Book Lists

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Our Favorite Books for Young Professionals

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393064476
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2011

This book explores what Greenblatt calls a cultural ‘swerve’ in history - the Renaissance - that led us to our modern world today. He places the rediscovery of one subversive poem at the center of this great movement - Lucretius’s “On the Nature of Things”. Learn how powerful ideas can indeed change the world, sometimes hundreds and hundreds of years after they are written down.


Steve Jobs Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781451648539
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2011

Isaacson interviewed Jobs more than forty times for this definitive biography, and also collected statements from hundreds of Jobs’s friends, family, and foes. Released shortly after his death, this book is an intensely personal and deeply honest portrait of Jobs the man - his flaws and his gifts are shown side-by-side.


Men in the Making Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780156034449
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - October 25th, 2011

This University of Houston Creative Writing Program graduate’s novel Wake of Forgiveness is a Brazos favorite, so we were thrilled to hear that a collection of his short stories were going to be available in time for Christmas. These stories are funny, sad, and graceful explorations of what it means to be a man.


Thinking, Fast and Slow Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374275631
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

This 2002 Nobel Prize winner presents his model of the way we think, and offers surprising and illuminating explanations for why we make the sometimes rash and ill-conceived decisions we make.


We Others: New and Selected Stories Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307595904
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Published: Knopf - August 23rd, 2011

Many of Millhauster’s strange and seductive stories are collected here in one beautiful volume. Master of the weird and wondrous, Millhauser is sure to please even the sleepiest after-work reader.


The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World Cover Image
$37.95
ISBN: 9781594202834
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - September 20th, 2011

Here Yergin tells the story of energy - oil, shale, coal, and nuclear - and how it drives politics and economics. This enormous, powerful book introduces a huge cast of characters and covers a dizzying span of time in an effort to contextualize our obsession with energy and our growing need to determine what comes next.


Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393081817
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2011

A thought-provoking trip through what Lewis calls “the new third world”: countries, such as Iceland, that experienced great economic growth during the boom years of the early 2000s and have since crashed as a result of the recession.


Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142000281
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

The cult phenomenon that has changed the work lives of countless Americans, Allen’s book presents a thoughtful and effective system for increased organization and productivity, and, perhaps more importantly, decreased stress.


You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto. Jaron Lanier Cover Image
$15.51
ISBN: 9780141049113
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Published: Penguin Books - February 1st, 2011

Lanier, an undisputed computer visionary who coined the term “artificial intelligence”, presents his thoughts and concerns about the modern internet in this fascinating manifesto. Required reading for anyone who takes Facebook too seriously.


Our Favorite Books for Un(der)employed Hipsters

A Visit from the Goon Squad Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307477477
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - March 22nd, 2011

The national sensation that won, well, every award there was to win this year. The novel follows a whole cast of intersecting characters who together tell the story of the San Francisco music scene from the 1970s to the present day.


Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780805088366
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 19th, 2011

The story of LA’s unlikely rise as an art mecca during the turbulent 1960s. A fascinating survey of a time and place with cameos from all the greats - Ruscha, Hockney, Irwin, Chicago, Baldessari. You can’t get more avant-garde.


Tres Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Laura Healy (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780811219273
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 30th, 2011

Bolano, a hipster favorite, is best known in the States for his wild and experimental novels, but he thought of himself first and foremost as a poet. Tres showcases his wild genius with words - a perfect gift for fans of The Savage Detectives or 2666.


Gay in America Cover Image
By Scott Pasfield (Photographer), Terrence McNally (Introduction by), Tom Kirdahy (Introduction by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781599621043
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Published: Welcome Books - September 27th, 2011

This stunning and inspiring book is the result of Pasfield’s quest to photograph at least one proud gay man from every state in the union. Pasfield let each man write his own text to accompany his photo, which gives the book a very personal and intimate feel.


Bed Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781451614220
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Published: Scribner - August 2nd, 2011

A quirky and affecting examination of the perils of modern life, this book follows Mal, who on his twenty-fifth birthday decides that he will never again get out of bed. Whitehouse follows Mal through his transformation from an ordinary young man nto a gargantuan symbol of the refusal to face the cruelties of contemporary life. A perhaps apt reminder for the hipster you know and love to, you know, get out of the house every now and then.


