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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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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: Special Order - Subject to Availability
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
By Andres Neuman, Nick Caistor (Translator), Lorenza Garcia (Translator)
$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: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
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

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

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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

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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: On Our Shelves Now
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

June Bestsellers

In the month of June, our bestselling fiction is right on brand: smart, entertaining, and international. There are some familiar favorties on this list, as well as some new breakout hits. Clearly our customers have started their summer reading just right.

2666 Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780312429218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 1st, 2009

Homegoing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947135
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 7th, 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

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

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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

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977412
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - June 7th, 2016

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

The After Party Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594633164
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2016

The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - June 14th, 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

New Directions: Classics Old and New

How literary are we at Brazos Bookstore? One of our staff members --you may know the one-- has a New Directions tattoo. Pretty intense, but understandable: since 1936, New Directions has been one of the world's leading publishers of fiction, poetry, and literature-in-translation. This summer, we celebrate their achievement with a display featuring some of our favorites, from classics (like Djuna Barnes and Borges) to contemporary favorites (Bolano, anyone?). Come browse--and maybe if you buy a book, you'll find out which one of us has that tattoo.

The Guest Cat Cover Image
By Takashi Hiraide, Eric Selland (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811221504
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 28th, 2014

The Musical Brain: And Other Stories Cover Image
By Cesar Aira, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780811220293
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 3rd, 2015

Nightwood Cover Image
By Djuna Barnes, Jeanette Winterson (Preface by), T. S. Eliot (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811216715
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2006

Counternarratives Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811225526
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2016

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A Little Lumpen Novelita Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811225151
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - March 21st, 2016

Death in Midsummer & Other Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201179
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1966

Near to the Wild Heart Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811220026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 13th, 2012

Labyrinths Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811216999
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2007

Turtle Island Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811205467
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1974

Seiobo There Below Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811219679
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 24th, 2013

A Coney Island of the Mind Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780811200417
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1968

Beauty Is a Wound Cover Image
By Eka Kurniawan, Annie Tucker (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780811223638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 8th, 2015

The Air-Conditioned Nightmare Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811201063
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - January 17th, 1970

Summer of Shakespeare Redux

After the bardolatry bonanza of last year's Summer of Shakespeare, we're excited to partner with the Houston Shakespeare Festival again this summer! With 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, it's been a big year for commemorating the Bard—you might have seen our death-day celebrations with HSF in April, or the traveling exhibition of one of Shakespeare's First Folios making its way around the country. It's clear that for literature fans, Shakespeare is far from dead and gone.

Vinegar Girl Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141260
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Shylock Is My Name Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804141321
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth Press - February 9th, 2016

The Gap of Time Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780804141376
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - June 21st, 2016

Hogarth is releasing a phenomenal line of new Shakespeare adaptations from amazing authors: try Jeanette Winterson's retelling of The Winter's Tale, THE GAP OF TIME, for a great romance; SHYLOCK IS MY NAME is Man Booker Winner Howard Jacobson's stark adaptation of The Merchant of Venice; and we cannot wait for Anne Tyler's VINEGAR GIRL, a hilarious and smart retelling of The Taming of the Shrew!


Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781101983300
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 7th, 2016

Comics virtuoso Ryan North has done it again. After the success of last year's Kickstarted TO BE OR NOT TO BE, North continues his laugh-out-loud hilarious mashup of Shakespeare and webcomics with a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure version of Romeo and Juliet! With cameo art by dozens of comic artists, as well as paths that include making out at parties, becoming an assassin, and Juliet getting totally shredded as a lifeguard, you will enjoy every single choice of this wild ride.

We've also got fantastic Shakespeare tote bags from our favorite friends at Out of Print! Check out those, and all these great titles, at the store now.


Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780198754367
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 15th, 2016

Shakespeare's Sonnets Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781604336153
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Cider Mill Press - March 8th, 2016

Shakespeare Box Set Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780762459438
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Running Press Book Publishers - March 29th, 2016

Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now Cover Image
By Various (Editor), James Shapiro (Editor), Bill Clinton (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781598534627
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Library of America - January 12th, 2016

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to the Globe Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681771410
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631491399
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 15th, 2016

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780670786022
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - May 3rd, 2016

Will's Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk Cover Image
By Jane Sutcliffe, John Shelley (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781580896382
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 22nd, 2016

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

The Steep and Thorny Way Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419719158
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Who’s Your (Lit) Daddy?

Where would we be without fathers? Literally, we would not be alive. But beyond that, these figures—sometimes loving, sometimes flawed—create so much of our sense of who we are, frustrating as that may sometimes be.

The same thing can happen with the authors we read when we’re young. So to celebrate Father’s Day, we asked the Brazos staff to pick its literary father figures.

Who’s your (lit) daddy?


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780684853949
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Touchstone Books - April 2nd, 1998

Augusta Bartis, Inventory Manager
“Oliver Sacks. He’s a bearded teddy bear…and he’s smart…and he’s cool….He’s just my daddy, okay? Why do I have to explain it to you?”
Favorite Work: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat


Humboldt's Gift Cover Image
By Saul Bellow, Jeffrey Eugenides (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143105473
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2008

Mark Haber, Store Manager
“Saul Bellow. Why? Maury Povich did DNA testing—Bellow is literally my father.”
Favorite Work: Humboldt’s Gift


Junky: The Definitive Text of
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802120427
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 13th, 2012

Ülrika Moats, Gift Buyer
“William S. Burroughs—because I found a connection with him in my early twenties that has carried through my adulthood.”
Favorite Work: Junky


The Sun Also Rises Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743297332
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 17th, 2006

Keaton Patterson, Book Buyer
“Papa Hemingway. He’s the big, unruly, imperfect father figure of all twentieth century literature.”
Favorite Work: The Sun Also Rises


Oblivion: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316010764
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - August 30th, 2005

Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director
“David Foster Wallace. Even though I now understand how flawed and troubled he was, I still want to be him.”
Favorite Work: Oblivion


The Sonnets and Other Poems Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780812969207
Availability: Backordered
Published: Modern Library - April 14th, 2009

Liz Wright, Children’s Specialist
“Easy: Billy Shakes—not only because his stories are completely adaptable and universal, but also because…sorry, I’m trying to think of something funny to say, but I can’t. He legit means that much to me.”
Favorite Work: “Sonnet 23”


Corrections Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312421274
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - August 27th, 2002

Jeremy Ellis, General Manager
"Franzen, because he's well meaning, even if he's maybe, slightly out of touch. And he can write a dysfunctional family relationship like no one else."
Favorite Work: The Corrections



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Reading Kubrick

The Stanley Kubrick Archives Cover Image
By Alison Castle (Editor)
$70.00
ISBN: 9783836508896
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Taschen - November 1st, 2008

Paths of Glory Cover Image
By Humphrey Cobb, James H. Meredith (Introduction by), David L. Simon (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143106111
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - June 29th, 2010

I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781453254806
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Open Road Media - June 12th, 2012

Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9781910433461
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Black Dog Publishing - November 17th, 2015

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780230302129
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Palgrave - October 25th, 2011

Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives Cover Image
By Tatjana Ljujic (Editor), Peter Kramer (Editor), Richard Daniels (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781908966421
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Black Dog Publishing - July 7th, 2015

The Shining Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781844576395
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: British Film Institute - November 8th, 2013

Lolita: A Screenplay Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679772552
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 26th, 1997

Kubrick, New and Expanded Edition: Inside a Film Artist's Maze Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780253213907
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Indiana University Press - June 22nd, 2000

Stanley Kubrick: Interviews Cover Image
By Gene D. Phillips (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781578062973
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University Press of Mississippi - January 8th, 2001

Night Games: And Other Stories and Novellas Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566635066
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ivan R. Dee Publisher - March 8th, 2003

Barry Lyndon: The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780199537464
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 1st, 2008

A Clockwork Orange Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393312836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1995

