2016

Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

Monastery Cover Image
By Eduardo Halfon, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Daniel Hahn (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934137826
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - October 14th, 2014

The Polish Boxer Cover Image
By Eduardo Halfon, Thomas Bunstead (Translator), Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781934137536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - October 2nd, 2012

Natural Histories: Stories Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781609806057
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seven Stories Press - June 16th, 2015

The Story of My Teeth Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Start Your Summer Reading!

The Great Escape is a collection of books that takes the reader somewhere else. There's escapist fiction such as SATIN ISLAND alongside non-fiction books about literal journeys, like BARBARIAN DAYS. Go around the world with globe-trotting novels like THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP and A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING or dive into travel essays such as SIDEWALKS. Go back in time with THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS or take an inner jounrey with JOURNEY TO THE END OF NIGHT. ON THE MOVE will move you as well. There's something special for every reader and every taste.

Satin Island Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739629
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2016

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143109396
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2016

The Little Paris Bookshop Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418798
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

A Tale for the Time Being Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Sidewalks Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Cees Nooteboom (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781566893565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

The Signature of All Things Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125846
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 24th, 2014

Journey to the End of the Night Cover Image
By Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Ralph Manheim (Translator), William T. Vollmann (Afterword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811216548
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2006

On the Move: A Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804170932
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016

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