Ready Player One Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307887436
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 16th, 2011

Part adventure, part romance, and part “space opera”, this novel is perfect for the science fiction or video game fan on your list. Effortlessly blends futuristic cyber-adventure with true literary appeal. Already a cult favorite.


The Best American Comics Cover Image
By Alison Bechdel (Editor), Jessica Abel (Editor), Matt Madden (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780547333625
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2011

It was only a matter of time before the Best American franchise started anthologizing graphic works. This collection brings together a strong selection of work and begins with an excellent introduction by comics legend Alison Bechdel.


Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780865478565
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Published: Faber & Faber - May 10th, 2011

A gorgeous and innovative look at one of the less discussed influences on the rock music explosion of the 1960s: the British folk revival. See how folk music influenced bands a diverse as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Traffic.


The Family Fang Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780061579035
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Published: Ecco Press - August 9th, 2011

Annie and Buster grew up as pawns in their parents’ manipulative performance art pieces, so it’s no wonder that later in life, they haven’t quite found their footing. Both siblings return to their family home after a series of unfortunate occurrences, and madness ensues.


The Conference of the Birds Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594203060
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Penguin Press - October 27th, 2011

Sis, a legendary children’s author, offers his first graphic book for adults. Conference of the Birds is a traditional 12th century Sufi poem about courage, faith, and love.


And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780805086935
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 8th, 2011

This long awaited first complete biography of the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut, written with Vonnegut’s permission and with access to his personal records. A true giant of 20th century literature finally receives his due.


Our Favorite Books for the Jet Set

Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781603444347
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Texas A&M University Press - September 1st, 2011

Jesse Jones was once considered the most powerful man in America - after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, of course. The former Houston businessman became head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and worked closely with FDR to bolster the United States’ crippled economy after the Great Depression. Fenberg provides a fair and balanced biography of this important figure in American history while focusing on his Houston roots and legacy.


Houston's Silent Garden: Glenwood Cemetery, 1871-2009 Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781603441636
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - February 25th, 2010

A stunning full-color journey through Houston’s oldest cemetery, Glenwood, which was founded in 1871. The book discusses the place itself and many of the Houston luminaries who were buried there. An idiosyncratic peek into Houston’s history, brought to life by local master photographer Paul Hester.


The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780547336916
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - May 19th, 2011

This sumptuous leather-bound book is just as fun to flip through as it is to read from cover to cover. Theroux’s book is part memoir and part miscellany, providing inspiration to anyone who loves to travel.


Books: A Living History Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781606060834
Availability: Backordered
Published: J. Paul Getty Museum - October 11th, 2011

A lavishly illustrated history of the written word, from papyrus to iPad. Landmarks in literary history are discussed, as well as the evolution of books as objects. A must-have for any true bibliophile.


The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry Cover Image
By Rita Dove (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780143106432
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

A handsome and carefully selected volume of the 20th century’s finest poetry, curated by the incomparable Rita Dove. An excellent sampling of the century’s best appropriate for dilettantes and connoisseurs alike.


Texas Wild Flowers Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780764338632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schiffer Publishing - October 17th, 2011

This beautiful limited edition book was lovingly written and illustrated by Johnston in the 1840s and 50s. She then gave the book to her husband as a birthday gift, but he was subsequently killed in the battle of Shiloh. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas got possession of this remarkable book in 1894, but only now is it available to the public. Stunning hand-drawn pictures and a remarkable leather cover make this book a true keepsake.


The Beautiful and Damned Cover Image
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kermit Vanderbilt (Introduction by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780141194073
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

This Side of Paradise Cover Image
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Patrick O'Donnell (Introduction by), Patrick O'Donnell (Notes by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780141194097
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

Revisit Fitzgerald’s other Jazz Age classics in these sumptuous art-deco editions. The perfect chance to remember richer, simpler times.


Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400041626
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

This fascinating biography follows Hemingway from roughly 1935-1961, during the years when he fell from his exalted position as the finest American writer of his generation. Hemingway had one constant in his life during this time: his boat, Pilar. Using the boat as a centerpiece, Hendrickson presents Hemingway’s softer side, giving a reverent but fair treatment that he has rarely received in recent biographies.


Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy [With 8 CD's] Cover Image
By Caroline Kennedy (Foreword by), Michael Beschloss (Introduction by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9781401324254
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Published: Hyperion Books - September 14th, 2011

This deluxe book and DVD set presents, in their original form, a series of interviews that Jackie Kennedy gave about her husband’s life and career after his untimely death. Kennedy commissioned these interviews for posterity and then chose not to speak publicly about JFK afterward. These interviews were just released for the first time by Jackie’s daughter Caroline.


All in One Basket Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374103460
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2011

A charming collection of fragments and miscellany perfect for fans of Mitford’s more narrative biography, Wait for Me! and for new Mitford devotees alike. Mitford reflects on her life, her family, the famous people she has known, and, of course, her chickens.


Our Favorite Books for the Style Set

1Q84 Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (Translator), Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307593313
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 25th, 2011

The long-awaited magnum opus from the Japanese sensation Murakami, based loosely on Orwell’s 1984. This wild, weird novel must be experienced to be believed.


The Sartorialist Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143116370
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2009

A beautiful, stuffed-full evocation of this decade’s styles and trends from the creator of the popular Sartorialist blog. Schuman celebrates the style of everyday people on the streets of their cities instead of the stylized fashion seen on runways and in fashion magazines.


Parisian Chic: A Style Guide Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9782080200730
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Published: Flammarion-Pere Castor - April 5th, 2011

A luxurious haute couture guide to style à la Parisienne from one of France’s most famous models. Contains tips on incorporating French style into your wardrobe and your home, along with gorgeous fashion photography and chic, insouciant line drawings.


Unexpected New York Cover Image
By Sandy Miller, Juliana Spear (Photographer)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781566568050
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Interlink Books - May 1st, 2010

A travel guide unlike any other, this book uncovers all of the Big Apple’s greatest hidden treasures. Perfect for first time visitors who love adventure or for those of us who have seen the tourist spots a thousand times and are ready to see the city as its natives do.


Interior Design Best of Year Cover Image
By Cindy Allen (Editor)
$60.00
ISBN: 9780983326304
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Published: Sandow Media - November 8th, 2011

Beautiful design is celebrated in this anthology, with honors divided into more than 70 categories reflecting different facets of interior design - residential, retail, business, and more.


Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307592637
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Published: Knopf - August 16th, 2011

This biography of Coco Chanel examines her life during World War II, a chapter of her life that was, until now, shrouded in mystery. Vaughan reveals the full extent of Chanel’s Nazi collaboration during the war.


The Artificial Silk Girl Cover Image
By Irmgard Keun, Kathie Von Ankum (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590514542
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 14th, 2011

This novel, written by a young German woman as the Weimar-era answer to Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was a runaway German bestseller and was considered a masterwork upon its release in 1931. When Hitler came to power, he had every copy of it burned, and thus it was nearly completely forgotten. Published for the first time in America just this year, this novel reads as if it were written yesterday.


A Certain Smile Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780226733470
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 15th, 2011

A lovely translation of Françoise Sagan’s oft-forgotten second novel. Sagan is perhaps best remembered as the young French author of controversial classic Bonjour Tristesse, but many critics preferred A Certain Smile.


Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061774164
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 30th, 2011

An engrossing look at the cultural history of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Perfect for Audrey Hepburn fans and mid-century history buffs alike.


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Cover Image
By Andrew Bolton, Tim Blanks (Contribution by), Susannah Frankel (Contribution by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300169782
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Published: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York - May 31st, 2011

This is the catalogue for the groundbreaking Museum of Modern Art show looking back on Alexander McQueen’s life and work. The book traces McQueen’s entire career, and includes a variety of essays discussing his influence on world fashion. Features a sweet lenticular skull cover!


Our Favorite Books for Uber Parents

The Help Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780399157912
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Amy Einhorn Books - October 27th, 2011

If ever a book could be called a blockbuster hit, it’s book-club favorite The Help. This edition, for the true Stockett fan, is indeed deluxe; it features a ribbon bookmark, printed end papers, two-color printing, and sumptuous cloth binding.