2001: A Space Odyssey Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451452733
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Ace Books - August 1st, 1993

The Shining Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor Books - August 27th, 2013

Lolita Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

Pulitzer Prize Winners for 2016

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

Fiction Winner


Finalists: Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link & Maud's Line by Margaret Verble


Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Drama Winner


Finalists: Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & The Humans by Stephen Karam


Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307592644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 27th, 2015

History Winner


Finalists: Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War by Brian Matthew Jordan, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott & The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen


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

Biography Winner


Finalists: Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T.J. Stiles & The Light of the World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander


Ozone Journal Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226207032
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 26th, 2015

Poetry Winner


Finalists: Alive: New and Selected Poems by Elizabeth Willis & Four-Legged Girl by Diane Seuss


Black Flags: The Rise of Isis Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385538213
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - September 29th, 2015

General Non-fiction Winner


Finalists: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates & If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran by Carla Power


Out Brief Candle: A Shakespeare Death Day Reading List

Someday I hope to be famous enough that people celebrate my death day—although I suppose part of the reason we celebrate Shakespeare's death day is because we don't really have a concrete birthday, and I am lucky to live in an era of more-complete social records. Shakespeare did have a bit of a preoccupation with death, as well, if the body counts of his plays tell us anything, so a death day celebration feels particularly appropriate for this memento mori playwright.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994580
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Of all Shakespeare's plays to get a YA adaptation, I gotta admit I wasn't expecting The Winter's Tale to be one. It's a great play, and popular—the title of this novel is one of the stage directions in Act III (probably the most famous one Shakespeare ever wrote)—but it's a little odd: a sprawling, cross-country story that's ultimately about remaking a family after a king's irrational jealousy nearly destroys it. In EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR, E.K. Johnston recenters the story on Hermione, the wronged queen of The Winter's Tale, moving the setting from Renaissance Sicily and Bohemia to modern-day Canada, and casting our Hermione as the head cheerleader of a small-town team. She's an athlete, a leader, a good friend and a great cheerleader.

She also gets raped at the end of the first act of the book.

I don't want to sugarcoat it, or pretend like this isn't a book that deals with a traumatic assault. I don't want to try and be nice about it, because, well, it's not—but this book handles trauma and support and recovery better than any book I've read on it, for teens or for adults. This is Hermione's book. It's not about the assault, about her rapist, or about revenge—it's about one teenage girl, reclaiming her agency and her life after someone's selfish act of violence tries to take it away. In the author's note, Johnston says she was in a very angry place when she wrote the book (due to a particular politician, apparently, who goes unnamed), and I think Johnston's rage shows in a very powerful way in the text: through the boundless compassion Hermione experiences from her family, her teammates, and her town.

That, to me, after living through endless twenty-four-hour news cycles about slut-shaming and victim-blaming, was the real gift of this book. Compassion. Everyone in Hermione's life, from her coach to her priest to her therapist, is incredibly kind and compassionate, and that kindness allows Hermione to heal. She is a phenomenal protagonist. She pushes herself to get better, she doesn't settle for anything but the full life she deserves, but since she's surrounded by people to support and help her, she's allowed to have panic attacks and experience her trauma and be afraid, because she is undeniably a person in Johnston's hands. The dimension, the power, and the strength Johnston gives Hermione make it clear that this adaptation surpasses its source. (Sorry, but not sorry, Bill.)


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Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Cat Winters is the queen of historical fiction and a favorite author of mine, with her previous YA outings forming a core of store favorites (IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS and THE CURE FOR DREAMING). So when I saw that her newest novel was a Hamlet retelling set in Prohibition-era Oregon, where biracial Hanalee tries to find justice for her murdered African-American father without running afoul of the terrifying local KKK chapter, I was a fan before I'd even read the first page—and once I'd finished the whole book, I was happier than I'd ever been.