The Art of Fielding Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780316126694
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 1st, 2011

A campus novel with sports fan appeal, The Art of Fielding follows baseball star Henry Skrimshander and a vivid cast of characters who touch his life through one fateful season at Westish College.


Zone One Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385528078
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 18th, 2011

Not your typical zombie novel - intelligent, hilarious, and brilliantly subversive. The narrator - named, strangely, Mark Spitz - is charged with clearing undesirable infected citizens called “skels” from the desirable Manhattan real estate they inhabit.


Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780307452894
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown - September 20th, 2011

Perfect for fans of In the Garden of Beasts - King’s history revisits a serial murder case that rocked Paris during the Nazi Occupation. Swimming in atmosphere, insightful, and engrossing.


Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9781451635089
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2011

A reverent but honest look at JFK from the host of Hardball, this biography examines John F. Kennedy as a flesh-and-blood man riddled with contradictions and complications. A great companion volume to Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews about her husband, recently released by her daughter Caroline and available for purchase this Christmas at Brazos.


The Secret Garden Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143106456
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

Black Beauty Cover Image
By Anna Sewell, Jane Smiley (Foreword by), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143106470
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

Emma Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106463
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

Penguin Threads are colorful, girl-friendly editions of some of literature’s most enduring classics. A perfect way to introduce young readers to great literature in its original, unabridged form.


The Apothecary Cover Image
By Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399256271
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2011

This imaginative and beautifully illustrated adventure tale follows two young boys in 1950s London who are in search of a missing apothecary who has left them a mysterious book. Sure to please Harry Potter fans of all ages.


The Phantom Tollbooth Cover Image
By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780375869037
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2011

This quirky classic is now repackaged in a deluxe edition in honor of its 50th anniversary. The full text of the original is accompanied by essays by Philip Pullman, Mo Willems, Maurice Sendak, and more.


The Man in the Moon Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442430419
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2011

This book, the first in Joyce’s new Guardians of Childhood series, is a steampunk fantasia revolving around the elusive Man in the Moon, a mythic figure whose mission it is to calm children’s nighttime fears.


The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Cover Image
By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257131
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Published: Philomel Books - October 4th, 2011

A gorgeously illustrated new tale from incomparable Eric Carle, about a child who isn’t afraid to paint a wild world straight from her imagination.


Perfect Books for Lifesavers

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307389930
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 12th, 2010

What happens when we die? It’s an age old question with no scientific answers, but Eagleman, a star Houston neuroscientist who studied creative writing at Rice, offers myriad beautiful hypotheses in his genre-bending book of very short tales.


A Year in the Village of Eternity: The Lifestyle of Longevity in Campodimele, Italy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781596915022
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - August 16th, 2011

Lawson investigates a small town in Italy where the inhabitants are blessed with extremely long life and extremely good health. Lawson examines the villagers’ diets, lifestyles, and attitudes in hopes of discovering their secrets of longevity.


Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will Cover Image
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780143118206
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Published: Penguin Books - October 5th, 2010

The perfect “travel” book to browse when you really need to get away (or at least fantasize about it). Schalansky highlights the last places on earth that are truly off the beaten path - islands that modernity has not yet reached.


Great Discoveries in Medicine Cover Image
By William Bynum (Editor), Helen Bynum (Editor)
$45.00
ISBN: 9780500251805
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 17th, 2011

This beautiful book brings medical history to life, illuminating key turning points in our understanding of the body and its processes. The perfect gift for a new doctor or doctor-to-be, this book contains timelines, paintings, photographs, and more.


Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781439190135
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 27th, 2011

Your favorite lifesaver will undoubtedly love reading about America’s favorite lifesaver: the fabled canine movie star Rin Tin Tin. Orlean brings Rinty’s era to life, exploring both the lives of the dogs who played the part and their troubled master, Lee Duncan.


Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594202292
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Published: Penguin Press - March 3rd, 2011

This quirky and hilarious exploration of memory follows Foer as he reports on, and eventually joins, the strange and amazing world of competitive memorizers.