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY isn't just a great Hamlet adaptation, it's a great book, period. Winters always fills her historical fiction with pictures and historical documents to set the scene, and this novel is no exception—if there had been no Shakespeare references at all, this still would have been a phenomenal story. But I'm truly grateful it's a Hamlet adaptation, because it shows how the stories Shakespeare made famous are incredibly universal: Prohibition-era Oregon? A biracial, female protagonist struggling against social evils? That's not as far from early modern England as you can get, but it's several million miles, at least. Stories don't exist in a vacuum, either, and I love that Winters used this famous, wonderful story of something rotten in Denmark to tell an amazing story about a time and a set of injustices that our culture still doesn't really want to face.

And like I said, beyond Hamlet, this book is just a great story. It crosses genres as deftly as Shakespeare did himself: it's a thriller, a mystery, a ghost story, all set so perfectly in the 1920s that you'll think it was written then. Hanalee is a fierce protagonist, too—clever, tough, well-armed, and incredibly caring. THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY is the full package: great characters, a great premise, and a great author.


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ISBN: 9780803738638
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Published: Dial Books - April 5th, 2016

The awesome thing about DREAMERS OFTEN LIE was that it made me feel so normal!

...oh, wait, that's not the point? People aren't supposed to hallucinate Shakespeare walking around with them? Oops. My bad. Let me regroup.

Jacqueline West's trippy, layered story is about Jaye, a high school actress, and what happens after she gets a concussion in a skiing accident. She's finally landed the lead in a school play—Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream—and all she can think about is getting back on that stage. So, when she forces herself to push through not just her accident, but the memories and family trauma it stirs of her father's death a year ago, the Shakespeare starts to get a little too real. As in, she starts hallucinating Shakespeare himself speaking to her, and Hamlet and Romeo and other characters and situations.

I love DREAMERS OFTEN LIE because, well, they do, and because, with Jaye as an unreliable narrator, even to herself, there's no way to be sure who's really real, what's really happening, or what's just in Jaye's mind. We don't know who's a figment or a person, what's Jaye's own mind working against her and what's really true. I loved this one. It's chilling, mysterious, and cerebral (a great book for a parent-teen book club!), and it'll pull you into the topsy-turvy world of Jaye's mind in no time at all. It's got a great love story, like a Shakespeare play should, but for all the romance and mystery, it's more about Jaye coming to terms with her loss, and with who she is now with these changes in her life and her family. It's tense and twisty, and Jaye's bardolatry gives a great original twist to this thriller.


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ISBN: 9780399187193
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2016

All right, SUMMERLOST is actually middle-grade, and is about a Shakespeare festival, not a Shakespeare adaptation, but are you really going to argue with me about technicalities? Trust me: this book is golden. Like DREAMERS OFTEN LIE, it's about how Shakespeare can get into your head and affect the way you see the world—but instead of literally adding a layer of Shakespeare-themed perception, it's about theater, and the inspiration it can give you, and about how theater and drama can help you find belonging when you feel like you don't fit in.

Cedar Lee finds a new friend in local boy Leo, when she, her mother, and her brother move to her mom's hometown after losing her dad and youngest brother in a car accident. She works concessions at the local Summerlost Theater Festival, and sells programs in old show costumes with Leo, and watches soapy dramas with her brother. It's a perfect Polaroid of the monotony of grief through a young adult's perspective, of the way we can fixate on certain things as distractions, and Cedar gets caught up in the drama of—well—drama. There's a theater ghost, a mystery, and some wonderfully real, poignant family feels. It's utterly captivating and charming, like a summer evening full of potential. SUMMERLOST reminds me that Shakespeare really can make anything possible.


Liz Wright is the Kids Specialist and resident Shakespeare fanatic of Brazos Bookstore. She earned her B.A. in English and Creative Writing at Wellesley College, where she spent four years in the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society being all manner of lords, clowns, and untamed shrews. Her writing has appeared in BUST Magazine and Minerva Rising Literary Journal. This fall, she'll pursue her MA and MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children at Simmons College, where she'll be the Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature.


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