The Beginning of Infinity Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780670022755
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking Adult - July 21st, 2011

This jaw-dropping book explores the way that scientific explanations of our universe can change history. Deutsch applies his encyclopedic knowledge of science and his quest for better and better explanations of these complex concepts to a variety of real world problems, offering new perspectives on our contemporary world.


My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781851688333
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - October 3rd, 2011

A thoughtful examination of the future of genomics. Frank has her genome mapped and examines the psychological, philosophical, and existential issues that are raised by the wealth of “information” with which her test results provide her. A passionate and concerned look at scientific progress.


Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico's Drug Wars Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780230111370
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Palgrave MacMillan - September 27th, 2011

An expert on the US-Mexico border warns that the violence and anarchy that has accompanied the drug war in Mexico is beginning to spill into the Southwestern United States. A troubling and bold account of Mexican drug violence that should be required reading for lawmakers and health professionals in South Texas.


The Best American Science Writing Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062091246
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Published: Ecco Press - September 27th, 2011

This collection of some of the best science journalism of the past year makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who wants to stay up-to-date on scientific controversies and breakthroughs while enjoying truly great reads.


Our Favorite Books for Art Lovers

Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374266615
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 11th, 2011

A fascinating memoir from one of the best connected women in history Some of My Lives explores Bernier’s rich and legendary life as a cultural gadfly. On every page, one encounters another famous name from literature, art, music, or fashion. A spirited highbrow voyage through the 20th century art world.


LADY GAGA x TERRY RICHARDSON Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781455513895
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 22nd, 2011

Love her or hate her, Gaga has reintroduced avant-garde fashion and art to a pop music scene recently bereft of substance and ambition. Her collaboration with photographer Terry Richardson is the perfect gift for all the Little Monsters on your list, but it also provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of an eccentric superstar that has broad artistic appeal.


Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393081497
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 12th, 2011

Caravaggio’s passionate masterpieces and you know: he was the ultimate Renaissance bad boy. Graham-Dixon examines original Italian texts to uncover new and fascinating information about Caravaggio’s prodigious criminal history, his sexual picadillos, and his premature death, as well as his development into one of the most vital and important artists in European history.


Beauty Is in the Street: A Visual Record of the May '68 Paris Uprising Cover Image
By Johan Kugelberg (Editor), Philippe Vermes (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9780956192837
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Published: Four Corners Books - August 31st, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has us in mind of earlier, more poetic revolutions, which makes this new catalogue of the poster art of May 1968 timely and vital. The Atelier Populaire was a collective of French print shops dedicated to encouraging revolutionaries to keep up the fight. Their work is collected comprehensively here.


Between Sense and De Kooning Cover Image
$49.00
ISBN: 9781861898531
Availability: Backordered
Published: Reaktion Books - October 1st, 2011

A thoughtful and remarkably complete examination of de Kooning’s oeuvre that focuses primarily on his technique and on his complicated reception in the art world.


A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780500238875
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Published: Thames & Hudson - October 24th, 2011

These long conversations between critic Martin Gayford and celebrated artist David Hockney explore the magic of art, both for the artist and for the enthusiast.


The Great Migrator: Robert Rauschenberg and the Global Rise of American Art Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780262014250
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Mit Press - August 27th, 2010

The art of Robert Rauchenberg is examined in an international context here, charting his travels in four cities: Paris, Venice, Stockholm, and Tokyo. Ikegami explores Rauchenberg’s hand in the rise of American art as global art, and thus places him in a wider conversation.


Turner and the Elements Cover Image
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ISBN: 9783777440019
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Published: Hirmer Verlag GmbH - August 15th, 2011

This gorgeous book presents nearly 100 J.M.W. Turner masterworks from the Tate Gallery in London, examined through the lens of Turner’s interest in and exploration of the natural sciences.


The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425206904
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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - June 7th, 2005

Brier’s book is one of the best and most exciting accounts of the life and death of King Tut. A perfect historical and archaeological companion to the King Tut exhibit now showing at the MFAH.


Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life Cover Image
By Matthew S. Witkovsky (Editor), Jared Ash (Contribution by), Maria Gough (Contribution by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300166095
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Published: Art Institute of Chicago - July 26th, 2011

This fascinating catalogue looks at six artists of the modernist movement who brought the sensibilities and aesthetics of avant-garde art into the public sphere for ordinary people to enjoy and ponder. A beguiling look at an age when it seemed possible that high art could change the world as we know it.


Our Favorite Books for the Smart Set

The Sense of an Ending Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780307957122
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Alfred A. Knopf - October 5th, 2011

This brilliant Booker Prize winning novel follows a man who is uninterested in his own past - until it comes back to haunt him. Harrowing and suspenseful, this novel can be read in just one sitting or savored over and over again.


True Prep Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375712012
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 1st, 2011

This hilarious sequel to Birnbauch’s iconic The Official Preppy Handbook examines how prep culture has adapted to our contemporary world. Sure to illicit a knowing giggle from a blue-blood you know and love.


1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 9th, 2011

From the author of the smash hit 1491 comes this fascinating, paradigm-shifting examination of the Columbian Exchange - an unprecedented movement of biological species, power, and wealth between the New World and the Old that Mann posits was the most important biological event since the extinction of the dinosaurs.


Atlas of the World Cover Image
By Oxford University Press (Manufactured by)
$89.95
ISBN: 9780199829958
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2011

Likely the most beautiful and complete world atlas you will ever see. What the Oxford English Dictionary is for words, this unbelievable atlas is for places. A must-have for any serious scholar or lover of maps.


Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings Cover Image
$85.00
ISBN: 9780847835706
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Published: Rizzoli International Publications - October 4th, 2011

By far the most comprehensive study available of Wright’s unparalleled drawings, plans, designs and sketches,. Beautiful and engaging enough for the casual enthusiast and detailed enough for the most serious scholar of architecture and design.


Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062009869
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Published: Ecco - April 1st, 2011

A fascinating and eclectic collection of Schama’s essays, with topics ranging from personal history to cultural history, from pop culture to high culture.


Philip Roth: The American Trilogy 1997-2000: American Pastoral / I Married a Communist / The Human Stain Cover Image
By Philip Roth, Ross Miller (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781598531039
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Published: Library of America - September 29th, 2011

Roth should be required reading for all Americans, especially for all American academics. Urbane, keenly observant, and beautifully written, these three novels present Roth at the height of his powers.


The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781598531091
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Library of America - October 27th, 2011

This long-awaited compilation of Kael’s most memorable film reviews is an idiosyncratic and fascinating peek into the cinema of the 1970s and 1980s - a must-have for any serious film enthusiast.


Dark Beauty: Photographs of New Mexico Cover Image
By Jack Parsons, Frederick Turner (Introduction by)
$60.00
ISBN: 9781555953706
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Published: Hudson Hills Press - September 1st, 2011

Jack Parson’s landscape photography presents New Mexico as you’ve never seen it before: epic in scope and dazzling in execution. Here are scenes that seem lifted from the imaginations of Cormac McCarthy, which is apt when you consider that Parson’s son Alex is a McCarthy scholar and member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston.


Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525952244
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Published: Dutton Adult - June 30th, 2011

This fascinating travelogue with a twist examines the famed discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham III in 1911. Adams retraces Bingham’s journey step-for-step across Peru in hopes of discovering whether Bingham smuggled artifacts from the ancient site or lied about the particulars of his discovery of it.


Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780684872988
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2011

From the author of A Beautiful Mind comes the story of modern economics, told with an eye toward its most celebrated and brilliant minds. Examining characters as diverse as Dickens and Sen, Marx and Keynes, Nasar transforms a subject sometimes considered dry into a vivid, vital romp through history.


Our Favorite Books for Starving Artists

We the Animals Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9780547576725
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 30th, 2011

This perfect gem of a book by debut author Torres examines the rough-and-tumble childhoods of three brothers growing up in a tumultuous mixed-race family in Brooklyn. Written with incredible skill and grace.


Metamaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus [With CDROM] Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780375423949
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Published: Pantheon Books - October 4th, 2011

The ultimate gift for an aspiring graphic novelist or comics aficianado, this book and DVD set explores the making of Maus, one of the most influential graphic novels of all time.


The Stranger's Child Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307272768
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Published: Knopf - October 11th, 2011

A masterful new novel by the Booker Prize winning author explores a literary love triangle that has repercussions that last a century.


Crazy from the Heat: A Chronicle of Twenty Years in the Big Bend Cover Image
By James H. Evans (Photographer), Rebecca Solnit (Foreword by)
$55.00
ISBN: 9780292726598
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Published: University of Texas Press - July 15th, 2011

Evan’s magnificent, iconic, full color pictures of the Big Bend region of Texas are accompanied by a forward from Rebecca Solnit, one of the country’s most engaging essayists.


Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781935639138
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Published: Tin House Books - October 11th, 2011

This stunning and wildly ambitious book is the culmination of Kish’s two-year quest to illustrate every single page of Moby Dick. Kish, a self-taught tour-de-force of an artist, uses a variety of techniques to bring the classic to life.


The Missing of the Somme Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307742971
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Published: Vintage Books - August 9th, 2011

Probably the hippest, most experimental and inventive book written about the Great War. Dyer presents his thoughts on the war in a unique and seductive hybrid of meditation, travelogue, history and memoir.


The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Cover Image
By Lidia Yuknavitch, Chelsea Cain (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780979018831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hawthorne Books - April 12th, 2011

One of the finest memoirs of our new century, but certainly not for the faint of heart. A harrowing adventure through sex, violence, death, motherhood, perversion, and redemption, all written in visceral, haunting prose.


How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780471789185
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 3rd, 2006

Exactly what the name implies: the one cookbook you really, truly need. A modern classic perfect for brand new adults.


A Season in Hell & the Drunken Boat Cover Image
By Arthur Rimbaud, Patti Smith (Introduction by), Louise Varese (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811219488
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 5th, 2011

This beautiful bilingual version of Rimbaud’s most famous work is graced with its original New Directions cover art and an insightful, reverent introduction by Patti Smith.


The Pushcart Prize XXXVI: Best of the Small Presses Cover Image
By Bill Henderson (Editor), The Pushcart Prize (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781888889635
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Published: Pushcart Press - November 15th, 2011

The latest edition of this anthology highlights the best short stories, essays, and poems published by small and independent presses.


Our Favorite Books for Super Geniuses

The Marriage Plot Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374203054
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 11th, 2011

The New York Times Bestseller by the author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex examines the post-college lives of three Brown undergraduates in the 1980s.


A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307885159
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Published: Broadway Books - October 5th, 2010

Bill Bryson’s iconic bestseller about, well, nearly everything is lavishly illustrated in this deluxe edition, perfect for dorm room coffee tables.


Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781439167175
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - September 20th, 2011

Jeopardy guru Ken Jennings guides us through his long-time love affair with maps. Jennings interviews other obsessive map devotees and explores the cultural history of maps and mapmaking, and the ways in which they have changed the course of history, over and over again.


Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780061351327
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Published: It Books - December 21st, 2010

This stunning and brilliant graphic biography highlights the lives of Pierre and Marie Curie and examines how their love story led to a wide variety of contemporary issues surrounding nuclear power, weaponry, and medicine.


Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307377333
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 31st, 2011

Noted Houston neuroscientist and Rice graduate Eagleman explores the subconscious mind - everything your brain is doing without your conscious knowledge.


Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781596914520
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 29th, 2009

A graphic novel for the intellectual heavyweight, Logicomix explores the life and philosophy of Bertrand Russell, who sought to find a logical underpinning for all of mathematics.


Best European Fiction Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781564786807
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - November 8th, 2011

This yearly sampling of the best fiction from each country in Europe provides a fascinating introduction to contemporary literature in translation as well as to the varied cultures that give each story life.


Reamde Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780061977961
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Published: William Morrow - September 20th, 2011

The incomparable cult author returns with a new technothriller worthy of its 1056 pages. Trying to summarize it would be impossible.


The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True Cover Image
By Richard Dawkins, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781439192818
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Published: Free Press - October 4th, 2011

A natural science museum in a book, Dawkins' romp through the wonders of our universe is illustrated beautifully and perfect for kids from 10-100.


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